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Master the Three-turn Negative Spin

Aug 02, 2012 3 Comments

In this video we examine the key control inputs in executing the three-turn negative spin. Because this is a negative spin you will bring the plane into the maneuver inverted at a fairly high altitude. You then decrease throttle and add enough elevator to maintain altitude so the plane stalls.  Although it looks hard, you will soon [...]

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Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair Build-along Part 12

Jul 27, 2012 4 Comments

The most important part of any model build is making sure the CG balance point is correct. With a giant plane like the Top Flite Corsair, you need to take your time, or better yet, get the help of a friend to move the plane around. Start with the plane in the maintenance cradle upside [...]

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Improvise, Adapt & Overcome: RC gives this pilot new wings

Jul 24, 2012 6 Comments

We featured Lad Doctor’s inspirational story in “Final Approach” in the October issue of Model Airplane News. Here is Lad’s complete article along with additional photos and his contact information. I have been very fortunate over a 32 plus year flying career, started as a Naval Aviator, to fly well over 80 types of aircraft. [...]

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Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair Build-along Part 11

Jul 20, 2012 3 Comments

One thing you can do to any ARF model to make it your own is to add custom Markings and details. For the Corsair, I used Red5Designs.com Vinyl markings cut from my own CAD drawings. They fit the model perfectly. These markings have a clear carrier sheet and a paper backing. Tape the marking as [...]

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Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair Build-Along, Part 10

Jul 18, 2012 2 Comments

Well it has been a while since I posted but, that’s because I have been having a race with the MAN deadline. I have just about everything ready to go for our test flight tomorrow, so we’ll get back to the various sections of this impressive warbird’s build. Even though it is an ARF, you [...]

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Workshop Build-along, Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair, Part 9

Jul 09, 2012 No Comments

The Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair ARF build is coming along nicely and we are nearing the Bent-Wing Warbird’s completion. This past weekend I finalized the engine installation as well as the fuel tank and ignition installations. Here’s how the project looks now. The instructions suggest a three-line fuel tank setup but I decided [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Perfect Z-bends [August 2012]

Jul 06, 2012 5 Comments

Perfect Z-bends: You can make a perfect Z-bend with this easy-to-make took.  Cut a 1/16-inch (or the appropriate) slot in the head of a lineman’s pliers.  The easiest way to do this is to use a Dremel tool and the cutting disk.  Then just bend an “L” bend using the pliers at the end of [...]

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Workshop Build-along, Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair, Part 8

Jul 06, 2012 1 Comment

Now that the engine is all set, it is time to install the engine cowling. This takes a little more effort to get it right and there is a lot of assemble and removal, and repeat involved. But following the directions is definately a good thing here. (Above) First thing, install the muffler. Instructions say [...]

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