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Flying the Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior

Nov 13, 2012 5 Comments

Get in the cockpit with Flight Journal editor-in-chief Budd Davisson! In this podcast, he shares why he’s crazy about the Lockheed 12 Electra Junior. Only 126 Electra Juniors were made between 1936 and 1941, when production stopped at the outbreak of World War II. The all-metal, twin-engine planes were designed for use as small feeders for airlines, but most were [...]

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F-20 Tigershark Makeover

Nov 09, 2012 3 Comments

This makeover article comes to us from Rick Mitchell (white-wing F-20) and Mike Oser (red-wing F-20). In the real world, there are propeller driven aircraft as well as those powered by jet engines. Both also exist with radio control models, but the cost difference between the two can be substantial. As a result, RC has [...]

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Soviet Fighter: Wolfram Donalies’ Polikarpov I-16

Nov 06, 2012 13 Comments

I often enjoy attending the annual Warbirds and Classics over the Midwest RC event held in Fond du Lac, WI as there’s always a bunch of great looking scale airplanes to photograph. One airplane that just looked so interesting I could not help but be drawn toward it. Looking like a cross between a WW [...]

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Tucson Aerobatic Shootout

Oct 19, 2012 No Comments

  This years Tucson Aerobatic Shootout is held at the Tucson International Modelplex Park on October 16 – 21. Our Senior Editor, John Reid is covering the event. Be sure to check here for the latest results!   Current standings Invitational Overall After Known 4 as of Saturday, Oct 20 1. Mark Leseberg………………..3987.669 2. Andrew Jesky…………………3964.522 3. [...]

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Laser Powered UAVs?

Oct 17, 2012 No Comments

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are seeing amazing growth and increased demand for all sorts of applications. But their range and sortie duration are limited by their on-board batteries or fuel tank size. Bringing a UAV back down for refueling or recharging their batteries takes time and  requires skilled field technicians and adds risk to their mission profile.  [...]

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From the Workshop — Building the Ultimate Thunderbolt

Sep 26, 2012 3 Comments

This exclusive “From the workshop” story is from Frank Tiano’s article published in the 2012 December “Scale Special Issue” of Model Airplane News. Not exactly a Flight Report or Product Review, it is Frank’s take on building one of the very best warbird kits he thinks is available today, the CARF-Models P-47 Thunderbolt. Let’s get [...]

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Workshop Tip — How to Drill a Cowl

Sep 26, 2012 No Comments

How To Drill a Cowl from Hidden Index Holes The Problem: You’re working on a model and you need to drill the cowl to match pre-drilled holes in the fuselage, but you can’t access that area once the cowl is in place. The Solution: Grab your masking tape, pin, marker, drill, cowl, and fuselage then follow [...]

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Easy DIY Gaskets

Sep 15, 2012 3 Comments

In this question of the week, John Reid talks about how to make replacement gaskets for your engine-to-muffler connection using automotive gasket material. It’s easier than you may think!

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