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From sport scale to museum masterpieces

1/3-scale F-86

Super-Scale Sabre

This incredibly detailed, 1/3-scale F-86 is the handiwork of the United Kingdom’s Phil Noel of Pinnacle Aviation (and rumor has it that the plane will be competing in Top Gun this year!). Modeled after a Super Sabre used in the German air force around 1958, this model started life as a Tomahawk kit and is […]
Detailing a Ziroli Beechcraft Staggerwing — Functional scale parts

Detailing a Ziroli Beechcraft Staggerwing — Functional scale parts

There  are few 1/4-scale models of the Beechcraft Staggerwing, and the most popular RC design is the one from Nick Ziroli. It’s outline is very close to scale and it produces a great looking scale airplane. When it comes to making them look real, you need to use some scale parts and techniques. Here are […]
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Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 1

Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 1

If you’ve been following my online Build-Along Series on the MAN website for my Sopwith Camel, then you know I have been featuring little mini projects as they pop up in the construction. Well, as Dave Platt, master scale modeler has said numerous times, “A scale model is never truly finished–you simply stop working in […]
1/3-scale Miles Messenger

1/3-scale Miles Messenger

Scratch-built by Phil Clark, this 1/3.5-scale model of the British liaison aircraft is powered by a Zenoah 62cc gas engine. The 124-inch-span plane weighs 36 pounds and sports Royal Air Force colors. The original plane was outfitted with retractable auxiliary wing flaps and triple fins and rudders to maintain controllability down to an exceptionally low […]
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Resin Casting Scale Parts: Mass Production Spark Plugs

Resin Casting Scale Parts: Mass Production Spark Plugs

Once you get to a certain level of scale modeling, you’ll start making parts that need to be produced in multiples and, most likely, are not commercially available. This is easily dealt with by making a master part and then reproducing it with a mold and resin casting liquid. Resin casting is considered an advanced technique, […]
Customize Your ARF: Easy Scale Tips & Tricks

Customize Your ARF: Easy Scale Tips & Tricks

It’s early Sunday morning. You stayed up late finishing your new ARF warbird last night, and you’re raring to get to the field to collect all the “Oohs,” “Aahs” and accolades that come with the unveiling of a new model. En route, you plan your strategy: choose a spot in the pits that’s accessible to […]
Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, (and some WW I German aircraft), 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 […]
Awesome Bomber Landings

Awesome Bomber Landings

Landing a scale warbird can be tricky, especially if it’s a heavy-metal, multi-engine bomber or transport aircraft. In this compilation, the father and son video team of Pete and Dean Coxon highlight some terrific bomber landings they’ve captured at RC events throughout the United Kingdom. Enjoy! 
Exterior Details: Dummy Control Linkages

Exterior Details: Dummy Control Linkages

There’s an old saying that says “scale models are really never finished, you just stop adding details to them”! Each modeler has to decide for himself when enough is enough. For me, I enjoy adding medium easy to see details to the top surfaces of the wings and control surfaces and in particular I add dummy […]
Magnetic Cowl Attachment

Magnetic Cowl Attachment

Neodymium magnets are members of the rare earth family and made from a combination of iron, boron and of course, neodymium. They were developed by General Motors and Sumitomo Special Metals in the early 1980s and are the strongest permanent magnets to date.  These magnets are truly amazing. Their strength is over ten times the […]
How To Repair a Fiberglass Engine Cowl

How To Repair a Fiberglass Engine Cowl

The great thing about almost ready to fly airplanes is that for the most part, they come with great looking fiberglass engine cowls that fit beautifully and often are painted at the factory. The general method of attachment to the fuselage is the use of through-the-cowl screws making assembly quick and simple. After time however, […]
Jumbo Jet Flight

Jumbo Jet Flight

This 16-foot-span 747-400 gives new meaning to the phrase “jumbo jet!” In this video, Adi Pitz’s 747-400 scale model puts on a show at the Hausen Flight Day in Switzerland with pilot M. Brauer at the controls. The largest plane Adi has ever built, it has over 2,000 hours of work into it! The 747 […]
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