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Road to Top Gun — Amazing Flying Razor

Mar 14, 2014 2 Comments

This impressive electric powered, giant scale Fokker D.VIII is the work of Dave Perrone. This year will be Dave’s first time at Top Gun and he will be competing with his flying razor in the Expert class.  The Fokker D.VIII is Dave’s most favorite airplane all due to him seeing and watching Brian Coughlin fly his full size [...]

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Behind the Scenes — RotorDrone Photo Shoot

Mar 13, 2014 5 Comments

I spent part of the day with staff photographer Peter Hall shooting setup shots for an upcoming article for our new Special Issue “RotorDrone.” We chatted with Marc D’Antonio, owner/operator of FX Models in Terryville, CT and boy, we really got a new point of view of the quickly growing Quadcopter and Drone industry/market. Enjoy [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Wonderful WACO SRE takes shape

Mar 07, 2014 No Comments

R.B. Kincaid is in the process of building a 33% percent scale WACO SRE biplane with a wing span of 138-inches. Power will come from a Desert Aircraft 150cc engine turning a   35×10 propeller. The SRE is totally designed and built by Mr. Kincaid, who is in the process of making glass layups for the [...]

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Sky Skooter — Model Airplane News Construction Article Details and Materials

Mar 07, 2014 No Comments

To be featured in the upcoming June 2014 issue, the Sky Skooter construction article by Clark Salisbury shows what you can do if you have a good imagination. Before we begin  building, I need to explain my motivation for designing an RC plane like Sky Skooter.  I have always been intrigued by the idea of taking my wife, [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Stylish F-100D Super Sabre

Mar 03, 2014 2 Comments

From Johnson City, TN, Rod Snyder will be competing in both Team Class and Expert Class this year at Top Gun. His Team Class entry is a BVM F-100D Super Sabre modeled after a paint scheme used by the SMAMA Service Engineering that was based at McCellan Air Force base located in Sacramento CA. in [...]

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Weathering Scale Airplanes — The Final Touch!

Mar 01, 2014 11 Comments

So you’ve finished painting your new scale airplane and it looks nice and shiny and brand new. You check your model one more time against your photo documents of the full-size plane and there’s something just not quite right… What is it? Well, it would be a safe guess that your full size subject airplane, [...]

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Throwback Thursday — 30% Staudacher

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments

Not terribly old, but back in 1999, my favorite plane was this 30% scale GS300 Staudacher from the GSP (Giant Scale Planes) ARC. It was powered by a 3W 60cc rear induction single cylinder gas engine, was outfitted with JR 8103 radio gear and it was covered and finished with Hangar 9 Ultracoat and Cajun RC [...]

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Best in Show: Museum-Scale Fokker Triplane

Feb 24, 2014 7 Comments

When it comes to top level scale modeling, the WRAM show is the place to go to see what the Northeast section of the country has to offer. One of the best scale modelers we know of is Mike Gross Sr., from the Long Island Sky Hawks club. From Mastic Beach, NY, Mike won the [...]

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