Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 7 — Tail Surfaces

Jun 25, 2014 2 Comments

Leaving the soldering iron and landing gear alone for a while, let’s switch gears a little and break out the ZAP glue and build some wood parts again. The build of any model airplane is based on certain tasks that need to be done in order for other tasks to take place. With the Sopwith [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 6 — Soldering Landing Gear

Jun 23, 2014 No Comments

It has been a little while since I snapped a few pix of the Sopwith Camel project, but here we are. As you may remember we left off last time by precisely bending all of the music-wire pieces to form the landing gear. Here’s how I soldered everything together. The first step to producing any wire landing [...]

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Workshop Tips — Wing Repairs for Built-up Airplanes

Jun 20, 2014 3 Comments

Note: This Hangar 9 Piper Pawnee ARF was purposely damaged so we could demonstrate this repair technique. LET’S FACE FACTS. If you fly RC airplanes, sooner or later, you’re going to damage your model. Knowing how to deal with common damage inflicted on our models saves you money and extends the life of your plane. [...]

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Big, Bad, Bomber! 1/3-scale B-25

Jun 19, 2014 3 Comments

Last weekend, spectators and attendees at the Weston Park RC Show in England were treated to an amazing flight of a 326-pound B-25 Mitchell, flown by Roland Sabatschus, one of three brothers who spent more than 5 years building it. The 20-foot-span bomber is powered by two 400cc Moki 4-strokes and controlled by six receivers and [...]

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Video Flight Test — Top Flite Gold Edition Giant Spitfire

Jun 18, 2014 4 Comments

One of our more popular Flight Tests from MAN has been for the impressive 55cc Gold Edition Giant scale Spitfire from Top Flite. Long time contributor and test pilot Rick Bell puts the “Spit” through its paces and offers his comments in this “from the flying field” video interview. Check it out! video platform video management video solutions video [...]

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Aerobatics Made Easy Video — Half Cuban-8 with 1 1/2 Negative Snap Roll

Jun 18, 2014 1 Comment

In the past, we’ve discussed different aerobatic moves that consist of endless variations of a basic maneuver. Let’s take a look at another variation of the basic Cuban-8, this time making it a half Cuban-8 with 1 1/2 negative snap rolls. As performed by Aerobatics Made Easy columnist John Glezellis, the half Cuban-8 is usually performed [...]

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What’s your favorite biplane?

Jun 16, 2014 3 Comments

When it comes to aerobatics, nothing gets the juices flowing like a classic high performance biplane! We’ve reviewed countless aerobatic and scale biplanes and the MAN editors all have their own favorites. What’s your favorite biplane of any type? Aerobatic, sport flyer, scale, warbird… let us know which you like the best and why! I [...]

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Trouble Shooting Gasoline Engines — 11 Tips for Reliable Performance

Jun 16, 2014 2 Comments

OK, so you’ve installed your gasoline engine properly, and made sure that the fuel tank is properly installed and the fuel lines and fuel filter are all hooked up correctly, but you still can’t get any fire in the hole—the engine just won’t start. As a safety note here, we always recommend using a properly sized heavy [...]

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