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Create a perfect fiberglass finish, part 3

Jul 01, 2012 20 Comments

A fiberglass finish not only looks scale, it’s wear-resistant and a great way to protect your model. In his first two articles, Rick Michelena detailed the steps to prep and fiberglass his warbird. In this third and final installment, he adds paint and details, including rivets, panel lines and even navigation lights. After spraying the [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish

Jun 27, 2012 13 Comments

Here’s another how-to from veteran builder Rick Michelena. Enjoy! Do you have the desire to build a warbird or other scale project but desire something more than an iron-on finish? Are you unsure of the steps required in the process of finishing a radio-controlled airplane in fiberglass and paint? This article will give you the knowledge required [...]

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Giant scale gasoline systems

Jun 05, 2012 9 Comments

On a recent rebuild project of a Ziroli 77 inch Stearman PT-17 biplane, I replaced the the fuel tank and plumbing. Here’s how to install a new gasoline fuel system in your plane. (Above.) For the Zenoah G-38 engine powering the Stearman, I chose to install a 20 oz. fuel tank. I also used Sullivan’s heavy [...]

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How to: Add ailerons for a “full-house” jet

Apr 24, 2012 7 Comments

Several years ago a flying buddy brought a Phase 3 F-16 out to the flying field. It was the first EDF jet I ever saw fly, not counting Bob Violett’s Electra which had made quite an impression on everyone at Florida Jets earlier that year. This F-16 is a really nice flying, hand-launched foam model. [...]

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Make an F-82 out of two Mustang ARFs

Apr 23, 2012 12 Comments

Here’s another great project from veteran builder Rick Michelena. This time, Rick does some fun ARF math: P-51 + P-51 = F-82! He writes,  ”The great element of R/C modeling is this: using your imagination allows for any subject to be modeled. Over the past 30 years, I have witnessed the tremendous change that has occurred in our hobby [...]

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Alien Aircraft Gee Bee Sport Kit Build-Along — Video update

Dec 24, 2011 1 Comment

First Flight Test flown at the Central CT RC Club. Some video shot at MAN’s Southbury club field, courtesy of Fairfield League of Yankee Radio Controllers club.   video platform video management video solutions video player Contributor Robert Labriola from the Central CT RC Club, is building a new Gee Bee kit from Alien Aircraft. This laser-cut [...]

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Tips & Tricks for a Great Film Finish

Nov 26, 2011 9 Comments

For many reasons, heat-shrink plastic films are easily the most popular way to cover a model airplane. They’re easy to apply and come in just about every color imaginable; they’re odorless, non-toxic and almost completely fuel-proof. It’s easy to achieve a great-looking model without a lot of effort; you only need to know the basics [...]

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Easy Retract Installation

Oct 05, 2011 2 Comments

One of my favorite planes is the Top Flite Cessna 310. One thing that was missing from this nice scale plane was the great looking retracts that are available from Robart Manufacturing. I decided to install them and I was surprised just how simple it was. I began my endeavor by purchasing all the necessary equipment, [...]

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