When trimming one's airplane, it is extremely important to correctly set up the right thrust, so it will be ready for takeoff. The attitude adjustment is also a factor that is important for takeoff. This article explains several problems that can arise when trimming your plane, as well as solutions to help your plane fly safely.

Trimming for directional controllability allows for the model to not be cross-trimmed and to fly straight at all speeds. It also causes the plane to achieve predictable aileron response at these speeds. Atfer trimming is completed, your model will have balanced wings that will allow your plane to fly straight!

Aileron hinge-line leakage can cause many problems when flying a model. It causes loss of lift, adverse yaw and hampers roll control. This article explains how to seal the hinge gaps to prevent these issues.

This group project uses model aviation as a tool to inspire creativity and demonstrate the processes by which ideas become reality. It teaches the fundamentals of aerodynamics, aircraft design, construction and basic RC power/control systems. You will need the assistance of someone who is familiar with building model aircraft.

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to get back to the workshop and make some progress on that new building project you’ve been planning for a while. Sure, there are a lot of great ARFs out there these days, but have you ever considered the possibility of actually cutting wood and building a model of your own?

The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ Greg Hahn shares how to apply fiberglass to a model. He discusses the appropriate tools, preparation work and the proper technique to apply fiberglass.

Creating gliders from only foam plates and plastic straws held together with masking tape.

You can learn a lot from watching what happens at the flying field on a Sunday afternoon and even more from the beginners. You learn what the basic flying skills really are and, most importantly, you see the beginners struggling with their trainers’ shortcomings.

Learning to cover a model is a skill that anyone can learn. The results can be very rewarding, giving your model that custom look that will set it apart at the flying field. This article includes information on the general covering process, using a heat gun, techniques for covering various parts of the model, finishing touches and additional resources.

Recovering a model doesn’t always involve a crash. Wear, tear and time can be stimulations for recovering an airplane. Or maybe you just want to give your model a custom look. This article contains information on project tools and supplies, removing the old covering and preparing the surface, creating a covering plan and selecting the appropriate covering material, and making a cutting plan.

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