By George Jenkins If you’ve ever struggled to install mechanical retracts, your no-nonsense solution is here—electric retracts. If you have had a hard time getting your mechanical retracts to lock up or down or if you’ve ever had a gear failure or watched your warbird swaying back and forth while just sitting on the runway, [...]
(See Pictures Below) Futaba’s new GY 520 AVCS Rate Gyro is not only tiny; but it will also definitely surprise you with its performance. It’s small and super lightweight, easy to set up and full of features for both the beginner as well as F3C and 3D pilots who thrive on perfection. It can be [...]
Yes sir, sports fans, there I was, blasting along over the beach, indicating 500 knots. I tweaked back on the stick, the VSI zipped past 6000 fpm and the needle buried itself in the peg. In seconds, seconds mind you, we were rocketing through 10,000 ft, my hand quivering and my mind suitably boggled. I’ll [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.