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Custom Vinyl Graphics

Nov 18, 2014 1 Comment by

The opportunities, tools, and techniques to finish, customize, and personalize your aircraft have never been better. Whether your model is scratch-built, kit-built, or an ARF, your creativity combined with a computer, a local sign shop, and vinyl material can provide you with many colorful new options. The vinyl has been cut. With a careful look, [...]

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Scale How to: Retractable Landing Lights

Nov 17, 2014 No Comments by

Tim Cardin’s operating landing lights are beautiful on the Beechcraft Staggerwing he built from Ziroli plans. Since then, Tim has installed them on a P-47 and they could be modified and applied to almost any World War II aircraft. The exact lights that Tim used for this aircraft are now only available out of Europe. [...]

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P-47 Thunderbolt Makeover—Republic’s Street Fighter in British War Paint

Oct 27, 2014 2 Comments by

I’ve always liked Republic’s big P-47 Thunderbolt and I’m certain I’m not alone. A longtime favorite of warbird enthusiasts, the Jug has its own remarkable place in the history of aerial warfare. In service about the same time as the equally well-known P-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire, and Messerschmitt Bf 109, it had very little in [...]

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Mig-17 Fresco — An EDF Jet you can build

Oct 23, 2014 7 Comments by

A Shark Fin on a Boomerang! The MiG-17 Fresco construction article will be featured in the February 2015 issue of MAN. Plans no. X0215A will be available at the Airagestore.com website shortly. Designed by Jim Young The Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-17 is the follow on of the more famous Mig-15, one of the first successful swept-wing jet fighters.  [...]

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Magnetic Cowling Attachment

Oct 06, 2014 1 Comment by

Mounting a cowl with Neodymium magnets. By Sal Calvagna. 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 [...]

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Formation Flying — RC Warbird Wingmen bring it Home!

Oct 03, 2014 No Comments by

As if flying giant scale warbirds like the Top Flight giant scale P-51D Mustang isn’t exciting enough all but itself, some guys who attend large national and regional warbird meets are always looking for a little something extra. Recently, at the 2014 Warbirds over the Rockies event, Rich Uravitch caught a sight that surely got [...]

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Flak Damage –The Ultimate in Scale Detail, or Weathering Gone Wild?

Oct 01, 2014 6 Comments

While searching for intel at the recent Warbirds over the Rockies event, MAN contributor Rich Uravitch found something extraordinary. Here’s what his report revealed. Since the theme of the event was Warbirds, the models entered were scale replicas, some of them in the “sport” scale, fly-it-every-day category, while others were clearly competition-capable. They had all [...]

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Easy Turbine F-16: Plug and Play!

Sep 18, 2014 8 Comments

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 viewed [...]

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