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Pick Your Power — Gas, Glow, or Electric

Apr 20, 2016 5 Comments

There’s an old saying that suggests, “If in doubt, add power!” And we have to admit, there are some Model Airplane News editors who do believe there’s just no substitute for horsepower. But when it comes to selecting which kind of power system to use, many RC modelers can use a little help. Whether you [...]

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Paving the Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano on TV!

Apr 20, 2016 2 Comments

We just heard from the Top Gun man himself, Frank Tiano, that he and chief static judge Bob Curry  were invited to the NBC Tampa Channel 8 studio to film a segment they will air about Top Gun. Its a great opportunity to let everyone know what this Top Gun event is all about and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Brazilian Razorback

Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment

Competing in the Expert class, Fernando Bellegarde from Bellegarde, São Paulo, Brazil, will be flying a totally modified Meister Scale P-47 Thunderbolt. With more than 30 modifications to make it closer to full scale, Fernando’s Razorback is powered with a Moki 180cc radial engine and controlled with a Futaba radio system using 14 servos. The total building [...]

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Big Blast from the Past — Bücker Jungmeister

Apr 20, 2016 24 Comments

Who remembers this one? If you like giant scale, check out Helmut Müller’s 85% scratch-built Bücker, it looks like it could carry a small person! Without FAA restrictions, this European Biplane has a 17.5-foot-span, weighs in at 286 pounds and is powered by a Hirth 521cc 2-stroke (ultralight engine) turning a Fiala 60 x 20 wood propeller. The model uses industrial-quality Tonegawa Seiko servos, [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Douglas SBD Dauntless

Apr 19, 2016 1 Comment

Dino DiGiorgio of Fort Pierce, FL., just let us know that he will be entering the Pro-Am Prop class with a Douglas SBD Dauntless that was his father’s. This Nick Ziroli design was started by Dino Sr. and was finished by Wayne Fussell. The SBD was built from an Aeroplane Works kit, and it has [...]

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Today in Aviation History: 74 years ago today, we salute the Doolittle Raiders

Apr 18, 2016 No Comments

Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25 Mitchell Bombers off the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-8).  Admiral Halsey commanded Task Force 16.  Excerpt from The Air Force Story (a series of films ordered made by General of the Air Force Hap Arnold).  This is placed here in memory of Colonel Travis Hoover, my C.O. at [...]

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Road to Top Gun — 35%-Scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann

Apr 18, 2016 No Comments

Gary Allen of West Cherster, PA has been a long time contributor to MAN and has designed several giant scale multi-wing airplanes for construction articles. Several modelers have built his popular designs, and for his newest, Gary is bringing his Team Scale entry, a 35%-scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann being flown by his brother-in-law, Dorin Luck. Gary [...]

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Video Workshop Tip: Bending Brass Tubes

Apr 15, 2016 No Comments

If you have built a model airplane or two and have tried to bend the brass tubes for the fuel tank by hand, you are sure to have said to yourself, “there has to be a better way.” The main fuel line is straight and so no bends are required, but for the vent tube [...]

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