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Center of Gravity Basics

Center of Gravity Basics

After checking your engine performance and the radio operation, always make sure that your model is properly balanced before your first flight. It happens too often, unfortunately: Someone with a ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!
Making Functional Biplane Rigging Wires

Making Functional Biplane Rigging Wires

Many sport scale biplanes are designed with wings that are strong enough without the use of rigging wires (landing and flying wires). However, if you want to add them as a scale enhancement for its appearance or if you are building a scale multi-wing which does need them, here’s a great way to make them […]
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Hot Turbine Biplane — Best of Both Worlds?

Hot Turbine Biplane — Best of Both Worlds?

You just never know what you are going to find on the flightline when you attend the Florida Jets event in Lakeland Florida. Florida Jets brings together the cream of the crop from the Jet aircraft and turbine engine industries! Model Airplane News contributor Rich Uravitch was on the scene when this impressive and highly […]
Multi-Servo Control Surface Setup

Multi-Servo Control Surface Setup

With many of today’s giant scale aerobatic aircraft multiple servos are often used to move each flight control surface. Modern computer radios actually have specialized menus to help setup and adjust multi-servo installations, but you can do it the old fashion way as well by using programmable mixes. Basically you setup a two servo setup (for ailerons […]
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Aerobatics Explained — Master the Tailslide

Aerobatics Explained — Master the Tailslide

A typical tailslide begins from upright level flight parallel to the runway. The pilot then applies throttle and performs a 1/4 loop to enter a vertical up-line. After the vertical line is established, the pilot gradually pulls the throttle back to idle. The aircraft will slow down and eventually will come to a stop. At that […]
Top Gun High Static Winners

Top Gun High Static Winners

When it comes to competing at Top Gun, there are two parts to the aircraft’s score; the static score and the flight score. Before the flight rounds are flown, aircraft in the Masters, Expert, Team, and Unlimited classes must first be judged for their static score. The model is inspected and evaluated according to the […]
Splicing  Balsa Sheeting — Video RC workshop Tips

Splicing Balsa Sheeting — Video RC workshop Tips

Working with large models, it is often necessary to splice the balsa sheets together for items like wings and long fuselages. To produce strong slices in the balsa sheeting you have to make them at an angle to increase the glue surface so the sheet’s overall strength is not compromised. This workshop video tip by […]
Top Gun From the Judging Table

Top Gun From the Judging Table

Each year at Top Gun, there are dozens and dozens of amazing scale aircraft that find their way to the Static Judging table . With the best judges in the industry, the Top Gun Scale Invitational has the highest level of excellence you’ll find at any scale event. Several judges share the tasks of checking […]
Ease your pilot load — Easy programming for 3D maneuvers

Ease your pilot load — Easy programming for 3D maneuvers

We always learn how to perform new maneuvers by watching the stick movements of a top notch pilot, but what the pilot knows is that there computer mixes is what makes their life easier when controlling the aircraft.  Now we are going to present a few tips that will make it easier for you to perform those […]
Scale Modeling: Weathering Tips & Tricks

Scale Modeling: Weathering Tips & Tricks

After you’ve painted your model, add some weathering to really bring a scale plane to life. Each technique by itself is very effective and, added together, really produce astonishing realism.  My friend Dave Reid commissioned me to paint his giant-scale SNJ Texan, and it has been the example for these ongoing how-to articles. I weathered and […]
Tips for a Great Fabric Finish  — Using Scale Stits to cover your Airplane

Tips for a Great Fabric Finish — Using Scale Stits to cover your Airplane

There’s an old saying in the hobby that goes: “Once you’re finished “building” your scale RC airplane, you’re only half done!” That’s because all our efforts of gluing and bolting parts together leads up to one final goal—producing a smooth and even surface to apply the covering to. With any fabric covering job, the end results are […]
Top Guns Free-Flight Scale

Top Guns Free-Flight Scale

A First Class Stick & Tissue Competition During the past few years, event organizer, Leonard Bechtold, Bob Curry, and Len Henderson, have been striving to keep alive the old tradition of the free-flight, mass-launch event. The roots of the event were planted several years ago by Dave Platt who showed everyone how free flight models […]
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