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Fiberglassing Wings — Producing a Super Smooth, Top Gun Finish

Fiberglassing Wings — Producing a Super Smooth, Top Gun Finish

There are many ways to apply fiberglass cloth to a structure. The most common methods use either polyester or epoxy resin and catalysts. Some of the resins require unequal mix ratios, like 1 part epoxy to 2 parts hardener, which is difficult to measure accurately. I also dislike polyester resin because it really smells foul. […]
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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Me 163 Komet — Electric Powered, Rocket Performance

Me 163 Komet — Electric Powered, Rocket Performance

First encountered by U.S. Army Air Corps bombers in July 1944, the advanced speed and maneuverability of the Luftwaffe’s new Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket plane took the Allied flight crews by complete surprise. Its shortcoming was having very short powered flight, so the Komet was used primarily to defend German airfields and other strategic targets. […]
Homemade Big-Block Powerhouse (220cc V4!)

Homemade Big-Block Powerhouse (220cc V4!)

Now here’s a great-sounding engine! Detlef Kunkel designed and made this four-cylinder, V-construction four-stroke with a transmission reduction of 1.7. The 220cc engine’s shaft power is 25hp max. Intended for 110- to 130-pound RC model planes, it spins an SEP 35×20 three-blade propeller at 3700 to 3800rpm. The 90-pound aircraft in the video was built […]
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Lance Campbell’s Amazing SR-71 Blackbird — From inside the Workshop

Lance Campbell’s Amazing SR-71 Blackbird — From inside the Workshop

At the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational, there were many amazing aircraft flown by some of the best pilots in the world. One of the standouts on this year’s Paradise Field flightline was an unusual aircraft in the form of a Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” that was totally scratch-built by first-time Top Gun competitor Lance Campbell […]
8 QUICK WORKSHOP TIPS

8 QUICK WORKSHOP TIPS

MAN contributors and readers are a clever bunch, and they’re always coming up with easier, more efficient ways to build and set up airplanes. Here are 8 workshop tips that we think you’ll enjoy using. Have a tip of your own you’d like to share? Send us an email at MAN@airage.com.   Simple Pushrod Guide […]
Conquer the Three-turn Negative Spin

Conquer the Three-turn Negative Spin

In the early days of aviation,  spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since the […]
Straight Tracking Made Easy — Tips to align your Landing Gear Axles

Straight Tracking Made Easy — Tips to align your Landing Gear Axles

If you want your plane to track straight, simply put an alignment rod, (two brass tubes with a steel rod inserted for extended reach), in place of the axles. Poof! You now have perfect alignment of your main landing gear’s axles. All you have to do is lock the landing gear into place, (or the […]
From Gerry’s Workshop — Firewall installation for a Zenoah G-38

From Gerry’s Workshop — Firewall installation for a Zenoah G-38

We always look for good techniques to share with our readers so I reached back to some of my Sopwith Camel Build-along posts. With this post we turn our attentions to the front end and work on the firewall installation. The techniques can be used with any RC model you want to modify so you […]
Video Workshop Tip — Installing Hinges Made Easy

Video Workshop Tip — Installing Hinges Made Easy

Perhaps the most important technique any RC modeler needs to learn is to properly install hinges for his model’s control surfaces. They need to be strong, in proper alignment, and sized correctly for the model being worked on. The crew over at Du-Bro Products has lots of good tools and supplies to get the job […]
Giant Scale Engine Tip — How To Rebuild a Walbro Carburetor

Giant Scale Engine Tip — How To Rebuild a Walbro Carburetor

One of the great features that make giant scale RC airplanes so popular, is the bulletproof user-friendly nature of the Walbro carburetors used with most of the gas engines powering them. Once a gas engine is properly adjusted, its carburetor usually won’t need to be tweaked again for most, if not the entire flying season. As […]
Mastering the Snap Roll — Doing the Maneuver Right

Mastering the Snap Roll — Doing the Maneuver Right

The snap roll is an advanced maneuver that you’ll first encounter in the IMAC Sportsman sequence. It evolves into more difficult variations in the upper classes of competition. It is one of the most difficult maneuvers in which to consistently achieve a high score because it requires a keen sense of timing, throttle management and […]
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