Secrets from the Pros — Tips to Success

Secrets from the Pros — Tips to Success

Let’s face it, we all can benefit from listening to experienced modelers, and often we get emails and letters asking for advice on subjects such as flying, building and adjusting engines. So MAN asked some of our regular contributors for their professional RC tips and hints to solve basic issues that come up while we try to enjoy the hobby. Enjoy!


Mike Greenshields,

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  1. wish for a little more info on mixing ail and rudder , not done any of this mixing yet ,I have Spectrum dx6ie , dx7 , dx8 transmitters . figured out my basic programming but no mixing except for flaps of course using instructions with each plane .

  2. Nice TIPS from the pro’s (hehe they certainly arent secrets anymore 😐 )

  3. Thanks Nick. I am redoing an 88″ spitfires fillets as the original builder had them all wrong. Adding the CF martial and planking method is my new approach. Now off to the garage to make her look scale.

  4. Ted,

    From Dave Scott’s book on Airplane and Radio set-up, if you have a plane with a flat bottom wing, you would set up a mix in your radio, with the aileron channel as the Master and the rudder channel as the Slave. Then you would set the mix percentage such that the rudder deflects one degree for each degree of aileron deflection. So if your right aileron’s travel is +/- 15 degrees, you would set the mix so that the rudder’s deflection is +/- 15 degrees. The mix should be such that giving right aileron control will give right rudder deflection.

    For a semi-symmetrical wing, you would use the same procedure, except that the aileron-rudder mix should be adjusted such that the rudder movement is only one-half of the aileron deflection.

    Fully symmetrical wings need very little aileron mixing. The rudder deflection should be a total of 1 degree with full aileron deflection in either direction.

  5. Really nice tips thanks. For rudder I approve 200%, it’s something I teach to intermediate pilot but after reading I will think about something directly to the beginners. Every time impress by passion of RC scale in your country. Good job !

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