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How To Repair a Fiberglass Engine Cowl

How To Repair a Fiberglass Engine Cowl

The great thing about almost ready to fly airplanes is that for the most part, they come with great looking fiberglass engine cowls that fit beautifully and often are painted at the factory. The general method of attachment to the fuselage is the use of through-the-cowl screws making assembly quick and simple. After time however, […]
How to: Make WWI Warbird Lozenge Camouflage Covering

How to: Make WWI Warbird Lozenge Camouflage Covering

Tackling this particular aspect of WW I warbirds can be both challenging and rewarding. It’s really not di cult to do, once you understand the system and have relatively good organizational skills and a healthy dose of patience. Let’s start with some history. Before the advent of camouflage, all German aircraft were finished using clear […]
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7 Great Workshop Tips

7 Great Workshop Tips

From pull-pull control systems to getting the most out of that bottle of CA, our team of editors and contributors has the answers you’re looking for. Here are 8 workshop tips that we hope will make your time in the shop more enjoyable and efficient. Enjoy! Fine-Tuning Control Horns When it comes to using a […]
Road to Top Gun — An Editor’s Invitation to Top Gun

Road to Top Gun — An Editor’s Invitation to Top Gun

And now for something completely different! For the very first time ever, an editor for Model Airplane News will be competing at the annual Top Gun Scale Invitational. I received my invite to compete from Frank Tiano himself while I was covering the 2015 event. MAN has been a major sponsor of the event for many […]
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Balsa USA Vintage 3-Point WW 1 Floats

Balsa USA Vintage 3-Point WW 1 Floats

If like our editors, you like WW 1 scale airplanes, and are looking for a way to spice up your vintage flying! Try adding water! Flying your Fokker or Sopwith off of water with scale-like 3-Point Floats adds a whole new dimension to the sport. Featuring Balsa, Basswood, and Plywood construction, the new Balsa USA 3-Point […]
Dawn Patrol over the Glen WW1 Meet

Dawn Patrol over the Glen WW1 Meet

The Shade Tree Miniature Aircraft Association’s  (SMAA)  flying field is located in  Glen St. Mary Florida, about 35 miles due west of Jacksonville. This club hosts several events during the year, the most popular being their “Dawn Patrol over the Glen” open to of any size WW1 models. They also have a “Warbirds over the Glen” meet for […]
SIG Kadet Seniorita EP ARF

SIG Kadet Seniorita EP ARF

Since 1987 the KADET SENIORITA has been built and flown by literally tens of thousands of beginning R/C pilots, helping them to earn their “R/C wings”. The designer, R/C pioneer Claude McCullough, knew that the key to learning how to fly an R/C model was being able to slow the model down to allow the […]
HobbyKing Piper J-3 Cub Balsa GP/EP 1620mm (ARF)

HobbyKing Piper J-3 Cub Balsa GP/EP 1620mm (ARF)

The Piper J-3 Cub is one of the most recognized light airplanes in the world. It was built in large numbers and was a favorite due to its simplicity, ruggedness, affordability, and easy handling. The large wing enabled it to fly slow. It has worn both civilian and military clothing in its long history including […]
Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

It has been a little while since our last posting for the Sopwith Camel Build-Along, but we are making some progress. Last time we covered the basics of applying Stits Lite Poly Fiber covering material and now we continue with the basic steps required to make it ready for painting and finishing. As mentioned before, […]
Workshop Build-Along — Triplane Weathering

Workshop Build-Along — Triplane Weathering

So you’ve finished painting your new scale airplane and it looks nice and shiny and brand new. You check your model one more time against your photo documents of the full-size plane and there’s something just not quite right… What is it? Well, it would be a safe guess that your full size subject airplane, […]
Fabric Covering Tips – Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-along — Part 20

Fabric Covering Tips – Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-along — Part 20

Now that the Sopwith Camel’s fuselage and the rest of the project has been all buttoned up, and the engine cowling’s magnetic attachment arrangement taken care off, we can how move on to the covering process of the project. For this model, I am using Scale Stits and Polytone paint and adhesive. The fabric is specially produced […]
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