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Rivet Detail Made Easy (well, easier!)

Jun 10, 2014 9 Comments

Don’t you just hate it when an article starts off with a question? Me too! But sometimes it does serve the purpose of grabbing the reader’s attention. With that in mind, how often have you been to a scale modeling event and wondered, “How the heck did he do that?” Whether it’s a technique in [...]

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Fast Fuel Fixes

Jun 03, 2014 7 Comments

Properly installed, your fuel system will last a very long time and may never need to be changed. In a hard landing, however, some of its parts may be dislodged and stop working. Here are some common fuel-flow problems and fixes. > If your engine begins to run lean, check for small pinholes in the [...]

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Painting Scale Pilot Helmets

May 28, 2014 No Comments

I put a huge amount of detail in the helmets of my Best Pilots pilot figures because its the topmost thing that’s viewed when your pilot is sitting in the cockpit. Most flight helmets are leather and that’s what’s shown in the December 2011 issue of MAN. The following technique works like magic in replicating [...]

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Charging Multiple Packs

May 18, 2014 4 Comments

Lithium-polymer cells have revolutionized electric flight, but as any e-flier knows, LiPo charging and maintenance can be time consuming. For optimum service life, LiPos should be stored around 3.8 volts per cell, which creates a bottleneck for spur-of-the-moment flying, and recharging batteries at the field can be a chore when you’d rather be in the [...]

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Video Workshop How To: Installing RC Fuel Tanks

May 14, 2014 5 Comments

For an RC airplane to fly properly and safely, its engine needs a consistent supply of fuel. Whether you are flying a glow powered or gasoline burning airplane, the fuel tank needs to be assembled and installed correctly. Here’s MAN editor Gerry Yarrish with some shop tech tips for you that will help you with [...]

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Workshop Build-alone — Sopwith Camel Part 5 — Forming Wire

Apr 27, 2014 No Comments

Now that the landing gear mounting blocks are installed in the fuselage, it’s time to switch to the landing gear itself. That is to check out the drawings and get the materials we’ll need to cut, bend and eventually solder the landing gear together. What I used is 3/16 inch Music Wire for the main [...]

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How to: Make Bubble Windows

Apr 17, 2014 1 Comment

Many full-scale airplanes and helicopters feature bubble windows to allow the crew greater visibility. Replicating these windows can be tricky for scale modelers, as it’s inconvenient to make a vacuum-forming plug for each uniquely shaped window frame. In full-scale aircraft manufacturing, these bubble windows are almost always free-blown from sheet plastic clamped in a frame. [...]

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ARF Jet Makeover

Apr 14, 2014 5 Comments

I’ve been waiting for a F86 Sabre EDF to come along that didn’t have a HUGE “out of scale”nose intake and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Finally E-flite did it. Watching the performance of this model on the stock setup , I was finally satisfied. Having just finished a repaint, retract install and [...]

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