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Scale Workshop Secrets

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments by

This Henry Haffke design was built as part of a team effort with Henry and myself working together to finish this impressive icon of National Air Racing fame. Here are more of the finishing techniques I used to detail the Ike. Scale Exterior Panels One of the details that’s a real part of the Howard [...]

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Turn your Slow Stick into an ultralight!

Dec 03, 2014 8 Comments by

Slow Sticks are a fixture at nearly every park and flying field, but the MIA Designs Ultralight kit offers a fun way to give a different twist to this popular design. The overall look is reminiscent of the classic Quicksilver, particularly in flight, and it is a load of fun. NOTABLE FEATURES The Ultralight kit [...]

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Make Laminated Formers

Nov 10, 2014 2 Comments by

If you have been building RC warbirds for a while, you may notice that there is a terrible blight plaguing many of them… tail-heaviness!  The scourge of tail-heaviness leaves the modeler with few good options.  First, he can fly the model as-is with the CG at the limit of its aft location and stagger around [...]

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Workshop Tips — Laminating Balsa Parts

Sep 02, 2014 4 Comments by

As my online Build-Along for the Sopwith Camel continues, I recently did some lamination work on the top wing, and thought it would make a good How To. This technique has been used for decades but to a new generation of RC model builders might be worth explaining in detail. Here’s how I did. There’s [...]

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How to: Make a Sliding Canopy

Aug 26, 2014 12 Comments by

Like many scale modelers, I simply can’t leave well enough alone and I often find myself  thinking of ways to improve a scale project. With the ESM ARF Corsair as a base model, I thought I would give it a complete makeover and add lots of details and special features. The sliding canopy is one [...]

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End loopy takeoffs with a gyro

Aug 25, 2014 10 Comments by

Like many of you, I have a few different planes, and enjoy flying most of them. However, I do have one or two that are just plain nasty in their ground handling and take offs. You probably have seen these – some Piper Cubs, Beavers, and especially some of the narrow under carriage warbirds. Strangely, [...]

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Soldering Made Easy — Dealing with Printed Circuits

Aug 21, 2014 4 Comments

Soldering things together takes all forms and sizes relative to our RC hobby. Back in the day, you needed to have the steady hands of an electronic tech guy to assemble entire RC transmitters from kits. Today most of the soldering chores deal with batteries and ESCs. One of the easiest ways to deal with [...]

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Workshop Tip: Fuel Fitting Rebuild

Aug 18, 2014 1 Comment

The secret to a reliably running engine, is a reliable fuel system, installed and maintained correctly. For either Glow or Gasoline systems, this includes the proper use and up keep of the fueling valves used to fill and empty the tank. Prolonged use, and/or lack of use of your fueling valve can result in the valve [...]

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