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DIY Control Horns and Servo Mounts

DIY Control Horns and Servo Mounts

I receive at least one unsolicited credit card every month. Usually, I cut them up and throw them in the trash. Ollie Edwards of the Scottsdale, AZ Model Flyers uses the cards to make control horns and servo mounts. They work great on his flat-wing models and probably would be adequate for backyard airplanes of […]
New Habu!

New Habu!

Who else learned to fly e-jets with a Habu? Now the classic airframe is back, with even more power and performance — perfect for first-time EDF pilots as well as experienced pilots who want a high-performance, fun aircraft. It costs $279.99 and is available for pre-order now.   From Horizon: Based on the popular E-flite […]

Planes Worth Modeling — Pietenpol Air Camper

Planes Worth Modeling — Pietenpol Air Camper

Quoted from the Pietenpol Hangar display, EAA Museum/Pioneer Airport. Oshkosh, WI: “Bernard H. Pietenpol pursued his dreams of flight from the ’20s through his passing in 1984. His dreams were of planes powered by auto engines that nearly everyone could afford to build and operate. He first flew Gnome, then Ford Model-T powered planes without […]
de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk

de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk

  It all Started With Bubble Gum by Budd Davisson It’s funny what you remember about your roots in aviation: I remember, for instance, how hard I used to search for airplane bubble gum cards. The gum was usually mouse colored and shattered on impact, but the cards were works of art guaranteed to fire a 12-year-old […]

Evan Volksplane You can build

Evan Volksplane You can build

From the September issue of MAN, this new version of the ever popular Evans Volksplane is the work of RC model designer and contributor Pat Tritle. This easy to build park flyer has built up lightweight construction and features scale all-flying tail surfaces just like the real thing. Lasercut parts are available from author. You […]
KMP L-4 Grasshopper

KMP L-4 Grasshopper

Constructed of lite-ply and balsa, this IMAA-legal L-4 Grasshopper from Kondor Model Products is a simple semi-scale version of an aircraft operated by Thomas S. Damm, an airline captain in Denmark. It is expertly covered and painted at the factory in an authentic flat olive drab and has a great overall finish. Included in the […]

Pro Weathering Techniques

Pro Weathering Techniques

If you really want to make your scale airplane come to life, and make it look as though it’s been flying around for a while, you need to do some weathering, especially on the underside. As with all things in life, when they get used, airplanes get dirty! How much weathering should you do? Consult your […]
CAD Design for Modelers

CAD Design for Modelers

One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new segment of modeling to me, while also greatly increasing the precision in which I designed and developed scratch build scale airplanes. I have been using CAD programs now for […]

The Basics of Tailwheels and Tail-Draggers

The Basics of Tailwheels and Tail-Draggers

Though many scale airplanes are equipped with tricycle landing gear, planes with tailwheels — tail-draggers — remain very popular. It is fair to say that most of the RC airplanes flown today fall into the tail-dragger category. In the air, tail-draggers behave just like tricycle-gear aircraft do, but on the ground, it’s another story altogether. […]
Pro Tips for Flying Twins

Pro Tips for Flying Twins

There’s just something special about twin-engine airplanes. Whenever a twin shows up at the flying field, most modelers stop what they’re doing and go over to check it out. Maybe it’s the sound of the engines as they sync into and out of phase while the model is in the air; or perhaps it’s the […]
Fly Like a Dogfighter!

Fly Like a Dogfighter!

Pro tips for flying warbirds. We all know that WW II wabirds, especially giant scale fighters, are very popular these days. Go to any warbird event and you will see at least these three classic fighters, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-51D Mustang and the F4U Corsair. With so many great flying warbirds, more RC modelers […]
Easy Weathering Tips: 5 Pro Secrets

Easy Weathering Tips: 5 Pro Secrets

So you’ve finished painting your new scale airplane and it looks nice and shiny and brand new. You check your model one more time against your photo documents of the full-size plane and there’s something just not quite right… What is it? Well, it would be a safe guess that your full size subject airplane, […]
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