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Easy (well, easier!) Engine Cylinders

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments by

To scale modelers, there is inherent enjoyment in the challenge of producing models that represent full-scale aircraft.  The models themselves run the gambit from very loose semi-scale likenesses to full-blown museum scale models.  Certain model subjects tend to force the modeler’s hand when they possess physical characteristics that must be copied to make the model [...]

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Top 7 Chargers

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments by

We test them—you pick the right one for you! One thing is for sure—electric-powered aircraft is not a passing fad! E-power is here to stay and will continue to improve with each passing year. Because of this, we are surrounded with a variety of battery chargers to pick from for our electrical needs. One of [...]

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Calculate your model’s CG the full-scale way

Nov 06, 2012 No Comments by

In this how-to, Martin Zeller shares how to precisely calculate your model’s center of gravity. He writes, “I recently finished a scratch built, ¼ scale, WACO UPF-7.  The ship was 38 lbs with 16 sq ft of wing area.  It is a difficult maneuver to pick up a large aircraft like this to determine the [...]

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Before there were helicopters: pilot report on the Fieseler Storch

Oct 23, 2012 No Comments by

It was cold. SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Otto Skorzeny turned his back to the biting wind, burying his hands in the deep pockets of his SS topcoat. As he chatted with the bald-headed man he’d come to rescue, he glanced at the small band of exhausted Wehrmacht soldiers huddled in the shelter of their broken glider. They’d just [...]

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Wolfram Donalies’ Polikarpov I-16

Oct 19, 2012 No Comments by

I often enjoy attending the annual Warbirds and Classics over the Midwest RC event held in Fond du Lac, WI as there’s always a bunch of great looking scale airplanes to photograph. One airplane that just looked so interesting I could not help but be drawn toward it. Looking like a cross between a WW2 fighter [...]

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Review: Performance Aircraft Unlimited Bulldog Pitts

Oct 18, 2012 No Comments by

Reviewer Aaron Ham calls this bipe “a compact little hotrod with a ton of power and mind-numbing maneuverability!” Designed for a 40 to 50cc gas engine, this ARF features straightforward assembly and, in the air, it is capable of scale aerobatics as well as unlimited 3D maneuvers. Photos are by Hope McCall. The Bulldog II, flown by [...]

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Flight Technique Video: Fly the Teardrop

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments

In this flight technique video, West Coast senior editor John Reid takes you step by step through the teardrop with a roll, a center stage maneuver that allows you to change direction at either end of your aerobatic box. Real-time transmitter inputs shown with the plane in flight will make it look easy! Click here [...]

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Make a scale “metal” prop

Oct 02, 2012 No Comments

Wouldn’t your scale plane look so much better on display with a scale metal propeller? Making your own is easier than you may think: you just need a damaged wooden prop and a few cardboard tubes. Let master modeler John Tanzer show you how to do it. After building my giant-scale Top Flight Stinson SR-9 [...]

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Easy Spoked Wheels

Sep 25, 2012 No Comments

I recently started a scratch-built micro light project of a Sopwith Pup of a design by Mats Johansson. This required me to build two scale 1-inch-diameter spoked or covered wheels. The plan calls for building them from three layer of shaped balsa, but my skills being what they are, my version would have been a [...]

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