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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 3 – Powertrain and Cyclic Servos

Here we continue my Cheyenne scale heli project, introduced here.  The construction of the complex tail unit was covered here.   MAIN GEAR AND CYCLIC SERVOS: While I had good reasons to choose the Blade 600 X for my mechanics, there was one feature of this particular heli that cost me some extra work. You […]
The Cheyenne's most notable feature was the variable-pitch pusher prop.  This and the small wings allowed the AH-56 to fly much like an airplane, hitting speeds up to 250MPH.

AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 2 – Mechanics

BUILDING THE MECHANICS: As noted in my intro posting, my first priority for my 700-size Cheyenne project was to build and test fly the mechanics. After all, if I couldn’t get the outrigger tail and variable-pitch pusher prop to work properly, what was the point? First decision was choosing the basic mechanics. Although this is […]
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Here's the 450 size Cheyenne at the 2013 MidAm Electric Fly.  Photo by John Kauk.

Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne Project

A few years back I designed a scale model of the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne, probably my favorite helicopter of all time.  The experimental Cheyenne featured a variable-pitch pusher prop and small wings, which allowed it to fly much like an airplane and gave it a top speed of nearly 250 MPH.  My Cheyenne was based […]
Magnetic Cowl Attachment, Workshop Build-Along, Sopwith Camel Part-19

Magnetic Cowl Attachment, Workshop Build-Along, Sopwith Camel Part-19

Recently, I found out that home repair stores like Home Depot stock in their hardware section Rare-earth magnets ideal for use as engine cowling attachment devices. They come in all sorts of sizes and types and for my ongoing workshop build-along for the Sopwith Camel, I used 1/4 inch and .47 inch diameter x 1/8 […]
Parkzone F4U Corsair with SAFE Technology — Sneak Peek!

Parkzone F4U Corsair with SAFE Technology — Sneak Peek!

We just test flew this new backyard F4U Corsair warbird and we came away very impressed. Available from ParkZone it comes with everything you need to fly it using your own DSM2/DSMX compatible transmitter is included. With its built in SAFE Technology you can select 3 flight modes with varying degrees of flight stability. And, it is so stable […]
Adding Scale Details to a Pilot Figure

Adding Scale Details to a Pilot Figure

When we build large scale models, the small details really make the subject come to life. This is especially true with scale pilot figures and busts. For my 33% scale Fokker Triplane project, I needed a properly dressed aviator to fill out the cockpit. This is how I turned my Pilot Portraits (Mike Brent) www.mikebrentart.com Mini-Me […]
RC Aircraft Scale Rivets & Screws

RC Aircraft Scale Rivets & Screws

UK master modeler Phil Noel knows aircraft rivets and screws. After retiring from the full-size aviation industry, his company Pinnacle Aviation custom-builds composite model kits as well as offering painting, weathering and repair service. In this video, he shows how he creates rivets on and applies scale screws to a Comp-ARF Spitfire and a Jet Legends L-39 Albatross.  Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for filming […]
RC Details, Landing Gear – Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 16

RC Details, Landing Gear – Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 16

Over the holidays I got back to my scratch build scale RC Sopwith Camel and finished off some of the details. Here’s some new pix of the landing gear fairings as well as work on the tail surfaces. This build-along is now just about at the point where we will start covering the model and […]
Scale Workshop Secrets

Scale Workshop Secrets

This Henry Haffke design was built as part of a team effort with Henry and myself working together to finish this impressive icon of National Air Racing fame. Here are more of the finishing techniques I used to detail the Ike. Scale Exterior Panels One of the details that’s a real part of the Howard […]
5 Great Scale Building Tips

5 Great Scale Building Tips

When it comes to building  airplanes, all scale modelers seem to have mastered the art of Imagineering. Where sport models are utilitarian and have basic Monokote finishes and switches are easily accessible and located, scale planes are all about looking realistic. Here are some basic workshop building and detailing tips as well as a few […]
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