Classic Stinson SR-10 Reliant You can Build

Feb 07, 2014 4 Comments

Construction Article by Pat Tritle The Stinson Reliant, a 3-place (Plus Pilot) high wing monoplane with conventional landing gear was built in several variants from 1933 – 1941. The last commercial model built was the SR-10, introduced in 1938. A militarized version was first flown in 1942 and remained in production until late 1943, undergoing [...]

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Renault’s new concept car comes with a quad!

Feb 07, 2014 3 Comments

Just unveiled at the Dehli Auto Show, the Renault Kwid’s “Flying Companion” is stored in the car’s roof and will allow drivers to avoid traffic jams, find parking spots, and use GPS to scout locations. A built-in screen in the dash allows the driver or passenger to control it and see live video. We just [...]

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The Roller Coaster

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

Are you looking for some fun?  Then hop on a roller coaster and your fun factor will immediately go up through the roof. The same can be said by performing the roller coaster maneuver with an aerobatic plane.  This maneuver is nothing but a fun to do and it is enjoyable for people to watch. [...]

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Build a Scale Radial Engine

Feb 04, 2014 5 Comments

Adding a dummy radial engine to your plane is an excellent way to add that scale finishing touch. If you have been a scale modeler for just about any amount of time, you have probably know about Williams Brothers (WB) cylinders and may have even used then from time to time. WB scale accessories are [...]

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Small details count: WW I “Axe Handle” Wingtip Skids

Feb 02, 2014 4 Comments

A great detail point for the Cole Palen Triplane is that the lower wingtip skids are made from ordinary axe handles. Even thought I have flown the Balsa USA triplane most of the 2013 flying season, I always planned to add this unique feature. It’s pretty easy to do. Here’s the Old Triplane on the flightline several [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 2

Jan 31, 2014 4 Comments

So now that we’ve set the stage for creating a 1/4-scale sport scale Sopwith Camel, let’s start building. When it comes to any project, I gather all my materials and supplies ahead of time, that includes ZAP adhesives, sandpaper, new X-Acto blades and so on. The first job is to remove all your laser-cut parts and [...]

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Lakemaid Beer Tests Drone Delivery

Jan 30, 2014 3 Comments

Finally the perfect use of a multi-rotor copter: delivering beer to ice fishermen.  While we aren’t sure what drives people in Wisconsin to sit on a frozen lake, drill a hole in the ice and try to catch fish (when they could be perfectly comfortable inside on the couch), we agree that beer will help make [...]

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And YOU think it’s too cold to fly?

Jan 28, 2014 6 Comments

Check out this team of researchers in Antarctica, flying a 100-pound aircraft to use radar to measure the ice-bed of sub-glacial Lake Whillans. Fielded by the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), this National Science Foundation project is studying ice melt and potential sea-level rise. The autopilot and ground control software for the [...]

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