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Nick Ziroli


Easy RC Model Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

Easy RC Model Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

When ever I test run and adjust a new engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on the model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine for my Fokker Triplane that I am test running. Fuel tank (and smoke oil tank) are installed and the throttle […]
Workshop Tips: Smooth Sheeting

Workshop Tips: Smooth Sheeting

One of the important tasks you need to do correctly while building a giant scale airplane is to produce a smooth and flowing outer surface to apply your finish and paint too. There’s an old saying that a fair paint job applied to a superior surface will look much better than a great paint job […]
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Wing-to-Fuselage Fillets

Wing-to-Fuselage Fillets

Advice from expert scale designer and builder Nick Ziroli: Instead of adding the fillet after the wing and fuselage are built, I make the shape of the fillet areas as part of the fuselage formers themselves. This requires having at least the wing center section built and attached to the fuselage, but to make sure […]
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 […]
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Flying with Flaps — Understanding their use.

Flying with Flaps — Understanding their use.

Sooner or later, many RC modelers try their hand at a scale subject, and since most full-size aircraft use flaps, their scale model should include them as well. A scale model with the flaps fully deployed is an impressive sight. This will most likely be the pilot’s first exposure to flaps since most of our sport […]
RC Monster Scale 45% Fokker Triplane with flight Video

RC Monster Scale 45% Fokker Triplane with flight Video

Here’s a golden oldie from back in 2012. Flying at the popular Big Biplane Bash RC Fly In, the coveted Best of Show award went to an amazingly large, Monster Scale Fokker Triplane. Hosted by the Central Connecticut RC Club, the BBB event awared Ken Eckstein the award after he put in several amazing and […]
Workshop Tips — Install a Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

Workshop Tips — Install a Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

When it comes to really looking scale, it’s in the details that we make the most progress in giving our model’s that “used” look. For my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I wanted to bring a better scale look to the front end so I  installed a resin cast Oberusel rotary engine available from Nick Ziroli […]
How To  Make Scale 3 Panel Windshield Frames

How To Make Scale 3 Panel Windshield Frames

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood to make 3-panel windshields for open cockpit airplanes. The airplane I am using is a loaner Stearman PT-17 I got from Nick Ziroli Jr., and I wanted to spruce it up a little for him. Let’s get started. (Above) Here is the old wornout clear plastic […]
Model Airplane Corsair Tailwheel Upgrade

Model Airplane Corsair Tailwheel Upgrade

If you are building a Corsair from one of the Top Flite ARF kits, this upgrade will add lots of static scale points. This impressive scale retractable tailwheel with tailhook unit comes from my good friend and scale modeler, Earl Aune. (Above) Gear Extended (Above) Gear in the retracted position Involved with scale competition and […]
Model Airplane Workshop Build-Along, Douglas Skyraider Part 14 Plug-in Wing Panels

Model Airplane Workshop Build-Along, Douglas Skyraider Part 14 Plug-in Wing Panels

So, after getting the Skyraider up onto its landing gear last time out, I thought I would tackle finishing up the plug-in wing panels. This of course was started before the wings were sheeted by installing the hardware which included the aluminum wing tube and socket sets which are available from Nick Ziroli Plans. Here […]
Enlarging Model Airplanes (So You Want to Build it Big!)

Enlarging Model Airplanes (So You Want to Build it Big!)

Part of the Model Airplane News “Classic Article” Archive, Greg Hahn, explains the proper way to enlarge scale model airplane plans. His techniques are as timely today as it was when it was first written. — By Greg Hahn I am often asked for information about blowing up plans. I guess my big competition B-25J Mitchell, which I […]
Workshop Build-Along — Part 11 — Sheeting the Skyraider’s Wings

Workshop Build-Along — Part 11 — Sheeting the Skyraider’s Wings

This post is part of the ongoing Build-Along I am doing highlighting the progress on our 85 inch span version of the Ziroli designed Douglas Skyraider. This post highlights the tasks for sheeting the wings. The last time out we finished the prep work for installing the Robart 148E electric retracts and now the plywood […]
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