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like to see more (or less!) of in our upcoming
issues and online. Here’s what some of you are
saying about Electric Flight magazine.
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Facebook › Indoor Airliner
Created by Airstage, a German company that specializes in construction
and operation of RC ultralight flying models, this massive RC Airbus
A320 airliner has a wingspan just shy of 16 feet but has a flying weight
of less than a pound! As you can see, it flies slowly enough that it is
being demo-flown indoors at a German trade show, and it makes quite
an impression—complete with onboard jet-airplane-engine sound
e;ects. ;is minimal-weight Airbus owes its incredibly light wing loading
to its fuselage, which is a helium-filled balloon. ;e wings are made
out of lightweight Depron foam, and it has carbon-fiber reinforcement
rods for strength that pass through the fuselage, supporting both
wing panels. ;e Airbus has a full-house setup with throttles, rudder,
elevators, and ailerons for control. ;ere are two very small motors and
propellers (impellers?) in the formed foam engine nacelles. ;anks to RC
RC RC!!! for posting the video.
HS: Very cool—but so
much for not flying over
built-up areas and people.
JW: Where can you get it,
and how much does it
KC: Looks like a nerve-racking place to fly.
ModelAirplaneNews.com › Painting Tips
When you’re building models that have formed plastic or fiberglass parts,
such as cowls, wingtips, or wheel pants, you’re faced with the additional
task of painting the parts to match the rest of your model. Spray painting
with rattle cans is a convenient way to finish those formed parts, but you
need to do It right to avoid runs and other surface defects. We posted a
great how-to article demonstrating foolproof techniques, and you had
lots to say. Here are just a few of your comments.
Edward Dee: I have used rubber gloves in the past to keep me from
leaving fingerprints behind.
D. Mitchell: Very
informative. I have
always sprayed too
much, and the paint
would run; I would
have to sand and
start over. ;anks.
Phil Hultin: I always
seem to have
“orange peel” when
I use rattle cans.
I’ve tried a bunch of
di;erent techniques, used very light coats, and sprayed at warmer or
cooler temperatures. But I never seem to get that glassy-smooth result.
Matt Chapman: Try warming the spray cans under some hot tap water
for a few minutes. ;is will help reduce orange peel, and you’ll see the
paint flow much better when the paint is warmed.
U In Our Inbox › Cessna 172
Hi, I am a longtime reader, and I just love all of your construction articles.
I especially liked the gallery you published in the March issue, showing
some of Mark
and racers. I started
flying several years
ago, and my dad and
I owned a well-used
second- (or third-)
hand Cessna 172
Skyhawk for years.
I have been on the
hunt for a set of
plans (or a kit) for
an RC 172 but just
cannot find one.
Might you know of a source? ;anks again for a great magazine.
—Paul Russo, Johnstown, NY
Paul, thanks for being a reader; we are always happy to hear from our
readers. As for plans for a Cessna 172, you are in luck. Our longtime
contributor and RC airplane designer Pat Tritle just submitted a
construction article for the Skyhawk. It is a great-looking airplane, and
as with all his designs, it has stick-and-former construction and is easy
to build. And it has very pilot-friendly flight characteristics. Of course, it
is electric power. We have it scheduled for the April issue of our sibling
publication Model Airplane News, which will be on sale February 7, so be
sure to keep an eye open for this impressive construction article. I am
sure you will love it.—G Y
IBE: Indoor flying has
gone a long way since
my son Mike and I used
to do it about 20 years ago.
FS: Where can I get one
TP: I bet that really has a
low crosswind capability!