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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 24 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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Pilot Projects: Bower’s Fly Baby Bipe [February 2012]

Feb 01, 2012 No Comments

Bower’s Fly Baby Bipe: Built from a Pat’s Custom Models short kit, this 1/8-scale aircraft has a 33-inch wingspan and is powered by a 370-size motor.  The 15-ounce plane is covered with Coverite Microlite film and sports Callie Graphics decals. Bob writes, “The airplane is a superb flyer with plenty of power for scale-like flight [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Handy Hinge Flue Spreader [January 2012]

Jan 30, 2012 No Comments

Handy Hinge Glue Spreader: Many of today’s 3D foamie airplanes utilize contact adhesive as a hinge material. Spreading the glue can be a messy job. A single-edged razor blade makes an excellent spreading tool but sometimes it can be difficult to use in tight places.  By attaching a wooden clothespin to the razor blade, it’s [...]

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Pilot Projects: Hawker Hurricane [January 2012]

Jan 30, 2012 No Comments

Hawker Hurricane: Based on an aircraft flown in North Africa, this 70-inch-span warbird has flaps, Unitracts air retracts and a sliding canopy, and Henry writes that he spend a year building it from Brian Taylor plans and a short kit from Bob Holman Plans.  The 11.1-pound model has an enlarged air intake to cover the [...]

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Ogar SZD-45 from The Wings Maker: Online review

Jan 24, 2012 3 Comments

Looking for a high-performance powered glider that’s capable of full aerobatics and extreme flight attitudes? Check out David Vaught’s online review here. With a huge 98.5-inch wingspan, the Ogar has plenty of room in its fuselage for camera equipment, so it’s an ideal platform for aerial surveillance. The Wings Maker Company is always trying to [...]

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