Workshop Build-Alongs

Patching up a Camel — Wing Repairs

Jul 22, 2015 4 Comments

While flying the Sopwith Camel featured in our Build-Along series, I made a bad piloting decision. While at the Warbirds over Delaware event, I made a few successful flights in between taking photos and covering the event for MAN. Anyway, I came in for a landing and allowed the Camel to drift off the runway [...]

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Sopwith Camel Update — Build-Along Part 31

Jun 29, 2015 No Comments

So, after an exciting, yet informative test flight, I found that we had a very nose-heavy condition, even though from the plans, I had the model balanced at the 25% MAC position. So much for the theory. With the Camel back safe and sound in the workshop, I have since moved the CG back to the [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 30 — Test Flight with Video

Jun 23, 2015 9 Comments

Well after a long and enjoyable build-along series, I finally got the Sopwith Camel test flown at the recent 40th Annual Father’s Day Fun Fly in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. We went early and test flew the plane before the competition started. I should have been less anxious to commit aviation and I think it was [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 29: Balancing the CG

Jun 14, 2015 2 Comments

Well, this is the very last workshop segment from this Sopwith Camel Build-Along. After getting the model balanced, it will all be about how it flies, and that means a trip to the Club’s flying field. To balance the model, I used scuba weight and lead shot installed in the engine compartment. I built a plywood [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 28: It’s all in the details

Jun 09, 2015 2 Comments

After working on this Sopwith Camel for over a year and a half, it is down to the little details that make a model complete. All the building, painting and finishing all produce a 3D canvas to add the miniature details to. Here’s some of the details that did not show up in any of [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 27: Interplane Struts

Jun 08, 2015 1 Comment

The last bits of building in any project seem to take the longest, at least when you have a deadline to meet! We are planning to have the compete construction article for this sport scale WW1 classic in the upcoming December issue of MAN in our Scale Special Issue. To make the interplane struts you [...]

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Computer Aided Design and Developing RC Airplane Plans

Jun 04, 2015 5 Comments

One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new segment of modeling to me, while also greatly increasing the precision in which I designed and developed scratch build scale airplanes. This post is an online version of my PowerPoint presentation [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 26, Bungees Cords and Bracing Wires

Jun 01, 2015 3 Comments

Finally we got the Camel all painted and reassembled and I brought it outside to sit in the sunlight for a while. There is just a very short To-Do list of items to button up before we are ready for our test flight in about 2 weeks. The most recent building tasks were fairing out [...]

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