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How To Install Hinges

Nov 15, 2013 8 Comments

From the workshop of MAN editor Gerry Yarrish, this How To Video demonstrates installing flat Du-Bro control hinges in your RC airplane. With more that 84,400 views, this video is a must watch for anyone who wants to start building his or her own RC airplanes from a kit of from plans. These techniques can [...]

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Prevent Loose Servo Arms

Nov 12, 2013 1 Comment

Loose servo arms may cause your plane to fly erratically and even crash, but they’re also a symptom of something else that’s wrong! In this video, Gerry Yarrish shares his methods for finding and fixing the likely culprit, engine vibration, and offers some techniques for making sure your servo arms stay connected for good. video platform video management video solutions [...]

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Shop Tip Video — Splicing Balsa Sheeting

Nov 08, 2013 1 Comment

When you start building larger model airplanes, you need to start splicing wood for larger than average wings. Here’s a shop tip from our own Gerry Yarrish for making slices that are strong, neat and smooth. You’ll need a metal ruler,  some CA glue, (I use ZAP medium CA and Zip Kicker,) sharp hobby blades for [...]

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Workshop Secrets — Scale Windshield Fairing Strips

Oct 30, 2013 3 Comments

When you install a clear plastic windshield or canopy, the way you attach it to the model, or the way you treat the attachment seams has a lot of affect on the model’s overall scale appearance. This technique can be used on with many scale models from racers and open cockpit biplanes, to J3 Piper [...]

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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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