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End loopy takeoffs with a gyro

Jun 25, 2010 11 Comments

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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A Buster of a Canopy!

May 21, 2010 No Comments

Buster Canopy How To By Bud Roane   When doing a canopy for a sport model, where I want as light a weight as possible and a nice appearance, I usually just spray the inside of the canopy with plastic spray paint. This is a technique that I learned from Dick Sarpolis many years ago. [...]

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Dummy Scale Engines Made Easy.

Mar 28, 2010 No Comments

A Master Scale Modelers shows hot to make amazing dummy scale engines for your WW1 Airplane.

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How to Make Scale Engine Cowls the Easy Way

Feb 24, 2010 9 Comments

Online Exclusive How To Article

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Scale Workshop Secrets

Sep 23, 2009 No Comments

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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Carl Risteen’s Biplane Secrets

Apr 17, 2009 No Comments

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Design and Evolution of a Sport Airplane

Mar 24, 2009 No Comments

By Gary Droppo   (see photos below)   Over approximately 15 years, I have periodically re-visited a design I started back in the days when virtually all “sport” or “fun-fly” planes were kit-built .40 glow-engined planes, such as the famous Florio 40. My undertaking was unimaginatively called MOD-1, 2 …up to my current MOD-7.                                                                             [...]

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Scratch Building Round Cowlings

Feb 10, 2009 No Comments

Text & photos by Rodney Helgeland See photos below. The method of making a round cowling involves laminating a cylinder from 1/64-inch plywood and capping it with a balsa ring for the leading edge. In the photos that are featured in this article, I  show two cowlings that I made this way; one was for [...]

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