Editors Blogs

William Wylam: March 9, 1915 – June 4, 2015

Jun 16, 2015 7 Comments

William Austin “Bill” Wylam, noted aviation artist, historian and longtime contributor and friend of Model Airplane News passed away June 4, 2015. Everyone here at MAN offer our deepest condolences to the Wylam family and in knowing Bill for so long will miss him dearly. We learned from his son, Stuart Wylam, that he passed [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 29: Balancing the CG

Jun 14, 2015 2 Comments

Well, this is the very last workshop segment from this Sopwith Camel Build-Along. After getting the model balanced, it will all be about how it flies, and that means a trip to the Club’s flying field. To balance the model, I used scuba weight and lead shot installed in the engine compartment. I built a plywood [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 28: It’s all in the details

Jun 09, 2015 2 Comments

After working on this Sopwith Camel for over a year and a half, it is down to the little details that make a model complete. All the building, painting and finishing all produce a 3D canvas to add the miniature details to. Here’s some of the details that did not show up in any of [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 27: Interplane Struts

Jun 08, 2015 1 Comment

The last bits of building in any project seem to take the longest, at least when you have a deadline to meet! We are planning to have the compete construction article for this sport scale WW1 classic in the upcoming December issue of MAN in our Scale Special Issue. To make the interplane struts you [...]

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Top Gun Scale Invitational Video Highlights

Jun 04, 2015 4 Comments

The MAN Team had an amazing time at Top Gun this year, but it wasn’t all fun and games, besides covering the event and making sure we got the airplane’s and pilot’s names correct, we also did some video work. So here, all in one place, are the highlights from this year’s event right from [...]

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Computer Aided Design and Developing RC Airplane Plans

Jun 04, 2015 5 Comments

One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new segment of modeling to me, while also greatly increasing the precision in which I designed and developed scratch build scale airplanes. This post is an online version of my PowerPoint presentation [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 26, Bungees Cords and Bracing Wires

Jun 01, 2015 3 Comments

Finally we got the Camel all painted and reassembled and I brought it outside to sit in the sunlight for a while. There is just a very short To-Do list of items to button up before we are ready for our test flight in about 2 weeks. The most recent building tasks were fairing out [...]

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Top Gun Video Interview — David James and his Spad VII

May 29, 2015 1 Comment

known for the big heavy metal warbirds, Top Gun actually draws all types of amazing planes and such is the case with this immense 45% Scale Spad VII. Flown by David James, it was impossible not to notice the gigantic WW 1 biplane on the flightline. MAN editor Gerry Yarrish chatted with David about his [...]

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