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Get into Gas: Expert Installation & Setup Tips

Get into Gas: Expert Installation & Setup Tips

There are lots of good reasons to use gasoline engines to power your model airplanes. Generally speaking, they are easy to start, and run very reliably while producing their peak power at lower rpm than glow engines of similar displacement. With lower rpms they tend to make less noise and burn less fuel per minute […]
4 Easy Tips (No Tricks!)

4 Easy Tips (No Tricks!)

Who doesn’t like learning an easier way to do things? These tips all use items around the house or shop, so they won’t cost you a dime. Have your own tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com and you could win an assortment of Bob Smith Industries glue (plus worldwide accolades &  fame, of course!).   BOLT TAPERING Are […]
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From the Workbench — Repairing a Landing Gear Sub-Wing

From the Workbench — Repairing a Landing Gear Sub-Wing

Last year, I was fortunate enough to compete at Top Gun in Lakeland, Florida with my 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane. Unfortunately, during one of my flights, I suffered a dead-stick and had to bring the big triplane down into the rough to the south of the main runway. When the model landed, I found a rather […]
Flight Technique: Secrets to Inverted Flight

Flight Technique: Secrets to Inverted Flight

Nearly all aerobatic maneuvers involve some segment(s) of inverted flight, so to keep progressing, you need to develop proficiency with inverted flight. To start, let’s do away with the often repeated reference to the elevator being reversed when the plane is upside-down. It is that kind of thinking that causes people to become confused and […]
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Easy Workshop Tips

Easy Workshop Tips

Check out these reader tips! Betcha you’ll use at least one on your next building project. (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com … no photo required!)   Hatch Leash A great way to ensure your canopy arrives attached to your plane, rather than flying off one way and the plane going […]
One of a kind Soviet bomber takes flight

One of a kind Soviet bomber takes flight

Built and flown by Rainer Mattle, this monster 99-pound model is powered by six 15cc ASP gas engines and an electric pusher motor. Built up from wood, the 16-foot-span plane is also equipped with 16 servos, brakes, and steerable nose wheels and can be disassembled into six modules for easier transport. Kalinin K-7 might be […]
Master Knife-Edge Flight — Smooth and Precise!

Master Knife-Edge Flight — Smooth and Precise!

For the aerobatic pilot, being able to perform a traditional knife-edge pass is beneficial for many reasons. To begin with, it is a fun maneuver to perform and serves as a prerequisite for other aerobatic maneuvers, like the popular 4- and 8-point roll sequences. Moreover, it teaches that success in completing a figure with utmost consistency […]
Turbine Powered Biplane — Best of Both Worlds?

Turbine Powered Biplane — Best of Both Worlds?

You just never know what you are going to find on the flightline at the annual Florida Jets event in Lakeland Florida. Hosted by Frank Tiano the father of the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Florida Jets brings together the cream of the crop from the Jet and turbine engine industries! Model Airplane News contributor Rich […]
Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 7 — Tailwheel

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 7 — Tailwheel

While I was sheeting the fuselage, I also was working out the installation of my scale Tail wheel unit (custom made by Earl Aune). This included installing the new plywood former and reinforcement side doublers while still having access to the parts in between the pieces of sheeting. The sheeting also helps keep the fuselage structure rigid during […]
SMOKE ON! — Make a Cheap & Easy Smoke Muffler

SMOKE ON! — Make a Cheap & Easy Smoke Muffler

A great way to add excitement to your RC flights is to add a smoke system. Do a loop or a roll and then add a dense, long-hanging smoke trail and you have an airshow! You can save some bucks by modiflying your stock muffler instead of buying a commercial one. Then you can take […]
Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 6 — Fuselage Sheeting

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 6 — Fuselage Sheeting

Now that the fuselage is almost completely built up, it’s time to start sheeting the structure and to begin some of the hardware installation. By first applying the 1/8-inch balsa sheeting to a few key areas, the fuselage structure becomes much more ridged and this helps it remain straight and properly aligned while moving it […]
1/3.2-Scale Formidable Fighter

1/3.2-Scale Formidable Fighter

Mike Booth scratch-built this 1/3.2-scale Russian Yak-3 and notes that the 59.5-pound warbird uses a “mix of traditional materials and composite parts, i.e, cowling and canopy, carbon fiber fuselage doublers and a +/- 12G main spar joiner for the two piece wing.” The Yak is powered by a 3W 150cc inline twin motor spinning a 10-inch propeller. […]
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