Fighting Flutter — Tips that could save your plane!

Sep 16, 2016 No Comments by

We’ve all seen and heard it, the sound of control surface flutter. Flutter can be destructive to an airframe, and this problem all boils down to using suitable building techniques. It is absolutely mandatory that the hinges on an aircraft be installed properly. If hinges are not installed correctly, they can bind with one another, […]

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Light up the Night! — Basic Night Flying Tips

Sep 15, 2016 No Comments by

Flying giant-scale airplanes at night has increased in popularity, and all for good reason. Not only is it unique and fun, but it also presents a different challenge that daylight flying cannot provide. This past summer, I decided I wanted to try night flying with the giant-scale CARF-Models Edge 540. I decided to use this […]

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Easy MonoKote design change for any race bird

Sep 14, 2016 No Comments by

Before In the June 2013 issue of our sister publication, Model Airplane News, I reviewed this great-flying race plane from Great Planes: the Proud Bird EF1 Racer. This is one of the few ARFs that comes in an all-white color scheme so the owner can put his own custom design on it. Having a blank […]

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Reno Racer – PRECIOUS METAL — with a contra-rotating power system

Sep 13, 2016 No Comments by

I know what you’re thinking … “Another P-51?!” Well yes, it is, however, this is no ordinary D-model warbird with invasion stripes. This is the only Rolls-Royce Griffon-powered P-51 on the planet, and it’s one of the most unique models you can show up to your flying field with. My design is of the racer […]

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CARL BACHHUBER’S 1935 BABY CLIPPER — 1/5-SCALE SIKORSKY S-43 FLYING BOAT

Sep 09, 2016 No Comments by

PHOTOS BY PALMER JOHNSON Up, up, and away! Carl’s Sikorsky S-43 easily lifts off for another successful flight. For many years, expert model designer, builder, and pilot Carl Bachhuber of Mayville, WI, has become famous for his amazing multi-engine, giant-scale airplanes. There is hardly a famous airliner or military bomber and transport that Carl hasn’t […]

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Motor attachment techniques — Secure your power system

Sep 08, 2016 No Comments by

It should be easy, right? Buy a plane, buy a motor, and bolt them together. That’s the way it should be, but sometimes it’s a bit more involved. We’re lucky that most manufacturers have already worked out the best way to mount a motor to their airframes, and many of the electric offerings come with […]

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EASY SCALE COVER UP — INSTALLING A DUMMY ROTARY ENGINE

Sep 07, 2016 No Comments

In our online build-along series for my Sopwith Camel (featured in the December 2015 issue), I featured many mini projects as they popped up during the Camel’s build. I test-flew the sopwith Camel back in June and flew it several times over the summer, all with my Zenoah G-38 engine fully exposed in that big […]

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Heat it up! Knife-Edge Circle with 1½ Positive Snap Rolls

Aug 31, 2016 No Comments

The first time I saw a knife-edge circle was at the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, NV. Seeing an airplane rolled 90 degrees to knife-edge flight and having the pilot push on the elevator stick to initiate the circle while maintaining altitude with rudder was a sight to behold, and it still is! Illustrations […]

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Paul LeTourneau’s Big A-10 Warthog

Aug 30, 2016 No Comments

One of the warbird regulars that always shows up at giant-scale events is Paul LeTourneau of Oconto, WI. As a VP of his family run company, LeTourneau Plastics, Paul is best known in the RC world for his amazingly big multi-engine aircraft that he flies in the giant-scale warbird circuit. Paul makes it to the […]

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THE LOMCEVAK — The First Extreme Aerobatic move

Aug 29, 2016 No Comments

As aerobatic RC pilots develop their skills, it’s natural to try different control inputs while flying. And quite often new aerobatic maneuvers are discovered by pushing the envelope. The classic Lomcevak is a tumbling maneuver where the aircraft’s tail rotates in front of the engine throughout the maneuver. The maneuver has Eastern European roots and […]

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