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Tips & Tricks: Looking Good [May 2012]

Apr 06, 2012 No Comments

Looking Good: Protect your aircraft’s cover scheme! Before you fuel it up, apply a thin coat of clear dope to the trim surfaces.  This will also keep the trim from coming loose when you clean your aircraft. Chris Miller – Louisville, OH For more Tips & Tricks check out page 14 of May’s issue of [...]

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Pilot Projects: FS-6.66 Flying Saucer [April 2012]

Apr 02, 2012 1 Comment

FS-6.66 Flying Saucer: Designer and builder LaVerne must not mind the spotlight: this unique, 20-pound plane has a wing diameter of 66 inches and is just over 7 feet long! An Exceed Monster 160 motor, Castle Creations Ice 100 speed control, 20×10 APC prop and an 8-cell, 5800mAh LiPi provide the get-up-and-go (LaVerne notes, “Next [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Simple Crush Plate [April 2012]

Apr 02, 2012 No Comments

Simple Crush Plate: Purchase Lucite at the hardware store and pick up a 1 1/4-inch hole cutter.  Use the hold cutter to cut out some Lucite 1 1/4-inch disks. Then use a drill press to cut out a 1/4-inch hole in the center of the disk.  This large Lucite disk can be used with the [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Cheap And Easy Wheel Chocks [March 2012]

Mar 20, 2012 No Comments

Cheap And Easy Wheel Chocks: A quick way to keep your plane in one spot is to use these wheel chocks made from 1/2-inch PVC pipe. You can vary the length of the side pieces to accommodate different sizes of wheels.  Before gluing the final pieces, fill the assembly parts with sand.  You can make [...]

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Review: Hacker Extra 330SC Profile

Mar 20, 2012 No Comments

Hacker Model in concert with Hacker Motors has introduced the Extra 330SC 3D aerobatic EPP foam profile aircraft.  Advertised as “almost unbreakable”, the 330 Extra is a fairly large 3D foamy with a wing span of 39.37” (1000mm) and a fuselage length of 39.76” (1010mm).  The plane is designed for a minimum of 4 channels [...]

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Pilot Projects: Mach 1 [March 2012]

Mar 01, 2012 No Comments

Mach 1: Built from Model Airplane News plans (FSP067330) published in 1973, this pattern ship has foam wings and a stabilizer covered with balsa and finished with epoxy. A Thunder Tiger .60 engine provides more than enough power. Ken writes, “The original plane was designed by Norm Page, a well-known pattern pilot, and the design [...]

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Giant Big Stik Gets a Makeover

Mar 01, 2012 25 Comments

When Rick Michelena decided to turn a common ARF into something special, he started with a Great Planes Giant Big Stik and spent less than a week giving it a facelift. Here’s his story. I needed a good sport airplane, but I still wanted the looks of something different than the run of the mill [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Saved By The Bowl [February 2012]

Feb 25, 2012 No Comments

Saved By The Bowl: When I’m working on a project with a lot of small screws, nuts, etc., I do so over a small 4- or 8-inch-diameter magnetic bowl (available in car parts stores or Harbor Freight).  When I accidentally drop these small parts, they fall right into the bowl and not on the floor, [...]

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