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FAA to announce final rules for commercial drones

FAA to announce final rules for commercial drones

Expected sometime this week, these rules are expect to disappoint some proposed commercial operations like Amazon.com. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce this week rules for the commercial use of drones, but the new regulations will limit their flights to daytime and to within the line of sight of operators. Quoting industry […]
Create droppable wing tanks

Create droppable wing tanks

In this how-to, Charles White uses lite-ply, green floral foam, fiberglass and resin to make external wing tanks fora 1/6-scale TBM Avenger. You can use this method to create many aircraft components, such as wing or centerline tanks, bombs and cowls. After competing at the Nats level in Pylon Racing for several years, I always […]
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Fly a Positive Snap Roll

Fly a Positive Snap Roll

At the start of their flying careers, some pilots can only perform certain maneuvers from a particular direction. The proficient pilot, though, must be able to execute figures in all directions. Being able to apply corrective inputs in all directions, no matter what orientation the aircraft is in, is a critical skill. The positive snap […]
Starfighter Meets Spitfire

Starfighter Meets Spitfire

The annual Joe Nall Fly-In hosts its fair share of unique aircraft, and RCScaleAirplanes captured two of the best in flight in this video. Ali Machinchy’s F-104 1/4-scale Starfighter is 16 feet long and powered by a B300F turbine engine. The Airworld model was built by Trond Hammerstad in Norway and sports paint and markings […]
4 Simple Shop Tips

4 Simple Shop Tips

Simple tricks are the best, don’t you think? These tips may not change your life, but they will make your time in the shop easier and more enjoyable. Send your tip to MAN@airage.com and you could win an assortment of Bob Smith Industries glue (plus worldwide accolades & fame, of course!).   SMOOTH THAT OLD […]
Scale Inset Hinges: Pro Building Secrets

Scale Inset Hinges: Pro Building Secrets

This often complicated construction technique is now simplified and shown here by master scale design/builder and competition pilot Roy Vaillancourt. The photos are from his latest project the Fairey Firefly. Roy’s technique requires common building supplies but nothing the average RC builder/modeler can not accomplish in his own workshop. There are many ways to do […]
Vacuum-Forming Custom Scale Canopies — It is easier than you think!

Vacuum-Forming Custom Scale Canopies — It is easier than you think!

Vacuum-formed canopies are a must-have for many warbirds and modern-day civilian aircraft models. In a kit, the clear, formed canopy is a factory-made part that comes as part of the package. But when you are scratch building a scale model, you will have to make your own. Sometimes for popular designs, specialty companies and/or designers […]
Mixing Custom Colors for Scale RC Airplanes

Mixing Custom Colors for Scale RC Airplanes

One of the trickiest jobs for a scale model builder is mixing custom colors for their RC scale project. The difference between accurate and “pretty close” can be the difference between winning and not even placing at a scale contest. For those who are considering going the next step in scale accuracy, this article digs […]
Making Functional Biplane Rigging Wires

Making Functional Biplane Rigging Wires

Many sport scale biplanes are designed with wings that are strong enough without the use of rigging wires (landing and flying wires). However, if you want to add them as a scale enhancement for its appearance or if you are building a scale multi-wing which does need them, here’s a great way to make them […]
What are you planning for your weekend? — A little yard work??

What are you planning for your weekend? — A little yard work??

Working all week, leaves your lawn to grow until the weekend, when we all would rather be doing something else. Wouldn’t it be nice to combine work with play? If you like RC airplanes but need to cut some really tall grass, this just might be the solution! It is definitely an oldie, but continues […]
Home Made WW1 German Lozenge Fabric

Home Made WW1 German Lozenge Fabric

When it comes to covering scale airplanes, there is nothing so challenging than German WW1 aeroplanes. At the time Germany developed a camouflage pattern that consisted of irregularly shaped polygons called “lozenges.” From 1916 to 1917, the lozenge pattern used four colors; from 1917 to 1918, a five-color pattern prevailed. Typically, the top surfaces were […]
Huge Honey Bee Homebuilt

Huge Honey Bee Homebuilt

This 19-foot-span giant is a scale reproduction of Walter Mooney’s Honey Bee, a homebuilt kit plane from the early ’50s. Built by Dave Horton, this model is powered by a 250cc gas engine and has the wing flaps and slots that the full-scale did. Flown here by John Greenfield at the Large Model Association’s meet […]
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