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Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 4 — Landing Gear Blocks

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

So with the firewall taken care of, I next tackled the main landing gear attachment blocks. Of course these are not usually available at the local hobby shop, so depending on the size you need, you’ll either have to order them online, or make them yourself as I did. I used a router with a [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 3 — Firewall installation

Apr 13, 2014 No Comments

Well, with the winter building season coming to an end, I thought I would squeeze in some more bench time and post an update on the Sopwith Camel Build-along. Since we assembled the main fuselage framework, I turned my attentions to the front end and worked on the firewall forward section. So before installing the [...]

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Workshop Tips and Tricks — Securing Servo Leads

Apr 11, 2014 1 Comment

MAN’s Gerry Yarrish is always building and reviewing RC airplanes and along the way has used all sorts of tricks and techniques to solve common problems that pop up. Check out this video showing how to avoid servo leads from coming apart in the air and bringing your RC plane down unexpectedly. video platform video [...]

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Behind the Scenes — RotorDrone Photo Shoot

Mar 13, 2014 5 Comments

I spent part of the day with staff photographer Peter Hall shooting setup shots for an upcoming article for our new Special Issue “RotorDrone.” We chatted with Marc D’Antonio, owner/operator of FX Models in Terryville, CT and boy, we really got a new point of view of the quickly growing Quadcopter and Drone industry/market. Enjoy [...]

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Scale Docs for the ORA Triplane

Feb 10, 2014 1 Comment

Over the course of building my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I searched the web for suitable images and documentation for the triplane flown by Cole Palen at the Old Rhinbeck Aerodrome (ORA). Here a few of those images and the set of scale drawings I made for the “Bloody Black Baron or Rhinebeck’s show plane. [...]

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Durafly Hyper Bipe — Video First Look

Jan 20, 2014 No Comments

One of Model Airplane News’ Featured Bloggers, Carl Layden, just acquired a new biplane and has produced a video first look. The Hyper Bipe from Durafly, is a modern looking unusual multi-wing sport flyer. A very talented modeler and a regular contributor to MAN’s Canadian section, Carl has a lot of experience and offers his [...]

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Model Jet Makeover — A face-lift for an old Favorite

Jan 16, 2014 1 Comment

In this current age of modern ARFs and painted-in-the-mold airframes, it’s common to see shiny new models at the field every weekend.  In most cases however, in the process this leads us to neglect tried-and-true airframes in the corner of our workshop.  What happens to these models that were once the star of our fleet?  [...]

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Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 Build-along Part 4 — Final Assembly

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

The Alien Aircraft Funmaster 72 build has been very enjoyable.  Here is Part 4 of the workshop build-along. I spent considerable time sanding the airframe so the final application of the covering material (Top Flight Monokote,) would look good. I used Opaque White with a Red trim to make it highly visible in the air. The final [...]

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