Workshop Build-Alongs

Fabric Covering for RC Airplanes — Video How To

Apr 15, 2016 10 Comments by

During my recent workshop Build-along for the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, went into detail on the fabric covering process. The response from all of you was impressive and many of you wanted more specific information on the proper use of Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive. So, I broke out the video camera in the workshop and [...]

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Top Gun Free Flight Scale — A new competition category!

Jan 11, 2016 1 Comment by

Well, we all have come to expect surprises from Frank Tiano, AKA the Father of the Top Gun Scale Invitational held each year at Lakeland, FL, and this year is no exception. For the 2016 event, Frank has added a serious Free Flight competition for anyone attending the event. These aren’t your every day Free [...]

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1/3-scale Fokker Triplane Flight Report — Sneak Peek

Oct 16, 2015 No Comments by

Soon to be published in our upcoming February 2016 issue of MAN, here’s a sneak peak of Balsa USA giant scale Fokker Triplane kit review, by editor, Gerry Yarrish. Video Courtesy of Ron Prestin One of my all-time favorite airplanes is the Fokker triplane. First seeing action in 1917, the Fokker Dr.1 (tridecker), was a [...]

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Sopwith Camel — Video Sneak Peek

Sep 24, 2015 No Comments by

Featured in the upcoming December 2015 issue of MAN, the newest construction article is for editor Gerry Yarrish’s 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel. Designed with CAD and featuring laser cut parts (also available), this WW1 classic is sport scale and it has excellent flight stability and performance. It has an 84 inch span and is powered by [...]

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Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 3

Sep 20, 2015 2 Comments by

So, I finished up the dummy rotary engine for the Sopwith Camel this weekend. The over all project took only about 10 hours and spread over a few days, that’s no time at all. I finally decided to attach the molded engine to the inside of the engine cowling. This is the typical way to [...]

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Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 2

Sep 15, 2015 1 Comment by

Work always get in the way of fun time so it takes a little longer than normal when I work on a project during the work week.  I have broken this Technique into three parts and here is the rest of the painting and finishing portion. Part 3 will deal with attaching and securing the [...]

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Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 1

Sep 14, 2015 3 Comments

If you’ve been following my online Build-Along Series on the MAN website for my Sopwith Camel, then you know I have been featuring little mini projects as they pop up in the construction. Well, as Dave Platt, master scale modeler has said numerous times, “A scale model is never truly finished–you simply stop working in [...]

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Engine Swap for the Camel

Aug 27, 2015 5 Comments

Well, it has been an active flying season so far and I have flown the Sopwith Camel several times including at the big Fun Fly on Father’s Day in Kingston, Ontario in June, at the recent Warbirds over Delaware in July, at our home field in Farmington, CT and at the Dawn Patrol event at the Long [...]

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