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Shock-Absorbing Landing Gear

Shock-Absorbing Landing Gear

I have always admired early aircraft, especially those flown during WW I. The evolution of aircraft from 1914 to 1918 is simply amazing. I have built and flown several WW I airplanes built from Balsa USA kits. Well designed, they fly great but sometimes my landings can be less than perfect. I wanted to design […]
Secrets for How To Fly Scale

Secrets for How To Fly Scale

Model Airplane News has devoted many articles and columns to the improving of static scores in scale competition. This score however,  represents only 50 percent of your total, and taking the time to improve your model’s documentation material between events can definitely help you maximize overall score. But for this article, let’s talk about improving […]
Giant Fokker Triplane

Giant Fokker Triplane

Flown 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 awarded Ken Eckstein the prize after he put in several amazing and very scale-like flights with his Triplane. From New […]
EZ  DIY Workshop Table

EZ DIY Workshop Table

As a long-time-fan of the PBS show “New Yankee Workshop” I’ve seen quite a few good woodworking projects, but none more handy than the large roll around shop table. I knew I’d have to build it one day when I had the room for it in a workshop I hadn’t even yet built. Sorry to […]
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Splicing  Balsa Sheeting — Video RC workshop Tips

Splicing Balsa Sheeting — Video RC workshop Tips

Working with large models, it is often necessary to splice the balsa sheets together for items like wings and long fuselages. To produce strong slices in the balsa sheeting you have to make them at an angle to increase the glue surface so the sheet’s overall strength is not compromised. This workshop video tip by […]
Horizon RC Fest

Horizon RC Fest

Mark your calendars June 7th-9th for a weekend of RC at Eli Field in Monticello, Illinois and sponsored by Horizon Hobby! The Horizon RC Fest is a fun-focused event that shares high-tech RC products everyone can enjoy. From the folks at Horizon: It’s almost time for the 3rd Annual Horizon Hobby RC Fest. There’s no other […]
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 […]
Workshop Soldering Tips

Workshop Soldering Tips

There is always that occasional opportunity to do some soldering. When you need to add some connectors to a battery pack, or to make a set of wiring adapters for your battery charger, using heat and molten metal to join wires together is one of the oldest do-it-yourself tasks for RC hobbyists. The task is […]
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 […]
Easy RV-4 Makeover

Easy RV-4 Makeover

Longtime MAN contributor Carl Layden wanted a plane that would stand out on the flightline, but he didn’t have the time to custom-build a model from scratch. His solution was to dress up an ARF and make it a unique flyer. Here’s his story. If you have been around the hobby for a long time, […]
Super-Size RC Stearman

Super-Size RC Stearman

Giant-scale enthusiasts always say “bigger is better,” and this RC Boeing Stearman takes big to a new level. Flown by Ludo Luyten of Belgium, this 55%-scale biplane has a 16.5-foot ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!
Giant-Scale Tips: HOW TO BALANCE A LARGE SPINNER

Giant-Scale Tips: HOW TO BALANCE A LARGE SPINNER

Always balance your spinner. An unbalanced spinner can create small to large vibrations which can lead to serious problems with your model. For this piece, I am balancing the CARF P-51D composite spinner and aluminum backplate that came from CARF as an optional purchase. I have used this method of balancing spinners, to success, for […]
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