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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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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY

Oct 02, 2013 7 Comments

Why not customize your aircraft so that night flying will be as simple to do as flying during the day? (That is, for those of you who find it easy to fly during the day!) For me, flying at night has a couple of benefits. I live in the desert and it is hot and [...]

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How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

Sep 27, 2013 4 Comments

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood for making 3-panel frames to hold clear windshield panes. The opening photo is of my older Stearman and it shows how the finished frames look when finished. Come back often as I will be updating this post as the project goes along. Let’s get started. [...]

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Keep it cool: 10 steps to control air flow

Sep 18, 2013 1 Comment

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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How to Make Straight Trailing Edges

Aug 21, 2013 5 Comments

I often see an otherwise fine-looking scale model degraded by a really poor trailing edge construction technique. All but a very few specially designed aircraft have sharp trailing edges on all their flying surfaces. For my scale models, I try to always strive to make the trailing edge sharp, straight and durable. The technique I [...]

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Movie Makeover: Creating Disney’s “Bulldog”

Aug 14, 2013 10 Comments

By Rich Uravitch. You’ve probably either seen, or plan on seeing, the new Disney/Pixar movie “Planes.” I stumbled across information on this production over a year ago when the studio was discussing release plans which had the movie heading directly for DVD, bypassing the theater circuit entirely. This plan has thankfully, and probably profitably, changed [...]

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Easy New Trim Scheme

Aug 07, 2013 2 Comments

After: The new color scheme makes the Proud Bird really stand out from all the other race planes. Before The Great Planes Proud Bird EF1 Racer is one of the few ARFs that comes in an all-white color scheme so the owner can put his own custom design on it. Having a blank canvas is [...]

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