There is an old saying that states, the last 10% of a model project takes 90% of the effort. Meaning that building and covering a model goes relatively quickly when compared to the effort involved with painting and finishing. With that said, one excellent way to gain some time-savings is to use quality graphics and [...]
You don’t often see models of the SR-71 Blackbird, one of the most advanced spy planes used by the CIA. And you definitely don’t see 18-foot-long model jets! In Israel last week, the world’s largest scale-model of a SR-71 Blackbird took flight. Built over 5 years by Gilad Olinki and flown by Ofir Babish, the 1/6-scale [...]
For Throwback Thursday we selected the September 1956 cover of MAN showing Jo Katula’s beautiful artwork of a Sopwith Triplane. The aircraft was manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during WW1 and pilots referred to it as the Tripehound or simply the Tripe. It was made operational with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1917 and proved to [...]
When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, there are some plywood panels that give the aeroplane its characteristic look. It was always part of my over all finish scheme to include these side and top panels. Since they are added after the model has been covered and painted, you can add them [...]
Brian O’Meara has been practicing for his return to Pro Am Pro with his monstrous 1/3-scale P-47, and Tony Quist’s photo shows just how large this airplane is! This Thunderbolt has a 144-inch span and is powered by a ZDZ 420cc 4-cylinder engine spinning a Bold 38×13 prop. The bombs are 7 inches in diameter!
The bi-annual Classic Fighters airshow in Omaka, New Zealand, re-enacts the exploits of WW II New Zealand forces attacking a German V1 rocket site in Egypt, and this 80%-scale, RC “b uzz bomb” was one of the stars of the show! Built by a large team over six months, the nearly 200-pound “Doodlebug” is powered by five electric ducted fans using 10, [...]
For years I have stressed the point that when you start flying giant scale models, you should do it in a scale-like manner. To rely on the wing’s lift as full-scale pilots do, rather than on the propeller’s thrust like many sport RC models are flown. The larger airplanes in many ways, fly better than their smaller counterparts but [...]