Computer Aided Design and Developing RC Airplane Plans

Jun 04, 2015 4 Comments

One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new segment of modeling to me, while also greatly increasing the precision in which I designed and developed scratch build scale airplanes. This post is an online version of my PowerPoint presentation [...]

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Flight Technique: Freestyle Roller Coaster

Jun 04, 2015 No Comments

To do the Roller Coaster, start by flying downwind, straight and level at about 1/3 of your model’s top speed. Pull up the elevator to full deflection. The model will execute a big pitch change: its nose will go up past vertical to about 130 degrees, and at the same time, the model will slide backward so its tail is in [...]

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Aileron Differential: Why it’s so important and how to set it up

Jun 02, 2015 5 Comments

For years, depending on the model setup, modelers often used offset servo output arms and bellcranks to achieve differential aileron movement. Today, however, using separate aileron servos and the aileron differential program menu in your computer radio has greatly simplified the task. But before we take a closer look, let’s first check out the mechanics [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 26, Bungees Cords and Bracing Wires

Jun 01, 2015 3 Comments

Finally we got the Camel all painted and reassembled and I brought it outside to sit in the sunlight for a while. There is just a very short To-Do list of items to button up before we are ready for our test flight in about 2 weeks. The most recent building tasks were fairing out [...]

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Top Gun Video Interview — David James and his Spad VII

May 29, 2015 1 Comment

known for the big heavy metal warbirds, Top Gun actually draws all types of amazing planes and such is the case with this immense 45% Scale Spad VII. Flown by David James, it was impossible not to notice the gigantic WW 1 biplane on the flightline. MAN editor Gerry Yarrish chatted with David about his [...]

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Top Gun Video Interview — Randy Clark and his Yak 130

May 29, 2015 No Comments

Most of the jets at Top Gun this year were of the extra large turbine variety and they all grab your attention where flying by or just waiting for the round. An extremely impressive jet was Randy Clark’s Yak 130 and MAN editor Gerry Yarrish chatted with him to get the inside scoop on this [...]

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Top Gun Video Interview — Gabriel Pellegrini and his F-100 Super Sabre

May 29, 2015 No Comments

MAN contributor and Top Gun Craftsmanship Judge Rich Uravitch caught up with the builder of this amazing turbine powered F-100 to get his inside story. A true international adventure.

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Top Gun 2015 — Top Static Scores with Video Highlights

May 29, 2015 2 Comments

When it comes to competition in any scale event, your earn your final score from two categories, your flight scores and your static scale score. It is here, on the judging table that modelers have the most control. Basically you put together your documentation package and then you build and paint your airplane to match [...]

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