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Huge, 14-foot-span Heinkel 111

Huge, 14-foot-span Heinkel 111

Carl Bachhuber is a master when it comes to building really big, nicely detailed, and seldom-modeled RC planes, and his latest is no exception! The third Heinkel he has built in the last 20 year, this one is the biggest 1/5 scale. The 178-inch plane and is powered by two Desert Aircraft 60cc gas engines, and […]
8 Great Workshop Tips

8 Great Workshop Tips

EASY-INSTALL EYELETS The brass eyelets that come with rubber servo grommets are often a tight fit, and they can be tiresome to install by hand. A handy alternative is to use a punch or a piercer to apply them. Mount the grommet on the servo, and slip the eyelet over the tip of the punch. […]
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5 Unique Uses for Clothespins

5 Unique Uses for Clothespins

The ordinary clothespin can do a lot more than hold sheets on a dryer line! Here are five of our favorite RC uses for them. CLIP TIP For electric RC pilots, keeping track of battery status at the field can be a challenge. It is easy to lose track of which packs have been discharged […]
Wet Wings are Wonderful  — Flying with Floats!

Wet Wings are Wonderful — Flying with Floats!

If 70% of the globe is covered with water, shouldn’t we have that same percentage of RC model floatplanes? No? Well, many RC clubs today are struggling to find suitable open flying sites and with growing urban sprawl, noise restrictions, and the cost of real estate all playing a factor, it’s little wonder that good […]
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Tips from the Workshop

Tips from the Workshop

We have the best readers around! You guys are always coming up with clever ways to make building and flying easier, and we love when you share your tips with us. Here are a few of our recent favorites. A SHARP IDEA Most model airplanes use dowels to secure the leading edge of the wing […]
HOW TO HINGE FOAMIES

HOW TO HINGE FOAMIES

MAKING FLEXIBLE CONNECTIONS   Foamies have led us to new ways of building and flying model airplanes. They allow us to assemble a plane in hours rather than days or weeks. Because they involve very little investment in terms of money and labor, we no longer need to fear pushing our flying skills to the […]
5 Ways to Dress Up Your Cockpit

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Cockpit

With so many great-looking scale model ARFs to choose from today, one of the neatest ways you can make your particular Pitts Special or P-51 Mustang stand apart from the rest is to install a great-looking instrument panel for your pilot figure to look at. (You did install a scale pilot figure, didn’t you?) There’s […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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