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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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…..more photos of Super Jug!

Sep 05, 2011 No Comments
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Debut of the Super Jug!

Sep 05, 2011 No Comments

Got some sneak preview photos from my buddy Sean Curry. He was on hand for the taxi tests and initial flights a a spectacular mew P-47 Thunderbolt model. The first to be completed of the four being built is by another buddy, Frank Tiano, originator of well known scale events like Top Gun, Florida Jets, Monster [...]

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Seagull Pilatus Porter PC-6

Aug 19, 2011 No Comments

Just a quick note……I just flew the new Pilatus Porter from Seagull Models. You can power it with either glow or electric, I chose the latter with a package from Horizon Hobby designed for the Porter built around the e-Flite Power 46 motor. All I can say is it is one of the pure fun [...]

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Monster OV-10 Bronco

Jul 12, 2011 2 Comments

When we ran a number of photos of my 109″  “monster” Bronco in the Ultimate Electrics M.A.N. special issue, I was amazed at the interest level from readers. Although powering it with electrics (Hacker A60′s, Opto 99 ESC’s, and 2 12S 5000mAh Li-po packs) was fairly pricey at the time, it was something I just [...]

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