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Favorite Reader Tips

Favorite Reader 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!)   GET A GRIP Converting scale aircraft to electric is becoming commonplace. Here’s a neat trick that solves a simple but perplexing problem often encountered […]
Flightline Video Interview — Fairey Fantome from WOD

Flightline Video Interview — Fairey Fantome from WOD

Long time MAN Contributor and pro scale model builder and pilot, Sal Calvagna was on the road for MAN and he covered all the action at the recent Warbirds over Delaware at Lums Pond, in Bear, DE. Here is his video interview with Tom and Charles Britton who built this beautiful scale model. The full […]
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Fly the Waterfall

Fly the Waterfall

When you’re flying a stable elevator, you can perform an inside “waterfall” (micro loop) by maintaining full up-elevator, and applying full power and a little right rudder to correct for increased propwash and P-factor. On the back side of the loop, quickly cut the power and neutralize the rudder. Then, at the instant the fuselage […]
Flying Scale Maneuvers Correctly — Tips for a higher flight score

Flying Scale Maneuvers Correctly — Tips for a higher flight score

In competition aerobatics, we’re concerned only about the execution of the maneuver, period. For example, loops must be perfectly round and centered, and precision is the key to achieving the highest score. In scale competition, however, you have to execute a loop just like the full-size aircraft would have performed it. For example, a loop […]
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Master the Rolling Loop

Master the Rolling Loop

Kick up your aerobatic performance with this deceivingly-easy-looking maneuver, the Rolling Loop. A challenging maneuver, the pilot, needs to utilize all the control inputs while performing it smoothly. A basic loop can also be described as a 360-degree circle. When you perform a loop with one integrated roll, you need to match the quadrant points. For example, you must […]
Fiberglassing Wings — Producing a Super Smooth, Top Gun Finish

Fiberglassing Wings — Producing a Super Smooth, Top Gun Finish

There are many ways to apply fiberglass cloth to a structure. The most common methods use either polyester or epoxy resin and catalysts. Some of the resins require unequal mix ratios, like 1 part epoxy to 2 parts hardener, which is difficult to measure accurately. I also dislike polyester resin because it really smells foul. […]
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 […]
RC Workshop Tips — Painting Fabric Covered Models

RC Workshop Tips — Painting Fabric Covered Models

When it comes to producing a smooth fabric paint job, I have found that when you finish your model with Scale Stits or some other fabric covering like SolarTex or Super Shrink Coverite (if you can find any), the best and quickest paint to use is Poly Tone and it’s various coating products. Available from […]
Me 163 Komet — Electric Powered, Rocket Performance

Me 163 Komet — Electric Powered, Rocket Performance

First encountered by U.S. Army Air Corps bombers in July 1944, the advanced speed and maneuverability of the Luftwaffe’s new Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket plane took the Allied flight crews by complete surprise. Its shortcoming was having very short powered flight, so the Komet was used primarily to defend German airfields and other strategic targets. […]
Homemade Big-Block Powerhouse (220cc V4!)

Homemade Big-Block Powerhouse (220cc V4!)

Now here’s a great-sounding engine! Detlef Kunkel designed and made this four-cylinder, V-construction four-stroke with a transmission reduction of 1.7. The 220cc engine’s shaft power is 25hp max. Intended for 110- to 130-pound RC model planes, it spins an SEP 35×20 three-blade propeller at 3700 to 3800rpm. The 90-pound aircraft in the video was built […]
Lance Campbell’s Amazing SR-71 Blackbird

Lance Campbell’s Amazing SR-71 Blackbird

At the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational, there were many amazing aircraft flown by some of the best pilots in the world. One of the standouts on this year’s Paradise Field flightline was an unusual aircraft in the form of a Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” that was totally scratch-built by first-time Top Gun competitor Lance Campbell […]
8 QUICK WORKSHOP TIPS

8 QUICK WORKSHOP TIPS

MAN contributors and readers are a clever bunch, and they’re always coming up with easier, more efficient ways to build and set up airplanes. Here are 8 workshop tips that we think you’ll enjoy using. Have a tip of your own you’d like to share? Send us an email at MAN@airage.com.   Simple Pushrod Guide […]
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