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FunMaster 72 Build-along Part 3: The Wing

Jan 02, 2014 4 Comments

Continuing his Workshop Build-along for the laser-cut Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 kit, Jerry Smith presents his newest installment highlighting the construction of the wing. Here’s what Jerry reports. Now that we have the tail and fuselage built we’ll move on to a little more work.  The flat bottom wing is built in the traditional way by pinning [...]

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Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 Workshop Build-Along Part 2

Dec 27, 2013 1 Comment

Continuing his “from the workshop” sneak peek, MAN contributor Jerry Smith presents his second installment for the model builder community! Now that we  have the tail feathers completed, let’s start building the fuselage. The fuselage is really sturdy built entirely of 3mm ply. The laser cut parts permit easy assembly and fast building.  Follow the instructions [...]

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Sneak Peek — HyperBipe from Durafly

Dec 18, 2013 1 Comment

Just test flown for a future review in MAN, is the new Aerobatic HyperBipe from Durafly. Available from Hobby King, this sleek aerobatic multi-wing model is a PNF (Plug and Fly) design and has quick and easy assembly, pre-installed 3S power system including motor and ESC, and Fully hinged surfaces. It features rugged molded EPO foam construction [...]

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Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 — Workshop Build-Along Part 1

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments

Designed by Tom Herr, owner/operator of Alien Aircraft, the FunMaster 72 is his newest laser-cut 6-foot span kit plane. Designed to be a multi-role RC airplane, it is great for use as a trainer, fun fly plane or a flying experimenter test bed.  MAN contributor Jerry Smith is building a FunMaster 72 for a future [...]

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Balancing Biplanes — Finding the CG Range for Safe Flights

Dec 12, 2013 2 Comments

When it comes to RC airplanes, I am of the “two sets of wings are better than one” kind of guys. For any model to perform properly and be safe to fly, it has to be properly balanced. This is especially true for multi-wing models. As a basic rule, you first find the MAC or “Mean [...]

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Question of the Week — “What power systems do you use?

Dec 10, 2013 6 Comments

Model Airplane News wants to know what you like, what you do and how you enjoy the great hobby of radio control model airplane building and flying. The editors are always having discussions on what the most popular power systems are be they Electric, Glow (nitro) power or Gas engines. Let us know what your [...]

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20 Field & Bench Tips

Dec 09, 2013 14 Comments

With time, experience and lots of trial and error, we RC modelers all learn good way to do accomplish workshop tasks and/or flying field repairs. The simplest things can often make the biggest difference. Here’s 20 popular tips that will make your hobby time easier and more successful. Be sure to leave comments about your favorite field or bench [...]

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Sneak Peek Video — Weekender Warbird Mustang from Hitec

Dec 06, 2013 1 Comment

We just got back from the flying field where we test flew an awesome mid-sized park flyer warbird. Part of the Hitec Weekender Warbird series, the new P-51 Mustang is a blast to fly. With a span just under 30 inches the P-51 has great flight performance and is a full-house 4-channel flyer. With rudder [...]

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