Editors Blogs

E-Power takes off at the 2015 NEAT Fair

Oct 12, 2015 1 Comment

It’s been said that the only constant in life is change.  As sure as the summer changes into fall, for the past 16 years the NEAT Fair has been the electric RC enthusiast’s first sign of the harvest season.  The NEAT (Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology) Fair is the largest showcase of the ever-changing electric-powered sector [...]

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3D Printing for Scale Airplanes

Oct 07, 2015 2 Comments

OK, I could have gotten a lot more attention by titling this post “3D Printing Bombs” but I did not want the FBI coming to the MAN office. With today’s amazing new technologies seeming to be absolutely like magic, I decided to try out one of the several new 3D companies that offer services online. [...]

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Install a Smoke System

Oct 01, 2015 3 Comments

At full-scale and RC airshows alike, watching aerobatic aircraft equipped with smoke systems adds greatly to the appeal for both spectators and pilots. Experienced pilots will make the aircraft all but disappear within the smoke during torque rolls, tail slides, and so forth. Simply put, SMOKE is a pure attention-grabber! I recently decided to upgrade [...]

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Sopwith Camel — Video Sneak Peek

Sep 24, 2015 No Comments

Featured in the upcoming December 2015 issue of MAN, the newest construction article is for editor Gerry Yarrish’s 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel. Designed with CAD and featuring laser cut parts (also available), this WW1 classic is sport scale and it has excellent flight stability and performance. It has an 84 inch span and is powered by [...]

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Sneak Peek — Lowers-Minges LM-1 Reno Racer

Sep 24, 2015 2 Comments

Designed and built for a MAN construction article by Mark Rittinger, the LM-1 racer was the winner of the Designer Scale category at the Toledo RC Expo and trade show. The detailed construction article will be in the January 2016 issue of MAN so stay tuned for more. Here’s what Mark had to say about [...]

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Conquer the Three-turn Negative Spin

Sep 22, 2015 3 Comments

In the early days of aviation,  spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since the [...]

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Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 3

Sep 20, 2015 2 Comments

So, I finished up the dummy rotary engine for the Sopwith Camel this weekend. The over all project took only about 10 hours and spread over a few days, that’s no time at all. I finally decided to attach the molded engine to the inside of the engine cowling. This is the typical way to [...]

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Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 2

Sep 15, 2015 1 Comment

Work always get in the way of fun time so it takes a little longer than normal when I work on a project during the work week.  I have broken this Technique into three parts and here is the rest of the painting and finishing portion. Part 3 will deal with attaching and securing the [...]

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