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Where should you put a smoke tank?

Jul 25, 2014 No Comments

This tip comes from my friend Albert Tejera who owns TME. Albert is an enthusiastic flyer and just an all-around good guy. Many new RC smoke users wonder if they should balance their airplane with the oil tank filled or empty? Generally we recommend that the tank be placed as close as possible to the [...]

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Workshop Build-Along 2: Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster Bipe — Wing Panels

Jul 22, 2014 1 Comment

Our next installment of the ArrowMaster Biplane Build-Along gets the wings in shape! So far, builder and reviewer Rick bell, gives the Alien Aircraft laser cut kit, two thumbs up! Let’s get to the workbench! 1. Here’s the major componets to build the lower right wing panel. To glue the parts together, I’m using Sig Sigment [...]

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Shop Tip: Extending Landing Gear Axle Length

Jul 22, 2014 4 Comments

The stock hardware that comes with many of today’s ARF models is designed to do the job assigned and for the most part, they all get a passing grade for quality. If however you try adding accessories, the hardware may have to replaced or modified. An example of this is the new E/Z brake system [...]

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Exterior Details: Dummy Control Linkages

Jul 15, 2014 No Comments

There’s an old saying that scale models are really never finished, you just stop adding details to them and go flying! Each scale modeler has to decide for himself when enough is enough. For me, I enjoy adding details to the top surfaces of the wings and control surfaces in the form of scale dummy [...]

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DIY Control Horns and Servo Mounts

Jul 05, 2014 1 Comment

I receive at least one unsolicited credit card every month. Usually, I cut them up and throw them in the trash. Ollie Edwards of the Scottsdale, AZ Model Flyers uses the cards to make control horns and servo mounts. They work great on his flat-wing models and probably would be adequate for backyard airplanes of [...]

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Shop Tip: Balancing your Propeller

Jun 25, 2014 3 Comments

When operating RC airplanes (or quadcopters), properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following [...]

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Making helicopter pushrods: a fast & easy solution!

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

Charlie Hynes has a lot of helicopters, and he found an easier way to assemble pushrods and ball links, using his cordless drill. Check out his how to! A lot of helicopters come with ball links and pushrods that need to be assembled by hand. Here’s how you can use a drill motor instead of pliers [...]

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Soldering Wire Landing Gear — The easy way!

Jun 10, 2014 9 Comments

While building sport airplanes from kits, often the airplane will have landing gear made from formed and bent music wire that you will have to solder together. For Fun Fly airplanes like the Florio Flyer 60, the music wire are a little extra long to provide plenty of ground clearance for the propeller, very important [...]

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