Sub-Sonex Sport-Scale Ducted Fan Jet — Perfect for Electric or Turbine Power

Aug 26, 2016 No Comments by

It’s not really as big as it might appear here, but it is still sizable enough to have presence and command attention. Do I look happy or what? Some of our readers with a shared interest in full-size EAA kit airplanes are probably familiar with the name Sonex. Go back far enough in the company’s […]

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FUEL SYSTEMS MADE EASY — The first step in keeping your engine happy

Aug 25, 2016 No Comments by

Radio control model airplanes rely on two basic systems to fly, the radio system and the power system (excluding gliders). Whether you have a nitro-burning glow engine or a high-octane, gasoline-sipping powerplant, if your engine loses its fuel supply, you’ll find yourself in a dead-stick situation with a plane that wasn’t designed to be a […]

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How To: HELICOPTER PROGRAMMING — Using Expo or not…

Aug 24, 2016 No Comments by

Crisp handling for 3D helicopters like Tommy Wagner Jr.’s Synergy E7 requires precise servo response. Fine-tuning expo settings can go a long way to making you feel more “connected” to your machine. If you’ve been flying helicopters for any amount of time, you probably have an opinion—perhaps a strong one—on whether exponential, or “expo,” is […]

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Fiberglass and Resin Tips — Sealing & Wing Reinforcement

Aug 23, 2016 1 Comment by

One of the expressions often heard about building a glow powered airplane is that you have to “Fuel Proof” the engine compartment and firewall. This is done to prevent the wood from absorbing fuel and exhaust residue (oil) as the airplane is being used. It really is a simple process and requires some epoxy glue […]

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INSTALLING AN ALUMINUM ENGINE COWL — NOSE JOB FOR A TRIPLANE

Aug 22, 2016 No Comments by

Part of my Build-Along Series for the BALSA USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane project, this post covers the tasks of attaching the engine cowling. The kit came with a decent fiberglass cowling but for some improved scale appearance, I replaced the one that comes with the kit with an aluminum cowling from Arizona Model Aircrafters. Start […]

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INTRODUCTION TO AEROBATICS — MASTERING LOOPS & ROLLS

Aug 19, 2016 No Comments by

Once you’ve learned how to fly and you can easily handle your airplane and fly it straight and level, you’ll soon start looking for more challenges to regain the excitement that you felt in the beginning. Learning the basic of aerobatics is the best way to up the excitement and, while you’re at it, increase […]

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HOW TO PAINT FABRIC — FINISHING SCALE STITS COVERING

Aug 18, 2016 No Comments

I have been working on my giant Fokker Dr.1 Triplane since last October and I have posted a lot of Shop Hightlights and Build-Along posts along the way. Several modeling friend have asked if I could supply directions for using the  Stits Lite fabric and Poly Tone Painting system I have highlighted here before. Well, here […]

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SCRATCH-BUILDING A BRISTOL BULLDOG RADIAL ENGINE

Aug 17, 2016 No Comments

My Bristol Bulldog Mk IIA project (see the November 2013 issue of Model Airplane News) all started with the acquisition of a powerful JPX 425cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine. Once mated to a homemade 44×14 hand-carved laminated beech propeller, it made the 47.3%-scale, 16-foot-span biplane possible. But, a proper round engine absolutely had to be replicated […]

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OVER THE TOP MUSTANG MAKEOVER — THE UPS AND DOWNS OF MODIFYING A GIANT-SCALE WARBIRD

Aug 16, 2016 No Comments

Yea, it’s just me and the bird. The Hangar 9 Mustang ain’t small, and it flies as good as it looks. I promise that you will enjoy this article. After discussing article ideas with the MAN editors, we agreed that this should not be a review of an ARF as there are just too many […]

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INTRO TO 3D FLIGHT — FLY LIKE THE PROS IN HALF THE TIME!

Aug 15, 2016 No Comments

What is 3d flying? it can be best described as taking advantage of modern radio capabilities and excess power to perform amazing stunts that seem to defy the laws of aerodynamics and gravity. In other words, 3d flying is about making an airplane do things that you wouldn’t normally think an airplane would be capable […]

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