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How to: Add Flaps to your Foam Warbird

Dec 04, 2013 1 Comment

Kick your foam warbird up a notch by adding flaps! The techniques shown here upgrade an E-scale P-47 Thunderbolt from Hobby Lobby (hobby-lobby.com) that has optional functional flaps (an upgrade available on many small electrics). The flap outlines are already molded into the wing so it’s easy to figure out where the flaps belong. Here’s how [...]

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8 Great Shop Tips

Nov 25, 2013 6 Comments

We have a better idea than fighting the crowd at the mall this holiday weekend … spend some time in your workshop! With the cold weather officially here (at least for most of the country), it’s time to get back to building and repairing. To help with that, here are eight workshop tips that we hope [...]

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How To Install Hinges

Nov 15, 2013 8 Comments

From the workshop of MAN editor Gerry Yarrish, this How To Video demonstrates installing flat Du-Bro control hinges in your RC airplane. With more that 84,400 views, this video is a must watch for anyone who wants to start building his or her own RC airplanes from a kit of from plans. These techniques can [...]

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Prevent Loose Servo Arms

Nov 12, 2013 1 Comment

Loose servo arms may cause your plane to fly erratically and even crash, but they’re also a symptom of something else that’s wrong! In this video, Gerry Yarrish shares his methods for finding and fixing the likely culprit, engine vibration, and offers some techniques for making sure your servo arms stay connected for good. video platform video management video solutions [...]

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Shop Tip Video — Splicing Balsa Sheeting

Nov 08, 2013 1 Comment

When you start building larger model airplanes, you need to start splicing wood for larger than average wings. Here’s a shop tip from our own Gerry Yarrish for making slices that are strong, neat and smooth. You’ll need a metal ruler,  some CA glue, (I use ZAP medium CA and Zip Kicker,) sharp hobby blades for [...]

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Workshop Secrets — Scale Windshield Fairing Strips

Oct 30, 2013 3 Comments

When you install a clear plastic windshield or canopy, the way you attach it to the model, or the way you treat the attachment seams has a lot of affect on the model’s overall scale appearance. This technique can be used on with many scale models from racers and open cockpit biplanes, to J3 Piper [...]

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How To Repair a Fiberglass Engine Cowl

Oct 16, 2013 22 Comments

The great thing about almost ready to fly airplanes is that for the most part, they come with great looking fiberglass engine cowls that fit beautifully and often are painted at the factory. The general method of attachment to the fuselage is the use of through-the-cowl screws making assembly quick and simple. After time however, [...]

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Making Strong Wood Splices

Oct 06, 2013 12 Comments

I was sitting under a shade tent at a giant-scale fun fly recently when someone asked me where I got the longer-than-standard-size materials I use to build my big airplanes. I didn’t know what the fellow meant. He told me that his local hobby shop carried only 36-inch lengths of balsa and spruce, and that [...]

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