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Kaos-90

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

A new approach to a classic design Despite its occasional frustrations, I love pattern flying–but there are times I’ve wished for something simple and yet impressive in its presentation and performance. Larger models have an impressive smoothness and grace, but I wanted something completely aerobatic and yet very simple to construct and maintain. Local hobby [...]

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The Lyka Jet

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

by Jack Zimmanck The first time I saw the fast, smooth flight characteristics of a ducted-fan model, I was hooked, but I did not want the temperamental operation and expense that often go with these exciting and graceful birds. I tried a couple of the prop/jet look-alike kits. They looked OK, but the performance and [...]

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Liberty Sport X07861

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

I THINK MOST modelers are familiar with the Liberty Sport biplane. This is somewhat surprising, because there has only been one original full-size prototype, built and owned by Orval Lloyd. The popularity of the model came about when Sig Manufacturing kitted the design originally made by Dick Graham. Dick’s original design was also published in [...]

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Min-E Taurus

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

An easy-to-build, electric-powered aquatic flyer you can fly anywhere! A while back, I built a half-scale Prettner “Curare,” called the Min-E Curare, which flew incredibly well. Then while talking RC with MAN senior tech editor Gerry Yarrish, he suggested that a “Min-E Taurus” would also be a lot of fun and affordable too. Therefore, I [...]

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Osprey Autogyro

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

I have always enjoyed scale models, and when I was looking for a subject for Model Airplane News’ Design Contest, I was looking for an unusual scale! My father suggested the Osprey for a subject, and the idea sounded like a good on to me. We found an old preliminary drawing of the Osprey that [...]

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Douglas A-26 Invader

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

A Speed-400 size military twin that’s easy to build and exciting to fly! Designed as a low-level attack bomber, the Douglas A-26 Invader first flew in 1942. Powered by two Prat and Whitney R-2800 radials, it carried a variety of weapons from .50-caliber machine guns and rockets to a cannon. During the end of WW [...]

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Nieuport 12

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

The model presented here is based on Nexus 3-view drawings from England that are available in the U.S. from Bob Holman Plans Service. Recently, an Albatross Publications “DataFile” was published on the Nieuport 12, and I recommend it as the best source of scale information. The model came about due to a couple things. First [...]

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OV-10 Bronco

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

An easy-to-fly, giant-scale twin for everyone It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since I designed the OV-10 in its original 52-inch-span version (Model Airplane News plan FSP 11951.) I designed it as a “first twin” for sport-scale fliers who might want to grab some “multi-engine” points without committing to a lifelong project [...]

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