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Master the Half Cuban-8 with a Half Roll — Spice up your flights

Master the Half Cuban-8 with a Half Roll — Spice up your flights

Invented in the 1930s, the half Cuban-8 was first flown by American barnstormer Len Povey. While attempting a triple avalanche, his entry speed was too high, so he decided to abort the attempt with a simple half roll on the backside of the figure. Thus, the now-common maneuver was born! Today, the half Cuban-8 is […]
Workshop Tips

Workshop Tips

We have the best readers, and we love your unique ways of making building and assembling RC planes easier. Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one on your next project! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!)   CLEAR GLUE TO THE RESCUE Sometimes a hard […]
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How To Cover Wings with Fabric — 1/4-Scale Sopwith Camel

How To Cover Wings with Fabric — 1/4-Scale Sopwith Camel

I really enjoy the wing covering process as it impresses me just how much the fabric strengthen and stiffens the wing panels. Just like the fuselage, the first step is to sand the structure smooth and clean up any dust with a tack cloth. Make sure your work surface also is clean and get all […]
Reader Tips & Tricks

Reader Tips & Tricks

We have the best readers, and we love your unique ways of making building and assembling RC planes easier. Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!) Cutting corners on patch jobs When using MonoKote or UltraCote to repair rips […]
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Magnum Engines Are Back!

Magnum Engines Are Back!

John and Mike Greenshields are once again making Magnum engines available to modelers in the USA at their website, mikegoesflying.com. They’ll be providing engines, parts and service. John (Mr. Magnum):  I’ve always enjoyed glow engines, all the way back to my u-control days in the ‘60s to being a part of the original development of […]
Super-Size Stearman

Super-Size Stearman

Giant-scale enthusiasts always say “bigger is better,” and this RC Boeing Stearman takes big to a new level. Flown by Ludo Luyten of Belgium, this 55%-scale biplane has a 16.5-foot wingspan and is powered by a Valach 7-cylinder, 800cc radial engine that sounds incredible. This monster model has a tremendous presence in the air, and […]
Keeping Loops Round

Keeping Loops Round

Guard against making the common mistake of releasing too much elevator, aka “hunting,” during the float and thus creating a flat spot on top of the loop. This occurs for the same reason people over-control at every skill level: they want to see their inputs doing something. Instead, you should concentrate on smoothly reducing the […]
Reliable Fuel Systems: Keep your Engine Happy

Reliable Fuel Systems: Keep your Engine Happy

Radio control model airplanes rely on two basic systems to fly, the radio system and the power system (excluding gliders). Whether you are relying on a nitro-burning glow engine or a high-octane, gasoline-sipping powerplant, if your engine loses its fuel supply, you’ll find yourself in a dead-stick situation with a plane that wasn’t designed to […]
7 Super Shop Tips

7 Super Shop Tips

Here are seven superb workshop tips straight from the best modelers in the world — MAN readers! Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com (no photo or illustration required!). KEEP CANOPY BOLTS FROM BACKING OUT Use this method to help hold on to canopies. Take an 1/8-inch-thick piece of rubber sheet, cut […]
Easy Foam Repair Tips

Easy Foam Repair Tips

Now that we’re well into the flying season, chances are you have at least one plane that has been “benched” because of a not-so-gentle landing. Why not take a few minutes this weekend and repair it? Here’s what you need to know. Let’s face it! Accidents are bound happen, and when it comes to flying […]
13-Foot-Span Spruce Goose

13-Foot-Span Spruce Goose

Built and flown by Jürgen Schönle, this eight-motor model has over a 13-foot wingspan yet weighs just under 11 pounds, thanks to its foam and carbon-fiber construction. The 1/22-scale aircraft is powered by a single 3S, 4000mAh LiPo! Jurgen spent only a month building this model. Howard Hughes would be proud! Thanks to RC Media […]
Master the Tail-Dragger — Pro Tips for Smoother Landings and Takeoffs

Master the Tail-Dragger — Pro Tips for Smoother Landings and Takeoffs

The typical scale tail-dragger looks great both in the air and resting on the flightline between flights. But it does require a different technique to take off and land compared to a tricycle-gear airplane. From sport planes and classic civilian aircraft to warbirds and fighters, where the little “steering” wheel is in back behind the […]
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