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Smoke Systems Explained–How to be an RC Skywriter!

Oct 29, 2014 No Comments by

If you have ever been to an RC airshow, then you’ve seen aerobatic airplanes using smoke during their flight routines. When used properly, smoke systems can add a great deal to your flight presentation. The uniqueness it gives to specific segments of your flight routine will increase their appeal and pizzazz to both the spectators [...]

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P-47 Thunderbolt Makeover—Republic’s Street Fighter in British War Paint

Oct 27, 2014 No Comments by

I’ve always liked Republic’s big P-47 Thunderbolt and I’m certain I’m not alone. A longtime favorite of warbird enthusiasts, the Jug has its own remarkable place in the history of aerial warfare. In service about the same time as the equally well-known P-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire, and Messerschmitt Bf 109, it had very little in [...]

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Tips for Getting Started with Electric Airplanes

Oct 14, 2014 5 Comments by

Today, more than ever we are enjoying a literal “Golden Age” of RC electric flight. The amount of quality motors, batteries, controllers and connectors is just about limitless as are the types and sizes of airplanes you can fly with E-power. Even though there are plenty of plug n play packages out there where you [...]

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Build-Along Part 8 Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster biplane — Covering

Oct 13, 2014 No Comments by

Now that the ArrowMaster has been completely built and final sanded, the really fun part begins–covering the plane and making it look truly unique. For this project, I used UltraCote as it’s very easy to work with and produces outstanding results. To do this job, you need a covering iron, a straight edged ruler (36 inches,) a razor [...]

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Magnetic Cowling Attachment

Oct 06, 2014 1 Comment by

Mounting a cowl with Neodymium magnets. By Sal Calvagna. Neodymium magnets are members of the rare earth family and made from a combination of iron, boron and of course, neodymium. They were developed by General Motors and Sumitomo Special Metals in the early 1980s and are the strongest permanent magnets to date.  These magnets are [...]

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Workshop Build-Along – Part 7 – ArrowMaster Final Assembly

Oct 01, 2014 No Comments by

Coming up on the conclusion of our exclusive, Build-Along series on the ArrowMaster biplane from Alien Aircraft, Model Airplane News contributor Rick Bell add the finishing details to the airplane making it just about ready to finish and cover. Here’s what Rick has to say so far. Ahh, there’s nothing like a model assembled without the [...]

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Easy Turbine F-16: Plug and Play!

Sep 18, 2014 8 Comments

We’ve all heard the expression, “I’d Rather Be Flying”  And after a long cold winter, I could not agree more! Without a doubt you and everyone else in the hobby has certainly noticed the trend toward almost-ready-to-fly (ARF) aircraft and more recently the availability of plug-and-play models at your local hobby shop. This has widely been viewed [...]

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Workshop Build-Along Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster Bipe 5 — Fuselage

Aug 26, 2014 No Comments

One of the nice things about building a kit, is that you can make changes to the construction to suit your own tastes. Two areas that I changed on the Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster Bipe, were the mounting of the landing gear and the cabane struts. If you followed the instructions, these are epoxied into place [...]

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