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How To Cover Wings with Fabric — 1/4-Scale Sopwith Camel

How To Cover Wings with Fabric — 1/4-Scale Sopwith Camel

I really enjoy the wing covering process as it impresses me just how much the fabric strengthen and stiffens the wing panels. Just like the fuselage, the first step is to sand the structure smooth and clean up any dust with a tack cloth. Make sure your work surface also is clean and get all […]
RC Workshop Tips — Painting Fabric Covered Models

RC Workshop Tips — Painting Fabric Covered Models

When it comes to producing a smooth fabric paint job, I have found that when you finish your model with Scale Stits or some other fabric covering like SolarTex or Super Shrink Coverite (if you can find any), the best and quickest paint to use is Poly Tone and it’s various coating products. Available from […]
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Fabric Covering for Scale RC Airplanes — Video How To

Fabric Covering for Scale RC Airplanes — Video How To

We’ve received several emails asking about covering scale models. While I was building my the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, I wrote this post that goes into detail about what required. Your response was impressive and many of you asked about Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive. So, I broke out the video camera in the […]
Must-Have CNC Accessory — Stepcraft’s Tool Length Sensor

Must-Have CNC Accessory — Stepcraft’s Tool Length Sensor

Once you start working with your 3-axis CNC system, you’ll quickly learn the importance of the X,Y, and Z placement of your cutting tool. Basically, its pretty easy to establish your start point in the X and Y axis, (the position on the work space), all you have to do is make sure your tool […]
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RC Motor Box Upgrade — Make model parts using Stepcraft desktop CNC

RC Motor Box Upgrade — Make model parts using Stepcraft desktop CNC

It’s nothing new combining CAD with RC model airplanes, and in fact, it’s been around for decades. However, the ability to use CAD files to produce RC airplane parts at home is relatively new. With the Stepcraft desktop CNC system, I was able to make a new motor mount box for a friend who was […]
Machining Aluminum — Stepcraft 2/420 Desktop CNC System

Machining Aluminum — Stepcraft 2/420 Desktop CNC System

Over the weekend I did some more testing and this time I used some sheet alumiinum. 6061-T3 to be exact and this 1/16 inch thick sheet was covered on one side with some clear, stick-on vinyl. I set up the work piece with a 1/8 inch spoil-board made of hobby grade lite-ply and clamped the […]
Running the Stepcraft-2 420 Desktop CNC System — Turning G-code into parts

Running the Stepcraft-2 420 Desktop CNC System — Turning G-code into parts

Recently I reviewed the Stepcraft-2 420 desktop CNC machine and covered the basic assembly and setup of this kit built CNC system. When it comes to the actual operation of the system you have to start using programs to create and convert CAD drawing files of the parts you want to machine and produce the […]
Desktop CNC Milling Machine —  Easy-to-build System for RC Modelers

Desktop CNC Milling Machine — Easy-to-build System for RC Modelers

Recently, I began assembling a kit for an amazing piece of equipment that any RC modeler would welcome into their workshop. Available in kit form (and factory assembled), the new Stepcraft-2 420 is a desktop CNC system that comes with a 20×12 inch work space. What really makes this kit great is that it comes […]
Workshop Tips for Better Building

Workshop Tips for Better Building

For several years now I have been highlighting my projects and workshop builds online to share some of my building tips and Techniques I use. In the long view, I have always thought that learning how to fly RC planes was a lot harder that the actual building of the planes, even when kit-building. MAN readers are […]
Giant Scale Workshop Tips — Removable Engine Installation for Easy Access

Giant Scale Workshop Tips — Removable Engine Installation for Easy Access

We’ve seen it time and time again: a giant-scale airplane noses over with enthusiasm and the engine and firewall are ripped out of the fuselage requiring major repairs. For the  engine installation in my 85-inch version of the Ziroli Skyraider, I came up with a removable, through-the-firewall setup for engine attachment for a couple of […]
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