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Unusual Radials

The 5-cylinder Morton-Burgess M-5 pictured right, was massproduced from 1946 to 1948. It sold for about $75.00 and ran well but could not hold a candle to the more powerful 2-strokes of that era. In the August, 1955 …

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Power-Thrust-Speed

Last issue I described some of the tools required to be a successful electric aircraft modeler. This issue, I would like to discuss some physical properties of flying vehicles that many modelers often confuse. POWER An electric motor …

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Handy Woodworking Tools

Building model airplanes is accomplished with greater accuracy and reduced building time, and to a certain extent with less skill, when proper tools are used. Many such tools are low in cost and can last the lifetime of …

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Snapshot – December 2003

Jeffery Szueber Jr., 17 years old, has been flying RC for almost 10 years. His father, Jeffery Sr., president of the Riverside Radio Control Club in southern CA, suggested to Jeffery that he submit a photo to our …

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Instant Prop Shaft Adapter

Many of us have reamed out prop hubs and then wanted to place the prop onto a shaft that is too skinny to center the prop. A quick fix for both glow and electric airplanes is to tightly …

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Simple Mechanical Servo Mount

Mold release residue on the inside of molded glass or composite fuselages can prevent balsa servo mounting rails from staying glued to the fuselage interior. This technique solves the problem, saves a tiny amount of weight and removes …

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End Engine Leaks

Any engine will run cleaner and better if you take the time to properly seal it. Buy high-temperature sealant such as Permatex HIGH-TEMP Red RTV Silicone Gasket Maker and apply it very sparingly to any metalto- metal surfaces …

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Perfect Tape Hinging

Attach aileron hinge tape to the upper and lower sides of a wing’s hinge joint as follows. Place the wing on the edge of your workbench and, if necessary, secure it to the bench with masking tape. Turn …

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Electrics at the Extremes

A new era of electric flight has arrived. New brushless motors and batteries are coming out of the woodwork—and their promise is immense. Will these eventually replace glow or gas engines? Not a chance. Our love affair with …

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