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Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair Build-Along, Part 10

Jul 18, 2012 2 Comments

Well it has been a while since I posted but, that’s because I have been having a race with the MAN deadline. I have just about everything ready to go for our test flight tomorrow, so we’ll get back to the various sections of this impressive warbird’s build. Even though it is an ARF, you [...]

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Workshop Build-along, Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair, Part 9

Jul 09, 2012 No Comments

The Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair ARF build is coming along nicely and we are nearing the Bent-Wing Warbird’s completion. This past weekend I finalized the engine installation as well as the fuel tank and ignition installations. Here’s how the project looks now. The instructions suggest a three-line fuel tank setup but I decided [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Perfect Z-bends [August 2012]

Jul 06, 2012 5 Comments

Perfect Z-bends: You can make a perfect Z-bend with this easy-to-make took.  Cut a 1/16-inch (or the appropriate) slot in the head of a lineman’s pliers.  The easiest way to do this is to use a Dremel tool and the cutting disk.  Then just bend an “L” bend using the pliers at the end of [...]

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Workshop Build-along, Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair, Part 8

Jul 06, 2012 1 Comment

Now that the engine is all set, it is time to install the engine cowling. This takes a little more effort to get it right and there is a lot of assemble and removal, and repeat involved. But following the directions is definately a good thing here. (Above) First thing, install the muffler. Instructions say [...]

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Workshop Build-along, Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair, Part 7

Jul 05, 2012 5 Comments

I got a bit more progress done over the holiday and was able to install the engine and engine cowling on the Top Flite Corsair. Here’s what it looks like now. (Above) This is the hardware that comes with the DLE 55 engine. The standoffs are aluminum and come with stainless steel screws. There are no [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish, part 2

Jul 03, 2012 14 Comments

Last week, Rick Michelena shared the steps to prep your aircraft for a perfect fiberglass finish. In the second part of his three-part series, he begins the fiberglass work and gets the model ready for paint. Here are the simple items needed to produce a fiber-glass finish that will last for many years. You will [...]

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Workshop Build-along, Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair, Part 6 w/video

Jul 02, 2012 4 Comments

    The Tailwheel is the next item to install and with the Robart electric unit, it requires just a little bit of modification to the plane. The unit has the same standard vertical attachment bracket that screws into two hardwood rails attached to the former just forward of the tailwheel opening. When the gear [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish, part 3

Jul 01, 2012 20 Comments

A fiberglass finish not only looks scale, it’s wear-resistant and a great way to protect your model. In his first two articles, Rick Michelena detailed the steps to prep and fiberglass his warbird. In this third and final installment, he adds paint and details, including rivets, panel lines and even navigation lights. After spraying the [...]

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