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From assembly secrets to repair tricks

Video Workshop Tip: How To Bend Landing Gear Wire

Video Workshop Tip: How To Bend Landing Gear Wire

Enjoying any hobby requires you to learn and develop new tasks. Most conventional RC airplanes have wheels and if you are building your own or are repairing one, sooner or later you will be dealing with the landing gear. After all, these are the parts that take most of the beating with taxiing, landings and […]
Easy Scratch-built Skis (Get ready for snow!)

Easy Scratch-built Skis (Get ready for snow!)

Now that the first snowfall has hit parts of the country, it’s the perfect time to get prepared for winter flying! This classic how-to from our good friend Roy Vaillancourt provides a great project that will not only use up some of those leftover pieces of wood in your workshop and but also let you enjoy some […]
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Custom Vinyl Graphics

Custom Vinyl Graphics

The opportunities, tools, and techniques to finish, customize, and personalize your aircraft have never been better. Whether your model is scratch-built, kit-built, or an ARF, your creativity combined with a computer, a local sign shop, and vinyl material can provide you with many colorful new options. The vinyl has been cut. With a careful look, […]
Make Laminated Formers

Make Laminated Formers

If you have been building RC warbirds for a while, you may notice that there is a terrible blight plaguing many of them… tail-heaviness!  The scourge of tail-heaviness leaves the modeler with few good options.  First, he can fly the model as-is with the CG at the limit of its aft location and stagger around […]
20 Builder’s Essentials

20 Builder’s Essentials

The old saying that “Anything is easy if you have the right tools” is particularly true in modeling; the proper tools will simplify any job. There are so many great tools, though, that it can be a challenge to know which to choose. The hardware and tools here will help you with your next project, […]
P-47 Thunderbolt Makeover—Republic’s Street Fighter in British War Paint

P-47 Thunderbolt Makeover—Republic’s Street Fighter in British War Paint

I’ve always liked Republic’s big P-47 Thunderbolt and I’m certain I’m not alone. A longtime favorite of warbird enthusiasts, the Jug has its own remarkable place in the history of aerial warfare. In service about the same time as the equally well-known P-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire, and Messerschmitt Bf 109, it had very little in […]
Workshop Tip — Installing Snow Skis on your RC plane

Workshop Tip — Installing Snow Skis on your RC plane

Well, don’t look now, but the winter is fast approaching. Instead of packing your models away for storage, why not extend your flying season and embrace the white stuff with DU-BRO Snowbird Skis!? Like the hard working bush pilots of the outback and great Northwest, attaching skis to your RC airplane can turn any semi-flat […]
Fly a Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

Fly a Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

There is no doubt that many aerobatic enthusiasts are interested in performing extreme moves. It is important however, to build your aerobatic sequences on a solid foundation. Years ago, when I first became interested in aerobatics, 3D flying did not exist. Instead, we concentrated on precision aerobatics and honed our skills while competing at various […]
Tips for Getting Started with Electric Airplanes

Tips for Getting Started with Electric Airplanes

Today, more than ever we are enjoying a literal “Golden Age” of RC electric flight. The amount of quality motors, batteries, controllers and connectors is just about limitless as are the types and sizes of airplanes you can fly with E-power. Even though there are plenty of plug n play packages out there where you […]
Weathering Tricks to Bring Your Plane to Life

Weathering Tricks to Bring Your Plane to Life

After you’ve painted your model, add some weathering to really bring a scale plane to life. Each technique by itself is very effective and, added together, really produce astonishing realism.  My friend Dave Reid commissioned me to paint his giant-scale SNJ Texan, and it has been the example for these ongoing how-to articles. I weathered and […]
Easy Workshop Tips

Easy Workshop Tips

Hatch Leash A great way to ensure your canopy arrives attached to your plane, rather than flying off one way and the plane going the other, is to use two small pieces of wood from a matchstick or a wooden BBQ skewer. I epoxy one for the inside of the foam canopy and the other […]
Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 14 — Cabane Struts and Top Wing

Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 14 — Cabane Struts and Top Wing

After finishing up the top wing by making and installing the laminated center cutaway bow, it’s time to mate top wing to the fuselage. The struts that support the center of the wing (and set the wing incidence), are called the cabane struts. These work together with the outer interplane struts near the wing tips […]
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