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Historical Perspective of the RC Jet World

Oct 03, 2012 1 Comment

 On my recent assignment to cover the 30th Annual Southwest Jet Rally for MAN, I took the opportunity to ask Mike Kulczyk, a good friend and certainly one of the pioneers in jet modeling, to give me his assessment of the evolution of R/C jets. Over the 30 plus years that I’ve known Mike, I [...]

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WARBIRDS OVER THE ROCKIES

Oct 02, 2012 5 Comments

I was fortunate enough to attend the 9th annual Warbirds over the Rockies event, and as always, it was an amazing experience. Every day of this 3-day event there was Open flying and from 9Am till 5PM with a noon time show, the “History of Military Aviation show” that was not to be missed. Also [...]

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What’s Old is New Again at 30th annual Southwest Jet Rally

Oct 02, 2012 No Comments

From the recent 30th annual Southwest Jet Rally article that will be published in the January 2013 issue of MAN,  I mentioned the number of own-design scratch built models at the first gathering?  Well, the spirit is still alive and well with some great projects completed or underway. This year there were a pair of 37% [...]

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What about those “beauty” contests?

Jun 21, 2012 1 Comment

It’s kinda neat, the varied competitions available to the R/C’er these days. There are flying events with a host of sub-sets like scale, electric, seaplanes, jets, sport, vintage, gliders and other classes. Something for everyone it would seem. There are also local shows of a different type, usually held at the shopping mall where passers-by, [...]

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The END of scale modeling?

Jun 20, 2012 24 Comments

Just had an interesting, if not enlightening, discussion with an aftermarket component supplier to the R/C marketplace. We were talking about how so many of the products today are flat out foreign copies of previously American developed and produced commodities. I expressed my belief that I thought the practice was wrong but domestic manufacturers were virtually powerless [...]

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Top Gun: An unbelievable photo finish

May 16, 2012 7 Comments

At an event as long-standing and prestigious as Top Gun, you would expect to see a field of excellently executed model aircraft, with many of them falling into the “outstanding” category. These entries go far beyond the definition of “models,” more accurately, they are scale replicas. At this year’s Top Gun, one interesting thing to [...]

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Coming soon to a pond, lake, or smooth grass patch near your home

Sep 19, 2011 1 Comment

One of the really fun aspects of R/C is seaplane flying. Whether its adapting a set of conventional floats to your land-based model or building a “dedicated” seaplane, float flying opens up a whole new world to the R/C enthusiast. Coming in the January 2012 issue of MAN is my new “PS-36″ which is easy [...]

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Seagull Models PC-6 Porter becomes AU-23 Peacemaker

Sep 14, 2011 1 Comment

I recently mentioned that I had a Seagull Models PC-6 Turbo Porter in the paint shop with the plan of converting it to a Fairchild AU-23 Peacemaker. Well, it’s out of the shop and back in the air and looks like this! The gun blast/tracer path was done with PhotoShop. The conversion, beyond the paint [...]

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