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Add Flaps to your Foam Warbird

Kick your foam warbird up a notch by adding fl*ps! The techniques shown here upgrade a P-47 Thunderbolt that has optional functional fl*ps (an upgrade available on many small electrics). The flap outlines are already molded into the wing so it’s easy to figure out where the fl*ps belong. Here’s how to install them: YOU’LL NEED: The first thing to do is to collect the required gear and materials. Two micro servos $5 worth of hardware to make the pushrod linkages, clevises and control horns

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JetMen Flies with Full-Size Jets!

Ever wanted to fly like a bird? Check out these JetMen, three of them fly formation with full size jets. The ultimate “Open c*ckpit” Flight! The post JetMen Flies with Full-Size Jets! appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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Chuck Hamilton’s SBD Dive-Bomber

Chuck Hamilton from Bremen, IN is a Top Gun Scale competitor and has built amazing scale aircraft. One of his successful compet*tion warbirds is his beautiful SDB-3 Dauntless. In some way, every model he has built ties to his father, and this Ziroli designed Douglas SDB-3 Dauntless is no exception. He and his father, Lloyd Hamilton, were at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo in Michigan when they brought in the original aircraft that this model is based on. While looking over the newly acquired SBD, which

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8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day

From its Civil War origins to its modern-day traditions, find out more about America’s most solemn holiday. Credit Barabara Maranzani, https://www.history.com/ Memorial Day and its traditions may have ancient roots. While the first commemorative Memorial Day events weren’t held in the United States until the late 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (in

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AMA Campground Reopening and Policies

In coordination with the state of Indiana, AMA’s campground is scheduled to open on May 22. Since the museum and AMA headquarters will be remain closed to the public and members, we will be managing camping through phone-in registration. During normal business hours call 765-287-1256, ext. 261 prior to your arrival. Payment should be made in advance. You will be assigned a camping spot (no switching) If arriving after normal business hours, up until 7 p.m. and no earlier 9 a.m., please call

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AMA Remembers President Emeritus Robert L. “Bob” Brown

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) remembers President Emeritus Robert L. “Bob” Brown for his deep love for model aviation, as well as his many contributions and service to AMA. Bob sadly passed away after a brief illness on May 14, 2020.       “Bob’s contributions to AMA and the model aviation community are many and span his entire adult life. He served this community tirelessly, advocating for the hobby he loved dearly,” said Rich Hanson, president of AMA. “Words cannot express our gratitu

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Storing Large Models

Models airplanes are graceful in the air, but often can be clunky, bulky, and hard to handle on the ground. These characteristics make finding a m*thod of storing a large number of them rather difficult, especially when preservation needs, som*thing such as protecting them from light, dust, pests, and bad handling come into play.  At the National Model Aviation Museum, we’ve utilized our ceiling as a storage space, hanging models in custom–made bridles. Heavier, larger models find homes on sh

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DIY Micro RC Flyer – Quarter Stick

This fun, easy to build front yard flyer is designed by Tim Bailiff, (Photos by Maggie Madril.) Ever since I was young, I have been drawn to small model airplanes. While my friends built big, I always built small. In those days my airplanes could best be described as smallish. However now, with brushless and coreless electric motors, modern batteries and micro-electronics, truly small (micro) airplanes are a reality! My goal was to keep it small, interesting and scale. Did I say scale? Well, y

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What to Expect at AMA Jr. Camp

The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ Education department is pleased to present AMA Jr. Camp this year! In lieu of an in-person experience, the AMA Jr. Camp will be fully virtual, and lessons will cater to youth ages 5–12 to provide a fun and educational introduction to the concepts of aviation. In the afternoons, we will host conversations with aviation professionals who have a passion for model aviation. These conversations will be open to everyone and will be som*thing people of all ages won’t w

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AMA Air – Season 6 Episode 10 – LIVE – May 15th, 2020

Matt and Claire are streaming LIVE on this episode of AMA Air on Friday, May 15th at 2 p.m. EDT. CLICK HERE to go to YouTube and set a reminder to watch LIVE! Featuring the latest updates for Camp AMA, I Fly AMA announcements, and a guest appearance by Model Aviation and Park Pilot Executive Editor Jay Smith to discuss the June Digital Edition! LINKS from the episode: https://www.modelaviation.com/digital https://www.amaflightschool.org/campama https://www.facebook.com/groups/iflyama https

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AMA Jr. Camp

The in-person Camp AMA 2020 Experience has changed from an in-person gathering to a virtual experience this year. We’re calling it the “AMA Jr. Camp.”  This will be a fun, preparatory course for youth ages 5-12, to learn model aviation fundamentals that will help to prepare them for advanced aeromodeling opportunities in the future.  Virtual camp will take place July 6-10, 2020. Participation is completely free and many of the activities can be done using items that most homes will have on han

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RC Model Workshop Tips

We have the best readers, and we love your unique ways of making building and assembling RC planes easier. Here are a few of our favorites; bet you’ll use at least one on your next project! (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com!)   CLEAR GLUE TO THE RESCUE Sometimes a hard landing means you’ll need to repair your indoor flier. For models that have plastic struts and other fine attachment points, Bob Smith Industries’ Foam-Cure is an ideal repair adhesive. Squeeze out some

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Flight Technique: Cobra with 1/2 Rolls

If you follow full-scale aerobatics, there is another maneuver that goes by a similar name, but it is called the Pugachev Cobra. The Pugachev Cobra shows post-stall maneuvering as it displays an abrupt pitch change and a high angle of attack. The Pugachev Cobra is very similar to the common “3D” maneuver, the “Wall,” where the model will transition abruptly from horizontal upright level flight to a vertical situation instantly with a hard pull on the elevator control surface. However, unlike the

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Let’s Build: Mulitrotors

Mark your calendars, set that reminder or click that notification. Let’s build multirotors! Join AMA’s Digital Experience Lead and Executive Producer of AMA Air, Dillon Carpenter, live Tuesday, May 12 at 2 p.m., as he builds out a ReadyMade RC Strix Screech multirotor frame. Learn the basics of soldering, programming, and some electrical engineering on this multi-part series. Follow along and chat with Dillon on YouTube or Facebook. #amabuild View the full article

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Model Airplane News 7 QUICK WORKSHOP TIPS

MAN contributors and readers are a clever bunch, and they’re always coming up with easier, more efficient ways to build and set up airplanes. Here are 7 workshop tips that we think you’ll enjoy using. Have a tip of your own you’d like to share? Send us an email at MAN@airage.com.   Simple Pushrod Guide You may not always want to install a servo to operate the choke on a gasoline engine; in fact, many times you may rather have a manual choke. The issue becomes controlling the push/pullrod’s lo

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Blue Angels and Thunderbirds Fly Together

The US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds performed a very rare joint flyover above New York City, Trenton, Newark, and Philadelphia on April 28, 2020 to honor health care and essential workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The teams departed from NAS Pensacola in Florida and were refueling mid-flight by four KC-10 Extenders before returning back to Pensacola. Flyovers will continue around the country under the name Operation America Strong. Video and photos courtesy of: Lt. Cmdr.

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Making Strong Wood Splices

I was sitting under a shade tent at a giant-scale fun fly recently when someone asked me where I got the longer-than-standard-size materials I use to build my big airplanes. I didn’t know what the fellow meant. He told me that his local hobby shop carried only 36-inch lengths of balsa and spruce, and that 48-inch-long sticks were available only by special order. I said that I regularly splice my stringers and spars and think nothing of it. “But how do you do it safely?” he asked. These tips sho

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AMA Air – Season 6 Episode 9 – LIVE – May 1st, 2020

We are going LIVE on Facebook and YouTube for another episode of AMA Air. Come find out the latest updates for the Outdoor Nats, discover some exciting changes to Camp AMA 2020, and learn how you can relive #AMAExpo! LINKS from the Episode: http://www.modelaviation.com/brodak-flyin-2018 http://www.modelaircraft.org/nats http://www.modelaircraft.org/together http://www.modelaircraft.org/tag http://www.modelaircraft.org/site-grant http://www.facebook.com/groups/iflyama http://www.amafl

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The Academy of Model Aeronautics is Hiring!

We currently have open positions available with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in Muncie, Indiana. If you are interested in applying, please visit www.modelaircraft.org/employment or email your résumé Human Resources Director April Johnson at aprilj@modelaircraft.org.  Foundation Director (reports to the AMA Executive Director) Actively collaborate with the Foundation Board of Directors and AMA Executive Director to implement, perform, and evaluate fundraising and philanthropic efforts

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A Tribute to All

An awesome flyover happened today in the Tri-State area! The US Navy Blue Angels and the USAF Thunderbirds flew over parts of NYC, NJ, Long Island, and Westchester county. The featured photo shown was in Bay Ridge. A Big Thank You to the pilots and to all who made this happen. Thank you for your service! The post A Tribute to All appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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John Brodak: U.S. Veteran and Entrepreneur

John G. Brodak, 81, of Carmichaels, PA., passed away on Sat*rday, April 25, 2020 after a lengthy illness. He was born April 1, 1939 in Fairmont, W. Va., a son of the late Joseph G. and Valeria B. (Batis) Brodak. At the age of 13, he began working in his parent’s grocery store and in 1955, he joined the Pennsylvania National Guard. That year, John opened a hobby shop as his first business. In 1958, he became a certified electrician and also worked as a disc jockey with the name of “Johnny Lee”. I

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