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Triplane Test Flight Up-Close

Aug 05, 2013 No Comments

So the big thing we learned is that we really need a low “tick over” idle to get the triplane to stick after touchdown. On the first landing, I had the idle a smidge too high and after a little roll out, it became airborne again and then did the “Fokker Dance” wingtip to wingtip. [...]

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Successful Test Flight Giant Scale Fokker Triplane

Aug 05, 2013 6 Comments

So it’s all history now! We had a fantastic test flight for the giant scale 33% Fokker Triplane built from the Balsa USA kit. It too 500 hours to build spread over 10 months to complete. We have many, many “Build-Along” posts on the website shot in my workshop showing all of the details [...]

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World’s Most Impressive Turbine Powered RC Scale Jet

Aug 01, 2013 9 Comments

Originally debuted at the 9th Jet World Masters championship in 2011, the RusJet model Yak-130 designed and produced by Vitaly Robertus was recognized for its level of accuracy and it set a standard in its class never before achieved. This model managed to receive a highest static score ever. Well, not to be out done [...]

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1 Day Before the Dawn Patrol! Final Assembly of the Triplane

Aug 01, 2013 No Comments

So it was a productive evening last night. I got lots of little items checked off of the “To Do” list. All that’s left for today before loading the Triplane into the trailer is to install a plywood plate in the cockpit and to wire up a kill switch for the engine. Of course I [...]

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Half-Scale RC Bristol Bulldog!

Jul 31, 2013 5 Comments

Designed, built and flown by Ian Turney-White,  the Bristol Bulldog features traditional model building methods and copied the full-size construction, using clear, knot-free Columbian pine instead of steel tubing.  Evostik exterior-grade glue was used throughout. The longerons were tapered towards the tail and the fronts were slit with a bandsaw and glued with a filler strip [...]

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2 days till the Sky Hawks’ Dawn Patrol

Jul 31, 2013 2 Comments

Still a bunch of little details to get taken care of, but I think we will be ready for this weekend’s Dawn Patrol event on Long Island at the Sky Hawk’s amazing flying field. I even dusted off my leather flying helmet and goggles! I just installed (reinstalled) the engine in the Fokker Triplane and [...]

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MAN at Work — Warbirds over Delaware Pilot Interview Videos

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

Our good friend, scale expert and MAN contributor Sal Calvagna was on hand at the 22nd annual Warbirds over Delaware and he got the inside scoop for several warbird pilots. From classic early war designs, to modern Luftwaffe flying wings, Sal got the up close and personal thoughts and comments of the modelers who built [...]

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Hand-Painted Scale Details — When Pigs Fly!

Jul 30, 2013 1 Comment

I am coming to the conclusion of my Giant Scale Fokker Triplane Build-Along and there are only a few things to left to take care of. I recently commissioned my daughter Rebecca to add the final touches on the paint job with the addition of the “Pig’s Butt” side badge, that Cole Palen’s Triplane is [...]

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