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Carl Layden

Wet Wings are Wonderful  — Flying with Floats!

Wet Wings are Wonderful — Flying with Floats!

If 70% of the globe is covered with water, shouldn’t we have that same percentage of RC model floatplanes? No? Well, many RC clubs today are struggling to find suitable open flying sites and with growing urban sprawl, noise restrictions, and the cost of real estate all playing a factor, it’s little wonder that good […]
Hangar 9 Spitfire ARF 30cc modifications

Hangar 9 Spitfire ARF 30cc modifications

The Hangar 9 Spitfire Mk IXc ARF is an excellent model.  Built following the instructions it will be an excellent aircraft you’ll enjoy flying for many years.  To add a little personal touch and enhance some of the scale detail I added a few modifications to the kit.  They are not intended to be exact […]
FPV/Photodrone 600x120
A new look for a new ARF

RV-4 ARF Makeover

If you have been around this hobby for a long time you’ve seen many changes in recent years.  There are still some extreme craftsmen like Graeme Mears making master pieces in their workshops, many of us have limited time and look forward to getting out and flying.  It’s great to have that custom build, but […]

Unboxing Hangar 9 30cc Spitfire Mk IX

The Hangar 9 Spitfire Mk IXc is a high quality ARF.  Initial impressions out of the box is this is a top notch ARF.  It is complete with matt finish and panel lines, includes fibreglass cowl with rivets molded in.  The kit is well packaged to ensure it arrives safe.  My plan is to add […]
Dusty Crophopper – Kit Bashing an Animated Disney Superstar

Dusty Crophopper – Kit Bashing an Animated Disney Superstar

Kit Bashing is always fun and entertaining, for both Logan (my 12 year old son) and me. What is ‘kit-bashing? This is the question asked when my latest project was described to a modeler friend. Well, It’s part way between building from scratch and building a traditional kit. Using an existing kit as a basic […]
Steve Mosher and his Amazing Canadian Coast Guard Bell 212

Steve Mosher and his Amazing Canadian Coast Guard Bell 212

By Carl Layden Atlantic Canada has several prolific modellers and one such person I have had the privilege of meeting is Steve Mosher of Halifax NS,  Canada.  Steve has been a airplane modeler for most of his life and right from the beginning as he learned about what works and what doesn’t he has been […]
40 Days of Top Gun Photos

40 Days of Top Gun Photos

Top Gun 2014 starts April 30th.  Last year I attended taking many photos of the event, over the next 40 days I will post (& tweet @carllayden) a new photo from last years event.  
Road to Top Gun — Free Flight Avro Lancaster Bomber

Road to Top Gun — Free Flight Avro Lancaster Bomber

Many of you may not know this, but each year at the Top Gun Scale Invitational at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL, several of the contestants as well as the staff and press, get together and have a mass-launch for scale rubber powered model airplanes. Most are built using stick and tissue construction and many […]
Durafly Hyper Bipe — Video First Look

Durafly Hyper Bipe — Video First Look

One of Model Airplane News’ Featured Bloggers, Carl Layden, just acquired a new biplane and has produced a video first look. The Hyper Bipe from Durafly, is a modern looking unusual multi-wing sport flyer. A very talented modeler and a regular contributor to MAN’s Canadian section, Carl has a lot of experience and offers his […]
Disney Inspired Build-Along Balsa Dusty

Disney Inspired Build-Along Balsa Dusty

What is a ‘kit-bash’? This is the question asked when my latest project was described to a modeler friend. The popularity of ARF and RTF aircraft necessitates the a little more explanation. It’s part way between building from scratch and building a traditional kit. Using an existing kit as the basis it is modified to […]
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