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Phil Herrington’s Scale Slope Soaring Fire Bomber

Aug 20, 2012 8 Comments

Due to its steady winds, strong lift, and generous grass landing areas, we see some impressive slope gliders on the the slopes over Wilson Lake in Lucas, Kansas.  Phil flew his Neptune a couple days before the 19th annual Midwest Slope Challenge in May 2012. Phil saw the prototype airplane in action near his home [...]

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Martin Irvine and his Awesome Aviatik—with video!

Aug 07, 2012 7 Comments

At a recent fun-fly event at the Kingston RC Club in Kingston, Ontario, I ran into my old flying buddy and Model Airplane News contributor, Martin Irvine, who had brought with him a recent project he had just finished. Now Martin is known for picking unusual designs and his latest efforts, a 1917 Aviatik D1 [...]

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Tips & Tricks: It’s In The Bag [September 2012]

Aug 06, 2012 1 Comment

It’s in the bag: When reversing the shaft on a brushless motor, I have sometimes had to remove the E or C clips from the shaft.  They usually fly away when I try to remove them.  It could take an hour or more to find these clips once they fly off the shaft.  A good [...]

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Pilot Projects: T-28 Trojan [September 2012]

Aug 06, 2012 7 Comments

T-28 Trojan: Jeff writes, “Sometimes the fun in our hobby is seeing how we can transition a simple ARF into something more interesting.”  He stripped his ParkZone T-28 completely down, filled all the dents and scratches and added Testor’s spray paint and new decals.  Then it was time to make struts for some HobbyZone floats. [...]

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Master the Three-turn Negative Spin

Aug 02, 2012 3 Comments

In this video we examine the key control inputs in executing the three-turn negative spin. Because this is a negative spin you will bring the plane into the maneuver inverted at a fairly high altitude. You then decrease throttle and add enough elevator to maintain altitude so the plane stalls.  Although it looks hard, you will soon [...]

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Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair Build-along Part 12

Jul 27, 2012 4 Comments

The most important part of any model build is making sure the CG balance point is correct. With a giant plane like the Top Flite Corsair, you need to take your time, or better yet, get the help of a friend to move the plane around. Start with the plane in the maintenance cradle upside [...]

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Improvise, Adapt & Overcome: RC gives this pilot new wings

Jul 24, 2012 6 Comments

We featured Lad Doctor’s inspirational story in “Final Approach” in the October issue of Model Airplane News. Here is Lad’s complete article along with additional photos and his contact information. I have been very fortunate over a 32 plus year flying career, started as a Naval Aviator, to fly well over 80 types of aircraft. [...]

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Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair Build-along Part 11

Jul 20, 2012 3 Comments

One thing you can do to any ARF model to make it your own is to add custom Markings and details. For the Corsair, I used Red5Designs.com Vinyl markings cut from my own CAD drawings. They fit the model perfectly. These markings have a clear carrier sheet and a paper backing. Tape the marking as [...]

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