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DIY Control Horns and Servo Mounts

Jul 05, 2014 1 Comment

I receive at least one unsolicited credit card every month. Usually, I cut them up and throw them in the trash. Ollie Edwards of the Scottsdale, AZ Model Flyers uses the cards to make control horns and servo mounts. They work great on his flat-wing models and probably would be adequate for backyard airplanes of [...]

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100,000+ Facebook “Likes” and still growing!

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

Wow! One thing’s for sure! Model Airplane News readers and our Facebook fans are a loyal group of RC airplane enthusiasts! The MAN crew would like to thank all of you for helping us reach this impressive social media milestone. Be sure to like us on Facebook to get the inside scoop from events, the latest news on [...]

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Workshop Build-alone — Sopwith Camel Part 5 — Forming Wire

Apr 27, 2014 No Comments

Now that the landing gear mounting blocks are installed in the fuselage, it’s time to switch to the landing gear itself. That is to check out the drawings and get the materials we’ll need to cut, bend and eventually solder the landing gear together. What I used is 3/16 inch Music Wire for the main [...]

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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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