How-tos

RC Aerobatics: Programming mixes for knife-edge flight

Jan 15, 2015 No Comments

Mixing out unwanted tendencies during knife-edge is widely practiced, but like most things in aviation, there are trade-offs to consider. Programmable mixes let you automatically mix another control with your primary input to reduce or eliminate some of the unwanted tendencies associated with certain inputs and maneuvers. For example, when you apply a lot of [...]

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Adding Scale Details to a Pilot Figure

Jan 13, 2015 13 Comments

When we build large scale models, the small details really make the subject come to life. This is especially true with scale pilot figures and busts. For my 33% scale Fokker Triplane project, I needed a properly dressed aviator to fill out the cockpit. This is how I turned my Pilot Portraits (Mike Brent) www.mikebrentart.com Mini-Me [...]

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RC Warbird covering tips: 3-color fuselage

Jan 13, 2015 6 Comments

Let’s begin our next installment to recovering your warbird from start to finish, using the Hangar 9 P-51D .60-size Mustang as an example. We’ve already finished covering the wing and stabilizer and all the smaller pieces in the kit. Now we are going to show you how to cover a fuselage with three different colors [...]

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Hangar 9 Spitfire ARF 30cc modifications

Jan 11, 2015 No Comments

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 [...]

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MASTER A 3-ROLL, 270-DEGREE ROLLING CIRCLE

Jan 11, 2015 2 Comments

        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

Jan 08, 2015 8 Comments

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 [...]

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DIY Balsa Rack

Jan 06, 2015 5 Comments

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

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments

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 [...]

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