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De Havilland DH 88 Comet Full Build Part III

Dec 19, 2011 No Comments

A Fuselage is born: Building the fuselage was very straight forward and required no special skills. Built one side first. Cover that side with clear wrap and built the other side on top of the first. This insures that both sides of the fuse come out the same. Seen below with both halves. One on top [...]

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Free Beechcraft Staggerwing 3-view

Dec 19, 2011 2 Comments

Yours for the taking, scans of original pen-and-ink drawings of the very first, fixed- gear Model 17 Staggerwing Beechcraft from the master, William Wylam.  Talk about a collector’s item!  How can you get one?  Just visit our new and improved Flight Journal website and download the free 3-view. While you’re there, look around; there are [...]

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Sneak peek: E-flite Hawker Sea Fury

Dec 19, 2011 No Comments

Back by popular demand, the E-flite Hawker Sea Fury 480 ARF is an impressive-looking, electric-powered sport scale version of the noteworthy British fighter. The new Sea Fury now is made with injection-molded Z-Foam making it very lightweight, durable and easily repairable (foam-safe CA glue is not required). It comes with nice scale details including molded [...]

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Tips from the Flying Field: Aileron Differential

Dec 19, 2011 3 Comments

What is aileron differential and how your model can benefit from using it? Senior technical editor Gerry Yarrish explains this important mix in this online video. Programming this feature into your transmitter will make your plane fly smoother and more precise while eliminating the need to coordinate aileron and rudder input to counter adverse yaw. It’s an especially [...]

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De Havilland DH 88 Comet-Full Build Part I

Dec 15, 2011 5 Comments

                                                            The De Havilland Comet is one of my personal favorites. The original Comet was designed and built back in 1934 for the race from England to Australia. Only three original  aircraft were ever constructed .  The plane to the left was known as Black Magic. The second plane, a red version was  named Grosvenor House. The third [...]

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How Big is Your Fuel Tank?

Dec 15, 2011 1 Comment

I see this often and that is a kit with a fuel tank that is not labeled or identified in the instructions as to the size in ounces.  There is an easy way to resolve this simply by weighing the tank both empty and full.  Fuel (15%) is typically about 20 grams/ounce.  Be sure to [...]

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De Havilland DH 88 Comet Full Build Part II

Dec 14, 2011 No Comments

 Building a wing: The plans for this model were hand drawn by Ivan Pettigrew. A well know and respected designer. They were somewhat rough in nature but did allow for very easy modifications. All the drawings were on  a single sheet so it was necessary to cut each section from the main plan sheet in order to simplify [...]

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Is Engine Break-in Always Needed?

Dec 14, 2011 9 Comments

Fact or Fiction: Modern engines produced to precision tolerances don’t require break-in; just set the needle valve a little rich, and fly. In today’s plug ‘n’ play society, you may be tempted to heed this advice. After all, you can buy an ARF and have it ready to fly the next day. Is it really [...]

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