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Giant-scale Fuel Tank Installation – Workshop Build-along Sopwith Camel Part 18

Jan 09, 2015 9 Comments

So buttoning up the last bit of work on my Sopwith Camel, I installed the fuel tank and worked out the fuel line routing. I installed a 20 oz. tank from JL Products. This tank is great as it has no flexible internal clunk line to worry about. It has a rotary pickup design and [...]

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Radio and Control Linkage Installation — Workshop Build-Along Sopwith Camel Part 17

Jan 08, 2015 No Comments

After finishing up my landing gear and the hinging of the tail surfaces, the next part of this build-along project is the radio gear and the control linkages. Starting at the front, I installed the engine and then the servos so I could work out the throttle linkage. Here the engine is bolted onto the firewall [...]

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RC Aircraft Scale Rivets & Screws

Jan 08, 2015 7 Comments

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 [...]

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

Jan 06, 2015 6 Comments

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 [...]

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Scale Workshop Secrets

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments

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 [...]

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5 Great Scale Building Tips

Dec 10, 2014 2 Comments

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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Make a Scale Static Propeller

Dec 03, 2014 1 Comment

When it comes to scale RC planes, the biggest thing that ruins the scale look of the plane is a “smaller than scale” flying propeller. Many warbird pilots will paint their props the correct color and add the yellow safety propeller tips, but if you really want to get maximum attention at the flying field, [...]

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Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 15 — Fairing the Cabane Struts

Dec 03, 2014 No Comments

So after the cabane (and the landing gear), are soldering together, they have to be filled out with wood fairings. To do this on the Camel I bought some 1/2 inch wide grooved basswood stock. These fit nicely on the wire and are a lot easier to use than trying to groove wood yourself on [...]

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