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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 […]
Top Flite Corsair Test Flight

Top Flite Corsair Test Flight

One of our all time favorite warbirds is the giant scale Top Flite Corsair ARF. And on its first flight we shot this never seen before flight video. Shot by MAN photographer Hope McCall, the test flight went off without a hitch! The DLE 50cc gas engine is a perfect match. Check it out!  
Flying Like Iron Man

Flying Like Iron Man

We’ll bet most of us have dreamed of flying like, but how many have what it takes to actually take off? Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, is a pioneer in manned flight and in this video he’s flying in his exoskeleton suit powered by four JetCat P220 and one JetCat P550 jet turbine engines […]
Pick your power: electric, gas or glow!

Pick your power: electric, gas or glow!

There’s an old saying that suggests, “If in doubt, add power!” And we have to admit, there are some Model Airplane News editors who do believe there’s just no substitute for horsepower. But when it comes to selecting which kind of power system to use, many RC modelers can use a little help. Model Airplane […]
Flying with Flaps — What you need to know

Flying with Flaps — What you need to know

Sooner or later you may want to try your hand at flying a scale subject.  Since most full-size aircraft use flaps, many scale model also require them for true scale operations and function. A scale model with  flaps fully deployed is a cool sight. If you have never flow a model with then there are a […]
Scale Engine Cowling Made Easy

Scale Engine Cowling Made Easy

One of MAN’s most popular construction plans are for the 1/3-scale Howard Ike racer designed by Henry Haffke. Several years ago, I teamed up with Henry to help him build and finish his giant-scale version of his popular 1970s era, .40-size Howard Ike DGA-5 racer, the Miss Chevrolet. It included several interesting building techniques, one […]
Road to Top Gun: Wyvern S-1

Road to Top Gun: Wyvern S-1

Four-time Top Gun winner, David Wigley will be returning again to Top Gun this year with his totally scratch built Westland Wyvern S-1. David’s aircraft was taken out of the competition after a terrible cartwheeling crash in 2015 and it was substantially damaged. David came back in 2018 to compete with his resurrected Wyvern, and […]
Gas Engine Basics — Troubleshooting 101

Gas Engine Basics — Troubleshooting 101

When you’re starting your gas engine, get into the habit of using the same procedure all the time so you can easily identify any problems that pop up. It’s important to always have a friend secure the airplane’s tail and make certain the prop bolts are tight. Switch the ignition circuit (kill switch) off, close […]
RC Workshop Tip: Secure Servos

RC Workshop Tip: Secure Servos

Model Airplane News readers are an innovative bunch, and they’re always coming up with ways to make their models better while saving time and money. Here are two workshop secrets for ensuring secure servos, every time. Share your own techniques for securing servos in the comment section! Secure servo connections When you install servos in a wing […]
5 Tips to Dress Up Your Cockpit

5 Tips to Dress Up Your Cockpit

With so many great-looking scale model ARFs to choose from today, one of the neatest ways you can make your particular Pitts Special or P-51 Mustang stand apart from the rest is to install a great-looking instrument panel for your pilot figure to look at. (You did install a scale pilot figure, didn’t you?) There’s […]
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