Fly the Waterfall

May 04, 2015 1 Comment

When you’re flying a stable elevator, you can perform an inside “waterfall” (micro loop) by maintaining full up-elevator, and applying full power and a little right rudder to correct for increased propwash and P-factor. On the back side of the loop, quickly cut the power and neutralize the rudder. Then, at the instant the fuselage [...]

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Fly the Figure M: two stall turns with a twist

Apr 28, 2015 1 Comment

If you want to become the best aerobatic pilot possible, you need to master key maneuvers by taking small steps. First, make sure you’re proficient in performing maneuvers like inverted flight, vertical and horizontal rolls, inside and outside loops and the stall turn. You can then perform these moves in sequence to create a show-stopping [...]

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Radio Control Strandbeest

Apr 24, 2015 No Comments

Not long ago I became fascinated by Strandbeests.  These amazing walking machines are the brainchild of Dutch artist Theo Jansen, who has been designing and perfecting monumental scale versions for the past 25 years.  By all means visit Theo’s website to watch his captivating videos.  I found out about Strandbeests – Dutch for “beach animals” [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Applying Plywood Panels –Part 24

Apr 20, 2015 4 Comments

When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, there are some plywood panels that give the aeroplane its characteristic look. It was always part of my over all finish scheme to include these side and top panels. Since they are added after the model has been covered and painted, you can add them [...]

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Thinking Big — Checklist for Success — 10 Top Reasons not to Fly

Apr 15, 2015 4 Comments

For years I have stressed the point that when you start flying giant scale models, you should do it in a scale-like manner. To rely on the wing’s lift as full-scale pilots do, rather than on the propeller’s thrust like many sport RC models are flown. The larger airplanes in many ways, fly better than their smaller counterparts but [...]

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RC Giant Scale: How To Rebuild a Walbro Carburetor

Apr 06, 2015 9 Comments

One of the great features that make giant scale RC airplanes so popular, is the bulletproof user-friendly nature of the Walbro carburetors used with most of the gas engines powering them. Once a gas engine is properly adjusted, its carburetor usually won’t need to be tweaked again for most, if not the entire flying season. As [...]

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Flight Technique: Cobra with 1/2 Rolls

Apr 01, 2015 1 Comment

If you follow full-scale aerobatics, there is another maneuver that goes by a similar name, but it is called the Pugachev Cobra. The Pugachev Cobra shows post-stall maneuvering as it displays an abrupt pitch change and a high angle of attack. The Pugachev Cobra is very similar to the common “3D” maneuver, the “Wall,” where [...]

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Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

Mar 30, 2015 10 Comments

It has been a little while since our last posting for the Sopwith Camel Build-Along, but we are making some progress. Last time we covered the basics of applying Stits Lite Poly Fiber covering material and now we continue with the basic steps required to make it ready for painting and finishing. As mentioned before, [...]

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