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Adjustment of Rubber Powered Flying Models
Rubber Powered Models: Adjustment of rubber powered models

This article is from the 1952 Air Trails magazine. We suggest you print yourself a hard copy of this outstanding article and illustrations so you can refer to it whenever you are trimming out your plane.

Anatomy of a Plane

A great diagram showing the parts of a typical monoplane.

Beginners: What's a good kit for a beginner?

A must read if you are new to balsa model building, here is Dave's list of 15 kits that are quickly built and easily flown.

Canopies: Forming & Installing Windshields & Canopies


General Model Building Tips

Lots of building tips for beginners.

Glue Tutorial

Information on what glue to use whilst model building.

Jet: A catapult designed for launching jet models


Jimmie Allen: A Story About Jimmy Allen Models


Lights: Creating Realistic Navigation Lights


MagnaBoard™ Review


Moses Magnets: Dave's Notes on How to Pick & Install Moses Magnets


Motors: Making a Rubber Motor


Nose Block: Making a Removable Nose Block & Motor Peg


Recipes: from the Easy Built Kitchen.

Food to fuel the model enthusiast.

Tissue: Techniques & Tips for Covering Models


Tissue: Chalking Tissue Tutorial

For builder's who would prefer to color their own tissue.

Tissue: Applying Tissue for a Seamless Finish

Tom Hallman reveals his secret to a perfect tissue covering.

Tissue: Determining Grain in Tissue


Tissue: Applying Easy Built Lite SILVER Tissue


TissueCal™ Markings: Application Instructions


TissueCal™ Markings: Full list of available markings.

Custom markings available. Contact Dave for pricing and availablity.

Wheels: Making Scale Spoked Wheels for Display Models

How-to make your own spoked wheels.

Building Notes for Specific Kits

Kit D07: Construction Notes for Kit D07 Hampden Bomber

Kit D08: Construction Notes for Kit D08 Bristol Beaufighter
Extensive notes and photos to guide you through the building process for this beautiful but deadly long-range fighter.

Kit D09: Construction Notes for Kit D09 Silver Dart
Brief write-up and photos to help you build your Silver Dart.

Kit D10LC: Construction Notes for the Wright Flyer I

Kit D10: more construction notes for the Wright Flyer I

Kit D12: Construction Notes for Kit D12 Etrich Taube
For builder's needing extra help building and detailing their Taube model, very specific instructions can be found here.

Kit ERC01: Construction Notes for Kit ERC01 Beaver Using Glow Power

Kit ERC01: Construction Notes for Kit ERC01 Beaver Using Electric Power

Kit ERC19: Construction Notes for Kit ERC19 WACO

Kit FF01: Variations in Construction for Kit FF01 Ritz

Kit FF01: more variations for the Ritz

Kit FF06: Electric R/C Conversion for kit FF06 Fairchild PT-19

Kit FF11: Electric R/C Conversion for kit FF11 Miss Canada Senior

Kit FF11: Electric R/C Conversion for kit FF11 Miss Canada Senior, article 2

Kit FF11: Making a DT for your Miss Canada Senior

Kit FF18: Construction Notes for Kit FF18 Ryan Sport Trainer

Kit FF28: Construction Notes for Kit FF28 Messerschmitt Bf 109

Kit FF47: Construction Notes for Kit FF47 Howard DGA-9
Need inspiration and more how-to details? Read the construction notes of Malcolm Campbell. He built his model for display, not flying, so keep that in mind when deciding how much detail to put into your plane.

Kit FF54: Electric R/C Conversion for kit FF54 Fairchild Ranger
Step-by-step photos tell the story of this conversion.

Kit FF56: Electric R/C Conversion Curtiss Tomahawk P-40
Lots of photos tell the story of the building of this beautifully constructed electric version of the P40.

Kit FF57: Building Notes

Kit FF57: Construction Notes for Kit FF57 Hawker Hurricane built as a display model.

Kit FF57: Construction Photos for a modified version of Kit FF57 Hawker Hurricane

Kit FF58: Electric R/C Conversion for kit FF58 Westland Lysander
Lots and lots of photos will guide you through the process.

Kit FF59: Gasoline Conversion of Kit FF59 Royal Aircraft Factory SE5 to O.S. .20 Four-Stroke Engine
A very successful and frequently converted jumbo size aircraft.

Kit FFP02: Construction Notes for Model Craft Wasp

Kit FFP03: Construction Notes for Kit FFP03 Model Craft Commando
A ship load of photos accompanied by pithy commentary will guide you through the construction of this high flying aircraft.

Kit JX02: Rubber Powered Conversion of Kit JX02 MiG 15. If you want to convert your jet to rubber powered flight, read Matthew Payne's detailed notes and diagrams of his very successful conversion. Flies great!

Other Internet Resources:

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) find out what model clubs are near your home where you can learn to build and fly. Some of the nicest people you're ever gonna meet. Join today! http://www.modelaircraft.org/
The Flying Aces Club publishes a monthly newsletter that is read by free flight rubber power enthusiasts around the world. They are also a great bunch of guys to go flying with. So if you live in or are visiting the Erie, Pennsylvania area you are invited to join them. To subscribe to their newsletter just email newsletter editor to request subscription information.

Mike's Flying Scale Model Pages Never built a balsa airplane? Need a refresher in model building? Then learn from one of the best, Mike Stuart in Britain. Step-by-step instructions and dozens of photos about how to build a scale model airplane.

Free Flight Cook-Up Group and the Dime Scale Group run by John Ernst. It's a great way to network with other model builders and get building and flying help when needed. Got a building question we couldn't answer? Join these groups and post your questions.

We invite you to submit a tip or tutorial to our web site. Please keep in mind that only relevant information will be posted. Please do not change the subject heading for the email. This will help us rescue your email if it ends up in our spam folder.

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Building Set for Rubber Power

Building Set for Rubber Power

Includes a soft grip knife, 5 blades, straight point tweezers, 5.5" x 9" Self Healing Cutting Mat, Jet Instant glue, Jet Super glue, Jet Tips, Uhu glue stick, Sobo canopy glue, MagnaBoard XL™ set, Minus Magnets 20 pack, and Rubber Powered Model Airplanes book. Save 20% off individually priced items.

item B329 Price: $78.15
Building Set

Building Set

Excludes the book on rubber power and the Uhu stick. Includes a soft grip knife, 5 blades, straight point tweezers, 5.5" x 9" Self Healing Cutting Mat, Jet Instant glue, Jet Super glue, Jet Tips, Sobo canopy glue, MagnaBoard XL™ set, and Minus Magnets 20 pack. Save 20% off individually priced items.

item B332 Price: $64.95
Advanced Tool Set

Advanced Tool Set

Includes Sanding Stick with 120, 240, 320, 400, and 600 grit belts, Pull Saw Blade, K5 Heavy Duty Knife with beveled blade, Narrow Keyhole Saw Blades 5 pack, Curved Tip Tweezers, 1/16" Ball Tip Burnisher, Jewelers Needle Point Awl, Steel Ruler 6" x 1" with drill gauge, 15 piece drill set (1.05mm - 2mm). Save 15% off individually priced items.

item B330 Price: $43.08
Flight Pack for Rubber Power

Flight Pack for Rubber Power

Includes a 10:1 winder, moldable nose weight, FAI SuperSport rubber 32 feet each 3/32", 1/8", and 3/16" and 32 feet EBM 1/16" rubber. Save 25% off individually priced items.

item B331 Price: $29.95


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