Gerry Yarrish’s Blog

Back to Basics–Free Flight Rubber Power

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

If you have never tried building and flying a rubber powered scale free flight model airplane, then you are really missing out on a lot of affordable fun. Each year, our buddy and Scale RC and WW1 aviation expert, Tom Polapink, hosts an annual free flight contest and this event is dedicated to Cole Palen, [...]

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Scale Painting and Masking Tricks for Cloth Covered Models

Jul 25, 2013 3 Comments

The Exclusive MAN Workshop Build-Along series is just about complete with just a few detail left to finish up. I have been working on my giant Fokker Dr.1 Triplane since last October and we’ve posted lots of helpful building and covering tips along the way. Several of you have asked if I could show some details [...]

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Valach 4-stroke 120cc gas engine

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

An extremely popular giant scale engine line in Europe, Valach is now available from Vogelsang-Aeroscale the official U.S Dealer. Available now at http://vogelsang-aeroscale.com/valach.html the new 120cc twin-cylinder horizontally apposed gas engine is the perfect power plant for countless scale projects. Able to turn deep pitch 30- to 32-inch propellers, Valach engines are designed from the [...]

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Giant Spitfire ARF Sneak Peek!

Jul 03, 2013 2 Comments

We just got back from the flying field after test flying the new giant scale Spitfire ARF from Top Flite. This 50cc warbird flies great and it is equipped with Robart’s new electric retracts. The Spitfire took off easily at half power with the DLE 50 turning a Falcon 23×10 propeller! Wow! With a Best [...]

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Install a Servo-less Bomb Drop

Jun 29, 2013 7 Comments

OK, it’s really called a payload release mechanism, and it plugs directly into your receiver. It is the perfect solution for scale modelers who want mechanical options like drop tank and bomb drop function on your scale plane. For less than $25, the unit plugs directly into the receiver using standard servo connectors, and you [...]

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Workshop Secrets — Working with Fiberglass and Resin

Jun 28, 2013 1 Comment

The newest task for my ongoing giant scale Fokker Triplane build, now that it is all covered, is to seal and finish all the wood parts like the Strut fairings and the landing gear’s Sub-Wing structures. Fiberglass cloth and Finishing resin provides a smooth sub surface for primer and painted finishes and it greatly increases the durability of [...]

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Avoiding Crashes — 5 tips to save your RC airplane!

Jun 21, 2013 9 Comments

We’ve all been here, done that! The life expectancy of your RC airplane is directly proportional to how well you follow directions. That is to say, you’ve built and setup your plane properly as explained by the instructions. This article is intended to give the first time model builders some helpful tips for being successful [...]

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On this Day in Aviation History — June 11, 1948

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

Today in 1948: The USAF revised its aircraft designations from “P” for pursuit to “F” for fighter. So aircraft such as the P-51D Mustang became known as the F-51 Mustang.

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Senior Technical Editor About Me: I have a lifelong passion for all things scale, and I love to design, build and fly scale RC airplanes. With 20 plus years as part of the Air Age family of magazines, I love producing Model Airplane News and Electric Flight.
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