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Road to Top Gun — Jeff Foley’s Bf-109E

Apr 19, 2014 3 Comments

The Luftwaffe will be well represented with Jeff Foley flying his very impressive and well tried Bf-109E German WW2 fighter. Jeff’s “Emil” has an 86 inch span, and is completely scratch built from Jeff’s own molds. The classic warbird  is 1/4.5 in scale and weighs 27 pounds. It uses a modified Dave Platt landing gear, and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — P.J. Ash and his Rising Sun Japanese Zero

Apr 18, 2014 9 Comments

PJ has just finished his Top Gun competition plane which is a Meister Scale long wing Zero. The wingspan is 118 inches and the model is powered with a Quadra 100 swinginga Xoar 26×10 prop. It has Sierra retracts, and is guided by JR 12x.  For the impressive slightly weathered South Pacific finish, PJ used Tamiya [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee’s T-34-B Mentor

Apr 17, 2014 2 Comments

Mike Barbee will again be competing with his absolutely immense T-34B Mentor in the Expert class. The plane is 36% scale and has a wingspan of 138 inches and is 110 inches long. Mike built it from a Bob Patton design and the fuselage is fiberglass made from Bob’s molds. The wings are foam sheeted and finished with 1.5 oz. [...]

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You could be a Winner!!!

Apr 16, 2014 No Comments

Hey! You could be a winner! MAN is giving away four laser-cut kits in every issue, from Alien Aircraft! Tips & Tricks is our most popular column and it’s a way for readers to share what they know. Send a photo or a rough sketch of your idea… via email to: MAN@AirAge.com or stick it [...]

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California Vacation from an Aerial View

Apr 15, 2014 1 Comment

More and more, RC enthusiasts are posting great aerial videos taken with helicopters and quadcopters. Here’s an awesome video posted by “Carlocivicsi” who shot it with his DJI phantom 1 which uses a dual battery setup for 12 to 13 min flight times. For fpv he uses an Immersion RC Uno Reeiver with the 13dbi [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Pedro Sanchez’ Razorback Thunderbolt

Apr 15, 2014 39 Comments

This year Pedro with be competing in Pro Am Sport with his impressive P-47 Thunderbolt “SNAFU”. Built from a CARF Models the P-47 is beautifully detailed and is powered by a Moki 250cc radial engine turning a  carbon fiber 4-blade prop and a solo hub. Pedro uses Sierra landing gear and wheels, and Hitec 7955 [...]

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C-131 Cargomaster Cleans up at Toledo Show — with video

Apr 14, 2014 1 Comment

There some amazing airplanes at this year’s Toledo show. And as always, it takes something real special to grab the Best of Show award. This year the Best of show award went to George Maiorana, of Sterling Heights, MI for is absolutely stunning Douglas C-133A Cargomaster.  George also won First Place for the Designer Scale award. [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 4 — Landing Gear Blocks

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

So with the firewall taken care of, I next tackled the main landing gear attachment blocks. Of course these are not usually available at the local hobby shop, so depending on the size you need, you’ll either have to order them online, or make them yourself as I did. I used a router with a [...]

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