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Favorite Modeler’s Tips

Favorite Modeler’s Tips

Everyone appreciates a good building tip or trick — especially when it makes our hobby easier and more enjoyable! Here are a few of our favorites. Send your tips to man@airage.com and if we use them in the magazine, we’ll send you a free MAN baseball cap!   Propeller Balancer (Clear Spray Paint) While balancing plastic propellers instead of […]
Resin Casting Scale Parts: Mass Production Spark Plugs

Resin Casting Scale Parts: Mass Production Spark Plugs

Once you get to a certain level of scale modeling, you’ll start making parts that need to be produced in multiples and, most likely, are not commercially available. This is easily dealt with by making a master part and then reproducing it with a mold and resin casting liquid. Resin casting is considered an advanced technique, […]
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Gas Engine Basics

Gas Engine Basics

When you’re starting your gas engine, get into the habit of using the same procedure all the time so you can easily identify any problems that pop up. It’s important to always have a friend secure the airplane’s tail and make certain the prop bolts are tight. Switch the ignition circuit (kill switch) off, close […]
10 Field & Bench Tips

10 Field & Bench Tips

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. Be sure to leave comments about your favorite field or bench trick or tip.   1 Charged Battery ID If you have a bunch of […]
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Customize Your ARF: Easy Scale Tips & Tricks

Customize Your ARF: Easy Scale Tips & Tricks

It’s early Sunday morning. You stayed up late finishing your new ARF warbird last night, and you’re raring to get to the field to collect all the “Oohs,” “Aahs” and accolades that come with the unveiling of a new model. En route, you plan your strategy: choose a spot in the pits that’s accessible to […]
8 Great Workshop Tips

8 Great Workshop Tips

Here are a few tips from the Model Airplane News vault — enjoy! If you have some tips of your own you’d like to share, please send them to MAN@airage.com.      HOT HOLES Here’s a simple way to make holes through balsa in tight spots. Just bend the tip of a soldering gun to […]
Easy Scratch-built Skis (Get ready for snow!)

Easy Scratch-built Skis (Get ready for snow!)

Now that the first snowfall has hit parts of the country, it’s the perfect time to get prepared for winter flying! This classic how-to from our good friend Roy Vaillancourt provides a great project that will not only use up some of those leftover pieces of wood in your workshop and but also let you enjoy some […]
Spray Painting Made Easy

Spray Painting Made Easy

Here’s a great workshop technique from editor Gerry Yarrish’s workshop. The products may have changed but today, painting your model airplane with “rattle can” spray paint is a less expensive alternative than using an air compressor and an automotive touch-up gun or a HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) rig. When you start building models that have formed […]
Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, (and some WW I German aircraft), there are some plywood panels that give the aeroplane its characteristic look. It was always part of my over all finish scheme to include these side and top panels. Since they are added after the model has been covered […]
4 Reader Tips

4 Reader Tips

These field and bench tips are all courtesy of MAN readers (the best aircraft modelers around!). Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!)   GARAGE STORAGE SPACE When you need more storage space for wings, the garage door can […]
Multi-Servo Control Surface Setup Made Easy

Multi-Servo Control Surface Setup Made Easy

With many of today’s giant scale aerobatic aircraft multiple servos are often used to move each flight control surface. Modern computer radios actually have specialized menus to help setup and adjust multi-servo installations, but you can do it the old fashion way as well by using programmable mixes. Basically you setup a two servo setup (for ailerons […]
Reader Tips & Tricks

Reader Tips & Tricks

We have the best readers, and we love your unique ways of making building and assembling RC planes easier. Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!) Cutting corners on patch jobs When using MonoKote or UltraCote to repair rips […]
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