Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Recent Posts

Building Balsa Wheel Pants

In the January 2008 issue, we looked at a quick and easy way tomake a balsa cowl. Now let’s build a set of wheel pants.Beyond the basic satisfaction of crafting airplane parts out of rawmaterials with your own hands, there are two main reasons to buildthese parts out of balsa: the obvious reason is that there may not be acommercial product available to suit your needs. This is usually thecase with scratch-built projects and often when building from plans.Also, while kits usually have fiberglass or vacuum-formed plastic components,you might want to dress up a more basic model that didn’tinclude such accessories.

Read More »

Spektrum DX7 Review

I hesitate to describe any RC product using that term, but in the case of the new Spektrum DX7, revolutionary is the perfect word to describe a product that has the potential to fundamentally change the world of RC. Some may think I am being overly dramatic, but I suspect that after reading this article, you just might agree with my take on the Spektrum DX7.

Read More »

T-Pin Organizer

Here’s how I organize and store my T-pins. This paperclip organizer keeps the pins from going all over the floor and workbench, makes them easily accessible (especially when sheeting) and is very economical. These can be purchased at …

Read More »

Lithium Charger Leads

A number of the new lithium chargers have banana plug leads to which you solder your connector(s) of choice. Because different lithium packs of different capacities come pre-wired with any of several types of connectors, solder additional connector …

Read More »

Easy Antenna Mount

Radio Shack heat shrink tubing has a glossy surface and can serve as a handy antenna support. Simply mount the tubing (no heat shrinking involved) in the fuselage and slide the antenna through the tubing. This relieves the …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »