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Safe & Easy Engine Testing

Safe & Easy Engine Testing

Whenever I test run and adjust a new gas engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on my model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine before I installed it in my Fokker Triplane. The fuel tank (and smoke oil tank) are installed and the […]
Easy programming for 3D maneuvers

Easy programming for 3D maneuvers

We always learn how to perform new maneuvers by watching the stick movements of a top notch pilot, but what the pilot knows is that there computer mixes is what makes their life easier when controlling the aircraft.  Now we are going to present a few tips that will make it easier for you to perform those […]
The First Fokkers!

The First Fokkers!

These RC models are replicas of the very first airplane designed by Anthony Fokker in 1911. The multitude of bracing cables gave the impression of a spider, hence its Dutch name, “Spin.” Fokker taught himself to fly in his second Spin! Built and piloted by Klaus Fischer and Heiner Wintermann, these 14-foot-span planes each weigh […]
RC Warbird Formation Flying

RC Warbird Formation Flying

As if flying giant scale warbirds like the Top Flight giant scale P-51D Mustang isn’t exciting enough all but itself, some guys who attend large national and regional warbird meets are always looking for a little something extra. Recently, at the Warbirds over the Rockies event, Rich Uravitch caught a sight that surely got everyone’s […]
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Super-Scale Beechcraft Staggerwing

Super-Scale Beechcraft 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 […]
Easy Scratch-built Skis (fly off the snow!)

Easy Scratch-built Skis (fly off the 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 […]
10 Pro Tips for Flying E-Jets

10 Pro Tips for Flying E-Jets

The development in brushless motor design and LiPo battery technology have greatly benefited the RC hobby especially for wannabe jet pilots. Electric ducted fan (EDF) jets have become one of the most popular segments of the RC modeling hobby and the development of these speed demons is nothing short of amazing. When most people talk […]
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. […]
Resin Casting Scale Parts

Resin Casting Scale Parts

Once you get to a certain level of scale modeling, you’ll start making parts that need to be produced in multiples and, most likely, are not commercially available. This is easily dealt with by making a master part and then reproducing it with a mold and resin casting liquid. Resin casting is considered an advanced technique, […]
Desktop CNC —  DIY System for RC Modelers

Desktop CNC — DIY System for RC Modelers

Recently, I began assembling a kit for an amazing piece of equipment that any RC modeler would welcome into their workshop. Available in kit form (and factory assembled), the new Stepcraft-2 420 is a desktop CNC system that comes with a 20×12 inch work space. What really makes this kit great is that it comes […]
Red Tail Mustang: Fernando Bellegarde Giant Scale P-51

Red Tail Mustang: Fernando Bellegarde Giant Scale P-51

From Sao Paulo Brazil, Fernando Bellegarde is part of Team Brazil and is a regular competitor at Top Gun.His impressive P-51 Mustang is built from the CARF-Models kit, and it took him 8 months to complete. His P-51 is finished with custom Aerotech paint and Flite Metal is applied all over the plane with fabric […]
Easy Scale Details — Vintage Pilot Seat

Easy Scale Details — Vintage Pilot Seat

So my Fokker Triplane had been finished for a while and tI flew the airplane several times without any problems. But there is that big issue of an empty cockpit. So, I converted my old Mini-Me 1/3 scale pilot figure into a WW1 leather helmet and goggles guy with a great set of cloths including […]
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