Dec 09, 2016 No Comments by

After checking your engine performance and the radio operation, always make sure that your model is properly balanced before your first flight. It happens too often, unfortunately: Someone with a brand new airplane shows up at the field and has everything working perfectly. The radio checks out, and all the controls move in the correct […]

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ULTIMATE ELECTRICS — Motor Mounts and Battery Placement

Dec 07, 2016 No Comments by

In a past issue of Electric Flight, I discussed some of the thought processes and techniques that I use as I plan a new conversion project. While that’s all entertaining to work through, the real work begins shortly after the delivery truck drops off the big, colorful box. In the process of converting a model […]

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HELI TALK: GREASE ‘EM UP — Important of Bearing Lubrication

Dec 05, 2016 No Comments by

Bearing lubrication is a regular source of debate in the RC helicopter world, starting with whether to relube bearings or simply replace as needed. In the former case, the best tools, materials, and techniques for servicing bearings can be a source of confusion for many fliers. This month, we’ll try to cut through the fog […]

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AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO MADE EASY — Having fun with your eye in the sky

Nov 30, 2016 No Comments by

Although they are very popular now, quadcopters have been around for quite a while. Flying enthusiasts started creating them when the very first gyro came out for RC helicopters. Now, almost every major RC company has at least one model available, while many of them have two or three. Check out any hobby store and […]

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Flying the Perfect Hyper Rolling-S

Nov 28, 2016 No Comments by

Aerobatic pilots are constantly creating new flight tricks by combining maneuvers and working them up into new shapes and figures. The Hyper Rolling S is one such stunt, and it’s truly a showstopper! It’s an aggressive move that’s demanding on both the pilot and the airplane. It is also unique so it will take spectators […]

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TIPS & TRICKS — More Workshop hints to make modeling easier and fun.

Nov 21, 2016 No Comments by

Illustrations by Richard Thompson SLICING BALSA When you cut balsa sheets to length and try to make the cut all with one stroke of the hobby knife, the exit of the blade will often cause the wood to split along the grain. Here’s a way to prevent this. After drawing a pencil guideline, cut a […]

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Rigging for Giant Scale Models — doing it right!

Nov 17, 2016 No Comments

Scale-model builders are always in pursuit of replicating features found on full-scale subjects. One common struggle revolves around wing and tail structure rigging wires. In working out techniques, critical decisions are often made that have a direct impact on the project’s structural integrity. I recently purchased a Handley Page monoplane that was designed and built […]

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VOLTS OR AMPS — Need more power? What you need to know!

Nov 15, 2016 No Comments

When you’re deciding on a battery pack for a high-performance airplane, you have two options: use a higher cell pack (more volts) or a pack with higher capacity (more amps). Of course, you could run the numbers and get the answer, but I decided to do a real-life experiment, using a Shoestring as a test […]

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SKYEYE PUSHER — A sport flyer with built-in First-Person View!

Nov 07, 2016 No Comments

Fourteen years ago, my original SkyCrawler design was published in Model Aviation. At that time, neither LiPo batteries nor brushless outrunner motors were available, and video cameras were still pretty big and bulky. As these technologies developed and a ordable versions became available, I decided to update my old SkyCrawler. With a name change and […]

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LET’S TALK GIANT SCALE — Tips for Light and Strong Aircraft Repairs

Nov 04, 2016 No Comments

Over the years, I’ve seen many giant-scale modelers suffer some sort of a failure that ended with a damaged aircraft. I have experienced a few situations myself. Recently, while flying my Hangar-9 30cc DHC-2 Beaver, I experienced a rough takeoff when a wheel collar loosened, causing the wheel to come off. The landing-gear leg hit […]

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