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RC Math: 1 Mustang + 1 Mustang = 1 F-82

RC Math: 1 Mustang + 1 Mustang = 1 F-82

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 with […]
3D Aerobatics Made Easy

3D Aerobatics Made Easy

I’m far from being a 3D aerobatic expert — 3D hacker would probably be a more apt description of my skill level. I enjoy flying all sorts of airplanes and regardless of their design, I usually try some sort of aerobatics with the model. I do this to fully explore the model’s performance potential and […]
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Balancing Bipes: The Right CG for Safe Flights

Balancing Bipes: The Right CG for Safe Flights

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 […]
Master the Basics: Straight & Level Flight

Master the Basics: Straight & Level Flight

You should practice straight and level as much as you do any other maneuver. It is also where new precision aerobatics pilots  should begin. It may seem like the most boring thing to do, but in reality, straight and level flight is one of the most difficult maneuvers to master. Sure, rolling circles, tail slides […]
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How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood to make 3-panel windshields for open cockpit airplanes. The airplane I am using is a loaner Stearman PT-17 I got from Nick Ziroli Jr., and I wanted to spruce it up a little for him. Let’s get started. (Above) Here is the old wornout clear plastic […]
A Metal Finish Made Easy

A Metal Finish Made Easy

I can hear it now, “Oh great, not another Mustang”, from readers everywhere!  Truth be known, I found myself saying the exact same thing at almost every Warbird event I attended, despite the fact that I actually like the Mustang as an aircraft. When this sleek American airframe was outfitted with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin, it […]
On the skids? How to fix adverse yaw

On the skids? How to fix adverse yaw

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, […]
Scratch-Build a Round Cowl

Scratch-Build a Round Cowl

The method of making a round cowling involves laminating a cylinder from 1/64-inch plywood and capping it with a balsa ring for the leading edge. In the photos that are featured in this article, I  show two cowlings that I made this way; one was for an original design  and the other was for a […]
Charging Multiple Packs

Charging Multiple Packs

Lithium-polymer cells have revolutionized electric flight, but as any e-flier knows, LiPo charging and maintenance can be time consuming. For optimum service life, LiPos should be stored around 3.8 volts per cell, which creates a bottleneck for spur-of-the-moment flying, and recharging batteries at the field can be a chore when you’d rather be in the […]
How To Make a Scale Prop

How To Make a Scale Prop

The propeller plays a significant role in the realistic appearance of a scale model aircraft, especially if it’s laminated wood.  With a little effort, you can capture the effect of wood laminations by using any ordinary wood prop.  First, refer to a 3-view drawing and scale-up the prop to the right size for your model. Note: […]
Fly a Positive Snap Roll

Fly a Positive Snap Roll

At the start of their flying careers, some pilots can only perform certain maneuvers from a particular direction. The proficient pilot, though, must be able to execute figures in all directions. Being able to apply corrective inputs in all directions, no matter what orientation the aircraft is in, is a critical skill. The positive snap […]
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