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How To Land Your R/C Model Airplane

Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, How To Guides - Basic, Tips and Tricks
  • There's a saying in the world of flight:  Takeoffs are optional.  Landings are mandatory. Indeed, once you are airborne, the only mandatory part of your flight is the landing (hopefully successfully and in one piece).  I've always said a bad landing can ruin a good flight.  Executing a great landing isn't only a good way to keep your aircraft and it's landing gear happy, it's immensely rewarding and a great way to end a nice flight. So today I am going to walk you through the secrets to execute a successful landing.  For simplicity sake I will use a high wing...

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    Things You Might Not Be Doing (But Should)

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, Tips and Tricks
  • Whether you are just getting started in the hobby or have been flying R/C models for years there's always good practices, tips and tricks that come along that are worth knowing about and utilizing in your every day processes and procedures.  Here are a few to consider.  I will add more tips and tricks to this article as time passes.  Balancing Your Propeller Consider this in the "mandatory" category.  Not everyone balances their propellers but they should be.  While some come from the factory already balanced, most are not and require balancing to avoid excessive vibration in flight.  An unbalanced propeller can lead...

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    New To R/C Flight? It's All About The Stick Inputs

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides
  • When you are new to the hobby of R/C flight, there are several things you will eventually need to learn to grow in the hobby.  Today I am going to focus on one of the most important elements of flying successfully. Stick Input/Control. One of the most common things newcomers to flight think is to assume in order to properly control your aircraft (whether it's learning to fly a full scale or R/C model), you must move the stick (or yoke) in wide strokes.  This is called over-controlling, and it's quite common at first. However, you will quickly learn that an aircraft...

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    How To Find Out The Scale Of Your RC Model

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: How To Guides - Basic, Tips and Tricks
  • There are times when you need to find out what the scale of your model is.  For myself, often times I am wanting to replace the stock pilot but it doesn't do me much good if I don't know the scale of my model.  Below you will find a simple three step method that will supply you with your answer so you can make the right choices for your model. I acquired a Fly Fly ASW 28 and wanted to find a nice scale civilian pilot for it.  The scale was never listed anywhere that I could find online so...

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    Balancing Your Low Wing Warbird With Retractable Gear

    Posted by Motion RC on |

  • Category: How To Guides - Basic, Tips and Tricks
  • There's two schools of thought for correctly balancing your warbird's Center of Gravity when it comes to low wing models with retractable landing gear. Do I balance with the gear up or gear down? Do I balance upside down or right side up? Let's tackle gear up or down first. If you spend some time researching the topic online you will find fair points for either side of the argument.  The positive of balancing with gear up is that you're choosing to balance your model in its normal flying configuration.   The positive of balancing with the gear down is that you're balancing...

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    Don't Like The Paint Scheme? How To Paint The New Livery You Want

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: How To Guide - Intermediate, Tips and Tricks
  • I am not a builder.  Oh sure I can slap a Plug-N-Play together with the best of them but when it comes to any kind of significant build from a kit or ARF, I lack the tools, space, patience, mechanical and engineering prowess many folks display in this hobby.   One thing I do love to do is paint. Not liking or even passing on a model simply because of the paint scheme has never been a problem for me.  My dad fixed and painted cars for a living so I grew up loving to watch a car come into...

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