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King of Cats: 100-inch Catalina

King of Cats: 100-inch Catalina

This scratch-built flying boat is the handiwork of Aris Kosmides of Thessaloniki, Greece. He spent over two years building the beauty from Ivan Pettigrew’s plans and outfitted it with Turnigy motors and Graupner 3-blade props. The  9.11 pound model has navigation and landing lights and retractable float that use a Turnigy MCR servoless retract system. […]
Crosswind Corrections During a Loop

Crosswind Corrections During a Loop

Excluding pilot error, crosswinds cause the majority of the deviations that aerobatic pilots have to correct. For example, when a loop is performed in a crosswind, the airplane will drift sideways with the wind during the slower portion of the loop. A loop that is entered flying parallel with the runway will finish downwind and […]
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DIY Control Horns and Servo Mounts

DIY Control Horns and Servo Mounts

I receive at least one unsolicited credit card every month. Usually, I cut them up and throw them in the trash. Ollie Edwards of the Scottsdale, AZ Model Flyers uses the cards to make control horns and servo mounts. They work great on his flat-wing models and probably would be adequate for backyard airplanes of […]
Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 8 — Tail Surface Attachment & turtle-deck

Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 8 — Tail Surface Attachment & turtle-deck

This weekend was pretty productive as I now have the tail surfaces finished and installed. These were made removable for maintenance and for access to the tailskid’s suspension bungee setup. Under the horizontal stabilizer base, I glued 1/4-inch balsa cross pieces and installed 4-40 blind nuts in four locations matching holes drilled into the stabilizer. […]
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Your voice counts! Ask Congress to Protect RC Flying

Your voice counts! Ask Congress to Protect RC Flying

RC aeromodeling is at a critical juncture, and it’s important for us all to join together so our elected officials hear our collective voice and protect our hobby. Below is a message from the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and we urge you to follow their instructions and contact your senators and representatives to let them […]
Great Find! Guide Book to over 900 Aircraft Museums!

Great Find! Guide Book to over 900 Aircraft Museums!

We have to admit it, the editors here at MAN love full-size aircraft almost as much as RC models. When ever we travel to a big RC event, we usually check out the old GPS for local points of interest and hit the “Museums” selection. Aircraft museums are across the country and make a great […]
Shop Tip: Balancing your Propeller

Shop Tip: Balancing your Propeller

When operating RC airplanes (or quadcopters), properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following […]
First Flight! DC-3 Masterpiece

First Flight! DC-3 Masterpiece

This stunning DC-3 done up in Flugfélag Íslands (Air Iceland) colors is the handiwork of Icelandic modeler Sturla Snorrason. A completely scratch-built project, the model features traditional wood construction and true aluminum parts, like the wing fairings made from aluminum plate. Two RCG 26cc gas engines power the 36-pound DC-3, while Best Pilots figures occupy the cockpit. […]
Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 7 — Tail Surfaces

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

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

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

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 […]
Workshop Tips — Wing Repairs for Built-up Airplanes

Workshop Tips — Wing Repairs for Built-up Airplanes

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. […]
Big, Bad, Bomber! 1/3-scale B-25

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

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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