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HELI-MAX 1SQ V-CAM

Oct 28, 2013 No Comments by

Photos Fredy Perojo and Peter Hall A ready-to-fly quadcopter with built-in video capability The 1SQ V-Cam is ideal for inter-office aerial video ops! It's stable yet maneuverable and can easily fly through doorways and land on desktops. Smile, you're on candid camera! Let's face it, quadcopters are taking our hobby by storm and they continue [...]

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Workshop Build-Along: Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane — Adding Top Wing

Mar 04, 2013 No Comments by

We are drawing close to the end of this extensive giant-scale build-along. This past weekend the cabane struts and the top wing were built and attached. Check out the sequence below. To build the cabane struts and attach the top wing, you first have to install the kit’s alignement jig as shown about. Start by [...]

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Workshop Build-Along: Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane — Installing Top Wing

Mar 04, 2013 No Comments by

We are drawing close to the end of this extensive giant-scale build-along. This past weekend the cabane struts and the top wing were built and attached. Check out the sequence below. To build the cabane struts and attach the top wing, you first have to install the kit’s alignement jig as shown about. Start by [...]

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Workshop Build-along: Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane – Attaching the Middle Wing

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments by

The next step in assembly all the parts of the Triplane project is to attach the middle wing to the fuselage. This is a critical step in the overall alignment of the finished model, so you really need to take your time and make sure everything is staight, square and aligned properly. The other two [...]

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Workshop Build-along: Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane — Tail Surfaces

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments by

In the past I have been posting some building techniques to help builders of wood kits with basic tasks on the workbench. We’ve gotten several requests for more details on my current project, the Balsa USA 1/3-scale Triplane, so I thought I would share the whole project with you. Let’s Get Started: I had enjoyed [...]

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Exclusive Online Sneak Peek–FlyBaby Bipe Construction Article

Dec 19, 2012 No Comments by

From the Upcoming April 2013 issue of MAN, this exclusive sneak peek of the FlyBaby Biplane Construction article includes many unpublished photos and a complete builder’s material list and details. Designed by Pat Tritle, there are formed plastic parts available as well as laser cut wood parts. The Model: The Flybaby Biplane was done in [...]

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From the Workshop, Tips for Wing Sheeting

Dec 05, 2012 No Comments

When your wing looks like this, you can remove it from the workbench, but it’s not quite complete. Wing sheeting is what gives your wing its strength and stiffness. With most kits, a lot of techniques are taken for granted by the manufacturers. If you are going to build a model airplane, then you have to [...]

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Laminated Balsa Parts Made Easy!

Nov 18, 2012 No Comments

When I started building my newest project, the Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane kit, I followed the instructions as much as I could, and that included some of the lamination of balsa parts to created curved surfaces. Here’s some construction tips that aren’t obvious but will make your laminating chores a bit easier. Wingtips When [...]

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