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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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The Swick Taylorcraft

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

Radical modification of the venerable Taylorcraft has made it a very competitive aerobatic airplane. Amaze your friends with the agility of this 1/4-scale beauty. Contrary to what many of you may think, this is not just another Taylorcraft. This version is 1/4 scale and represents the famous planes built by Mike Swick at the Aero [...]

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Thunder Bum Ace

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

Lt. Col. Paul P. Douglas Jr. was separated from his unit, having shot down at least three (possibly five) Fw 190Ds after engaging a numerically superior enemy force. Out of ammunition and coaxing his damaged P-47 Thunderbolt “Jug” home, Douglas was bounced mercilessly by a German pilot, who emptied his 20mm cannon shells into the [...]

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Zlin Z-526 AS

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

20-percent precision-scale aerobat I have always been fascinated by airplanes. Of course, the fact that my father built and flew model aircraft contributed to this fascina- tion. A book that my father owned, “Great Planes” by James Gilbert, included a photograph of two Zlfn Z-526s flying in close mirror forma- tion. From the first moment [...]

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