Florida Jets — A view from the Flightline — 75 Photos

Mar 31, 2015 No Comments by

As a MAN contributor and all around nice guy, I find myself traveling a lot to cover events for the magazine and most recently, I stopped by the Florida Jets event at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. Be sure to check out my detailed event report which will be in the upcoming July issue of MAN, (on sale [...]

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Wonderful WACO YMF-5

Mar 31, 2015 No Comments by

This gorgeous 1/3-scale WACO is the handiwork of Pedro Sanchez, who bought the bare bones airframe from a friend and then spent his time doing what he really loves: finishing it and adding scale details. Every rivet and screw on the plane has been done by hand, and the plane has landing lights, scale flying [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Tom Wood — Blue Angels F-18 Hornet

Mar 31, 2015 No Comments by

For this year’s Top Gun Scale Invitational, Tom Wood, a corporate pilot from Lakeland, FL  (shown with Hornet), is the builder of this impressive F-18 Hornet. Sandro Novelli from Canada will be the pilot for this entry in Team Class. Tom started with a Yellow Aircraft kit, (no longer available), and chose the classic US Navy [...]

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Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

Mar 30, 2015 10 Comments by

It has been a little while since our last posting for the Sopwith Camel Build-Along, but we are making some progress. Last time we covered the basics of applying Stits Lite Poly Fiber covering material and now we continue with the basic steps required to make it ready for painting and finishing. As mentioned before, [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee — Grumman FM-2 Wildcat — Update

Mar 30, 2015 2 Comments by

No stranger to scale competition or the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Mike Barbee has been very busy in his workshop in progress putting together his newest Top Gun competition machine, the Grumman FM-2 Wildcat. The stubby warbird is 30% scale, has a wingspan is 142 inches and a length of 94 inches. The landing gear is scale in function, is electric and [...]

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RCX May 16 & 17: Save the Date!

Mar 30, 2015 No Comments by

Scale planes, exotic multirotors, fast drift cars, detailed military tanks … you name it, if it’s RC, it’s at RCX ! Join us May 16th and 17th at the OC Fair Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA for a weekend of nonstop fun and excitement. You’ll get to see the latest planes demo’d by top [...]

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The First Top Gun Scale Invitational

Mar 26, 2015 1 Comment

It was in the August 1989 issue of MAN that our readers were introduced to what was to become one of the greatest RC scale airplane competitions in the world. The brainchild of Frank Tiano, Top Gun the event has redefined the hobby and sport of scale competition. it pushed the standards of excellence for [...]

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Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments

I am always looking for things I can use in my scale modeling projects. So when I was finishing up my latest project I needed something to duplicate the leather coaming that protects the pilot from the cockpit opening edges. I found that an easy way to make good looking coaming right at a local [...]

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