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Hangar 9 Spitfire ARF 30cc modifications

Hangar 9 Spitfire ARF 30cc modifications

The Hangar 9 Spitfire Mk IXc ARF is an excellent model.  Built following the instructions it will be an excellent aircraft you’ll enjoy flying for many years.  To add a little personal touch and enhance some of the scale detail I added a few modifications to the kit.  They are not intended to be exact […]
MASTER A 3-ROLL, 270-DEGREE ROLLING CIRCLE

MASTER A 3-ROLL, 270-DEGREE ROLLING CIRCLE

        Recently, I took a look at a few known International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) programs and came across an interesting maneuver that serves as a great building block for other, more intricate, maneuvers. The 3-roll 270-degree rolling circle is maneuver four in the 2011 Advanced Class program. Many pilots claim to […]
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RC Aircraft Scale Rivets & Screws

RC Aircraft Scale Rivets & Screws

UK master modeler Phil Noel knows aircraft rivets and screws. After retiring from the full-size aviation industry, his company Pinnacle Aviation custom-builds composite model kits as well as offering painting, weathering and repair service. In this video, he shows how he creates rivets on and applies scale screws to a Comp-ARF Spitfire and a Jet Legends L-39 Albatross.  Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for filming […]
DIY Balsa Rack

DIY Balsa Rack

Wayne McNab writes, “I am an organizing kind of guy. I hate messes even though I seem to be very good at generating them. Up until four years ago, I had been out of model aircraft for about 20 years. My memory was of a time when if you wanted to fly, you had to […]
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Scale Workshop Secrets

Scale Workshop Secrets

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 […]
How to: Add Square Checkerboards

How to: Add Square Checkerboards

This simple design can have a big impact on your aircraft’s color scheme! We start the same way by spraying the glass with window cleaner, then removing the backing from the Ultracote and then pressing it down on the glass. This will keep the covering in place while cutting out the checkerboard. Lay down a […]
Electric Retract Installation–Easier than you think!

Electric Retract Installation–Easier than you think!

When you start to assemble an EDF jet, one of the required tasks is to work out and install your retractable landing gear. Modifying and installing E-flite gear in a jet is relatively simple and MAN contributor Ken Park recently accomplished the task for his new Viper Jet. Check it out, it’s easier than you […]
A new look for a new ARF

RV-4 ARF Makeover

If you have been around this hobby for a long time you’ve seen many changes in recent years.  There are still some extreme craftsmen like Graeme Mears making master pieces in their workshops, many of us have limited time and look forward to getting out and flying.  It’s great to have that custom build, but […]
5 Great Scale Building Tips

5 Great Scale Building Tips

When it comes to building  airplanes, all scale modelers seem to have mastered the art of Imagineering. Where sport models are utilitarian and have basic Monokote finishes and switches are easily accessible and located, scale planes are all about looking realistic. Here are some basic workshop building and detailing tips as well as a few […]
Make a Scale Static Propeller

Make a Scale Static Propeller

When it comes to scale RC planes, the biggest thing that ruins the scale look of the plane is a “smaller than scale” flying propeller. Many warbird pilots will paint their props the correct color and add the yellow safety propeller tips, but if you really want to get maximum attention at the flying field, […]
Turn your Slow Stick into an ultralight!

Turn your Slow Stick into an ultralight!

Slow Sticks are a fixture at nearly every park and flying field, but the MIA Designs Ultralight kit offers a fun way to give a different twist to this popular design. The overall look is reminiscent of the classic Quicksilver, particularly in flight, and it is a load of fun. NOTABLE FEATURES The Ultralight kit […]
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