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RC Modeler Must-Haves: 14 Essential Tools

RC Modeler Must-Haves: 14 Essential Tools

The old saying that “Anything is easy if you have the right tools” is particularly true in modeling; the proper tools will simplify any job. The hardware and tools here will help you with your next project, whether it’s a quick-assembly ARF or a complete scratch-build. DREMEL STYLUS CORDLESS ROTARY TOOL This Dremel tool offers […]
Great Planes Giant Big Stik XL 55-61/EP ARF [VIDEO]

Great Planes Giant Big Stik XL 55-61/EP ARF [VIDEO]

From Great Planes: The “Stik” design has been a favorite of sport pilots for years, and Great Planes is taking the classic Stik to new dimensions with the Almost-Ready-to-Fly Giant Big Stik XL. Its 96.5” wingspan commands attention, and it flies well with gasoline or electric power. Final assembly is easy and straightforward, and its […]
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Great Planes PT-19 Sport Scale .46 GP/EP ARF [VIDEO]

Great Planes PT-19 Sport Scale .46 GP/EP ARF [VIDEO]

From Great Planes: PT-19s turned thousands of raw recruits into combat-ready fighter pilots for WWII. Now, this iconic titan of the air is ready to send you into the clouds, as well. It’s not a trainer, but pilots with a little time behind the sticks will love the way it handles in the air. Plus, […]
Great Planes Dynaflite Series Bird Of Time EP ARF [VIDEO]

Great Planes Dynaflite Series Bird Of Time EP ARF [VIDEO]

From Great Planes: Introduced as a kit in 1981, the Bird of Time has proven to be timeless. The easy-to-assemble ARF version joined the original kit so that all sailplane enthusiasts could enjoy its relaxing, inspiring flight with less building time. Now this electric-powered Bird of Time EP ARF adds even more convenience. It can […]
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Easy RC Model Airplane Repair Tricks

Easy RC Model Airplane Repair Tricks

Eventually, a wrong move is made, or a servo or radio malfunction occurs, and in one brief terrifying moment, the plane hits the ground. Your pride and joy now sits helplessly wounded. But don’t fear; although the plane may be damaged, in many cases, it is far from dead. The good news is that more […]
Model Airplane Workshop Tips — Laminating Balsa Parts

Model Airplane 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 […]
Planes Worth Modeling — Pietenpol Air Camper

Planes Worth Modeling — Pietenpol Air Camper

Quoted from the Pietenpol Hangar display, EAA Museum/Pioneer Airport. Oshkosh, WI: “Bernard H. Pietenpol pursued his dreams of flight from the ’20s through his passing in 1984. His dreams were of planes powered by auto engines that nearly everyone could afford to build and operate. He first flew Gnome, then Ford Model-T powered planes without […]
5 Ways to Dress Up Your RC Airplane’s Cockpit

5 Ways to Dress Up Your RC Airplane’s Cockpit

With so many great-looking scale model ARFs to choose from today, one of the neatest ways you can make your particular Pitts Special or P-51 Mustang stand apart from the rest is to install a great-looking instrument panel for your pilot figure to look at. (You did install a scale pilot figure, didn’t you?) There’s […]
Model Airplane Spray Painting Made Easy

Model Airplane Spray Painting Made Easy

Here’s a great workshop technique from editor Gerry Yarrish’s workshop. The products may have changed but today, painting your model airplane with “rattle can” spray paint is a less expensive alternative than using an air compressor and an automotive touch-up gun or a HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) rig. When you start building models that have formed […]
Model Airplane Me-163 Komet

Model Airplane 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. […]
Great Planes Ultra Sport 46 [VIDEO]

Great Planes Ultra Sport 46 [VIDEO]

From Great Planes: For years the Ultra Sport has been the epitome of what a sport aerobatic airplane should be: quality construction, versatile performance and contemporary style. The 4th iteration of the Ultra Sport incorporates the most up-to-date features, resulting in an Almost-Ready-to-Fly model that sport pilots and veterans alike will enjoy. Features: Flies well […]
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