How-tos

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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FLY THE AVALANCHE: 4 simple steps to this impressive move

Aug 15, 2014 2 Comments

Even if you don’t aspire to be a competition pilot, you can learn from the fundamentals in this exciting competition move. For example, I’m sure a lot of you have performed a basic loop. In fact, the loop is the first aerobatic maneuver that many people perform. The avalanche is a basic loop, but has [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 13 — Wings are the Thing!

Aug 13, 2014 No Comments

Now that the Camel can sit up on its own articulated landing gear, it’s time to clean off the bench and start gluing ribs to spars. With all my wings, I start by pinning the spar to the board and then I use a couple of the ribs to space the trailing edges and sub-spars. [...]

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Perfecting the 3-turn Negative Spin

Aug 07, 2014 No Comments

In the early days of aviation, spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since the [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 11 — Working on the Front End

Aug 06, 2014 1 Comment

I continued making progress on the Camel project this weekend and as with any long term build, there are specific tasks that have to be done so other tasks can be accomplished. I look at a model project as a bunch of small easy to do tasks, that once you accomplish all of them, your [...]

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Giant scale gasoline systems

Aug 05, 2014 7 Comments

On a recent rebuild project of a Ziroli 77 inch Stearman PT-17 biplane, I replaced the the fuel tank and plumbing. Here’s how to install a new gasoline fuel system in your plane. (Above.) For the Zenoah G-38 engine powering the Stearman, I chose to install a 20 oz. fuel tank. I also used Sullivan’s heavy [...]

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Easy Retract Installation

Aug 05, 2014 1 Comment

One of my favorite planes is the Top Flite Cessna 310. One thing that was missing from this nice scale plane was the great looking retracts that are available from Robart Manufacturing. I decided to install them and I was surprised just how simple it was. I began my endeavor by purchasing all the necessary equipment, [...]

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Don’t trash that crash!

Jul 30, 2014 7 Comments

We’ve all done it. That one dumb thumb move, the very brief moment when our brain wanted to go right and our thumb decided to go left. There’s nothing you can do but pick up the pieces and take them back to the shop. Some professional aircraft impact testers even have a trash bag in [...]

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