workshop tips


Secrets from the Pros — Tips to Success

Secrets from the Pros — Tips to Success

Let’s face it, we all can benefit from listening to experienced modelers, and often we get emails and letters asking for advice on subjects such as flying, building and adjusting engines. So MAN asked some of our regular contributors for their professional RC tips and hints to solve basic issues that come up while we […]
Rebirth of the Telemaster

Rebirth of the Telemaster

A KICKSTARTER THAT USES A CLASSIC AIRCRAFT TO TURN YOUNG ADULTS INTO ENTREPRENEURS AND INNOVATIVE THINKERS/MAKERS The Telemaster is a classic RC design that thousands of modelers have built and flown for generations. An exclusive mainstay of the Hobby Lobby brand, anyone who learned to fly in the 1960s, ’70s, or ’80s knows that the Telemaster in its […]
Machining Aluminum — Stepcraft 2/420 Desktop CNC System

Machining Aluminum — Stepcraft 2/420 Desktop CNC System

Over the weekend I did some more testing and this time I used some sheet alumiinum. 6061-T3 to be exact and this 1/16 inch thick sheet was covered on one side with some clear, stick-on vinyl. I set up the work piece with a 1/8 inch spoil-board made of hobby grade lite-ply and clamped the […]
Weight and Balance: Find the CG the old fashioned way

Weight and Balance: Find the CG the old fashioned way

Setting up a plane for your first flight is a critical step. Most of us fiddle with stuffing all the electronics into the fuselage and then placing it on the center of gravity (CG) stand.  If we are wrong, we move some things around and try it again hopefully getting it right through trial and […]
Choosing Servos for Helicopters — Analog vs. Digital

Choosing Servos for Helicopters — Analog vs. Digital

(Opener) Flybarless helis like this large Robinson R22 are rapidly taking over, but these impressive machines impose heavier demands on the servos. Let’s address a question that seems to cause a good deal of confusion (or at least misunderstanding) among helicopter fliers—whether digital servos are really better than analog, and whether they’re worth the added […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Sportsman

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Sportsman

With more great photos of Top Gun pilots and their planes, here are the Winners and Placers from the Pro-Am Sportsman class. By far the most popular class of competition at Top Gun, this year there were 57 registered pilots in the Sportsman class. Photos by Barry Vaught and David Hart. And the winners are… […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Propeller Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Propeller Class

We continue with our Top Gun coverage of the winners for the 2017 Scale Invitational competition. In our coverage coming soon in the September issue of MAN, you can look forward to an amazing 24 pages of Top Gun planes, pilots and action! Now to the Pro-Am Propellers class. And the winners are… 1st. Place, […]
5 Budget RC Airplane Tips & Tricks

5 Budget RC Airplane Tips & Tricks

These five easy tips are sure to make your modeling life easier, and they don’t cost a dime! TIE UP THOSE LOOSE ENDS If one of your model’s control servo connectors become unplugged during flight, at best, you’re going to have a really tough time getting it back on the ground in one piece. At worst, […]
Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

We never met a workshop tip we didn’t like! Here are a few helpful tricks from the archives. If you have a tip you’d like to share, add it in the comments!   BOX REMIX One organizational aid I use in my shop is a system for keeping unused servo arms matched to the servos […]
4 Simple Shop Tips

4 Simple Shop Tips

Simple tricks are the best, don’t you think? These tips may not change your life, but they will make your time in the shop easier and more enjoyable. Send your tip to MAN@airage.com.   SMOOTH THAT OLD IRON Have you ever noticed the slick surface on a new covering iron after you first pull it […]
15 Building Tips To Maximize Your Workshop Time

15 Building Tips To Maximize Your Workshop Time

Regardless of the type of model you want to create, there are many similar building tasks and assembly techniques. Here are some of basics that I’ve used over the years, which will help you speed up your builds and improve your skills. And remember, a workshop is what you make it: A basic folding table […]
AeroBroach Hinge Slotting Tool

AeroBroach Hinge Slotting Tool

The editors have used and reviewed a lot of tools and accessories over the years and some work so well, they end up on the editor’s workbench to be used over and over again. The AeroBroach hinge slot cutting set is one of them. Available in three sizes, each slotting broach is a pre-determined thickness […]
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