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Designing a Fiesler Storch

Sep 23, 2009 1 Comment

Interview with Rob Caso, continued

 Is the paint scheme scale?

I covered the model with SIG Koverall and, except for the cockpit area and the vertical fin that are skinned, the covering is scale. I employed a bit of “modeler’s license” with the paint scheme. While the scheme itself is correct, only a few Storchs were flown by the Regia Aeronautica during WW II, so I have no definitive evidence to support my selection. I just liked the scheme and light colors are better for small models!

How did first flight go? Were there any major or minor adjustments needed?

The model seemed a bit touchy in roll when I first flew it and, despite adding nose weight, nothing seemed to help. I then tried removing the LE slats and that seemed to cure the problem. I determined that the slats were too wide in chord and were acting as spoilers. I skinnied them down, spaced them further from the LE and now the model flies a lot better and still looks the part. With about 30 flights on the model, I kept the original “all you can get” control throw setup and used expo to calm things down.

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The Iron Butterfly

Aug 27, 2009 No Comments

Pilot Project of the Month, November 2009 By Peter Donk (see photos below) I’m a member of the Genesee Valley Aero Modelers RC club in Honeoye, NY. I joined GVAM and the AMA in 2008 when I got back into the hobby after many years away from it. I got my feet wet again that [...]

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The First RC Transatlantic Crossing

Aug 27, 2009 No Comments

In the January 2004 issue of Model Airplane News, we featured this article about Maynard Hill and his record setting transatlantic crossing. His TAM 5 (Trans Atlaantic Model) flew 1,882 miles on less than a gallon of fuel. Click HERE to download the full article.

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Robart P-47

Aug 27, 2009 No Comments
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The 41% Shoestring

Jul 24, 2009 No Comments

By Joe Beshar Photos by Cindy Toth (see photos below) I always felt that the Shoestring in my model hangar was the best of all my models, having worn out at least six that were usually powered with a .91 4-stroke engine. They all flew with character, had a beautiful appearance and were a lot [...]

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Western States Electric Fly

Jul 24, 2009 No Comments

      This year’s Western States Electric Fly was held at Apollo XI field in Encino, CA during the weekend of June 5-7, 2009. The event drew a crowd of over 1,000 with some 125+pilots. A large vendor area had many of the visitors perusing their goods throughout the three days.       Most of the three days [...]

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