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Florida Jets: July Issue

Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

Tower Hobbies P-51D Mustang Mk II Rx-R: July Issue

Fly the Hammerhead [aka the Stall Turn]

Break-in and Tuning 2-Stroke Glow Engines — Picking the right propeller for Fun Fly!

Mr. Top Gun 2017 - Jack Diaz - Fouga Magister

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A Metal Finish Made Easy

A Metal Finish Made Easy

I can hear it now, “Oh great, not another Mustang,” from readers everywhere!  Truth be known, I found myself saying the exact same thing at almost every Warbird event I attended, despite the fact that I actually like the Mustang as an aircraft. When this sleek American airframe was outfitted with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin, it […]
Desktop CNC Milling Machine —  Easy-to-build System for RC Modelers

Desktop CNC Milling Machine — Easy-to-build System for RC Modelers

Recently, I began assembling a kit for an amazing piece of equipment that any RC modeler would welcome into their workshop. Available in kit form (and factory assembled), the new Stepcraft-2 420 is a desktop CNC system that comes with a 20×12 inch work space. What really makes this kit great is that it comes […]
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Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

We never met a workshop tip we didn’t like! Here are a few helpful tricks from the archives. If you have a tip you’d like to share, add it in the comments!   BOX REMIX One organizational aid I use in my shop is a system for keeping unused servo arms matched to the servos […]
Hovering: Master this 3D Move

Hovering: Master this 3D Move

Of all 3D maneuvers, it’s possible that none represent 3D flying more than hovering. While learning to hover can be extremely challenging, you can make it easier for yourself by knowing the primary forces involved. Control while hovering is maintained solely by the propeller thrust or “prop-wash” over the tail surfaces and the inboard portions […]
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German WW2 Luftwaffe Markings — Scale pointers to get it right.

German WW2 Luftwaffe Markings — Scale pointers to get it right.

Throughout the course of World War II, the national markings of the participants went through a series of changes. For the most part, this was due to the need for camouflage. German aircraft, in particular, were modified considerably, especially toward the end of the war. In most cases, these were variations of existing standards, and […]
Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

We’re very excited for 2017 Mr. Top Gun winner Jack Diaz, but there were a whole lot of other amazing airplanes at this year’s Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL. Check out these great shots from Top Gun photographers and competitors, David Hart, Barry Vaught, Rich Uravitch, Sean Curry and Ray Lebonte. Thanks everyone.
Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

When ever I test run and adjust a new engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on the model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine for my Fokker Triplane that I am test running. Fuel tank (and smoke oil tank) are installed and the throttle […]
Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Flying his impressive 1/4.5-scale  Fouga Magister, Jack Diaz earned the “Mr. Top Gun” title for the second time. His Fouga Magister was a knockout in its all red paint job and Jack built the jet from the Philip Avonds kit. The paint scheme is from the 2005 Belgian Air Force Red Devils Solo Display aircraft. Jack also […]
Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

It’s been a busy week and Top Gun 2017 is now in the record books. Here are some highlight shots from the flightline. Be sure to pencil in next year for this Greatest RC show in the country.  
Fly the Hammerhead (aka the “Stall Turn”)

Fly the Hammerhead (aka the “Stall Turn”)

The stall turn (sometimes also referred to as the “hammer-head”) can be broken down into five steps. While this maneuver may seem fairly easy, it can be rather difficult to perform time and time again. Let’s begin! ILLUSTRATION BY FX MODELS & CHROME CITY STUDIOS The basic stall turn is performed by pulling the model to […]
Top Gun — Day One — Some Snapshots and the Flight Scores

Top Gun — Day One — Some Snapshots and the Flight Scores

We have several friends and flying buddies on the Top Gun flightline looking for some action. We’ll update the site as we get more images from Paradise Field!   Today’s First Round Flight Scores by David Hart. (Above) Ray Labonte’s CARF-Models Skygate Edition Bae Hawk Frank Fels with his 1/3-scale Balsa USA Fokker D.VII Craftsmanship […]
Stay in Control — 10 Top Radio Programming Secrets

Stay in Control — 10 Top Radio Programming Secrets

The devil is in the details. After installing your servos according the manufacturer’s directions, you might find that when the servo arm is placed on the spline, it isn’t at a perfect right angle to the servo casing. Or, after you’ve hooked up the various linkages, you discover there is too much or not enough travel […]
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