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

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

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

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Upcoming April 2013 issue of MAN, this exclusive sneak peek of the FlyBaby Biplane Construction article includes many unpublished photos and a complete builder’s material list and details.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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Top 7 Chargers

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

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

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

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

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

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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