Weathering Scale Airplanes — The Final Touch!

Feb 01, 2015 7 Comments

So you’ve finished painting your new scale airplane and it looks nice and shiny and brand new. You check your model one more time against your photo documents of the full-size plane and there’s something just not quite right… What is it? Well, it would be a safe guess that your full size subject airplane, [...]

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Fabric Covering Tips – Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-along — Part 20

Jan 30, 2015 13 Comments

Now that the Sopwith Camel’s fuselage and the rest of the project has been all buttoned up, and the engine cowling’s magnetic attachment arrangement taken care off, we can how move on to the covering process of the project. For this model, I am using Scale Stits and Polytone paint and adhesive. The fabric is specially produced [...]

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 5 – Tail Controls

Jan 30, 2015 No Comments

This installment continues construction of my 700-size AH-56 Cheyenne.  The project begins here. Since the Cheyenne’s tail rotor is mounted at the end of a long extension shaft, I needed to fabricate a control linkage with a bellcrank,.  I’ve just gotten into having parts 3D printed by Shapeways.com, and this was a perfect application for their [...]

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Drilling and Tapping Workshop Tips

Jan 30, 2015 11 Comments

One of the first non-wood building tasks that will present itself to RC modelers is “Drilling and Tapping” holes in metal parts.  Mainly this is required for attaching your glow engine to you aluminum motor mounts, but the same process is used when drilling and tapping hardwood blocks for nylon wing hold-down bolts. Knowing the [...]

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RC Giant Scale: Big — REALLY BIG! — British Planes

Jan 29, 2015 9 Comments

Our friends across the pond love their (really) giant-scale models, and this video compilation from a recent show is a treat to watch. Videotaped by the father and son team of Pete and Dean Coxon at the Large Model Association fly-in at Cosford, this shows some fantastic models flying in quite a crosswind.

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Enter the M.A.N. Plans Photo Contest!

Jan 29, 2015 No Comments

There’s still time to enter and especially to vote! We don’t care how old your plane is, or even if it’s still flying … we just want to see your photos! There’s just one rule: the plane must have been built from a Model Airplane News, Electric Flight or Backyard Flyer plan. That’s it! This is your [...]

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E-Fest: electrics raise the roof (literally!)

Jan 28, 2015 No Comments

What’s the best way to shake the mid-winter blues? The E-Fest indoor fly-in in the University of Illinois armory in Champaign, IL! Contributor Jim Ryan was on hand, and he sent us this photo highlight reel, including some brand-new releases!                

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Add Flaps to your Foam Warbird

Jan 28, 2015 1 Comment

Kick your foam warbird up a notch by adding flaps! The techniques shown here upgrade a P-47 Thunderbolt that has optional functional flaps (an upgrade available on many small electrics). The flap outlines are already molded into the wing so it’s easy to figure out where the flaps belong. Here’s how to install them: YOU’LL [...]

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