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Fabric Covering for Scale RC Airplanes — Video How To

Fabric Covering for Scale RC Airplanes — Video How To

We’ve received several emails asking about covering scale models. While I was building my the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, I wrote this post that goes into detail about what required. Your response was impressive and many of you asked about Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive. So, I broke out the video camera in the […]
Install a Smoke System

Install a Smoke System

At full-scale and RC airshows alike, watching aerobatic aircraft equipped with smoke systems adds greatly to the appeal for both spectators and pilots. Experienced pilots will make the aircraft all but disappear within the smoke during torque rolls, tail slides, and so forth. Simply put, SMOKE is a pure attention-grabber! I recently decided to upgrade […]
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How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood to make 3-panel windshields for open cockpit airplanes. The airplane I am using is a loaner Stearman PT-17 I got from Nick Ziroli Jr., and I wanted to spruce it up a little for him. Let’s get started. (Above) Here is the old wornout clear plastic […]
Monster Super Constellation Takes Flight

Monster Super Constellation Takes Flight

When Lockheed’s Super Constellations ruled the commercial skies in the late ’50s and early ’60s, traveling by air was still a treat! This 12.5-fot-span L-1049G Super Constellation in Lufthansa livery takes to the skies under the expert guidance of pilot Reiner Strobel at the Airliner Meeting in Oppingen, Germany. Thanks to RC Media World for taking this great video.
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Shop Tip: Balancing your Propeller

Shop Tip: Balancing your Propeller

When operating RC airplanes, properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following this two-step […]
Top Gun Video Interview from Warbird Alley

Top Gun Video Interview from Warbird Alley

Without a doubt, the most popular tent this year at Top Gun belonged to P.J. Ash. P.J. is the motivator behind the Warbird Alley gang, and Warbird Alley is the watering hole at the Top Gun flightline! It’s also where the MAN crew set up our home base! This year, P.J. had three huge tents to house all the models […]
Fuel Systems Made Easy — Make your Glow Engine Happy

Fuel Systems Made Easy — Make your Glow Engine Happy

Radio control model airplanes rely on two basic systems to fly, the radio system and the power system (excluding gliders). When you have a nitro-burning glow engine if your engine loses its fuel supply, you’ll find yourself in a dead-stick situation with a plane that wasn’t designed to be a glider. To prevent dead-stick landings, […]
8 Great Workshop Tips

8 Great Workshop Tips

EASY-INSTALL EYELETS The brass eyelets that come with rubber servo grommets are often a tight fit, and they can be tiresome to install by hand. A handy alternative is to use a punch or a piercer to apply them. Mount the grommet on the servo, and slip the eyelet over the tip of the punch. […]
Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 14 — Plug-in Wing Panels

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 14 — Plug-in Wing Panels

So, after getting the Skyraider up onto its landing gear last time out, I thought I would tackle finishing up the plug-in wing panels. This of course was started before the wings were sheeted by installing the hardware which included the aluminum wing tube and socket sets which are available from Nick Ziroli Plans. Here […]
So You Want to Build it Big! — Advice for Enlarging Model Airplanes

So You Want to Build it Big! — Advice for Enlarging Model Airplanes

Part of the Model Airplane News “Classic Article” Archive, Greg Hahn, explains the proper way to enlarge scale model airplane plans. His techniques are as timely today as it was when it was first written. — By Greg Hahn I am often asked for information about blowing up plans. I guess my big competition B-25J Mitchell, which I […]
Desktop Laser Cutter — 40Watt hobby grade laser review — with Video

Desktop Laser Cutter — 40Watt hobby grade laser review — with Video

After several years of RC modeling use, the compact laser cutter from Full Spectrum Laser, is still going strong and has been almost completely maintenance free. If you’ve ever wanted to get a laser cutter for your workshop, check out this product review.  This impressive, easy to used unit is designed especially for the hobbyists […]
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