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Warbird Wing Sheeting

Warbird Wing Sheeting

When it comes to sheeting the wings, you want to do it right with any airplane, but for giant scale warbirds, you really  need to do it correctly. I like to start once the retracts are setup and the plywood support ribs and the mount rails have been epoxied into place. We used the landing […]
5 Great Servo Installation Tips

5 Great Servo Installation Tips

After you install your servos according the manufacturer’s directions, you might find that when the servo arms are placed on the splines, they aren’t at a perfect 90-degree angle to the servo case and control linkage. Or, after you’ve hooked up the various linkages, you discover there is too much or not enough travel throw […]
Make a Sliding Warbird Canopy

Make a Sliding Warbird Canopy

Many scale modelers simply can’t leave well enough alone. They often find ways to improve their scale projects. With the VQ Warbirds  Corsair ARF as a base model, A complete makeover to add lots of details is fun, but to kick it up a notch, a sliding canopy is one of the several sub projects […]
Detailing a Ziroli Staggerwing

Detailing a Ziroli Staggerwing

There  are few 1/4-scale models of the Beechcraft Staggerwing, and the most popular RC design is the one from Nick Ziroli. It’s outline is very close to scale and it produces a great looking scale airplane. When it comes to making them look real, you need to use some scale parts and techniques. Here are […]
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Road to Top Gun: Two A6M Zeros

Road to Top Gun: Two A6M Zeros

Regular competitor at Top Gun, Dino Di Giorgio from Fort Pierce, FL, will be competing this year with two A6M Zeros. The first Mitsubishi A6M Zero will fly in the in the Pro-Am Prop class and started out as a Top Flite ARF Zero. it has all-wood construction and is covered with Monokote. It has […]
Install a Scale WW1 Engine

Install a Scale WW1 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 1/3-scale 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 Plans. […]
Road to Top Gun: B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber

Road to Top Gun: B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber

For the 2019 competition season, we are starting off our Road to Top Gun presentation with an impressive WW II bomber. Top Gun regular Mike Grady is again competing this year with his well-proven, B-17G Flying Fortress. Mike will be competing in the Unlimited class and David Payne will again be his pilot. Mike’s B-17G is […]
Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch RC Airplane Access

Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch RC Airplane Access

When it comes to RC Golden Age racers, no one does  flying models better than the world recognized  guru of scale Gee Bees – Henry Haffke. When I teamed up with Henry to build the 1/3-scale version of his Howard DGA-5 “Ike” Golden Age racer, I added several  details that a racer this size needed to look right. One […]
Easy Scratch-built Skis (fly off that snow!)

Easy Scratch-built Skis (fly off that snow!)

Now that many flying fields parts of the country are covered in snow, it’s the perfect time to add skis to your favorite flier! This classic how-to from our good friend Roy Vaillancourt provides a great project that will not only use up some of those leftover pieces of wood in your workshop and but also let […]
Flight tips for Knife-Edge Flight

Flight tips for Knife-Edge Flight

On your first attempts, it’s wise to enter your knife-edge maneuvers from a slight climb to buy yourself some extra time to think through the steps so you don’t finding yourself rushing to recover. You’ll also find it much easier to build your first sustained knife-edge if you initially roll the airplane in the same […]
Flying Field Etiquette

Flying Field Etiquette

As we enjoy the summer flying season, your club’s flightline (and sometimes everyone’s nerves!) can sometimes start to heat up. What are the top flying-field etiquette tips you wish your fellow RC fliers already knew? Here’s a start … and don’t hold back! Don’t touch OPP (other people’s planes) without permission. Follow the club’s noise/time […]
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Old-School Flying Boat

This terrific video features legendary designer/builder Ivan Pettigrew flying one of his very popular float planes, the Short Solent 400. Powered by four GWS Speed 400 geared motors (remember those?!), it can fly for over 15 minutes on eight 3,000mAh NiMH cells. Videographer TripleThreatRC writes, “I was invited to visit the Chilliwack Electric Flyers Club to check […]
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