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Scale How to: Retractable Landing Lights

Scale How to: Retractable Landing Lights

Tim Cardin’s operating landing lights are beautiful on the Beechcraft Staggerwing he built from Ziroli plans. Since then, Tim has installed them on a P-47 and they could be modified and applied to almost any World War II aircraft. The exact lights that Tim used for this aircraft are now only available out of Europe. […]
How To Make a Scale Prop

How To Make a Scale Prop

The propeller plays a significant role in the realistic appearance of a scale model aircraft, especially if it’s laminated wood.  With a little effort, you can capture the effect of wood laminations by using any ordinary wood prop.  First, refer to a 3-view drawing and scale-up the prop to the right size for your model. Note: […]
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Magnetic Cowl Attachment

Magnetic Cowl Attachment

Neodymium magnets are members of the rare earth family and made from a combination of iron, boron and of course, neodymium. They were developed by General Motors and Sumitomo Special Metals in the early 1980s and are the strongest permanent magnets to date.  These magnets are truly amazing. Their strength is over ten times the […]
RC Airplane Scale Building Tips

RC Airplane Scale Building Tips

When it comes to building  airplanes, all scale modelers seem to have mastered the art of Imagineering. Where sport models are utilitarian and have basic Monokote finishes and switches are easily accessible and located, scale planes are all about looking realistic. Here are some basic workshop building and detailing tips as well as a few […]
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RC Airplane Fiberglass Parts  – Plugs, Molds, and Layups

RC Airplane Fiberglass Parts – Plugs, Molds, and Layups

Fiberglass cloth, resin, and molds are commonly used to make multiple copies of model-airplane parts. Ideal for duplicating parts with a complex shape, molded fiberglass parts are also much lighter and stronger, and can be produced more quickly than parts made out of solid-wood blocks. For this article, we are going to make a simple […]
RC Warbird Makeover: small details create big results

RC Warbird Makeover: small details create big results

No doubt about it, among warbirds, the Vought F4U Corsair ranks way up near the top as a favorite with RC modelers. The bent-wing bird, as it’s often called, has ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!
Model Airplane Wing-to-Fuselage Fillets

Model Airplane Wing-to-Fuselage Fillets

Advice from expert scale designer and builder Nick Ziroli: Instead of adding the fillet after the wing and fuselage are built, I make the shape of the fillet areas as part of the fuselage formers themselves. This requires having at least the wing center section built and attached to the fuselage, but to make sure […]
RC Model Giant Grumman Intruder

RC Model Giant Grumman Intruder

You don’t often do you see a scale A-6 at the flying field, let alone one this detailed! Scratch-built by Laurent Chaperon, this 1/5.4-scale RC Intruder has a 12-foot wingspan and is powered by a JetCat P200 turbine. Laurent scaled up a 1/72-scale Italeri plastic model to create plans for his jet, which features built-up construction and […]
RC Airplane Easy Scale Tips & Tricks

RC Airplane Easy Scale Tips & Tricks

I started this exercise with an idea, an ARF model and a small investment in time and materials. Since scale is really the focus of most of my RC activity, I thought it would be great to take an off-the-shelf ARF, gather some basic documentation (which becomes the bible in Scale competition), and choose some […]
Scale Airplane Tips: Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine

Scale Airplane Tips: Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine

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 […]
RC Plane How to: Install Retractable Landing Gear

RC Plane How to: Install Retractable Landing Gear

Setting up the gear doors on the P-51 for the first time isn’t that difficult assuming you are given some ground rules. I’ve been building for many years, but never set one up with the scale features as on the CARF P-51. The P-51 has outer doors attached to the retract struts and inner gear […]
RC Model – Soldering Landing Gear — Old-School Tips for Giant Scale Mains

RC Model – Soldering Landing Gear — Old-School Tips for Giant Scale Mains

When I made my landing gear for my Sopwith Camel project, I did it the old-fashioned way–I cut and bent all the parts from music wire, wrapped the joints with thin copper wire and soldered everything together. So, the first step for producing any wire landing gear is to install the two main verticals onto […]
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