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Mixing Custom Colors for Scale RC Airplanes

Mixing Custom Colors for Scale RC Airplanes

One of the trickiest jobs for a scale model builder is mixing custom colors for their RC scale project. The difference between accurate and “pretty close” can be the difference between winning and not even placing at a scale contest. For those who are considering going the next step in scale accuracy, this article digs […]
Build a Scale Radial Engine

Build a Scale Radial Engine

Adding a dummy radial engine to your plane is an excellent way to add that scale finishing touch. If you have been a scale modeler for just about any amount of time, you have probably know about Williams Brothers (WB) cylinders and may have even used then from time to time. WB scale accessories are […]
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Super-Scale Spitfire

Super-Scale Spitfire

This magnificent 1/3-scale Supermarine Spitfire is the handiwork of Eric Reboul of France. Powered by a DLE 170cc engine, the Spitfire is equipped with a scale exhaust system that can emit smoke on demand, with smoke oil pumped into the hot exhaust manifold. This 12.3-foot-span model weighs in at 105 pounds and uses Sierra landing […]
Easy Entry to Turbine Jets — F-16 Plug and Play!

Easy Entry to Turbine Jets — F-16 Plug and Play!

We’ve all heard the expression, “I’d Rather Be Flying”  And after a long cold winter, I could not agree more! Without a doubt you and everyone else in the hobby has certainly noticed the trend toward almost-ready-to-fly (ARF) aircraft and more recently the availability of plug-and-play models at your local hobby shop.   This has widely been […]
How to: Get the Stars-and-Bars right

How to: Get the Stars-and-Bars right

If you are one of many modelers who acquired an ARF-type model of an American airplane, the chance that its star-and-bar markings is correct is about one in 10. It’s sad but true. Among models built by usually careful modelers and displayed at meets, like the Toledo Show and Joe Nall, the situation is somewhat […]
Massive MiG-29 Fulcrum

Massive MiG-29 Fulcrum

This nearly 1/4-scale MiG-29 is the handiwork of Harold Dowbekin and flown here by Neil Hyde. Neil says, “Harold designed and built the airframe using light ply, cypress and G10 covering, with foam core wings again covered in G10 (pro skin).  The gear is all home built, including the cylinders. The legs are gas struts with coil spring assistance. I […]
First-rate Russian Rata

First-rate Russian Rata

Rolf Schönenberger spent 500 hours building this unusual Polikarpov I-16 Rata using all-wood construction. The 1/2.6-scale model weighs in a 79 pounds and is powered by a 400cc Moki five-cylinder radial engine spinning a 38×20 Seidel prop. Although the full-size didn’t have brakes, the model has pneumatic disc brakes (required in Switzerland for 55-pound and over […]
Giant Jet Puts on a Show

Giant Jet Puts on a Show

Built and painted by Phil Noel of Pinnacle Aviation, this 1/3.5-scale Tomahawk Bae Hawk 100 is decked out in Royal Canadian Air Force camouflage. Pilot and owner Steve Mills is flying for the Wings & Wheels crowd in this video using a JR 28X radio. Watch the landing for a perfect drogue chute landing! Thanks […]
F-14 Swing-Wing Tomcat

F-14 Swing-Wing Tomcat

This remarkable swing-wing F-14 is the handiwork of German modeler Rudolf Winter, who built it from the Fly Eagle Jet Model Factory kit. During the flight, the model’s wings sweep back for faster speeds and then move forward for slower flight and landing. The bright “flares” that are launched during flight are scale (the full-size used […]
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, […]
Build a Nick Ziroli Plans’ Zero — Giant Scale Warbird performance at its best!

Build a Nick Ziroli Plans’ Zero — Giant Scale Warbird performance at its best!

The popularity of giant scale WW2 RC warbirds is basically off the charts, and everyone views them as the top of the “Wow Factor” ladder. And when it comes to building and flying great performing giant scale warbirds, none come close to the well proven designs drawn and test flown by Nick Ziroli, (ziroligiantscaleplans.com) the […]
Life-Like Pilot Painting — Scale Flying Helmet and Goggles Detailing

Life-Like Pilot Painting — Scale Flying Helmet and Goggles Detailing

I put a huge amount of detail in the helmets of my Best Pilots pilot figures because its the topmost thing that’s viewed when your pilot is sitting in the cockpit. Most flight helmets are leather and that’s what’s shown in the December 2011 issue of MAN. The following technique works like magic in replicating […]
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