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Model Aircraft Glossary


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Mach Number

The aircraft speed divided by the speed of sound.


Markings

See also: International Aircraft Markings.


Materials

A new section reviewing materials for the model maker.


Medium Density Fibre Board (MDF)


Messerschmitt

Messerschmitt bf109Perhaps most famous for the bf109. Although a very difficult plane to land due to the very narrow undercarriage and poor forward visibility.

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Microfilm

A cellulose lacquer solution poured onto the surface of a tank of water to form an extremely thin film used for the covering of F1D and other types of free-flight indoor aircraft.


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Microgravity

The condition of near weightlessness induced by free-fall or unpowered space flight. It also refers to the scientific discipline concerned with the evaluation of the processes in a near-zero gravity environment, particularly those of fluid physics, life, and material sciences.


Mid-Air

Collision of 2 models in flight.


Milling Machine


Mixer

A mechanical or electronic device which allows two different inputs to operate a control surface; flaperons for example.


Moment Arm

The distance between the point at which a force is applied and the point of action of the force. For example, the distance between the Centre of Gravity and nose, or Centre of Gravity and tail.


Monocoque

A form of fuselage construction with rounded exterior and very little internal structure in which the skin carries virtually all stresses.


Monoplane

Only one set of wings.


Montgolfier

In 1783 the Montgolfier brothers made the first flight in a hot air balloon..

See Also: Chronology of Flight.

Motor Bearer

Hardwood strip mount for model aeroplane engines.


Motor Stick

A strong strip used to support the rubber motor; the body of stick-type models.


Muffler

An alternative name for an exhaust silencer.

See: Exhaust.


Mush

A nose-high, slow-speed flight attitude resulting from a slightly tail-heavy trim.


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