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How To Repair a Fiberglass Engine Cowl

Jul 02, 2015 13 Comments by

The great thing about almost ready to fly airplanes is that for the most part, they come with great looking fiberglass engine cowls that fit beautifully and often are painted at the factory. The general method of attachment to the fuselage is the use of through-the-cowl screws making assembly quick and simple. After time however, [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 29: Balancing the CG

Jun 14, 2015 2 Comments by

Well, this is the very last workshop segment from this Sopwith Camel Build-Along. After getting the model balanced, it will all be about how it flies, and that means a trip to the Club’s flying field. To balance the model, I used scuba weight and lead shot installed in the engine compartment. I built a plywood [...]

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How to Make Straight Trailing Edges

Jun 01, 2015 5 Comments by

I often see an otherwise fine-looking scale model degraded by a really poor trailing edge construction technique. All but a very few specially designed aircraft have sharp trailing edges on all their flying surfaces. For my scale models, I try to always strive to make the trailing edge sharp, straight and durable. The technique I [...]

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY

May 25, 2015 2 Comments by

Why not customize your aircraft so that night flying will be as simple to do as flying during the day? (That is, for those of you who find it easy to fly during the day!) For me, flying at night has a couple of benefits. I live in the desert and it is hot and [...]

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Radio Control Strandbeest

Apr 24, 2015 No Comments by

Not long ago I became fascinated by Strandbeests.  These amazing walking machines are the brainchild of Dutch artist Theo Jansen, who has been designing and perfecting monumental scale versions for the past 25 years.  By all means visit Theo’s website to watch his captivating videos.  I found out about Strandbeests – Dutch for “beach animals” [...]

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RC Giant Scale: How To Rebuild a Walbro Carburetor

Apr 06, 2015 9 Comments by

One of the great features that make giant scale RC airplanes so popular, is the bulletproof user-friendly nature of the Walbro carburetors used with most of the gas engines powering them. Once a gas engine is properly adjusted, its carburetor usually won’t need to be tweaked again for most, if not the entire flying season. As [...]

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Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

Mar 24, 2015 1 Comment

I am always looking for things I can use in my scale modeling projects. So when I was finishing up my latest project I needed something to duplicate the leather coaming that protects the pilot from the cockpit opening edges. I found that an easy way to make good looking coaming right at a local [...]

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Keep it cool: 10 steps to control air flow

Mar 04, 2015 4 Comments

When working with an internal combustion engine, we always have to deal with the heat that is created by this process. In many cases, the opening in the cowl will allow enough air to flow over the engine to maintain a cool temperature. But when performing extended 3D maneuvers, we have only the air produced by [...]

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