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Tips & Tricks: Saved By The Bowl [February 2012]

Feb 25, 2012 No Comments

Saved By The Bowl: When I’m working on a project with a lot of small screws, nuts, etc., I do so over a small 4- or 8-inch-diameter magnetic bowl (available in car parts stores or Harbor Freight).  When I accidentally drop these small parts, they fall right into the bowl and not on the floor, [...]

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Pilot Projects: Bower’s Fly Baby Bipe [February 2012]

Feb 01, 2012 No Comments

Bower’s Fly Baby Bipe: Built from a Pat’s Custom Models short kit, this 1/8-scale aircraft has a 33-inch wingspan and is powered by a 370-size motor.  The 15-ounce plane is covered with Coverite Microlite film and sports Callie Graphics decals. Bob writes, “The airplane is a superb flyer with plenty of power for scale-like flight [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Handy Hinge Flue Spreader [January 2012]

Jan 30, 2012 No Comments

Handy Hinge Glue Spreader: Many of today’s 3D foamie airplanes utilize contact adhesive as a hinge material. Spreading the glue can be a messy job. A single-edged razor blade makes an excellent spreading tool but sometimes it can be difficult to use in tight places.  By attaching a wooden clothespin to the razor blade, it’s [...]

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Pilot Projects: Hawker Hurricane [January 2012]

Jan 30, 2012 No Comments

Hawker Hurricane: Based on an aircraft flown in North Africa, this 70-inch-span warbird has flaps, Unitracts air retracts and a sliding canopy, and Henry writes that he spend a year building it from Brian Taylor plans and a short kit from Bob Holman Plans.  The 11.1-pound model has an enlarged air intake to cover the [...]

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Ogar SZD-45 from The Wings Maker: Online review

Jan 24, 2012 3 Comments

Looking for a high-performance powered glider that’s capable of full aerobatics and extreme flight attitudes? Check out David Vaught’s online review here. With a huge 98.5-inch wingspan, the Ogar has plenty of room in its fuselage for camera equipment, so it’s an ideal platform for aerial surveillance. The Wings Maker Company is always trying to [...]

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Adjustable Workbench How-To

Jan 24, 2012 5 Comments

Avoid back pain while building model airplanes with this adjustable unit! When designer Joe Marrone saw an electrically adjustable workbench for sale, he set out to build his own. Here’s how you can build one, too! I love to build airplanes, mostly from kits, occasionally from scratch, and even an occasional ARF.  I have always [...]

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Online review: Hobby People Superfly X

Dec 01, 2011 No Comments

Hobby People’s EPO Superfly X powered glider is all about performance and end user preferences.  The Superfly X comes in three versions: a buildable brushless four-channel kit, a receiver ready brushless four-channel ARF and as a brushed three-channel RTF.  Each version differs with the greatest being between the three-channel brushed RTF that comes with an [...]

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9th Annual JR Indoor Festival- the best yet!

Nov 28, 2011 No Comments

With the rapid improvements in micro electric power systems and the widespread popularity of foam 3D planes, indoor flying events have become more and more popular.  These fun events offer a chance to fly and socialize during the cold winter months, and the JR Indoor in Columbus, OHis one of the biggest and best.  Renowned [...]

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