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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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Let’s Get Back to Building

Feb 03, 2009 No Comments

Text and photos by Jerry Smith I can remember when kit building was the way of life. If you wanted an RC airplane, you had to build it. In those days, kits were a pile of wood, a set of plans and maybe a pre-bent landing gear, if you were lucky. Sometimes the ribs and [...]

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Custom-Made Retractable Landing Gear for the Westland Wyvern S-4

Nov 12, 2008 No Comments

WESTLAND WYVERN LANDING GEAR By David Wigley — Unquestionably, one of the most dynamic and interesting aircraft of the 1950s was the Westland Wyvern S4. It was designed from the outset as a carrier-based strike fighter for the British Royal Navy. It was a huge aircraft with a takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds and was [...]

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