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Road to Top Gun — Eduardo Esteves and his F-16 Fighting Falcon

Road to Top Gun — Eduardo Esteves and his F-16 Fighting Falcon

It is hard to believe, but it is again that time of year where we put together the highlighted pilots and aircraft for our annual Road to Top Gun presentation. This year is the 32th annual Scale Invitational hosted by Frank Tiano at the Paradise Field in Lakeland FL. With that said, here is our […]
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 […]
A pink  WW II warbird

A pink WW II warbird

Sand and spinach, sea-foam gray, navy and duck-egg blue … we’ve seen a lot of schemes for WW II Spitfires, but a pink one? We came across this interesting article on io9.com and think it’s worth sharing. Author Esther Inglis-Arkell writes, “World War II marked a time of great innovation, which was sometimes practical and sometimes loony. […]
Video Tips for Starting Gas Engines

Video Tips for Starting Gas Engines

There’s no doubt about it, gasoline engines are extremely popular for powering giant scale RC airplanes. Whether you fly big warbirds, or you prefer unlimited aerobatic planes, knowing how to start your engine safely is extremely important. Check out this video tip showing all the basics, featuring MAN contributor Jason Benson.    
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Aussie Spitfire in 1/4 Scale

Aussie Spitfire in 1/4 Scale

This 1/4-scale Spitfire sports the scheme of a full-size Mk VIII aircraft that’s still flying and based at the Temora Aviation Museum in New South Wales, Australia. Built by Malcom Harle from the Flying Legends kit designed by Mike Booth, the 110-inch-span plane is powered by a Desert Aircraft 85cc gas engine turning a 26×10 […]
Easy Engine Break-in

Easy Engine Break-in

Two-stroke engines have been the standard power systems powering sport flyers for decades. 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 […]
Video Tips: Installing a Fuel Tank

Video Tips: Installing a Fuel Tank

If you are building a glow powered airplane for the first time, you will want to pay attention to the fuel tank assembly and installation. For your model to have a reliable fuel system, the tank, hardware and fuel lines have to be properly installed. Here’s a workshop video tip to show how it’s done. […]
10 Great Tips for Flying E-Jets

10 Great 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 […]
RC Warbird Tail Repairs

RC Warbird Tail Repairs

I’d like to present this article as one more example of how doing repairs to your favorite warbird can be done if you take it one step at a time, and “eat the elephant in bites” rather than fretting over the entire sad picture. I will also say it was a privilege to work on […]
Video How To: Fabric Covering RC Planes

Video How To: Fabric Covering RC Planes

We’ve received several emails asking about covering scale models. While I was building my the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, I wrote this post that goes into detail about what’s required. Your response was impressive and many of you asked about Scale Stits fabric and Poly Tak adhesive, from F&M Enterprises. So, I brought the video […]
Functional Flaps — Understanding their use.

Functional 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 […]
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, […]
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