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On the skids? How to fix adverse yaw

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

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, [...]

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Make Laminated Formers

Apr 10, 2013 10 Comments

If you have been building RC warbirds for a while, you may notice that there is a terrible blight plaguing many of them… tail-heaviness!  The scourge of tail-heaviness leaves the modeler with few good options.  First, he can fly the model as-is with the CG at the limit of its aft location and stagger around [...]

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Budget building: how to edge-glue balsa

Mar 21, 2013 12 Comments

At some point in your model-building career, you will be faced with a problem.  You will have an area of your model that requires a sheet of balsa wider than the material you have on hand.  If you are like me, this usually happens when you are starting to make significant progress and when the [...]

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How To Make Removable Wheelpants

Mar 04, 2013 4 Comments

A fast and easy way for sport models in 10 Easy Steps

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Jazz up your covering scheme!

Feb 21, 2013 2 Comments

Here’s how to add a checkerboard design to an already existing color scheme. I used the E-flite Shoestring and UltraCote covering. Because we are using heat shrink covering, this technique can be applied to any balsa covered ARF you have. This is especially useful for club events, such as fun-flys, club 40 racing, or in this [...]

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Easy (well, easier!) Engine Cylinders

Feb 05, 2013 4 Comments

To scale modelers, there is inherent enjoyment in the challenge of producing models that represent full-scale aircraft.  The models themselves run the gambit from very loose semi-scale likenesses to full-blown museum scale models.  Certain model subjects tend to force the modeler’s hand when they possess physical characteristics that must be copied to make the model [...]

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DIY Balsa Rack

Jan 16, 2013 4 Comments

Wayne McNab writes, “I am an organizing kind of guy. I hate messes even though I seem to be very good at generating them. Up until four years ago, I had been out of model aircraft for about 20 years. My memory was of a time when if you wanted to fly, you had to [...]

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How To: Rebuild a Walbro Carburetor

Dec 26, 2012 6 Comments

One of the great features that make giant scale RC airplanes so popular, is the bulletproof user-friendly nature of the Walbro carburetors used with most of the gas engines powering them. Once a gas engine is properly adjusted, its carburetor usually won’t need to be tweaked again for most, if not the entire flying season. As [...]

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