How-tos

FLY THE ROLLING CIRCLE

Oct 29, 2015 1 Comment

One of the most challenging and admired maneuvers in all of aerobatics is the rolling circle. As a rule, you can achieve early success learning most maneuvers as long as you first understand the proper control inputs, and hand-eye coordination adds the final touches to perform the maneuver nearly perfectly. The rolling circle, however, is even [...]

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Create droppable wing tanks

Oct 28, 2015 1 Comment

In this how-to, Charles White uses lite-ply, green floral foam, fiberglass and resin to make external wing tanks fora 1/6-scale TBM Avenger. You can use this method to create many aircraft components, such as wing or centerline tanks, bombs and cowls. After competing at the Nats level in Pylon Racing for several years, I always enjoyed [...]

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Increase Battery Life

Oct 22, 2015 7 Comments

When it comes to electric aircraft, one of the key components is your battery pack. It is the only power source to keep your aircraft in the air, requires constant maintenance, and if not watched it will most likely be the first thing that needs to be replaced. But with the right care and careful [...]

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More Great Workshop Tips

Oct 15, 2015 9 Comments

Every issue we share reader advice in our “Tips & Tricks” column. Here are a few of our favorites. STAR STRUCK Cutting out very small stars is nearly impossible with a hobby knife, and no small pre-made stars are available, either. My son and I have found the perfect solution: star-shaped punches for scrapbooking available at craft stores. Sizes [...]

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Master the Outside Snap Roll

Oct 11, 2015 2 Comments

Inside and outside snap rolls can add great excitement to your flying while opening up a whole new world of maneuver possibilities. Outside, or “negative,” snap rolls are accomplished by applying full (normal rate) down-elevator while at the same time cross-controlling the rudder and aileron. How does this work? The ailerons produce the same direction of [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish, part 2

Oct 11, 2015 9 Comments

Last week, Rick Michelena shared the steps to prep your aircraft for a perfect fiberglass finish. In the second part of his three-part series, he begins the fiberglass work and gets the model ready for paint. Here are the simple items needed to produce a fiber-glass finish that will last for many years. You will [...]

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8 Great Workshop Tips

Oct 01, 2015 4 Comments

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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Install a Smoke System

Oct 01, 2015 3 Comments

At full-scale and RC airshows alike, watching aerobatic aircraft equipped with smoke systems adds greatly to the appeal for both spectators and pilots. Experienced pilots will make the aircraft all but disappear within the smoke during torque rolls, tail slides, and so forth. Simply put, SMOKE is a pure attention-grabber! I recently decided to upgrade [...]

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