Editors Blogs

REALLY Big Blackbird!

Apr 23, 2015 22 Comments

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 [...]

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Throw Back Thursday

Apr 23, 2015 No Comments

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 [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Applying Plywood Panels –Part 24

Apr 20, 2015 4 Comments

When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, there are some plywood panels that give the aeroplane its characteristic look. It was always part of my over all finish scheme to include these side and top panels. Since they are added after the model has been covered and painted, you can add them [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Marco Benincasa, Hawk 100

Apr 15, 2015 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Thinking Big — Checklist for Success — 10 Top Reasons not to Fly

Apr 15, 2015 4 Comments

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 [...]

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And the Winners Are… Toledo Show Gold

Apr 14, 2015 11 Comments

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 [...]

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Bucker, Skyraider and Mentor from Sig Mfg.

Apr 11, 2015 No Comments

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.  

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P-47 Thunderbolt Razorback from Top Flight

Apr 11, 2015 No Comments

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 [...]

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