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Top Gun Flightline Highlights — Photos from David Hart

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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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Must-Have CNC Accessory — Stepcraft’s Tool Length Sensor

Must-Have CNC Accessory — Stepcraft’s Tool Length Sensor

Once you start working with your 3-axis CNC system, you quickly learn the importance of the X,Y, and Z placement of your cutting tool. Basically its pretty easy to establish the start point in the X and Y axis, the position on the work space, all you have to do is make sure your tool […]
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Prevent Ground Loops with a Gyro

Like many of you, I have a few different planes, and enjoy flying most of them. However, I do have one or two that are just plain nasty in their ground handling and take offs. You probably have seen these – some Piper Cubs, Beavers, and especially some of the narrow under carriage warbirds. Strangely, […]
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RC Aerobatics: Secrets to Flying a Precision Roll

RC Aerobatics: Secrets to Flying a Precision Roll

Because it’s used in so many other maneuvers, it’s important to perfect this one and add it to your foundation repertoire. High-speed rolls are generally easier to start with because inertia is a tremendous help. Long, graceful rolls are usually done at medium to high speed to allow inertia to help keep the maneuver axial. […]
RC Motor Box Upgrade — Make model parts using Stepcraft desktop CNC

RC Motor Box Upgrade — Make model parts using Stepcraft desktop CNC

It’s nothing new combining CAD with RC model airplanes, and in fact, it’s been around for decades. However, the ability to use CAD files to produce RC airplane parts at home is relatively new. With the Stepcraft desktop CNC system, I was able to make a new motor mount box for a friend who was […]
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Bring your Scale Pilot Figures to Life — Tips from a Pro for using Pastels

Bring your Scale Pilot Figures to Life — Tips from a Pro for using Pastels

Scale pilot figures are an important part of any scale RC aircraft. In many competitions, they are required, and showing up with a plane that has an empty cockpit will cost you points. Lyle Vasser, longtime MAN contributor and owner/operator of Best Pilots, has brought detailing and painting pilot figures to a true art form. […]
Giant-scale Helicopter Gunship

Giant-scale Helicopter Gunship

Mirko Zanni of Italy built this impressive 1/6.7-scale Mil MI-24 Hind attack helicopter. The electric-powered heli has a 7.5-foot rotor span and can fly for up to 8 minutes on 12S 1600mAh LiPos. The mechanics are from Heliclassics. Thanks to RCHeliJet for taking this video at the Swiss Heli Challenge at Duebendorf Air Base last weekend.
Understanding Glow Fuel — A closer look at  Methanol, Nitro and Oil

Understanding Glow Fuel — A closer look at Methanol, Nitro and Oil

Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of glow fuel in the morning! My apologies to all you movie buffs, but if you fly glow-powered models, you know exactly what I mean! My oldest and fondest memories of the hobby are triggered by the smell of model engine exhaust and castor oil. For modelers new to […]
10 Top Shop Tips

10 Top 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!   Head over Heels When it comes to mixing and applying epoxy glue, you can do the job much quicker […]
Snappier aerobatics with upline & downline maneuvers

Snappier aerobatics with upline & downline maneuvers

There are many good reasons to learn to fly advanced aerobatics, but the most compelling is the personal satisfaction that always comes from overcoming each maneuver’s particular challenges. If you’re like most aerobatic pilots, your initial learning curve was steep through basic looping and rolling maneuvers, but it went flat relatively quickly with stick time […]
Soldering Wire Landing Gear — The easy way!

Soldering Wire Landing Gear — The easy way!

While building sport airplanes from kits, often the airplane will have landing gear made from formed and bent music wire that you will have to solder together. For Fun Fly airplanes like the Florio Flyer 60, the music wire are a little extra long to provide plenty of ground clearance for the propeller, very important […]
Secrets from the Pros — Tips to Success

Secrets from the Pros — Tips to Success

Let’s face it, we all can benefit from listening to experienced modelers, and often we get emails and letters asking for advice on subjects such as flying, building and adjusting engines. So MAN asked some of our regular contributors for their professional RC tips and hints to solve basic issues that come up while we […]
Machining Aluminum — Stepcraft 2/420 Desktop CNC System

Machining Aluminum — Stepcraft 2/420 Desktop CNC System

Over the weekend I did some more testing and this time I used some sheet alumiinum. 6061-T3 to be exact and this 1/16 inch thick sheet was covered on one side with some clear, stick-on vinyl. I set up the work piece with a 1/8 inch spoil-board made of hobby grade lite-ply and clamped the […]
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