Model Airplane News http://www.modelairplanenews.com The #1 resource for RC plane and helicopter enthusiasts featuring news, videos, product releases and tech tips. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:29:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Arrival — FlySky FS-i10 10-channel Transmitter http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/19/new-arrival-flysky-fs-i10-10-channel-transmitter/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/19/new-arrival-flysky-fs-i10-10-channel-transmitter/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:27:11 +0000 Gerry Yarrish http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=230865

Just arrived in the MAN office this cool looking 10-channel transmitter from Diamond Hobby. This impressive transmitter is completely different from your everyday radios and it is loaded with great and unique features. It has 20 model memory, USB charging for the LiPo TX battery pack, and multiple touch screens for adjusting the transmitter setup [...]

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Just arrived in the MAN office this cool looking 10-channel transmitter from Diamond Hobby. This impressive transmitter is completely different from your everyday radios and it is loaded with great and unique features. It has 20 model memory, USB charging for the LiPo TX battery pack, and multiple touch screens for adjusting the transmitter setup and functions. The transmitter has an ultra-thin case profile, 10 switches and 3 dial knobs. It comes telemetry ready and when it is connected to its spread spectrum 2.4GHz channel hopping receiver, it displays the data and RX battery voltage. Watch for a review coming soon in MAN.

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Showoff Move: Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/18/showoff-move-negative-snap-from-an-inverted-climb/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/18/showoff-move-negative-snap-from-an-inverted-climb/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:57:55 +0000 Debra Cleghorn http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=230857

This is a good maneuver to help teach you how to perform cleanly while being aware of any corrections being needed for maximum points. As with most maneuvers, with lots of practice, you learn to correct subconsciously which is the goal for anyone wanting to be a serious aerobatic and or 3D pilot.     [...]

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This is a good maneuver to help teach you how to perform cleanly while being aware of any corrections being needed for maximum points. As with most maneuvers, with lots of practice, you learn to correct subconsciously which is the goal for anyone wanting to be a serious aerobatic and or 3D pilot.

 

 

 

Enter Inverted straight and level

1 Apply about 80% power and push to an inverted 45-degree upline.

2 After a straight line segment of about 75 feet, switch rates and perform 1 1/2 negative snap roll.

3 After the snap, switch rates to low, reduce throttle and maintain straight, upright line segment (75 feet).

4 Pull up-elevator to perform 135 degree radius and establish inverted flight.

Exit Inverted straight and level

Maneuver overview
Climb to a safe altitude, roll to inverted, line up for the maneuver flying parallel to the runway and apply about 80% throttle. Push gently and establish a 45-degree inverted climb. After the radius and the climb is established, note the flight distance before the 1½ negative snap is started. You will have to fly a similarly long inverted flight segment after the snap roll. I usually count to myself and for this maneuver, a two-second segment seems about right. Flip to your Snap Mode and, all at the same time, apply down-elevator and opposite rudder and aileron. After the snap segment is complete, neutralize your inputs to establish a 45-degree upright climb. If you fly at a constant speed, then count to yourself again for two seconds. Now, pull 135 degrees to exit the top of the maneuver straight, level and inverted.

By the numbers

STEP 1: Enter the maneuver inverted and parallel to the runway. When ready, make sure that you apply at least 80% throttle and push down-elevator, ever so slightly, to perform a smooth radius and establish the 45-degree inverted climb.

STEP 2: After a line segment of about two seconds (about 75 feet in length,) flip to “mid-rate” and perform a 1½ negative snap roll. The key to performing the snap roll properly is timing and setup. If your airplane becomes too “deep” in pitch and is difficult to stop constantly on a 45-degree climb, you may need to dial the elevator rates down a touch. Also, for this segment of the maneuver, you may need to either increase or decrease the throttle to maintain constant flight speed.

STEP 3: After the snap roll, flip back to the “low-rate” setting, and perform a line segment that is equal in length to the first. Balance the throttle, as needed, so that the airplane maintains a constant flight speed and apply rudder input, if needed, to keep a constant heading. In a crosswind, you may notice the nose of the aircraft drifting into the wind. You will have to use just enough rudder to correct.

STEP 4: Exit at the top by pulling 135 degrees to establish inverted level flight. It will be necessary to hold a touch of down elevator to keep the altitude constant. You model’s CG location with affect how much down elevator is needed. Nose-heavy airplanes require more elevator input.

BY JOHN GLEZELLIS; ILLUSTRATION BY FX MODELS

 

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How to: Add Square Checkerboards http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/18/how-to-add-square-checkerboards-2/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/18/how-to-add-square-checkerboards-2/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:53:42 +0000 John Reid http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=230853

This simple design can have a big impact on your aircraft’s color scheme! We start the same way by spraying the glass with window cleaner, then removing the backing from the Ultracote and then pressing it down on the glass. This will keep the covering in place while cutting out the checkerboard. Lay down a [...]

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This simple design can have a big impact on your aircraft’s color scheme!

We start the same way by spraying the glass with window cleaner, then removing the backing from the Ultracote and then pressing it down on the glass. This will keep the covering in place while cutting out the checkerboard.

Lay down a ruler and start cutting out the strips going one way. Fortunately for me, the width of my ruler was perfect for the size of the checkerboard I wanted to make. After making one cut I would place the opposite edge of the ruler on the cut as a guide to keep the ruler parallel to the previous cut. Then make another cut and move on down across the covering until all of my cuts going in that direction were finished.

Now, line up your ruler ninety degrees to the other cuts, you can use anything that is square for this, I used a CD case. Then start making all your other cuts going ninety degrees from the previous cut across the covering. (There is no photo showing this step.)

After you are done making all the cuts in both directions across the covering, start pulling off every other square until all you have left is a checkerboard design on the glass.

Now, laid down the Press-N-Seal over the checkerboard and press on all the squares so that they stick to the Press -N-Seal. Remove them from the glass and place them in position on the wing. Follow the same procedures outlined in the article about sealing them down onto the wing with a heat iron.

Here is the finished wing with the square checkerboard on it. As you can see this really does add to the color scheme of the aircraft.

Here are the two planes side-by-side and you can easily tell your plane from all the rest that are in the air. The checkerboard design is a good color scheme for just about any aircraft (except maybe scale), to make it more visible in the sky. Be sure to try out this easy add-on to your next plane.

 

 

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Tremendous Texan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/18/tremendous-texan/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/18/tremendous-texan/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:38:56 +0000 Debra Cleghorn http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=230844

With a wingspan of over 100 inches, this 1/4-scale T-6 Texan is powered by a Moki 215cc radial gas engine. It looks and sounds great in the air, and  the onboard camera on the horizontal stabilizer provides an in-air view! We love the detail on its meticulous sliding greenhouse canopy.  Thanks to Dean and Peter Coxon who [...]

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With a wingspan of over 100 inches, this 1/4-scale T-6 Texan is powered by a Moki 215cc radial gas engine. It looks and sounds great in the air, and  the onboard camera on the horizontal stabilizer provides an in-air view! We love the detail on its meticulous sliding greenhouse canopy.  Thanks to Dean and Peter Coxon who filmed the T-6 at Fullers Hill Farm in Cambridshire, UK, during the 2014 Willis Warbirds Meet.

 

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HobbyKing Empire Airlines/Finnair DC-3 Airliner EPO 1600mm (PNF) http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/hobbyking-empire-airlinesfinnair-dc-3-airliner-epo-1600mm-pnf/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/hobbyking-empire-airlinesfinnair-dc-3-airliner-epo-1600mm-pnf/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:50:52 +0000 Trevor "Chilly" Duncan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=230836

The Douglas DC-3 revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its lasting effect on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. It started as a request from TWA airlines to Douglas in response to the Boeing 247 being unavailable for purchase. “DC” being [...]

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The Douglas DC-3 revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its lasting effect on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. It started as a request from TWA airlines to Douglas in response to the Boeing 247 being unavailable for purchase. “DC” being derived from Douglas Commercial became the model prefix, starting with the DC-1 in 1933, with the DC-3 arriving to commercial service in 1936.

Over 16,000 DC-3′s were built, the bulk of them as C-47 military versions but also included license built models in both Japan and Russia. With the market flooded with military surplus versions, they became quite popular for use by small time airlines, cargo services, sky diving duty, and more. They have been extensively used as fire fighting aircraft, being heavily modified by companies like Basler Aviation to include drop systems, and more powerful Pratt & Whitney PT-6A turbo prop engines. There are still large numbers of DC-3′s in use even to this day.

Our model of the DC-3 arrives as a fully molded EPO foam airframe, in all bolt together, plug and fly format. As a sport scale model it is a remarkably accurate representation. Since everyone likes options, we have included 2 sets of decals in the box, Empire Airlines and Finnair. As the DC-3 was so widely used, feel free to model it after your favorite scheme. Empire Airlines, a passenger service that operated DC-3′s and flew between Tri-Cities Washington, Boise and Coeur D’Alene Idaho in the late 1940s with the other set being Finnair, the which is one of the worlds oldest passenger services based in Helsinki, Finland, having adopted the DC-3 for use in 1947.

The DC-3 has a host of features including working retracts, LED wingtip and landing lights, as well as a large removable battery hatch and working flaps. Making take off much easier, we have included counter-rotating propellers. To handle the load of all those servos, lights, plus retracts, we’ve included an external BEC unit wired into the ESC wire harness.

Flying the DC-3 is a treat. Large tail surfaces, a light wing loading, plenty of power, and ample washout all combine to make a docile handling airplane. Fly slow, fly fast, this thing looks great from all angles at any speed. If civilian colors are not your speed, we offer it in a green C-47 military version that has three decal sets included. Really when you think about it, we’ve made a complete package. Scale looks, excellent handling, color AND decal options, all at a price that is quite affordable. You’re probably thinking “but I’m not into scale models” honestly, with what we offer you, you’ll want to be into scale models after seeing the HobbyKing DC-3.

For the C-47 military version click here.

Spare parts available soon.

Features:

  • Plug and Fly  – Complete final assembly, and install your choice of battery and radio system
  • Molded EPO airframe
  • Bolt together construction, no glue required
  • 2 decal sets included – Empire Airlines and Finnair
  • Working landing and wingtip lights
  • Functional retracts with steerable tail wheel
  • Counter rotating scale propeller
  • Large magnetically secured battery hatch
  • 5A external BEC unit included
  • Opening side passenger door and other scale details

Specs:

Wingspan: 1600mm
Length: 1103mm
Weight: 1700g
Servos: 6x 9g, 2 x 25g
Speed Control: 20A
Motor: 2x 2215 960kv Outrunner

Required:

  • 6CH transmitter and receiver
  • 4S 14.8V 3300~4000mAh LiPoly Battery

#9306000074-0 – $257.64

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HobbyKing C-47 http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/hobbyking-c-47-skytrain-military-transport-epo-1600mm-pnf/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/hobbyking-c-47-skytrain-military-transport-epo-1600mm-pnf/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:47:02 +0000 Trevor "Chilly" Duncan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=230831

With its LED wingtip and landing lights, retracts and functional flaps, this Gooney Bird is definitely on our holiday list! Hobby King thoughtfully provides three sets of decals (U.S., UK and Russian) so you can make yours unique. Foam construction and installed motor systems and servos mean you’ll be flight-ready in less time than it takes [...]

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With its LED wingtip and landing lights, retracts and functional flaps, this Gooney Bird is definitely on our holiday list! Hobby King thoughtfully provides three sets of decals (U.S., UK and Russian) so you can make yours unique. Foam construction and installed motor systems and servos mean you’ll be flight-ready in less time than it takes to charge a battery pack! Here’s the complete release from Hobby King:

 

The Douglas C-47 was the miltary transport version of the DC-3 airliner and went by numerous names both official and unofficial including Skytrain, Dakota, and Gooney Bird. It was used in World War II extensively by the allies, and was vitally important during campaigns in Guadalcanal, Burma, and later, the Berlin Airlift. In all, over 10,000 C-47 or license built versions were produced between March 1943 and August 1945.

In addition to being used by American and other allied forces during World War II, since then has seen extensive use by other smaller nations armies. Surplus C-47′s entered the civilian market and became quite popular over the years as cargo carriers, small time airlines, and forest fire bombers.

Our model of the C-47 arrives as a fully molded EPO foam airframe, in all bolt together, plug and fly format. As a sport scale model it is a remarkably accurate representation. Since everyone likes options, we have included 3 sets of decals in the box, American, British and Russian decal sets. As the C-47 was so widely used, feel free to model it after your favorite scheme.

The C-47 has a host of features including working retracts, LED wingtip and landing lights, as well as a large removable battery hatch and working flaps. Making take off much easier, we have included counter-rotating propellers. To handle the load of all those servos, lights, plus retracts, we’ve included an external BEC unit wired into the ESC wire harness.

Flying the C-47 is a treat. Large tail surfaces, a light wing loading, plenty of power, and ample washout all combine to make a docile handling airplane. Fly slow, fly fast, this thing looks great from all angles at any speed. If military colors are not your speed, we offer it in a silver DC-3 military version that has three decal sets included. Really when you think about it, we’ve made a complete package. Scale looks, excellent handling, color AND decal options, all at a price that is quite affordable. You’re probably thinking “but I’m not into scale models” honestly, with what we offer you, you’ll want to be into scale models after seeing the HobbyKing C-47.

For the DC-3 civilian airliner version click here.

Features:

  • Plug and Fly  – Complete final assembly, and install your choice of battery and radio system
  • Molded EPO airframe
  • Bolt together construction, no glue required
  • 3 decal sets included – American, Russian, and British
  • Working landing and wingtip lights
  • Functional retracts with steerable tail wheel
  • Counter rotating scale propeller
  • Large magnetically secured battery hatch
  • 5A external BEC unit included
  • Opening side passenger door and other scale details

Specs:

Wingspan: 1600mm
Length: 1103mm
Weight: 1700g
Servos: 6x 9g, 2 x 25g
Speed Control: 20A
Motor: 2x 2215 960kv Outrunner

Required:

  • 6CH transmitter and receiver
  • 4S 14.8V 3300~4000mAh LiPoly Battery

#9306000073-0 – $257.64

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HobbyKing F4U-4 Corsair Warbird EPO 1200mm With Retracts (PNF) http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/hobbyking-f4u-4-corsair-warbird-epo-1200mm-with-retracts-pnf/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/hobbyking-f4u-4-corsair-warbird-epo-1200mm-with-retracts-pnf/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:43:48 +0000 Trevor "Chilly" Duncan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=230827

The Chance Vought F4U Corsair with its inverted gull wing is one of the most recognisable aircraft of all time, serving primarily in World War II and later the Korean War. It had the longest production run of any piston engine fighter in US History, being built under license by three different companies. It was [...]

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The Chance Vought F4U Corsair with its inverted gull wing is one of the most recognisable aircraft of all time, serving primarily in World War II and later the Korean War. It had the longest production run of any piston engine fighter in US History, being built under license by three different companies. It was used by not just the US Navy and Marines, but the British, French Navy, and the Royal New Zealand Airforce. The Corsair was regarded as one of the most formidable American Fighters of the second world war, racking up a 11:1 kill ratio over the Japanese. Early versions of the Corsair had some teething issues with carrier landings, though later versions were well sorted. In addition to being a fighter, it was deployed also in ground attack roles and even night fighter duties with the aid of added radar equipment. To this day a handful of Corsairs are preserved in both flying and static condition by owners and museums around the world.

Our Corsair is the F4U-4 version, and arrives in a plug and fly format, just needing some basic assembly, install your choice of battery and radio system to be ready to take to the skies. The fully molded EPO airframe goes together quickly and easily with a minimal of fuss, only a couple of hand tools required. Scale details add to the realism of this model including antennas, panel lines, rockets, drop tanks, and a nice 4 blade propeller. Retractable mains and tail wheel clean up the model for realistic dive bombing action. The larger size means it will handle more wind, is quite stable, and will impress everyone at the field. Access to the inside of the fuselage to install the battery is through a large access hatch that features a secure locking clip. The ESC is pre-wired with a XT-60 connector ready to accept your 4S 14.8V 2200~2600mah lipo. After that, just drop in your choice of 6-channel transmitter and receiver, do final setup, and fly!

Features:

  • Plug and fly model – just add your choice of battery and radio
  • Fully molded EPO Airframe
  • Scale 4-blade propeller
  • Easy assembly, short construction time
  • Retractable main, and tail wheel unit
  • Large easy to access battery hatch with locking clip
  • Scale rocket and drop tank detail

Specs:

Wingspan: 1200mm
Length: 970mm
Wing Area: 11.16dm²
Flying Weight: 1600g
Servos: 7 x9g micro
Motor: 3648 480kv Outrunner
ESC: 40A Brushless

Required:

  • 6 Channel transmitter and receiver
  • 4S 14.8V 2200~2600mAh Lipoly battery w/ XT60 connector

#267000003-0 – $159.33

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O.S. Engine $40 Merchandise Certificate With Qualifiying Purchase: Now Through 2/28/15 http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/o-s-engine-40-merchandise-certificate-with-qualifiying-purchase-now-through-22815/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/o-s-engine-40-merchandise-certificate-with-qualifiying-purchase-now-through-22815/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:40:25 +0000 Trevor "Chilly" Duncan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=230823

Gasoline engines offer many advantages for R/C pilots, including scale sound, superior performance and excellent fuel economy. Add to that a great rebate program, and you have every reason to go with gasoline power…but you’ll want to act fast! From now through February 28, 2015, when you buy any select O.S. gasoline engine you’ll receive [...]

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Gasoline engines offer many advantages for R/C pilots, including scale sound, superior performance and excellent fuel economy. Add to that a great rebate program, and you have every reason to go with gasoline power…but you’ll want to act fast! From now through February 28, 2015, when you buy any select O.S. gasoline engine you’ll receive a certificate worth up to $40 towards quality R/C products from over 35 top brands! A wide range of engines are included in this offer, from the “mighty mite” GT15 all the way up to the GT60 — and your purchase of any of them will earn you free merchandise at your participating hobby shop!

These systems qualify for a $40 Merchandise Certificate

OSMG1560 GT60 Gasoline Engine w/o Muffler. $699.99
OSMG1561 GT60 Gasoline Engine w/Muffler . 769.99

These systems qualify for a $40 Merchandise Certificate

OSMG1513 GGT15 Gasoline Engine w/Muffler . . . $399.99
OSMG1515 GT15 Gasoline Engine w/Muffler . 349.99
OSMG1522 GT22 Gasoline Engine w/Muffler . 409.99
OSMG1533 GT33 Gasoline Engine w/Muffler . 419.99

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How to: Add Square Checkerboards http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/how-to-add-square-checkerboards/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/17/how-to-add-square-checkerboards/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:27:34 +0000 John Reid http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=211571

This simple design can have a big impact on your aircraft’s color scheme! We start the same way by spraying the glass with window cleaner, then removing the backing from the Ultracote and then pressing it down on the glass.  This will keep the covering in place while cutting out the checkerboard. Lay down a ruler [...]

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This simple design can have a big impact on your aircraft’s color scheme!

We start the same way by spraying the glass with window cleaner, then removing the backing from the Ultracote and then pressing it down on the glass.  This will keep the covering in place while cutting out the checkerboard.

Lay down a ruler and start cutting out the strips going one way. Fortunately for me, the width of my  ruler was perfect for the size of the checkerboard I wanted to make.   After making one cut I would place the  opposite edge  of the ruler on the cut as a guide  to keep the ruler parallel to the previous cut. Then make another cut and move on down across the covering until all of my cuts going in that direction were finished.

Now, line up your ruler ninety degrees to the other cuts, you can use anything that is square for this, I used a CD case.  Then start making all your other cuts going ninety degrees from the previous cut across the covering.  (There is no photo showing this step.)

After you are done making all the cuts in both directions across the covering, start pulling off every other square until all you have left is a checkerboard design on the glass.

Now, laid down the Press-N-Seal over the checkerboard and press on all the squares so that they stick to the Press -N-Seal.  Remove them from the glass and place them in position on the wing.  Follow the same procedures outlined in the article about sealing them down onto the wing with a heat iron.

Here is the finished wing with the square checkerboard on it. As you can see this really does add to the color scheme of the aircraft.

Here are the two planes side-by-side and you can easily tell your plane from all the rest that are in the air.  The checkerboard design is a good color scheme for just about any aircraft (except maybe scale), to make it more visible in the sky. Be sure to try out this easy add-on to your next plane.

 

 

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5 Simple Shop Tips http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/16/5-simple-shop-tips/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/12/16/5-simple-shop-tips/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:28:16 +0000 Debra Cleghorn http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=230820

Simple tricks are the best, don’t you think? These tips may not change your life, but they will make your time in the shop easier and more enjoyable. Send your tip to MAN@airage.com and you could win a MAN or Electric Flight baseball cap (plus worldwide accolades &  fame, of course!).   SMOOTH THAT OLD [...]

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Simple tricks are the best, don’t you think? These tips may not change your life, but they will make your time in the shop easier and more enjoyable. Send your tip to MAN@airage.com and you could win a MAN or Electric Flight baseball cap (plus worldwide accolades &  fame, of course!).

 

SMOOTH THAT OLD IRON

Have you ever noticed the slick surface on a new covering iron after you first pull it out of the box? The iron seems to float on top of the plastic covering, giving you a beautiful finish. However, after time goes by and the iron gets a little older, the smooth Teflon feel on the surface just goes away. Here is a simple way to rejuvenate that old iron. When the iron is cool, add a little baby powder to the surface and rub it in with your fingers. This will give the contact area a new surface that will glide much more easily over your covering. You can reapply powder as needed to keep the iron gliding smooth.

PAPER TOWEL SHIM

I always have a problem with getting the socket-head bolts into those hard-to-reach spaces. Even though the socket-head bolts do hold on better than a Philips or screwdriver head, they tend to let the bolt fall off just before you can get it started. That’s where this trick is really going to save your day! Add a little piece of paper towel to the end of the ball driver and press it into the socket head of the bolt. You will find that this holds better than a magnetic head driver.

RECYCLE THAT OLD BIKE

Bicycle spokes have the same thread size as a standard-size airplane pushrod, which means you can have 25 to 50 pushrods from an old bicycle wheel. First remove the tire and inner rim tape to get to the spokes. Now just cut the spoke near the center hub and slide it out. Cut it to length when needed. Many of the newer spokes are made of aluminum and are very light.

AILERON ALIGNMENT JIG

When setting up the aileron linkage, it is helpful to have a third hand holding the aileron in the center position. The next best thing is to make this simple alignment jig out of a clothespin and two pieces of balsa. Just put the two pieces of balsa above and below the aileron centered on the gap between the aileron and wing trailing edge. Attach the clothespin to hold the aileron in place. The soft balsa will help prevent the clothespin from marking the surface. Just be sure to remove it before operating the servo when testing the throws..

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