Fabric Covering for RC Airplanes — Video How To

Feb 11, 2015 8 Comments

During my ongoing workshop Build-along for the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, we recently started the covering process. The response from all of you was impressive and many of you wanted more detailed information on the proper use of Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive. Well, during a recent snow storm, I broke out the [...]

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How To Cover Wings with Fabric — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 21

Feb 06, 2015 1 Comment

With the tail and fuselage all covered, it is now time to cover the wings with the Stits Lite fabric. I really enjoy the wing covering process as it impresses me just how much the fabric strengthen and stiffens the wing panels. Just like the fuselage, the first step is to sand the structure smooth [...]

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Weathering Scale Airplanes — The Final Touch!

Feb 01, 2015 8 Comments

So you’ve finished painting your new scale airplane and it looks nice and shiny and brand new. You check your model one more time against your photo documents of the full-size plane and there’s something just not quite right… What is it? Well, it would be a safe guess that your full size subject airplane, [...]

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Fabric Covering Tips – Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-along — Part 20

Jan 30, 2015 13 Comments

Now that the Sopwith Camel’s fuselage and the rest of the project has been all buttoned up, and the engine cowling’s magnetic attachment arrangement taken care off, we can how move on to the covering process of the project. For this model, I am using Scale Stits and Polytone paint and adhesive. The fabric is specially produced [...]

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 5 – Tail Controls

Jan 30, 2015 No Comments

This installment continues construction of my 700-size AH-56 Cheyenne.  The project begins here. Since the Cheyenne’s tail rotor is mounted at the end of a long extension shaft, I needed to fabricate a control linkage with a bellcrank,.  I’ve just gotten into having parts 3D printed by, and this was a perfect application for their [...]

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RC Scale Competition – How to get started [watch]

Jan 26, 2015 5 Comments

Competing in scale events isn’t as intimidating as you might think, especially if you start with fun scale and work your way up! This great video from the NorthWest Scale Aero-Modelers tells you everything you need to know. Check it out!

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 4 – Tail Boom

Jan 22, 2015 No Comments

This installment continues construction of my 700-size AH-56 Cheyenne.  The project begins here. With the Cheyenne’s powertrain and cyclic control issues resolved, next step for the project was completing the tail boom.  As noted previously, I’m stretching a Blade 600 X to 700 size, so I needed to fit a longer tail boom and torque [...]

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Scale Russian Polikarpov I-16 WW II Fighter – Soviet Stunner

Jan 22, 2015 4 Comments

Check out this beautifully detailed model that’s as stunning as it is unusual! Built and flown by Jo Nüsseler, the 74-inch-span model of a Polikarpov I.16 is powered by a Saito 3-cylinder 450 and weighs 25 pounds. The fighter is painted in the scheme of the Soviet’s 4th Squadron, 72nd fighter regiment that helped to repel [...]

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