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WING TIPS: “Blind” Transmitter Knob


I like to use flaperons or spoilers on my models but don’t like to look away while flying to see if I have the correct knob or to check its position. My transmitter has a dial for channel six, and it is very tough to know where it is set without looking. To solve this dilemma, I installed a 2-56 socket head cap screw on the top of the knob. ... Read More »

WING TIPS: Easy Alignment For Mounting Fins


I often read about using triangles or squares to align the fin while gluing it in place. What I’ve never seen is how to get around the contours of the fuselage or prevent glue from squeezing out. I glued pieces of spruce on the vertical faces of two lightweight plastic speed squares. The wide bases let them stand upright on the horizontal stab and the ... Read More »

WING TIPS: No More Glue Drips


Whenever you are using epoxy for assembling large sections of a model, like joining the horizontal tail to the fuselage, put some low tack masking tape on each side of the joint. Wipe up the epoxy that squeezes out with denatured alcohol. If any more leaks out, it will end up on the tape. When you remove the tape, the original surface will be blemish free. Henry and ... Read More »

WING TIPS: Lightweight Switches


I have used dress snaps as lightweight switches for many years. By soldering a wire to the rim of each half, you only have to press the two parts together to get a problem-free connection. You can attach one side to the model, or let both sides swing free. The sewing area in any department store will carry a number of sizes. Roger Claude, Show Low, ... Read More »

WING TIPS: Stop That Roll

Wing Tips: Stop That Roll

The classic technique to keep your modeling knife from rolling off your bench is to use the triangular “pen grips” available at most office supply stores. Unfortunately, that won’t help you late at night when you have a sudden urge for safety. In that case, secure a zip-tie firmly on the handle. The locking block will stop it from rolling ... Read More »

WING TIPS: Cleaner Servo Cutouts


When cutting out the sections of covering for the fitment of your servos, instead of cutting a rectangle shape to match the servo, cut a simple X instead and then slide the servo into the servo bay. As you push the servo into the fuselage or wing, the fabric goes with it and gets pushed neatly inside with the back of the servo, leaving no nasty fabric edges where you have cut the rectangle area out. Read More »

WING TIPS: EZ Transmitter Case


Most new RC transmitters are delivered in a cardboard box with a form-fitting foam insert. I throw away the box and make an easy transmitter case using the insert. Just fasten plastic packing or duct tape all the way across one end for a hinge. Then using white glue, epoxy or foam-safe ca, fasten a length of hook and loop ... Read More »

WING TIPS: Save That Paint


Need to mix up that perfect batch of paint, thinned just so for your brush or next air brush job? Or perhaps now that the model is finished you want to store any leftover for future touch ups in case of hanger rash or that not-quite-perfect landing? Save your plastic prescription bottles with the screw-on child-proof tops. They make a ... Read More »

WING TIPS: Balancing Foamies


Recently I had to balance a foamie glider. Taping lead or coins to the plane always looks a bit crude. This time I balanced the plane using the tape method, but then took it a little farther. When I had it perfect I marked the location and removed the tape. I then took a soldering iron and heated the coins ... Read More »