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Mini Fokker Build-Along Paint scheme

Apr 17, 2011 No Comments

Finally after about 3 months of building, I finally decided on a paint scheme for the Mini Fokker D.VII. I will be using the red and white scheme of the Jasta 18 fighter group.

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Designing and building the Fleet Biplane: An interview with Pat Tritle.

Apr 15, 2011 4 Comments

From our very first, a very important part of Backyard Flyer (now Electric Flight Magazine) has been our “Homebuilt” articles where we feature scratch-built RC aircraft designs that our readers can build. The model designers who produce the working plans and develop the models put a great deal of effort into their final products. Pat [...]

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An interview with Jean “John” Chevalier–Scale Modeler Extraordinaire

Apr 15, 2011 3 Comments

THROUGHOUT MY WORK at Model Airplane News, I have traveled to cover countless regional and national scale competitions and fly-in events and over the years I have constantly bumped into one particular competitor. Jean “John” Chevalier of LaColle, Quebec, Canada, has a rich and lengthy scale modeling history and I consider myself fortunate to have [...]

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Best Seller’s List: New book editions

Apr 15, 2011 No Comments

Just a quick note to let you all know that two of the best selling books in the Air Age Store library have been revamped and reprinted because of popular demand. Go over to and check out the Scale Aircraft Drawings Volume I, World War I for the greatest scale 3-view drawings available. Also, [...]

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Tips for a Great Film Covering Job!

Apr 15, 2011 No Comments

From the MAN “Classic Article” archive, this Basic Technique is a must for anyone thinking about building an airplane from a kit. For many reasons, heat-shrink plastic films are easily the most popular way to cover a model airplane. They’re easy to apply and come in just about every color imaginable; they’re odorless, non-toxic and [...]

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MAN at Work at Toledo

Apr 13, 2011 1 Comment

Our good friend Tom Polapink snapped this candid photo of Debra Cleghorn and myself at the MAN booth at the recent Toledo Show. As always I’m looking over my glasses and my mouth is in motion!

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Making the move!

Apr 13, 2011 No Comments

Come back often as we switch to our new MAN website! Looking forward to hearing from you.

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FLYING SCALE—Improving your flight scores

Apr 11, 2011 No Comments

FLYING SCALE—Improving your flight scores By George Leu. I have devoted several Model Airplane News articles and columns to the improving of static scores in scale competition. This score however, only represents 50 percent of your total, and taking the time to improve your model’s documentation material between events can definitely help you maximize overall [...]

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