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Scale RC Rivets & Screws Video

Scale RC Rivets & Screws Video

Master modeler Phil Noel knows aircraft rivets and screws. After retiring from the full-size aviation industry, his company Pinnacle Aviation custom-builds composite model kits as well as offering painting, weathering and repair service. In this video, he shows how he creates rivets on and applies scale screws to a Comp-ARF Spitfire and a Jet Legends L-39 Albatross.  Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for filming this […]
Stay in Control  10 Top Radio Programming Secrets

Stay in Control 10 Top Radio Programming Secrets

The devil is in the details. After installing your servos according the manufacturer’s directions, you might find that when the servo arm is placed on the spline, it isn’t at a perfect right angle to the servo casing. Or, after you’ve hooked up the various linkages, you discover there is too much or not enough travel […]
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Troubleshooting Gas Engines

Troubleshooting Gas Engines

OK, so you’ve installed your gasoline engine properly, and made sure that the fuel tank is properly installed and the fuel lines and fuel filter are all hooked up correctly, but you still can’t get any fire in the hole—the engine just won’t start. As a safety note here, we always recommend using a properly sized heavy […]
Tips for Starting Gas Engines

Tips for Starting Gas Engines

There’s no doubt, gasoline engines are extremely popular for powering giant scale RC airplanes. Whether you like big warbirds, or unlimited aerobatic planes, knowing how to start your engine safely is very important. Check out our flightline video tip Showing all the basics, shot with MAN contributor Jason Benson.    
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RC Aerobatics Explained — Mastering the Tailslide

RC Aerobatics Explained — Mastering the Tailslide

A typical tailslide begins from upright level flight parallel to the runway. The pilot then applies throttle and performs a 1/4 loop to enter a vertical up-line. After the vertical line is established, the pilot gradually pulls the throttle back to idle. The aircraft will slow down and eventually will come to a stop. At that […]
Pro Tips for First Flight Success

Pro Tips for First Flight Success

  Learning to fly is always easier and more fun with the aid of an experienced instructor. He will help you avoid those first few beginner mistakes and will help your airplane live a lot longer. The Sportsman S+ RTF with SAFE Technology from Hobby Zone is one of the new generation trainer/sport fliers that […]
Slow Rolls — Wow the Crowd

Slow Rolls — Wow the Crowd

Want to spice up this weekend’s flying? The slow roll is a challenging classic maneuver that’s actually much harder to perform than it looks. With a little practice, though, you’ll be ready to put on a show!  Enter straight and level, full-power roll left Slowly add right rudder Maximum right rudder Smoothly release right rudder […]
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 Engines Break-in and Tuning

RC Engines Break-in and Tuning

To get the most out of any RC airplane, you have to break in your engine, and pick the correct propeller for the plane’s intended use. For my fun fly Florio Flyer 60, I installed an O.S. 75AX for a little extra umphhh!  To fine tune my propeller selection I used an accurate digital tachometer to […]
Giant Scale Super Bee

Giant Scale Super Bee

Just about everyone has heard of the Lazy Bee. Designed by Andy Clancy, this sport flying, very short coupled airplane has been around for decades. Recently we published Andy’s latest design in the Bee line (the multi-motored Bee Liner) in the November 2017 issue of MAN. In the article we featured a sidebar story about […]
Cutting Vinyl — Make Custom RC Vinyl Letters

Cutting Vinyl — Make Custom RC Vinyl Letters

The Stepcraft-2 420 CNC desktop system is more than just a one trick pony. The system is designed to accept a whole range of additional attachments for doing precision operations in a variety of ways. I just tried out the Drag Knife attachment and I have to say it works like a charm. Removing the […]
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