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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 […]
Rocket Powered RC — The Me-163 Komet

Rocket Powered RC — The Me-163 Komet

When it comes to blasting off from the runway, nothing beats a rocket powered warbird. Fireworks and firepower all in one package, what a great combination! Anyway, one of our favorite RC WW 2 warbirds is the rocket-powered flying wing the Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet! (Above) plans available from the MAN library at the AirAgeStore.com website. […]
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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 […]
SMOKE ON! — Make a Cheap & Easy Smoke Muffler

SMOKE ON! — Make a Cheap & Easy Smoke Muffler

A great way to add excitement to your RC flights is to add a smoke system. Do a loop or a roll and then add a dense, long-hanging smoke trail and you have an airshow! You can save some bucks by modiflying your stock muffler instead of buying a commercial one. Then you can take […]
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Home-made Scale Goggles — Vacuum-forming Made Easy.

Home-made Scale Goggles — Vacuum-forming Made Easy.

A classis and useful workshop tip for scale modelers is making home-made vacuum formed plastic parts. For many, Vac-forming is an advanced modeling technique, and it is excellent for duplicating all sorts of scale accessories. These can include small panels, dashboards, fairings, engine cowlings, scale bombs and drop tanks. You can even make smaller items like scale goggles for your […]
Detailing a Ziroli Beechcraft Staggerwing — Functional scale parts

Detailing a Ziroli Beechcraft Staggerwing — Functional scale parts

There  are few 1/4-scale models of the Beechcraft Staggerwing, and the most popular RC design is the one from Nick Ziroli. It’s outline is very close to scale and it produces a great looking scale airplane. When it comes to making them look real, you need to use some scale parts and techniques. Here are […]
Landings with a Twist — Master the Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

Landings with a Twist — Master the Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

For the extreme aerobatic enthusiast, there is nothing like performing hotshot maneuvers inches off the ground. One unexpected way to take the crowd by surprise is to add aerobatic moves to your landing. During a normal landing approach, the airplane is in upright level flight and flies downwind parallel to the runway, turns 90 degrees to […]
Cold Weather Engine Starts — in 10 Easy Steps

Cold Weather Engine Starts — in 10 Easy Steps

As the weather turns colder, it’s a good time to revisit some cold-engine starting techniques. Have some tips for flying in colder conditions? Leave them in the comments section! 1. Turn on your transmitter and receiver. 2. Fully open the throttle. 3. Watch for fuel in the line and cover the throttle opening with your finger. […]
Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 1

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

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 […]
Rocky flies again!

Rocky flies again!

Bet you can’t watch this video without laughing out loud! Hilarity ensues when an unsuspecting squirrel gets into the cockpit of an RC plane! Thanks to YouTube’s Hobbywars for producing and posting this nicely done piece, complete with terrific “in-air” footage of Rocky in flight.
Engine Cleaning 101

Engine Cleaning 101

Too cold/windy/snowy to fly this weekend? Use your downtime to make the upcoming flying season more successful! This classic how-to from the engine master Dave Gierke details all the steps to cleaning your nitro engine.   During a recent flying session, your engine let you down big time: it flamed out during a hovering maneuver at […]
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