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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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Civilian to Warbird: Stencil how-to

Dec 24, 2012 4 Comments

 

 

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Create droppable wing tanks

Dec 17, 2012 5 Comments

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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5 ways to dress up your cockpit

Aug 10, 2012 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish, part 2

Jul 03, 2012 14 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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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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