One way to mount your new or replacement engine in a model is to use a ladder! Yes, that’s right, an ordinary step-ladder you likely have around your shop! To mount an engine at the very first point of adding the engine, or adding a new engine to an old model, you have very little […]
Many model trainer airplanes are easy to build and fly, and they afford a great opportunity to get into the RC hobby. Instead of spending weeks or months assembling your first plane, you’ll be able to get into the air in an hour or less! Today’s trainers are so stable and easy to fly that […]
Check out this flying tutorial that’s perfect for intermediate to advanced pilots. Our friends at Tail Heavy Productions will take you through the steps to flying in a crosswind, from takeoffs to side-slip landings, with tips on flying trike and tailwheel aircraft. Watch this and you won’t get caught in the crosswind!
The stall, or more accurately the inadvertent stall, has probably caused more RC planes to crash than any other cause. The safety of your airplane depends on your knowledge of its slow-speed handling and stall characteristics. To minimize the number of crashes due to stalls, the pilot must understand the principles of what makes a […]
One of our favorite YouTubers Tim McKay is at it again with fun, tongue-in-cheek video on how to to crash your plane. If you want to guarantee a ground collision, Tim recommends skipping the pre-flight checklist, don’t worry about the weather, and never check your batteries. Plus several other “tips.” But as usual, there’s some […]
One of our favorite YouTubers explains controlled vs uncontrolled airspace, temporary flight restrictions, the B4UFly app, and everything else you need to know. Check out Tim McKay’s video before you take off in your backyard!
SOAPY THREADS If you are trying to thread a screw into a plywood or hardwood block—for example, for a landing-gear strap—it is often hard to thread the screw into place without wearing out the screw head. The best way to make the screw go into the tight-fitting hole […]
90-DEGREE DRIVER Sooner or later, there will come a time when you cannot fit a regular Phillips screwdriver or a hex driver into your airplane to tighten a screw. Did you know that the small driver bits for your electric screwdriver also fit into a common box-end wrench? Simply find the mating-size wrench and insert […]
Responsible pilots always walk the four corners of their aircraft prior to takeoff. Check out one of our favorite YouTubers, Dag214, going though his RC pre-flight checklist in full detail. Guaranteed to reduce your crash risk!
We’ve all heard the old adage: takeoffs are optional; landings are mandatory. Bringing a plane back to the ground safely is a pilot’s top goal. Unfortunately, one of the hardest maneuvers for an RC airplane to perform is the landing, and it is the first one that we pilots must learn to perfect to keep […]
Now that we’re well into the flying season, chances are you have at least one plane that has been “benched” because of a not-so-gentle landing. Why not take a few minutes this weekend and repair it? Here’s what you need to know. Let’s face it! Accidents are bound happen, and when it comes to flying […]