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Model Airplane News November 2020

Model Airplane News is the brand that started it all back in 1929, and it remains the trusted resource for RC aircraft enthusiasts everywhere. Written for the full spectrum of RC airplane, helicopter, and multirotor fliers—from beginners to seasoned pros—Model Airplane News entertains and informs with on-the-flight line event coverage, impressive flight techniques, detailed flight reports, DIY workshop projects, and much more.

United States
Air Age Media
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
flight plan

PROJECT SHOW-AND-TELL We love seeing your latest builds in “Pilot Projects,” and it just got easier to share your creation with the rest of our audience. Go to ModelAirplaneNews.com, and click on “Aircraft & Gear” at the top right, under our logo. Drop down to “Pilot Projects,” then to “Submit a Pilot Project.” Fill out the form and upload your photos—up to nine!—and your plane will be featured on the website. Please be sure to upload high-resolution images so we can also showcase your aircraft in print in “Pilot Projects.” A few photo tips that will help make your plane look its best: go outside on a sunny day and shoot the sunny side of your model with the sun to your back. Make sure there isn’t any distracting clutter in…

2 min
pilot projects

A-29 Super Tucano Ricardo Moreira & Francisco Reifschneider, São Paolo, Brazil This 47-inch-span, scratch-built model of the 2003 A-29 Brazilian Air Force plane is powered by a Turnigy 2836 1100kv brushless motor, 9x6 propeller and 2200mAh 3S LiPo. Ricardo (pictured here) writes, “It flies very gently and flight times are 15 minutes or more. Th hand-painted plane has a very realistic appearance and a beautiful finish. Flying it almost fulfills the dream of one day flying inside the real A-29 Brazilian Air Force Smoke Squadron!” Smoothie Perry Bell [email] After building this plane from a Balsa USA kit, Perry mounted an O.S. .55AX engine inverted and added Futaba 3004 servos throughout. His Smoothie is covered in MonoKote, and he used a Cricut machine to design and cut out the graphics. J-3 Cub Matt Morley, White Bear Lake,…

2 min
hobby hacks

Waxed Building Pins I often find that when I am building small stick and tissue models that the pins I use to hold the parts down on the plans get stuck. The CA glue will wick into the wood and joints making the pins very difficult to remove. To solve this problem, I first stick the pins into a candle to cover them with wax before using them to hold the part in place. The wax turns the needles into “no stick” fasteners! Joe Carpino, Hurley, New York Quick Catch-All A good way to keep your workbench clean and organized is to keep the small parts and screws from a specific task, gathered together. Instead of stealing a kitchen container, just use a roll to tape. This saves time during the build as you…

2 min
on the flightline

A FOAMIE FIXATION To say that Bill Yirka of Enid, Oklahoma likes foamboard RC airplanes would be an understatement, as evidenced by this photo of Bill surrounded by 274 of his own designs. Bill tells us he started flying about six years ago, noting, “Unaware of the local club, I learned on my own, which resulted in a depleted checking account and a lot of crumpled parts that once resembled store-bought wings, tails, and fuselages.” Undaunted, Bill persevered with his new hobby. “Low and behold, I stumbled across 4x8-foot sheets of blue insulation foam board at a Lowe’s, and the lights came on. Following 50 or so experiments that briefly flew, I found 30x20-inch sheets of foam board at Dollar Tree and, here we go.” How many planes Bill has built over…

1 min
planting one billion trees with drones

A Canadian drone reforestation company based in Toronto, Flash Forest is using modified drones to fire rapidly germinating tree seeds into the soil. The company has merged technology, software, and ecological science to surpass traditional tree planting efforts, and hopes to rapidly accelerate global reforestation efforts. Flash Forest was started with the goal of offsetting carbon emissions, enough to make a significant and measurable impact on climate change within the next decade. The company wants to offer potential donors a way to contribute to this large-scale environmental solution through an organization they can trust. Working closely with botanists and forestry experts and using multispectral mapping UAV technology to select ideal planting sites, the company also plans to provide valuable follow-up data on ecosystem health and is committed to partnering with local groups,…

2 min
lost and found

Dear Model Airplane News Editors, My name is David Boudreau and I have something you might be interested in for the magazine. I don’t know how many people have ever had this happen in their lifetime. This was quite a surprise to me. I use to build RC planes and sometimes I would never fly them and just take them to the Dupage County Fair Grounds in Illinois and sell them. Loved to build back then. Now it’s kind of a thing of the past. The Piper Cherokee I built I did fly for two years before selling it in 1986—never thinking that it would show up again in my lifetime. I built this Great Planes RC model Cherokee powered by a K&B 40 in 1984 to look like the real 1969…