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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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Must-Know Soldering Tips

Jul 29, 2013 5 Comments

There is always that occasional opportunity to do some soldering. When you need to add some connectors to a battery pack, or to make a set of wiring adapters for your battery charger, using heat and molten metal to join wires together is one of the oldest do-it-yourself tasks for RC hobbyists. The task is [...]

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Micro Warbird Makeover

May 09, 2013 1 Comment

Over the past several years, the arrival of ARFs has provided a means for many to quickly get into RC flying. Today, preassembled models have improved to the point where many exceed the level of ability, interest, and even flying skills of the purchaser. No matter the reason, ARFs do fill a very necessary niche [...]

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On the skids? How to fix adverse yaw

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

Adverse yaw is an inherent opposite yaw or skid that occurs with aileron deflections. A positive angle of attack is generally required to produce the wing lift needed to keep an airplane in the air. When the ailerons are deflected at a positive angle of attack, the down aileron presents a wider frontal cross section, [...]

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Make Laminated Formers

Apr 10, 2013 10 Comments

If you have been building RC warbirds for a while, you may notice that there is a terrible blight plaguing many of them… tail-heaviness!  The scourge of tail-heaviness leaves the modeler with few good options.  First, he can fly the model as-is with the CG at the limit of its aft location and stagger around [...]

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Budget building: how to edge-glue balsa

Mar 21, 2013 12 Comments

At some point in your model-building career, you will be faced with a problem.  You will have an area of your model that requires a sheet of balsa wider than the material you have on hand.  If you are like me, this usually happens when you are starting to make significant progress and when the [...]

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How To Make Removable Wheelpants

Mar 04, 2013 4 Comments

A fast and easy way for sport models in 10 Easy Steps

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Jazz up your covering scheme!

Feb 21, 2013 2 Comments

Here’s how to add a checkerboard design to an already existing color scheme. I used the E-flite Shoestring and UltraCote covering. Because we are using heat shrink covering, this technique can be applied to any balsa covered ARF you have. This is especially useful for club events, such as fun-flys, club 40 racing, or in this [...]

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