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Road to Top Gun — Smoking WACO YMF-5

Apr 02, 2014 No Comments

Mitch Epstein a regular competitor at Top Gun, will again be flying his very impressive WACO YMF-5 civilian biplane in the Expert class. Mitch’s WACO is a modified AMR kit powered by a powerful Moki 215 radial engine, turning a 32×18 propeller. Mitch covered the biplane with Nelson fabric, finished with automotive Dupont basecoat/clearcoat paint, and used homemade graphics. For [...]

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Sneak Peak Video — The New E-flite Carbon-Z Yak

Apr 01, 2014 1 Comment

Here’s a Sneak Peak of the new E-flite Carbon Z Yak 54 3X that’s featured in the upcoming July 2014 issue of MAN. Reviewed and test flown by Mike Gantt, this gorgeous 3D flying machine has it all! Here’s what Mike has to say: “Having flown the Yak from a paved surface, it is obvious [...]

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Can you name this plane?

Apr 01, 2014 67 Comments

This incredible video comes to us from our friend Tbobborap1, who filmed the giant-scale model at an RC event at the Royal Air Force Barkston Heath base in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. Our mystery plane is of late WW II vintage, was carrier-based and flew for the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. It was especially prized as a [...]

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Farewell to Hobie Alter, creator of the Hobie Hawk

Mar 31, 2014 6 Comments

Hobie Alter, famous for his sailboats and surfboards, was equally well-known in the RC glider arena for his high-performance Hobie Hawk, released in 1974. In the feature photo, he’s on the August 1974 issue! The Hobie Model Company sold over 10,000 of the high-performance gliders. Here’s a great interview with Hobie from the HobieHawk.com website’s [...]

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Inverted Harrier Into a Torque Roll

Mar 31, 2014 2 Comments

Here’s a really fun maneuver that’s generally performed low to the ground.  After all, aerobatic pilots enjoy the adrenaline rush of performing close to the ground and in this maneuver you get the added rush of performing it inverted.  Jason Benson will give you the walkthrough on performing the inverted harrier into a torque roll. With these [...]

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Installing Hinges Made Easy

Mar 31, 2014 3 Comments

The subject of one of my buildalongs, the Florio Flyer 60 has remained very popular on the MAN website. I started by opening the box and building the plane, eventually covering it and flying it to show all the techniques required to build a model airplane from a kit. When it comes to hinges, I used DuBro [...]

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The Stall Turn

Mar 26, 2014 5 Comments

The stall turn is one of those maneuvers that can be flown with just about any airplane. When performed correctly and with control, the stall turn will get attention every time it is performed.  But how do you master it? The short answer is lots of practice. But learning the correct stick movements during the [...]

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Spray Painting Made Easy

Mar 25, 2014 6 Comments

Here’s a great workshop technique from editor Gerry Yarrish’s workshop. The products may have changed but today, painting your model airplane with “rattle can” spray paint is a less expensive alternative than using an air compressor and an automotive touch-up gun or a HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) rig. When you start building models that have formed [...]

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