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Workshop Build-Alongs

How To Cover Wings with Fabric — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 21

How To Cover Wings with Fabric — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 21

With the tail and fuselage all covered, it is now time to cover the wings with the Stits Lite fabric. 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 […]
Fabric Covering Tips – Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-along — Part 20

Fabric Covering Tips – Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-along — Part 20

Now that the Sopwith Camel’s fuselage and the rest of the project has been all buttoned up, and the engine cowling’s magnetic attachment arrangement taken care off, we can how move on to the covering process of the project. For this model, I am using Scale Stits and Polytone paint and adhesive. The fabric is specially produced […]
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Magnetic Cowl Attachment, Workshop Build-Along, Sopwith Camel Part-19

Magnetic Cowl Attachment, Workshop Build-Along, Sopwith Camel Part-19

Recently, I found out that home repair stores like Home Depot stock in their hardware section Rare-earth magnets ideal for use as engine cowling attachment devices. They come in all sorts of sizes and types and for my ongoing workshop build-along for the Sopwith Camel, I used 1/4 inch and .47 inch diameter x 1/8 […]
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RC Details, Landing Gear – Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 16

RC Details, Landing Gear – Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 16

Over the holidays I got back to my scratch build scale RC Sopwith Camel and finished off some of the details. Here’s some new pix of the landing gear fairings as well as work on the tail surfaces. This build-along is now just about at the point where we will start covering the model and […]
Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 15 — Fairing the Cabane Struts

Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 15 — Fairing the Cabane Struts

So after the cabane (and the landing gear), are soldering together, they have to be filled out with wood fairings. To do this on the Camel I bought some 1/2 inch wide grooved basswood stock. These fit nicely on the wire and are a lot easier to use than trying to groove wood yourself on […]
Workshop Build-Along – Part 7 – ArrowMaster Final Assembly

Workshop Build-Along – Part 7 – ArrowMaster Final Assembly

Coming up on the conclusion of our exclusive, Build-Along series on the ArrowMaster biplane from Alien Aircraft, Model Airplane News contributor Rick Bell add the finishing details to the airplane making it just about ready to finish and cover. Here’s what Rick has to say so far. Ahh, there’s nothing like a model assembled without the […]
Workshop Build-Along – Part 6 – Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster – From nose to tail!

Workshop Build-Along – Part 6 – Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster – From nose to tail!

Now that most of the fuselage construction has been completed, it’s time to tackle the nose section of the ArrowMaster. This is accomplished by using several pieces of 1/4 inch thick balsa glued between the firewall and the model’s spinner backplate. This is a tried and true modeling technique that works very well and makes for […]
Workshop Tips — Working with Laminated Parts

Workshop Tips — Working with Laminated Parts

So, last night I finished the center cutout bow for the Camel’s top wing. In all, it took about 48 hours for the laminated balsa strips to fully dry and lock into a ridged lamination. Here’s how I incorporated the new formed part into the Sopwith’s wing structure. Last time, we left off with the […]
Workshop Build-Along Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster Bipe 5 — Fuselage

Workshop Build-Along Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster Bipe 5 — Fuselage

One of the nice things about building a kit, is that you can make changes to the construction to suit your own tastes. Two areas that I changed on the Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster Bipe, were the mounting of the landing gear and the cabane struts. If you followed the instructions, these are epoxied into place […]
Workshop Build-Along Part 12 — Sopwith Camel — Articulated Axle Assembly

Workshop Build-Along Part 12 — Sopwith Camel — Articulated Axle Assembly

Wow! That’s a mouthful… Part of the character of the Sopwith aircraft, is the design of their landing gear and in particular their “articulated” (pivoting) axle assembly. Much of the landing gear assembly has been made from music wire which has been bend, bound and soldered together to replicate the shape of the gear, which […]
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