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Radio Control Strandbeest

Apr 24, 2015 7 Comments

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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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Applying Plywood Panels –Part 24

Apr 20, 2015 4 Comments

When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, there are some plywood panels that give the aeroplane its characteristic look. It was always part of my over all finish scheme to include these side and top panels. Since they are added after the model has been covered and painted, you can add them [...]

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Thinking Big — Checklist for Success — 10 Top Reasons not to Fly

Apr 15, 2015 4 Comments

For years I have stressed the point that when you start flying giant scale models, you should do it in a scale-like manner. To rely on the wing’s lift as full-scale pilots do, rather than on the propeller’s thrust like many sport RC models are flown. The larger airplanes in many ways, fly better than their smaller counterparts but [...]

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RC Giant Scale: How To Rebuild a Walbro Carburetor

Apr 06, 2015 9 Comments

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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Flight Technique: Cobra with 1/2 Rolls

Apr 01, 2015 1 Comment

If you follow full-scale aerobatics, there is another maneuver that goes by a similar name, but it is called the Pugachev Cobra. The Pugachev Cobra shows post-stall maneuvering as it displays an abrupt pitch change and a high angle of attack. The Pugachev Cobra is very similar to the common “3D” maneuver, the “Wall,” where [...]

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Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

Mar 30, 2015 10 Comments

It has been a little while since our last posting for the Sopwith Camel Build-Along, but we are making some progress. Last time we covered the basics of applying Stits Lite Poly Fiber covering material and now we continue with the basic steps required to make it ready for painting and finishing. As mentioned before, [...]

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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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RC Airplane Fuel Tank Maintenance – Video Workshop tip

Mar 20, 2015 6 Comments

When you fly glow powered airplanes it is important to properly care for the fuel tank. The key to having reliable engine performance is having a ship shape fuel tank. This How To video shows how to swap out old hardware and install new. Of course using Du-Bro hardware and tools makes the job a [...]

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