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Create a perfect fiberglass finish, part 2

Jul 03, 2012 14 Comments

Last week, Rick Michelena shared the steps to prep your aircraft for a perfect fiberglass finish. In the second part of his three-part series, he begins the fiberglass work and gets the model ready for paint. Here are the simple items needed to produce a fiber-glass finish that will last for many years. You will [...]

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Workshop Build-along, Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair, Part 6 w/video

Jul 02, 2012 4 Comments

    The Tailwheel is the next item to install and with the Robart electric unit, it requires just a little bit of modification to the plane. The unit has the same standard vertical attachment bracket that screws into two hardwood rails attached to the former just forward of the tailwheel opening. When the gear [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish, part 3

Jul 01, 2012 20 Comments

A fiberglass finish not only looks scale, it’s wear-resistant and a great way to protect your model. In his first two articles, Rick Michelena detailed the steps to prep and fiberglass his warbird. In this third and final installment, he adds paint and details, including rivets, panel lines and even navigation lights. After spraying the [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair — Part 5

Jun 30, 2012 2 Comments

After a little break and taking a trip to Canada for the big Father’s Day Fun Fly weekend, I am now back in the shop and working again on the assembly of the new Top Flite giant scale F4U Corsair ARF. The next step is to install the elevator and rudder pushrods and attach to [...]

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Banana Hobby FW 190A

Jun 27, 2012 3 Comments

We were excited to review the Banana Hobby Fw 190A, and we have to say that it was impressive, both on the ground and in the air. This all foam plane has some great scale detailing and really zips around the sky. Our frequent contributor Michael York gives you an overview of the FW 190 [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish

Jun 27, 2012 13 Comments

Here’s another how-to from veteran builder Rick Michelena. Enjoy! Do you have the desire to build a warbird or other scale project but desire something more than an iron-on finish? Are you unsure of the steps required in the process of finishing a radio-controlled airplane in fiberglass and paint? This article will give you the knowledge required [...]

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Fly the Harrier

Jun 27, 2012 1 Comment

The harrier is one of the simpler moves to perform, but it is often used as a connector move to many other 3D maneuvers.  In his October Model Airplane News article, Dave Scott has this to say about this maneuver; “The harrier pass is a major corner stone of 3D flying.  A harrier pass consists [...]

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Fly the Elevator

Jun 25, 2012 5 Comments

The elevator is one of the first 3D maneuvers many pilots learn.  In his September Model Airplane News article, Dave Scott has this to say about this maneuver; “During an elevator, the airplane remains fully stalled and drops almost vertically in a flat attitude.”  See what Jason Benson has to say about this maneuver in [...]

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