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We love hearing from our readers.
Your emails, tweets, and comments
let us know what you’d like to see
more (or less!) of in our upcoming
issues and online. Here’s what some
of you are saying about Electric Flight
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Facebook Flying with Flaps
Since most full-size aircraft use flaps, many of
our scale models also require them for true scale
operation and function. A scale model with flaps
fully deployed is a cool sight. If you have never flown
a model with them, there are a few things to know
about. We posted this great how-to article explaining
the basics setup and functions, and you all had a lot
to say. Here are just some of your comments.
AB: I’ve been flying aerobatic planes for a while
now, and I just got a Super Cub with flaps. I am
now practicing my short takeoffs and landings.
This article helped a lot.
CE: I enjoy scale models, but I also have a Super
Stick; it has flaps and ailerons that I mix to work
together for flaperons. Lots of fun.
RB: Elevator-to-flap mix can also be done, and it
doesn’t require the servo speed reducer to be
used. Granted, slower servo speed can be more
BB: The old analog controllers had a slider bar
channel—better for flap tweaking.
ModelAirplaneNews.com Three-Panel Windshield Frames
There are always new ways
to improve the looks of older
airplanes. Those old ratty, worn-out clear plastic windshields can
really downgrade your model’s
looks. We posted this how-to for
duplicating the framework using
fiberglass sheet material and
basic hand tools that is ideal for
all open-cockpit biplanes and
other planes with three-panel
windshields. Here are some of
Billy Thompson: Thanks for the article. This is really detailed, and I love that
you made it so easy using hand tools.
Jim Main: I wanted to do this exact thing to my old Fly Baby. I was using
.020 aluminum, but it turned out wavy. I will use the G- 10 material you use.
Danny Steward: Gerry, your how-to articles are the best. You make me feel like
I can do anything. Here’s hoping.
Gary Gentile: I just finished an electric-powered Ziroli Stearman, like the one
you used in your post. I have an order for G- 10 already sent! Thanks.
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Giant Gotha Bomber
I went to the Old Rhinebeck Jamboree last year and
watched Greg Hahn fly his big German Gotha bomber.
It was amazing, and I have always wanted to build
an electric-powered one, although not as big as
Greg’s. I haven’t seen anything in print since about his
gigantic biplane bomber. Would you have any additional
information? Thanks for your help.—George Lowe
Hi George, thanks for writing. We too were at the 50th annual
Jamboree at the aerodrome and agree that Greg’s Gotha was
impressive indeed. Our coverage of the Jamboree was in the
February 2017 issue of our sibling publication Model Airplane
News, and it features a great photo of Greg’s 1/4-scale Gotha. Greg
scratch-built the 14-foot-span, 10-foot-long plane from his own
plans, and he powers it with gas engines. All the controls are scale
with cable controls. It drops up to 10 bombs, and he even had a
video camera onboard to shoot aerial footage over the aerodrome.
Greg also won the Best in Show award with his impressive Gotha.
Good luck with your electric version, and please let us know if you
ever build it.—GY