Kurt Krempetz of AMA Glider explains why it is important to trim a glider, so that it will be able to make turns while flying, rather than just flying straight. He also discusses the various forces of a glider, such as the lift force and gravity, and the pitch axis.
Sandpaper is a material that is almost always used when building a glider. The process of using sandpaper to remove material is called sanding. In this article, Kurt Krempetz of AMA Glider explains techniques for sanding a glider.
MAKE Magazine and AMA youth member Lucas Weakley have teamed up to bring you Maker Hangar, a 15-episode tutorial series that will teach you everything you need to know to build and fly this custom RC plane, the Maker Trainer.
The Sky Streak is a balsa motorplane that can be easily assembled by just about anyone and can be flown either indoors or outside. Although the stock Sky Streak flies well, there are some special modifications you can make to really enhance flight performance.
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!
The first mass produced model airplane engine was designed and built by 16-year old Bill Brown, Jr. His friend, Maxwell Bassett designed model aircraft to test the engines. In 1933, flying with a gas engine, Max won the Mulvihill, Cabin model Stout, and the Moffeft International Trophy because the rules did not yet stipulate the type of power.