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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 8 — Tail Surface Attachment & turtle-deck

Jun 30, 2014 No Comments by

This weekend was pretty productive as I now have the tail surfaces finished and installed. These were made removable for maintenance and for access to the tailskid’s suspension bungee setup. Under the horizontal stabilizer base, I glued 1/4-inch balsa cross pieces and installed 4-40 blind nuts in four locations matching holes drilled into the stabilizer. [...]

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Great Find! Guide Book to over 900 Aircraft Museums!

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments by

We have to admit it, the editors here at MAN love full-size aircraft almost as much as RC models. When ever we travel to a big RC event, we usually check out the old GPS for local points of interest and hit the “Museums” selection. Aircraft museums are across the country and make a great [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 7 — Tail Surfaces

Jun 25, 2014 2 Comments by

Leaving the soldering iron and landing gear alone for a while, let’s switch gears a little and break out the ZAP glue and build some wood parts again. The build of any model airplane is based on certain tasks that need to be done in order for other tasks to take place. With the Sopwith [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 6 — Soldering Landing Gear

Jun 23, 2014 No Comments by

It has been a little while since I snapped a few pix of the Sopwith Camel project, but here we are. As you may remember we left off last time by precisely bending all of the music-wire pieces to form the landing gear. Here’s how I soldered everything together. The first step to producing any wire landing [...]

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Home-made Goggles — Vacuum-forming Made Easy.

Jun 13, 2014 1 Comment by

One of the older workshop tips for scale modelers is home-made vacuum formed plastic parts. For many, Vac-forming is an advanced modeling technique, and it is great for making all sorts of scale accessories. These include small panels, fairings and cowlings, scale bombs and drop tanks, and even smaller items like scale goggles for your pilot figure. One [...]

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Evan Volksplane You can build

Jun 10, 2014 2 Comments by

From the September issue of MAN, this new version of the ever popular Evans Volksplane is the work of RC model designer and contributor Pat Tritle. This easy to build park flyer has built up lightweight construction and features scale all-flying tail surfaces just like the real thing. Lasercut parts are available from author. You [...]

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Rivet Detail Made Easy (well, easier!)

Jun 10, 2014 9 Comments

Don’t you just hate it when an article starts off with a question? Me too! But sometimes it does serve the purpose of grabbing the reader’s attention. With that in mind, how often have you been to a scale modeling event and wondered, “How the heck did he do that?” Whether it’s a technique in [...]

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Painting Scale Pilot Helmets

May 28, 2014 No Comments

I put a huge amount of detail in the helmets of my Best Pilots pilot figures because its the topmost thing that’s viewed when your pilot is sitting in the cockpit. Most flight helmets are leather and that’s what’s shown in the December 2011 issue of MAN. The following technique works like magic in replicating [...]

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