Microaces Hawker Hurricane MkIIc

Jan 26, 2015 No Comments

Talk about great timing: this micro (18-inch-span) Hurricane looks perfect for indoor (read: warm) flying! We just love those WW II RAF fighters. Here’s the full press release from Microaces: With the rapid development of fighter aircraft during WWII, the Hurricane became appreciably more vulnerable. But this didn’t spell the end for the type but [...]

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How important is it to learn to use rudder?

Jan 26, 2015 No Comments

Actually, pilots should begin their flying careers by using rudder from the very beginning. One of the ways we used to help beginner pilots is by programming in an aileron/rudder mix from the very start. This improves the plane’s performance by eliminating adverse yaw, which is the opposite yaw or skid inherent with aileron deflections [...]

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Scale Russian Polikarpov I-16 WW II Fighter – Soviet Stunner

Jan 22, 2015 4 Comments

Check out this beautifully detailed model that’s as stunning as it is unusual! Built and flown by Jo Nüsseler, the 74-inch-span model of a Polikarpov I.16 is powered by a Saito 3-cylinder 450 and weighs 25 pounds. The fighter is painted in the scheme of the Soviet’s 4th Squadron, 72nd fighter regiment that helped to repel [...]

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 2 – Mechanics

Jan 21, 2015 6 Comments

BUILDING THE MECHANICS: As noted in my intro posting, my first priority for my 700-size Cheyenne project was to build and test fly the mechanics. After all, if I couldn’t get the outrigger tail and variable-pitch pusher prop to work properly, what was the point? First decision was choosing the basic mechanics. Although this is [...]

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Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne Project

Jan 20, 2015 5 Comments

A few years back I designed a scale model of the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne, probably my favorite helicopter of all time.  The experimental Cheyenne featured a variable-pitch pusher prop and small wings, which allowed it to fly much like an airplane and gave it a top speed of nearly 250 MPH.  My Cheyenne was based [...]

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Full Spectrum Laser Cutter Review — Home Photo Shoot/Sneak Peek

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments

Ever want to get a laser cutter for your workshop? We spent part of the day working at home today. Our staff photographer Peter Hall came over to shoot photos for our upcoming MAN review of my Full Spectrum Laser LLC Laser Cutter & Engraver. We are working on a no-nonsense, easy to understand review of [...]

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Magnetic Cowl Attachment, Workshop Build-Along, Sopwith Camel Part-19

Jan 19, 2015 6 Comments

Recently, I found out that home repair stores like Home Depot stock in their hardware section Rare-earth magnets ideal for use as engine cowling attachment devices. They come in all sorts of sizes and types and for my ongoing workshop build-along for the Sopwith Camel, I used 1/4 inch and .47 inch diameter x 1/8 [...]

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1920s Handley Page Airliner – Travel in Style!

Jan 15, 2015 6 Comments

The next time you’re traveling by air, imagine what it must have been like to take a trip in the 1920s  in a 15-passenger plane like this!  This 15-foot-span Handley Page W.10 model is powered by two 60cc Laser twin-cylinder engines and weighs in at 86 pounds. Builder Neil Tidy spent 2000 hours on the model of [...]

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