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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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Easy Rivets from Cal-Grafx

Feb 24, 2014 4 Comments

At the recent WRAM Show, I had the opportunity to talk to Jim at Cal-Grafx, who is developing a kit for applying glue drop rivets to any scale plane using a vinyl strip with precisely cut and spaced holes. You lay the strip onto your primed surface, apply a special riveting water-soluble ”glue,” wait 90 seconds [...]

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WRAM Show Highlights

Feb 22, 2014 2 Comments

Saturday is usually the big day for the crowds at the WRAM Show and this year was no exception. The isles were crowded and the was lots to see in the booths and on display along the center isle. A few more competition planes showed up and tomorrow the awards will be handed out to [...]

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MAN at the WRAM Show

Feb 21, 2014 4 Comments

Today was the first day of the 2014 WRAM trade show and I can’t think of a better way to end a week than spending Friday getting to see all the new products and RC plane on display. Here are some shots I took today of some of the models on display, both in the [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Bristol Beaufighter Returns!

Feb 21, 2014 No Comments

Last year’s Mr. Top Gun winner David Wigley will again be defending his title well deserved for the fourth time this year with his amazing 1/5-scale Bristol Beaufighter. With its 138-inch wingspan and powered by twin BME 102cc has engines, David’s amazing RAF warbird has set a very high standard to compete against. Competing in [...]

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MAN at the 2014 WRAM Show

Feb 19, 2014 1 Comment

If you are attending the Upcoming WRAM show at the Meadowlands Expo Convention center in Secaucus, NJ, be sure to stop by the Model Airplane News booth and say hello. On February 21 through 23, editor Gerry Yarrish and the rest of the MAN team will be there covering this must-see event. The annual WRAM [...]

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Road to Top Gun: SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber

Feb 18, 2014 13 Comments

This week’s ”Road to Top Gun” highlight focuses on Bill Steffes who is again competing at the 2014 Scale Invitational with his impressive Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber. Bill has entered in the Team Scale category and will be competing with the SBD’s designer Nick Ziroli Sr., as his Team pilot. These two well-known Top Gun veterans are sure to give the [...]

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Resin Casting Made Easy: Mass-Production Spark Plugs

Feb 16, 2014 5 Comments

Once you get to a certain level of scale modeling, you’ll start making parts that need to be produced in multiples and, most likely, are not commercially available. This is easily dealt with by making a master part and then reproducing it with a mold and resin casting liquid. Resin casting is considered an advanced technique, [...]

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