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Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch — Opening Up the Front Office

Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch — Opening Up the Front Office

When it comes to RC Golden Age racers, no one does  flying models better than the world recognized  guru of scale Gee Bees – Henry Haffke. When I teamed up with Henry to build the 1/3-scale version of his Howard DGA-5 “Ike” Golden Age racer, I added several  details that a racer this size needed to look right. One […]
A pink (?!) WW II warbird?

A pink (?!) WW II warbird?

Sand and spinach, sea-foam gray, navy and duck-egg blue … we’ve seen a lot of schemes for WW II Spitfires, but a pink one? We came across this interesting article on io9.com and think it’s worth sharing. Author Esther Inglis-Arkell writes, “World War II marked a time of great innovation, which was sometimes practical and sometimes loony. […]
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How To Cover Wings with Fabric — 1/4-Scale Sopwith Camel

How To Cover Wings with Fabric — 1/4-Scale Sopwith Camel

I really enjoy the wing covering process as it impresses me just how much the fabric strengthen and stiffens the wing panels. Just like the fuselage, the first step is to sand the structure smooth and clean up any dust with a tack cloth. Make sure your work surface also is clean and get all […]
RC Workshop Tips — Painting Fabric Covered Models

RC Workshop Tips — Painting Fabric Covered Models

When it comes to producing a smooth fabric paint job, I have found that when you finish your model with Scale Stits or some other fabric covering like SolarTex or Super Shrink Coverite (if you can find any), the best and quickest paint to use is Poly Tone and it’s various coating products. Available from […]
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Conquer the Three-turn Negative Spin

Conquer the Three-turn Negative Spin

In the early days of aviation,  spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since the […]
From Gerry’s Workshop — Firewall installation for a Zenoah G-38

From Gerry’s Workshop — Firewall installation for a Zenoah G-38

We always look for good techniques to share with our readers so I reached back to some of my Sopwith Camel Build-along posts. With this post we turn our attentions to the front end and work on the firewall installation. The techniques can be used with any RC model you want to modify so you […]
Video Workshop Tip — Installing Hinges Made Easy

Video Workshop Tip — Installing Hinges Made Easy

Perhaps the most important technique any RC modeler needs to learn is to properly install hinges for his model’s control surfaces. They need to be strong, in proper alignment, and sized correctly for the model being worked on. The crew over at Du-Bro Products has lots of good tools and supplies to get the job […]
Workshop Tips — Laminating Balsa Parts

Workshop Tips — Laminating Balsa Parts

As my online Build-Along for the Sopwith Camel continues, I recently did some lamination work on the top wing, and thought it would make a good How To. This technique has been used for decades but to a new generation of RC model builders might be worth explaining in detail. Here’s how I did. There’s […]
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 […]
Soldering Wire Landing Gear — The easy way!

Soldering Wire Landing Gear — The easy way!

While building sport airplanes from kits, often the airplane will have landing gear made from formed and bent music wire that you will have to solder together. For Fun Fly airplanes like the Florio Flyer 60, the music wire are a little extra long to provide plenty of ground clearance for the propeller, very important […]
Weight and Balance: Find the CG the old fashioned way

Weight and Balance: Find the CG the old fashioned way

Setting up a plane for your first flight is a critical step. Most of us fiddle with stuffing all the electronics into the fuselage and then placing it on the center of gravity (CG) stand.  If we are wrong, we move some things around and try it again hopefully getting it right through trial and […]
Choosing Servos for Helicopters — Analog vs. Digital

Choosing Servos for Helicopters — Analog vs. Digital

(Opener) Flybarless helis like this large Robinson R22 are rapidly taking over, but these impressive machines impose heavier demands on the servos. Let’s address a question that seems to cause a good deal of confusion (or at least misunderstanding) among helicopter fliers—whether digital servos are really better than analog, and whether they’re worth the added […]
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