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Get Organized with PVC

As our shops and hangars fill up with projects and completed air- frames we often find ourselves tripping over our planes. You might even find yourself doing more repairs from hangar rash rather than dumb thumbs.

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Build a Custom Battery Tray

I was asked by a fellow RC’er to assemble his 3W Extra 330. Being an accomplished modeler with enough experience that I actually feel old when I think of it ... I was more than happy to oblige. This particular 3W is a fiberglass fuselage with foam core wings and tail. The plane had a high level of completion, was covered, painted, canopy and cowl installed.

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Re-Hinge your Foamie

So, we’ve all crashed, right? I mean, at some point or another, you’re going to need a few skills under your belt for refurbing your foam model to get it back into the air as quickly as possible. On the contrary, however, my Twisted Hobbys Crack Turbo Beaver suffered an even worse mishap. It was beaten up pretty bad

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Remove labels from metal bars

Building model aircraft often involves the use of metal bars and tubes of various sizes and shapes. A common use of metal bars that comes to mind is in making landing gear struts, which are often constructed of 1/8-inch thick aluminum bar stock.

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Which Way To Go Gas Or Glow?

With seemingly hordes of electric powered model aircraft filling the skies there are many who feel an airplane is only truly an airplane if it is powered by an internal combustion (IC) engine. Indeed the sound of a well-tuned four stroke echoing through the skies on a clear fall day has an allure all its own.

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Castle Creations Upgrade for 50mm EDF Jets!

    EDF jet loving pilots who like to go fast don’t always have to spend an arm and a leg to do so. Sky Angel has been producing a series of foam composition 50mm jets for several …

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Smart Radio Programming

This is a back to basics walk through radio setup for primary flight controls. The P-51 has ten servos installed in total. The receiver that comes with the DX18 is a nine channel receiver which was installed in the plane. With that being said one “Y” harness will be required for the radio installation because of the lack of receiver channels.

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Low Hassle Fiber-Glassing With Eze-Kote

For decades experienced RC model air-plane builders, especially scale builders, have relied on fiberglass as a tough, easy-to-apply balsa covering material that resists dings and scratches and will accept most paints.

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Crossover Tips & Tricks

At the risk of sounding too cliché, getting older really does make you wiser. Honestly, it’s a matter of experience. Over the years I have made so many mistakes and wasted so much time and money that I was finally forced to find solutions to my modeling concerns. Now, while much of what follows is what I personally discovered

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Scaling Out The Atomik RC/Sonic Modell B-17 Pt. 1

Recently I devoted several weeks of workshop time to determine just how far I could go with fiberglass-and- paint resurfacing and refinishing of a typical large foam/ARF electric powered RC scale warbird…in this case the 61” wingspan J-Power P-51-D available from Atomik RC.

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Cut A Perfect Cowl

Everyone knows that the “A” in ARF stands for “Almost”. For some kits, that can be a pretty big “A”! While the majority of ARF’s have most of the major components built, there are significant variations in the amount of time and skill required to finish them well. There is also the issue of instruction manuals being, shall we say, “loosely” translated Chinese building instructions.

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Thermals 101

The one constant question that is asked about sailplane flying is how do you know when you have found a thermal or lift? I’m going to explain that process for you, but first, what is a thermal?

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Conceal Control Horns And Pushrods

In the world of RC scale model airplane building, one of the trickiest problems is how to “hide” external pushrods and control horns inside wing surfaces. With tail control surfaces these devices can normally be concealed within the fuselage. But on wings, which are often very thin, the problem is far more difficult.

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