You don’t often see models of the SR-71 Blackbird, one of the most advanced spy planes used by the CIA. And you definitely don’t see 18-foot-long model jets! In Israel last week, the world’s largest scale-model of a SR-71 Blackbird took flight. Built over 5 years by Gilad Olinki and flown by Ofir Babish, the 1/6-scale […]
For Throwback Thursday we selected the September 1956 cover of MAN showing Jo Katula’s beautiful artwork of a Sopwith Triplane. The aircraft was manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during WW1 and pilots referred to it as the Tripehound or simply the Tripe. It was made operational with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1917 and proved to […]
We’ve just heard from our good friend and editor of the Italian RC Model magazine Modellistica and he let us know that for this year’s Top Gun, he will be flying a new model, the Hawk 100 from a Skymaster kit. He no longer has his impressive F100 (he sold it) so he sent us some pics of his […]
For years I have stressed the point that when you start flying giant scale models, you should do it in a scale-like manner. To rely on the wing’s lift as full-scale pilots do, rather than on the propeller’s thrust like many sport RC models are flown. The larger airplanes in many ways, fly better than their smaller counterparts but […]
The MAN team as always had a great time attending the annual Toledo show. We especially like to see all the amazing scale and sport models in the Static competition, which is always a big reason to attend. This year all the models were great and many were truly world class. Here are the official […]
In the Sig Manufacturing booth was a bunch of great looking ARFs from Seagull Models. All these great looking plans have amazing finishes which include a flat clear coat (for the warbirds,) and a beautiful U.S. aerobatic scheme for the classic biplane. Bucker Jungmeister Skyraider 63 inch span T-34 Mentor 74 inch span.
Well, we’ve been waiting for this one for a while, and it is now here–The razorback version of the Top Flight Gold Edition Giant scale P-47 Thunderbolt. 85 inch span, 50cc Gas engine and beautifully covered in MonoKote. Robart Retracts drop in ad bolt into place. Watch for a complete product review and flight test report […]
Now here’s something you don’t see everyday. Hobby People’s new P-82 Twin Mustang! Sweet times two. And this ARF comes in the colors of Col. Bob Thacker’s Betty Joe! Should make a great glow or electric project for anyone looking for an exciting warbird project.
Pulling together an event as big and as nuanced as Top Gun, a lot of planning comes into play. Also, there’s a lot of paperwork involved, and one of the important sheets of paper is the Pilot Registration/Bio form. Frank Tiano the mastermind of, and creator of the Top Gun Scale Invitational, just tabulated some interesting numbers […]
Shaun Roblee of Huntington Beach California, will be traveling to Top Gun this year with his impressive Grumman Hellcat. Using a fiberglass fuselage and built up wing and tail featuers, Shaun says he chose the Ziroli Hellcat because he just loves the way they fly. As for a full scale project, I wanted to do the big […]