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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 […]
Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, (and some WW I German aircraft), there are some plywood panels that give the aeroplane its characteristic look. It was always part of my over all finish scheme to include these side and top panels. Since they are added after the model has been covered […]
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4 Reader Tips

4 Reader Tips

These field and bench tips are all courtesy of MAN readers (the best aircraft modelers around!). Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!)   GARAGE STORAGE SPACE When you need more storage space for wings, the garage door can […]
Multi-Servo Control Surface Setup Made Easy

Multi-Servo Control Surface Setup Made Easy

With many of today’s giant scale aerobatic aircraft multiple servos are often used to move each flight control surface. Modern computer radios actually have specialized menus to help setup and adjust multi-servo installations, but you can do it the old fashion way as well by using programmable mixes. Basically you setup a two servo setup (for ailerons […]
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Reader Tips & Tricks

Reader Tips & Tricks

We have the best readers, and we love your unique ways of making building and assembling RC planes easier. Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!) Cutting corners on patch jobs When using MonoKote or UltraCote to repair rips […]
Exterior Details: Dummy Control Linkages

Exterior Details: Dummy Control Linkages

There’s an old saying that says “scale models are really never finished, you just stop adding details to them”! Each modeler has to decide for himself when enough is enough. For me, I enjoy adding medium easy to see details to the top surfaces of the wings and control surfaces and in particular I add dummy […]
8 Great Shop Tips

8 Great Shop Tips

We have a better idea than fighting the crowd at the mall this holiday weekend … spend some time in your workshop! To help with that, here are eight workshop tips that we hope will make your life easier. KEEP CANOPY BOLTS FROM BACKING OUT Use this method to help hold onto canopies. Take an 1/8-inch-thick […]
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 […]
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, […]
How To Repair a Fiberglass Engine Cowl

How To Repair a Fiberglass Engine Cowl

The great thing about almost ready to fly airplanes is that for the most part, they come with great looking fiberglass engine cowls that fit beautifully and often are painted at the factory. The general method of attachment to the fuselage is the use of through-the-cowl screws making assembly quick and simple. After time however, […]
Workshop Tips

Workshop Tips

We have the best readers, and we love your unique ways of making building and assembling RC planes easier. Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one on your next project! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!)   CLEAR GLUE TO THE RESCUE Sometimes a hard […]
Get into Gas: Expert Installation & Setup Tips

Get into Gas: Expert Installation & Setup Tips

There are lots of good reasons to use gasoline engines to power your model airplanes. Generally speaking, they are easy to start, and run very reliably while producing their peak power at lower rpm than glow engines of similar displacement. With lower rpms they tend to make less noise and burn less fuel per minute […]
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