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Tips & Tricks: Keeping The Arm Safe Close [July 2012]

Jun 01, 2012 1 Comment

Keeping The Arm Safe Close: I am a big fan of the Arm Safe from Sharp RC.  I used waxed nylon thread to overcome my problem of leaving the arming plug at home.  I make the attachment using a square knot and securing it to the arming plug, reinforcing it with a couple of drops [...]

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Make an F-82 out of two Mustang ARFs

Apr 23, 2012 12 Comments

Here’s another great project from veteran builder Rick Michelena. This time, Rick does some fun ARF math: P-51 + P-51 = F-82! He writes,  ”The great element of R/C modeling is this: using your imagination allows for any subject to be modeled. Over the past 30 years, I have witnessed the tremendous change that has occurred in our hobby [...]

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Workshop Tips: Secure Servos

Apr 09, 2012 7 Comments

Model Airplane News readers are an innovative bunch, and they’re always coming up with ways to make their models better while saving time and money. Here are a few two workshop secrets for ensuring secure servos, every time! Secure servo connections When you install servos in a wing or fuselage and use long servo extension leads, the connector [...]

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Pilot Projects: Custom Privateer [May 2012]

Apr 06, 2012 No Comments

Custom Privateer: What’s Lew doing in the pool with his model? Check it for leaks, of course! Lew first started building this beauty in 1955, using the Berkley Kit based on Don McGovern’s design.  He completed it in 1975 and added 4-channel control along with an Enya 60 glow engine.  Unfortunately, the plane landed in [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Looking Good [May 2012]

Apr 06, 2012 No Comments

Looking Good: Protect your aircraft’s cover scheme! Before you fuel it up, apply a thin coat of clear dope to the trim surfaces.  This will also keep the trim from coming loose when you clean your aircraft. Chris Miller – Louisville, OH For more Tips & Tricks check out page 14 of May’s issue of [...]

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Pilot Projects: FS-6.66 Flying Saucer [April 2012]

Apr 02, 2012 1 Comment

FS-6.66 Flying Saucer: Designer and builder LaVerne must not mind the spotlight: this unique, 20-pound plane has a wing diameter of 66 inches and is just over 7 feet long! An Exceed Monster 160 motor, Castle Creations Ice 100 speed control, 20×10 APC prop and an 8-cell, 5800mAh LiPi provide the get-up-and-go (LaVerne notes, “Next [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Simple Crush Plate [April 2012]

Apr 02, 2012 No Comments

Simple Crush Plate: Purchase Lucite at the hardware store and pick up a 1 1/4-inch hole cutter.  Use the hold cutter to cut out some Lucite 1 1/4-inch disks. Then use a drill press to cut out a 1/4-inch hole in the center of the disk.  This large Lucite disk can be used with the [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Cheap And Easy Wheel Chocks [March 2012]

Mar 20, 2012 No Comments

Cheap And Easy Wheel Chocks: A quick way to keep your plane in one spot is to use these wheel chocks made from 1/2-inch PVC pipe. You can vary the length of the side pieces to accommodate different sizes of wheels.  Before gluing the final pieces, fill the assembly parts with sand.  You can make [...]

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