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2017 Gear Guide: August Issue

Top Gun Flightline Highlights — Photos from David Hart

10 Tips For a Better-Flying Airplane: September Issue

Stepcraft Accessories -- Drag Knife Attachment -- Making Custom Vinyl Letters

Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

Break-in and Tuning 2-Stroke Glow Engines — Picking the right propeller for Fun Fly!

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5 Ways to Dress Up Your Cockpit

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Cockpit

With so many great-looking scale model ARFs to choose from today, one of the neatest ways you can make your particular Pitts Special or P-51 Mustang stand apart from the rest is to install a great-looking instrument panel for your pilot figure to look at. (You did install a scale pilot figure, didn’t you?) There’s […]
Killer Planes Crash-Proof Fw 190 — Making Foamy ARFs Bullet-proof

Killer Planes Crash-Proof Fw 190 — Making Foamy ARFs Bullet-proof

Go to any AMA club field and I bet that you’ll see a bunch of foam models, I know that my club has its fair share of them. To me, molded foam has become the new balsa, and for good reason. Foam planes are easy to assemble, fly well and are easy to repair when […]
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Master the Flat Spin-Blender — A 3D Maneuver to wake up the crowd!

Master the Flat Spin-Blender — A 3D Maneuver to wake up the crowd!

First executed at the Tournament of Champions, Quique Somenzini performed an sequence that combined a flat spin with a blender while recovering at a very low altitude. A simply stunning maneuver, the aircraft enters what everyone thought was going to be an ordinary upright flat spin. Then his model quickly transitioned into a vertical rolling […]
4 Favorite Shop Tips

4 Favorite Shop Tips

Here are a few of our favorite tips for building, staying organized and making the most out of everyday items. What are some of your go-to tips and tricks? Share them in the comments section!   SMOOTH OPERATOR Razor saws are handy for cutting various materials, but their teeth sometimes “snag” the material, especially during […]
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A Metal Finish Made Easy

A Metal Finish Made Easy

I can hear it now, “Oh great, not another Mustang,” from readers everywhere!  Truth be known, I found myself saying the exact same thing at almost every Warbird event I attended, despite the fact that I actually like the Mustang as an aircraft. When this sleek American airframe was outfitted with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin, it […]
Desktop CNC Milling Machine —  Easy-to-build System for RC Modelers

Desktop CNC Milling Machine — Easy-to-build System for RC Modelers

Recently, I began assembling a kit for an amazing piece of equipment that any RC modeler would welcome into their workshop. Available in kit form (and factory assembled), the new Stepcraft-2 420 is a desktop CNC system that comes with a 20×12 inch work space. What really makes this kit great is that it comes […]
Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

We never met a workshop tip we didn’t like! Here are a few helpful tricks from the archives. If you have a tip you’d like to share, add it in the comments!   BOX REMIX One organizational aid I use in my shop is a system for keeping unused servo arms matched to the servos […]
Hovering: Master this 3D Move

Hovering: Master this 3D Move

Of all 3D maneuvers, it’s possible that none represent 3D flying more than hovering. While learning to hover can be extremely challenging, you can make it easier for yourself by knowing the primary forces involved. Control while hovering is maintained solely by the propeller thrust or “prop-wash” over the tail surfaces and the inboard portions […]
German WW2 Luftwaffe Markings — Scale pointers to get it right.

German WW2 Luftwaffe Markings — Scale pointers to get it right.

Throughout the course of World War II, the national markings of the participants went through a series of changes. For the most part, this was due to the need for camouflage. German aircraft, in particular, were modified considerably, especially toward the end of the war. In most cases, these were variations of existing standards, and […]
Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

We’re very excited for 2017 Mr. Top Gun winner Jack Diaz, but there were a whole lot of other amazing airplanes at this year’s Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL. Check out these great shots from Top Gun photographers and competitors, David Hart, Barry Vaught, Rich Uravitch, Sean Curry and Ray Lebonte. Thanks everyone.
Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

When ever I test run and adjust a new engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on the model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine for my Fokker Triplane that I am test running. Fuel tank (and smoke oil tank) are installed and the throttle […]
Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Flying his impressive 1/4.5-scale  Fouga Magister, Jack Diaz earned the “Mr. Top Gun” title for the second time. His Fouga Magister was a knockout in its all red paint job and Jack built the jet from the Philip Avonds kit. The paint scheme is from the 2005 Belgian Air Force Red Devils Solo Display aircraft. Jack also […]
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