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The First Top Gun Winner

May 21, 2009 1 Comment

Mr. Top Gun #1—Bob Fiorenze 1989 Bob Fiorenze built his magnificent McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet starting with a pre-production Yellow Aircraft kit, and it took about six months worth of 14-hours-a-day effort to complete. It’s just over 8-feet long with a 6-foot wingspan, weighs 27 pounds and was powered by a pair of Dynamax fans [...]

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XeroGear LED Night Flight Lighting Systems

May 21, 2009 No Comments

These impressive Stick-on LED light tapes are super easy to install on any model with a smooth, clean surface. Also, if you are in the middle of building your plane, you can install these light tapes within the model’s wing and fuselage structures. The lights are so bright they easily shine through to illuminate the [...]

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PST Reaction

May 21, 2009 No Comments

By David Gladwin (See Photo Slideshow below) In the past few years, the emergence of ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) models has had a huge effect on the model aircraft scene, in some cases, virtually eliminating building (and associated necessary skills), as well as simple trainers. This is where the ARF trend really started and [...]

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The Dazzling Ryan – builder interview

May 21, 2009 No Comments

After his “Best of Show” win at RCX 2009, we got a chance to sit down with builder Les Espolt and ask him some questions about his great-looking Ryan STA Special. MAN: Les, this plane started out as a kit, is that correct? Les: yes, it started out as a Sig Ryan STA special Craftsman [...]

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More on Power and Performance

Apr 30, 2009 No Comments

Click here to download the extended text from the Power and Performance article from Model Airplane News’ July 2009 issue. Dave Gierke discusses what you need to know about mathanol and glow fuel.

Click here to listen to Dave Gierke’s fuel series podcast.

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E-Jet Upgrades

Apr 21, 2009 No Comments

Modifying a Flying Styro Me-262A   by   Rob Caso     (see photos below)   The “262” is way up there on the list of my “85 favorite airplanes”.  Aside from its “means business” shark-like looks, the 262 embodied a number of technical achievements and at least one significant first:  it was the first operational [...]

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Kyosho Ki-61 “Tony” 50 EP

Apr 20, 2009 No Comments

(more photos below) By Ronald Pope     I am always on the hunt for a model airplane that looks different. I like something that stands out from other models and is a design that will attract attention at my club flying field. The fact that it has to fly well is equally important to [...]

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More Fun With Gliders!

Apr 20, 2009 No Comments

 By Jason Benson (see images below) If you are new to gliders, there are a few very enjoyable aspects you may want to try. Of course, the Radian is a lot of fun for just using the motor to climb up to altitude and cruise around the sky at a leisurely pace. You may even [...]

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