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Building an F-104 Starfighter in 20 minutes — Video

Nov 25, 2014 18 Comments

Our good friend and MAN Contributor Sean McHale, is a very talented scale modeler and is an expert RC turbine jet pilot. He has built several impressive jets and also has produced some amazing videos. Here is Sean’s most recent video showing in time-laps images what exactly goes into building a first class, scale RC [...]

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Easy Scratch-built Skis (Get ready for snow!)

Nov 24, 2014 5 Comments

Now that the first snowfall has hit parts of the country, it’s the perfect time to get prepared for winter flying! This classic how-to from our good friend Roy Vaillancourt provides a great project that will not only use up some of those leftover pieces of wood in your workshop and but also let you enjoy some [...]

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The DH 90 Dragonfly

Nov 19, 2014 No Comments

The De Havilland Aircraft Company built a series of multi-engine biplanes in the 1930s and the DH 90 Dragonfly was the last of this series. The first design was the DH 84 Dragon powered by 4-cylinder 130hp Gypsy Major inline inverted engines. The DH 86 Express was next, powered by four Gypsy Six engines. The [...]

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S.E.5a WW 1 Scout

Nov 18, 2014 No Comments

The S.E.5a Scout had much better performance than the Sopwith Camel, but was plagued with problems from the underdeveloped Hispano Suiza-geared H-S 8B engine. However, together with the Camel, the S.E.5a was instrumental in maintaining British air superiority from mid-1917 and throughout the rest of World War 1. It had a wingspan of 26 feet [...]

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FAA can regulate RC aircraft

Nov 18, 2014 41 Comments

In a much anticipated decision, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the FAA has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate remote-control aircraft recklessly. In 2011, the FAA had fined aerial photographer Raphael Pirker $10,000 for operating his Ritewing Zephyr in a reckless manner on the University of Virginia campus. An [...]

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Custom Vinyl Graphics

Nov 18, 2014 1 Comment

The opportunities, tools, and techniques to finish, customize, and personalize your aircraft have never been better. Whether your model is scratch-built, kit-built, or an ARF, your creativity combined with a computer, a local sign shop, and vinyl material can provide you with many colorful new options. The vinyl has been cut. With a careful look, [...]

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20 Builder’s Essentials

Nov 10, 2014 12 Comments

The old saying that “Anything is easy if you have the right tools” is particularly true in modeling; the proper tools will simplify any job. There are so many great tools, though, that it can be a challenge to know which to choose. The hardware and tools here will help you with your next project, [...]

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Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Nov 10, 2014 5 Comments

Although Veterans Day has the stated purpose of remembering the vets and those in uniform, in reality it means different things to different people. For some it is the half-off sales that surround us. For me, it reminds me of one of those could-of-should-ofs that will always haunt me: I never served in the armed [...]

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