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Installing Hinges Made Easy

Mar 31, 2014 6 Comments

The subject of one of my buildalongs, the Florio Flyer 60 has remained very popular on the MAN website. I started by opening the box and building the plane, eventually covering it and flying it to show all the techniques required to build a model airplane from a kit. When it comes to hinges, I used DuBro [...]

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Spray Painting Made Easy

Mar 25, 2014 6 Comments

Here’s a great workshop technique from editor Gerry Yarrish’s workshop. The products may have changed but today, painting your model airplane with “rattle can” spray paint is a less expensive alternative than using an air compressor and an automotive touch-up gun or a HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) rig. When you start building models that have formed [...]

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Prop Balancing Made Easy

Feb 13, 2014 13 Comments

I have been often asked, “Do I need to balance my prop?” and the quick answer is always “Yes!” A properly balanced prop will give you more rpm from gas, glow and electric engines. A balanced prop will reduce the wear and tear on your aircraft by greatly reducing vibration, which leads to reducing premature [...]

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Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch

Dec 26, 2013 6 Comments

When it comes to RC Golden Age racers, no one does  flying models better than the world recognized  guru of scale Gee Bees - Henry Haffke. When I teamed up with Henry to build the 1/3-scale version of his Howard DGA-5 “Ike” Golden Age racer, I added several  details that a racer this size needed to look right. One [...]

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How To Make a Scale Prop

Dec 16, 2013 7 Comments

Reproducing Laminated wood propeller details

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Balancing Biplanes — Finding the CG Range for Safe Flights

Dec 12, 2013 2 Comments

When it comes to RC airplanes, I am of the “two sets of wings are better than one” kind of guys. For any model to perform properly and be safe to fly, it has to be properly balanced. This is especially true for multi-wing models. As a basic rule, you first find the MAC or “Mean [...]

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20 Field & Bench Tips

Dec 09, 2013 14 Comments

With time, experience and lots of trial and error, we RC modelers all learn good way to do accomplish workshop tasks and/or flying field repairs. The simplest things can often make the biggest difference. Here’s 20 popular tips that will make your hobby time easier and more successful. Be sure to leave comments about your favorite field or bench [...]

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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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