Rubbing_alcohol

GLOW FUEL RESIDUE REMOVER

A really cheap solution is isopropyl rubbing alcohol 70%. You can get a nice size bottle for $1.00 at the Dollar Store. It dries super fast and leaves no residue. I keep a small spray bottle in my flight box with a roll of paper towels. I found it does no damage to the Monokote but I have not tested it on over surfaces. … [Read More...]

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PREVENT CA HINGES FROM PULLING OUT

If you like using CA hinges then this is a must do. After installing your CA hinge locate the center of each side on the hinge (the part inserted into the wood) and drill a very small hole the size of a toothpick. Now take a toothpick and push it through the hole until it comes out the other side. Break off and sand each end smooth and add a drop of CA glue to each side and sand again once the … [Read More...]

Nitro Fuel

HOW LONG CAN I STORE OPENED AND UNOPENED FUEL?

How long can I store opened and unopened fuel? Once you open your fuel it will be exposed to air which contains moisture. Sunlight and water is your fuel's arch enemy, the more frequently or the longer it is left open the quicker it will go bad. We recommend you to use all your open bottles of fuel in one season, then make sure your properly discard any fuel left over. Fuel that is unopened … [Read More...]

Glue Stick

SMALL PIECES IN TIGHT PLACES

I have been using this neat trick now for some time. When you have small parts that need to go in tight places just rub some glue on your finger from a glue stick. Then touch the small part and place it were it goes. … [Read More...]

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AMA BENEFITS THAT MATTER THE MOST

Here are just a few important reasons to join the AMA before you start to fly. Liability Coverage for the Operation of Model Aircraft, Boats, Cars, and Rockets $2,500,000 Comprehensive General Liability Protection for model activities for members, clubs, site owners, and sponsors … [Read More...]

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CUT OUT YOUR OWN GASKETS

Gaskets To run correctly, 2 cycle engines require a perfect seal in certain areas. Most companies use a gasket to make sure it’s air tight. Sometimes rubber O-rings, aluminum, brass shims or Mylar type paper is used. You should be able to purchase replacement gaskets from the engines manufacturer. If for some reason they have been discontinued or you are in need of one quickly, you should … [Read More...]

Types of airplane engines

TYPES OF MODEL AIRPLANES ENGINES USED TODAY

Two-Cycle Glow 2-stroke airplane engines are the most popular and produce more power for their size and easier to maintain. They are also less expensive of all the engines on the market today. The majority of gas models are using a 2-cycle glow stroke engines. … [Read More...]

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BATTERIES

Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) is a very well-known rechargeable battery technology, used in electronic equipment.  It is also known by its famous memory effect, which makes this kind of battery lose its charge quicker when it is old than when brand new. This article will explain more in depth how NiCad batteries work what is the memory effect how it happens and how to prevent it. NiCad batteries are … [Read More...]

Titebond III

GLUE GUIDE

What is the best glue to use for building balsa wood model airplanes? There is no simple answer to this question as each has features that make it best for each application. The most popular glue in use today is Cyanoacrylates also known as CA. When I first started building with my Dad in the 70’s we used old fashion Elmer’s White Glue and epoxy and it worked great.  As I got older and … [Read More...]

Servos

SELECTING THE CORRECT SERVO

Servos have a number of defining properties that make them suitable for different applications: Torque is a measurement of the servos strength, how much pull or push it has. Torque is the product of force and the radius at which it acts. Larger planes need higher torque servos to move larger control surfaces. Servo size goes up with rated torque. Dimensions depend on your application servos … [Read More...]