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An Era of Firsts

It is an amazing juncture in aviation history—December 17, 2003 is the centennial of the first powered flight by the Wright brothers. The great revolution they began at Kitty Hawk, NC continues to this day. Since their first …

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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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So You Want to Learn to Fly an Airplane While Keeping Your Feet on the Ground?

I'll start out with the one piece of advice that will help the most: work with an instructor. Most model plane clubs are full of people who are happy to take the time to teach you to fly. Our club will help anybody who just shows up at our flying site; we even have a plane for them to learn on.

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Hovering Explained!

I am really glad to be writing this new column and especially to be a contributor to Fly RC Magazine! This magazine is going to be the place to discover and learn about the best and coolest gear, …

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Snapshot – October 2003

Tony Yap of Danbury, CT rocks and rolls his gorgeous Excel Fury. His backwards 3D routine has to be seen to be believed! Photo by Walter Sidas Email your high-res SNAPSHOT to editors@flyrcmag.com, and send a note describing …

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Ascending Flat Spins?

IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, a submarine is a true flying machine, not a boat. Like an airplane or blimp, a submarine can explore its environment in 3 dimensions, flying the same way “flightless” penguins soar through the …

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