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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 […]
More Great Workshop Tips

More Great Workshop Tips

Every issue we share reader advice in our “Tips & Tricks” column. Here are a few of our favorites. STAR STRUCK Cutting out very small stars is nearly impossible with a hobby knife, and no small pre-made stars are available, either. Here’s the perfect solution: star-shaped punches for scrapbooking available at craft stores. Sizes range from as small as […]
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8 Great Workshop Tips

8 Great Workshop Tips

Here are a few tips from the Model Airplane News vault — enjoy! If you have some tips of your own you’d like to share, please send them to MAN@airage.com.      HOT HOLES Here’s a simple way to make holes through balsa in tight spots. Just bend the tip of a soldering gun to […]
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Prevent Ground Loops with a Gyro

Like many of you, I have a few different planes, and enjoy flying most of them. However, I do have one or two that are just plain nasty in their ground handling and take offs. You probably have seen these – some Piper Cubs, Beavers, and especially some of the narrow under carriage warbirds. Strangely, […]
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10 Top Shop Tips

10 Top Shop Tips

Here are a few of our favorite tips for building, staying organized and making the most out of everyday items. What are some of your go-to tips and tricks? Share them in the comments section!   Head over Heels When it comes to mixing and applying epoxy glue, you can do the job much quicker […]
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 […]
Easy Workshop Tips

Easy Workshop Tips

These tips may not change your life, but they may make building and flying RC planes a little easier! Have a tip of your own to share? Send it to us at MAN@airage.com.   Hatch Leash A great way to ensure your canopy arrives attached to your plane, rather than flying off one way and […]
Workshop Tips — Install a Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

Workshop Tips — Install a Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

When it comes to really looking scale, it’s in the details that we make the most progress in giving our model’s that “used” look. For my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I wanted to bring a better scale look to the front end so I  installed a resin cast Oberusel rotary engine available from Nick Ziroli […]
How to: Repair a Vertical Stabilizer & Rudder

How to: Repair a Vertical Stabilizer & Rudder

I’d like to present this article as one more example of how doing repairs to your favorite warbird can be done if you take it one step at a time, and “eat the elephant in bites” rather than fretting over the entire sad picture. I will also say it was a privilege to work on […]
5 Budget Tips & Tricks

5 Budget Tips & Tricks

These five easy tips are sure to make your modeling life easier, and they don’t cost a dime! TIE UP THOSE LOOSE ENDS If one of your model’s control servo connectors become unplugged during flight, at best, you’re going to have a really tough time getting it back on the ground in one piece. At worst, […]
Easy RV-4 Makeover

Easy RV-4 Makeover

Longtime MAN contributor Carl Layden wanted a plane that would stand out on the flightline, but he didn’t have the time to custom-build a model from scratch. His solution was to dress up an ARF and make it a unique flyer. Here’s his story. If you have been around the hobby for a long time, […]
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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