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From assembly secrets to repair tricks

How to: Get the Stars-and-Bars right

How to: Get the Stars-and-Bars right

If you are one of many modelers who acquired an ARF-type model of an American airplane, the chance that its star-and-bar markings is correct is about one in 10. It’s sad but true. Among models built by usually careful modelers and displayed at meets, like the Toledo Show and Joe Nall, the situation is somewhat […]
Crash Repair: 5 Quick & Easy Fixes

Crash Repair: 5 Quick & Easy Fixes

One of the apprehensions all pilots experience is knowing our planes are at risk every time they take to the air. Then there is a real sense of accomplishment when the plane makes it safely back to terra firma. As our confidence builds, we start doing maneuvers closer to the ground and thereby increase the […]
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How to: Make a Cooling Baffle for a Radial Engine

How to: Make a Cooling Baffle for a Radial Engine

Warbirds with powerful engines usually develop high operating temps unless they are carefully integrated into the airframe. Therefore, they really need a custom designed cooling baffle to keep temps down. Those that think the big round hole in the cowl is going to cool that engine, as is, are usually in for a surprise after […]
LAND LIKE A PRO

LAND LIKE A PRO

We’ve all heard the old adage, Takeoffs are optional; landings are mandatory. Bringing a plane back to the ground safely is a pilot’s top goal. Unfortunately, one of the hardest maneuvers for an RC airplane to perform is the landing, and it is the first one that we pilots must learn to perfect to keep […]
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Cheap ‘n’ Easy Shop Tips

Cheap ‘n’ Easy Shop Tips

We never met a workshop tip we didn’t like! Here are a few helpful tricks from the archives. If you have a tip you’d like to share, add it in the comments!   BOX REMIX One organizational aid I use in my shop is a system for keeping unused servo arms matched to the servos […]
Xiro Handheld Gimbal

Xiro Handheld Gimbal

From Xiro: Attach your camera-equipped Xplorer gimbal…insert your mobile device for real-time display …and connect the built-in WiFi. Then start filming! The included LiPo battery provides 2 hours of operating time. Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.0 x 4.6 in (162.2 x 51.8 x 115.7 mm) Weight: 5.3 oz (150 g) Compatible with Xplorer V/G gimbals and […]
Fly the Avalanche

Fly the Avalanche

The Avalanche will  cause spectators to gasp, especially when performed close to the ground. The surprise is that both maneuvers date back to a time long before 3D was even an aerobatic style. We enlisted the help of our good friend, aerobatic pilot and designer Mike McConville, to guide you through this maneuver and offer some tips […]
Even More Workshop Tips

Even More Workshop Tips

Here are a few more tips from the Model Airplane News vault — enjoy! If you have some tips of your own you’d like to share, please send them to MAN@airage.com. If we publish your tip, you’ll receive a free care package of Bob Smith Industries adhesives (so you won’t need that microwave … see […]
Stall & Spin Recovery Tips

Stall & Spin Recovery Tips

The stall, or more accurately the inadvertent stall, has probably caused more RC planes to crash than any other cause. The safety of your airplane depends on your knowledge of its slow-speed handling and stall characteristics. To minimize the number of crashes due to stalls, the pilot must understand the principles of what makes a […]
Smoke Systems Explained–How to be an RC Skywriter!

Smoke Systems Explained–How to be an RC Skywriter!

If you have ever been to an RC airshow, then you’ve seen aerobatic airplanes using smoke during their flight routines. When used properly, smoke systems can add a great deal to your flight presentation. The uniqueness it gives to specific segments of your flight routine will increase their appeal and pizzazz to both the spectators […]
Life-Like Pilot Painting — Scale Flying Helmet and Goggles Detailing

Life-Like Pilot Painting — Scale Flying Helmet and Goggles Detailing

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 […]
Keep it cool: 10 steps to control air flow

Keep it cool: 10 steps to control air flow

When working with an internal combustion engine, we always have to deal with the heat that is created by this process. In many cases, the opening in the cowl will allow enough air to flow over the engine to maintain a cool temperature. But when performing extended 3D maneuvers, we have only the air produced by […]
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