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12 O’Clock High preview –Photos from the Flightline

Nov 10, 2014 No Comments by

Some really neat stuff showed up at this year’s event. Full coverage in an upcoming issue of MAN.                

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Ultimate Ugly Duckling??

Nov 04, 2014 6 Comments by

The Shorts SC-7 Skyvan has become a favorite ride for skydiving enthusiasts throughout the world. It’s box-like structure is utilitarian,  forming a efficient container for all forms of cargo from boxes to beings with everything in between. When I first ran across a picture of the full scale Skyvan I concluded that it would make [...]

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P-47 Thunderbolt Makeover—Republic’s Street Fighter in British War Paint

Oct 27, 2014 2 Comments by

I’ve always liked Republic’s big P-47 Thunderbolt and I’m certain I’m not alone. A longtime favorite of warbird enthusiasts, the Jug has its own remarkable place in the history of aerial warfare. In service about the same time as the equally well-known P-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire, and Messerschmitt Bf 109, it had very little in [...]

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Flak Damage –The Ultimate in Scale Detail, or Weathering Gone Wild?

Oct 01, 2014 6 Comments by

While searching for intel at the recent Warbirds over the Rockies event, MAN contributor Rich Uravitch found something extraordinary. Here’s what his report revealed. Since the theme of the event was Warbirds, the models entered were scale replicas, some of them in the “sport” scale, fly-it-every-day category, while others were clearly competition-capable. They had all [...]

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Warbird Makeover: small details create big results

Dec 27, 2013 2 Comments by

No doubt about it, among warbirds, the Vought F4U Corsair ranks way up near the top as a favorite with modelers. The bent-wing bird, as it’s often called, has a look like no other WW II fighter. From its big, round cowl through its aft cockpit to its unique inverted gull wing, there’s no mistaking [...]

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Have you “Built to Win”? Get your free plans!

Nov 20, 2013 4 Comments by

Model Airplane News has a contest to build interest in RC model building while giving its readers an excuse to get back in the workshop. I has been busy and have come up with several models based on the contest basic structure. Check out the MAN contest and see if you can come up with something truly unique. Deadline to [...]

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Micro Warbird Makeover

May 09, 2013 1 Comment

Over the past several years, the arrival of ARFs has provided a means for many to quickly get into RC flying. Today, preassembled models have improved to the point where many exceed the level of ability, interest, and even flying skills of the purchaser. No matter the reason, ARFs do fill a very necessary niche [...]

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Sam Snyder’s Spectacular Javelin

Oct 03, 2012 11 Comments

One neat nugget of interest I found at the 30th Annual Southwest Jet Rally was Sam Snyder. Sam  is certainly no newcomer to scale modeling. He’s not big on kit building, preferring to draw his own plans, engineer all the structure, layout all the systems and cut out all the parts himself. That’s about as [...]

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