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Add Flaps to your Foam Warbird

Add Flaps to your Foam Warbird

Kick your foam warbird up a notch by adding flaps! The techniques shown here upgrade a P-47 Thunderbolt that has optional functional flaps (an upgrade available on many small electrics). The flap outlines are already molded into the wing so it’s easy to figure out where the flaps belong. Here’s how to install them: YOU’LL […]
JetMen Flies with Full-Size Jets!

JetMen Flies with Full-Size Jets!

Ever wanted to fly like a bird? Check out these JetMen, three of them fly formation with full size jets. The ultimate “Open Cockpit” Flight!
Chuck Hamilton’s SBD Dive-Bomber

Chuck Hamilton’s SBD Dive-Bomber

Chuck Hamilton from Bremen, IN is a Top Gun Scale competitor and has built amazing scale aircraft. One of his successful competition warbirds is his beautiful SDB-3 Dauntless. In some way, every model he has built ties to his father, and this Ziroli designed Douglas SDB-3 Dauntless is no exception. He and his father, Lloyd […]
Master the Tail-Slide

Master the Tail-Slide

Here’s a great show-off maneuver you can use to impress your friends. A typical tail-slide begins from upright level flight parallel to the runway. The pilot then applies full 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. […]
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8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day

8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day

From its Civil War origins to its modern-day traditions, find out more about America’s most solemn holiday. Credit Barabara Maranzani, https://www.history.com/ Memorial Day and its traditions may have ancient roots. While the first commemorative Memorial Day events weren’t held in the United States until the late 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have […]
RC Airplanes -Scale Wingtip Skids — The Triplane gets some Axe Handles

RC Airplanes -Scale Wingtip Skids — The Triplane gets some Axe Handles

Over the course of several months, I have detailed the building process of my Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane. 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 its first flying season, I […]
DIY Micro RC Flyer – Quarter Stick

DIY Micro RC Flyer – Quarter Stick

This fun, easy to build front yard flyer is designed by Tim Bailiff, (Photos by Maggie Madril.) Ever since I was young, I have been drawn to small model airplanes. While my friends built big, I always built small. In those days my airplanes could best be described as smallish. However now, with brushless and […]
RC Wing Walkers It’s Showtime!

RC Wing Walkers It’s Showtime!

This video of Richard Rawle’s twin 1/3-scale showplanes outfitted with RC wing walkers will make your day! The formation flight of the Breitling Boeing Stearmans features Richard and Steve Holland on the sticks, with Sharon Stiles operating the animated 30% wing walkers. Each wing walker is fully operational, with five servos that allow them to move […]
RC Model Workshop Tips

RC Model Workshop Tips

We have the best readers, and we love your unique ways of making building and assembling RC planes easier. Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one on your next project! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!)   CLEAR GLUE TO THE RESCUE Sometimes a hard […]
Flight Technique: Cobra with 1/2 Rolls

Flight Technique: Cobra with 1/2 Rolls

If you follow full-scale aerobatics, there is another maneuver that goes by a similar name, but it is called the Pugachev Cobra. The Pugachev Cobra shows post-stall maneuvering as it displays an abrupt pitch change and a high angle of attack. The Pugachev Cobra is very similar to the common “3D” maneuver, the “Wall,” where […]
Model Airplane News 7 QUICK WORKSHOP TIPS

Model Airplane News 7 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 7 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 […]
Blast from the Past! CAD Kaos

Blast from the Past! CAD Kaos

One of my all time favorite RC designs has been the 60 size Kaos designed and flown by famous aerobatic guru Joe Bridi. Many copies have been built and flown over the years, and I even built a newer version using my own CAD drawings. I had an old dog-eared copy of the plans, so […]
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