Editors Blogs

Which Pitts Special do you like the best?

Jul 24, 2014 1 Comment

We just returned from the flying field where were test flew the new Micro UMX Pitts Special S1-S. With its AS3X stabilization system, we were very impress with its performance, even with a bit of wind thrown in for good measure! What’s your opinion of this mini classic and what’s your all time favorite version [...]

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Easy Access Aileron Servo Installation with Wing Hatches

Jul 23, 2014 10 Comments

Here’s a common, very popular way to install aileron servos. To make field maintenance easy, install your servos with hatches built into the wing so they are flush with the wing’s underside and are held in place with screws. The first thing I do to get the aileron servo hatch properly aligned is to install the [...]

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Monster 40% RC scale DHC-2 Beaver

Jul 22, 2014 5 Comments

When it comes to big bush planes, the classic grand daddy of them all is the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. This amazing outback workhorse is one of the very important “Air Trucks” used to bring supplies into the furthest reaches of the rugged wildness that is Alaska. Check out this video showing the biggest RC [...]

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Shop Tip: Extending Landing Gear Axle Length

Jul 22, 2014 4 Comments

The stock hardware that comes with many of today’s ARF models is designed to do the job assigned and for the most part, they all get a passing grade for quality. If however you try adding accessories, the hardware may have to replaced or modified. An example of this is the new E/Z brake system [...]

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Homebuilt Project — Construction Article Extras — de Havilland DH90 Dragonfly

Jul 22, 2014 No Comments

As a bonus for the upcoming construction article in the November issue of Electric Flight, here is the full-length construction notes from designer Ivan Pettigrew. With limited pages in the print magazine, we are pleased to offer this fully detailed version of Ivan’s article for our online readers to enjoy. All the construction photos are [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 10 — Sheeting the Camel’s Hump

Jul 22, 2014 2 Comments

Actually, the Sopwith Camel gets its name because of its hump like fairing used to blend in the twin Vickers machine Guns set just in front of the cockpit. So that is a very obvious feature for any model Camel. Here’s some pix of how I developed and sheeted this important portion of the model’s [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 9 — Cheek Fairings

Jul 21, 2014 1 Comment

After a bit of break to cover the Warbirds over Delaware event, I got back in the shop for a little more quality Camel time. We left off with the aft turtle deck stringers being installed. From here forward at the top of the fuselage, the cockpit area and the machine gun “Hump” section is [...]

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Fantastic Fokker

Jul 16, 2014 7 Comments

Watching this video, it’s easy to understand why Manfred von Richthofen himself was such a proponent of the Fokker D-VII, even though the “Red Baron” died before the first D-VIIs reached service. Built from the Balsa USA kit by Knut Huk and piloted by Andy Nusser at the Flugtage MFC in Oberhausen this summer, the 1/3-scale model fighter has a 10-foot wingspan and [...]

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