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Build a Ford Trimotor!

May 27, 2012 4 Comments

Another amazing construction article from the master of lightweight scale flyers, Pat Tritle, this time it his impressive Ford Trimotor. Designed for three electric motors and a single 2S LiPo battery pack, this impressive build-it-your-self plan set is now available at AirAgeStore.com , ahead of the article in the September issue of Electric Flight. Easy [...]

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Rocket Powered RC Airplanes — Good Fun or Big Problem?

May 26, 2012 27 Comments

Since the early 1990s there have been many RC hobbists enjoying themselves trying to combine the thrill of model rocketry with the control and larger size of RC airplanes. The most popular was the old Aerotech Phoenix RC rocket glider, and the internet is full of projects being worked on even today. When it comes [...]

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Top Gun 2012 Video Interview Page

May 19, 2012 3 Comments

Teaming up a great scale builder with a great pilot is a sure recipe for success at an event like Top Gun. Get the inside scoop on how aerobatic champ John Glezellis turned “scale” to fly Mark Frankel’s T-34 Beechcraft to place in Team this year.  We also have an interview with Mike Gross, who had the [...]

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KMP P-51D Mustang: Super-scale foam fighter

May 18, 2012 13 Comments

We had a great time recently test flying several new airplanes for MAN and Electric Flight. One of the standouts was the new 62 inch span P-51D Mustang from Kondor Model Products. We had a blast flying the “Big Beautiful Doll” and we were very pleased with its performance. Construction: EPO FOAM Prop:16×6 4-blade Wingspan:62″ [...]

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Static 3-Blade Propeller — Part 5

May 14, 2012 No Comments

With a little bit of travel out of the way, (I just got back from Top Gun 2012!) I finally got back to my workshop to get back to my static scale Hamilton Standard 3-blade propeller. This is an accessory I am making for my upcoming Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair review that will [...]

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Top Gun Editor’s Picks — Notable Aircraft

May 11, 2012 8 Comments

The Model Airplane News event coverage for the 2012 Top Gun Scale Invitational will be in the August 2012 issue. This year we have an expanded presentation with dozens of amazing photos taken by our ace photographer David Hart. But let’s face it! With so many amazing and beautifully executed scale aircraft flying over five [...]

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2012 Mr.Top Gun Winner Dave Wigley — Westland Wyvern

May 10, 2012 10 Comments

   Model Airplane News would like to give a big shout out to David Wigley for his 2012 Mr. Top Gun win at this year’s scale invitational. This is David’s third Top Gun win with his Westland Wyvern. Luckily for all the other competitors, this is Dave’s last year for competiting with the Wyvern. Watch [...]

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Top Gun Airborne Action

May 07, 2012 2 Comments

One thing is for sure. If you go to Top Gun, you had better be prepared to fly! This is not a beauty contest, these beauties must perform and at this level, the competition is amazing! Here’s just a few of some of the amazing flight shots taken by MAN photographer David Hart! Chip Koneig [...]

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