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Throw Back Thursday — Betty Skelton and the Lil’ Stinker Pitts

Sep 04, 2014 No Comments by

Throw Back Thursday, this past Sunday we remembered one of the great Pitts Special Pilots, Betty Skelton who passed away three years ago, (June 28, 1926 – August 31, 2011).  She was known as The First Lady of Firsts, and helped create opportunities for women in aviation, auto racing, astronautics and advertising. Betty soloed in [...]

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Workshop Tips — Working with Laminated Parts

Sep 03, 2014 1 Comment by

So, last night I finished the center cutout bow for the Camel’s top wing. In all, it took about 48 hours for the laminated balsa strips to fully dry and lock into a ridged lamination. Here’s how I incorporated the new formed part into the Sopwith’s wing structure. Last time, we left off with the [...]

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How to: Make a Sliding Canopy

Aug 26, 2014 10 Comments by

Like many scale modelers, I simply can’t leave well enough alone and I often find myself  thinking of ways to improve a scale project. With the ESM ARF Corsair as a base model, I thought I would give it a complete makeover and add lots of details and special features. The sliding canopy is one [...]

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Scale Accessories for RC Airplanes

Aug 18, 2014 8 Comments by

For our Question of the Week” we’d like to know what turns you on about scale RC airplanes. When it comes to scale model airplanes, its all about the details! Small additions that help bring the model airplane to life. It is easy to improve any model’s appearance by adding scale accessories. For the MAN editors’ [...]

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Sky Bandit! Inflight Video from a Bob Violett Models’ Sports Jet

Aug 14, 2014 5 Comments by

Model Airplane News contributor and expert Scale and Jet pilot Sean McHale has been flying jets for a long time and he does a great job. Recently He strapped a GoPro Hero camera to his BVM Bandit turbine powered sports jet and produced a great onboard flight video with several camera angles! Check it out!  

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 13 — Wings are the Thing!

Aug 13, 2014 No Comments by

Now that the Camel can sit up on its own articulated landing gear, it’s time to clean off the bench and start gluing ribs to spars. With all my wings, I start by pinning the spar to the board and then I use a couple of the ribs to space the trailing edges and sub-spars. [...]

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Stellar T-33 Shooting Star

Aug 13, 2014 1 Comment

Used during the noontime demo flights at the recent Warbirds over Delaware military extravaganza, this T-33 Shooting Star is the work of longtime WOD attendee Paul LeToureanu. This year, Paul was the Sky Boss for all of the mid-day demo flights and while he wasn’t making sure everything went off as planned, he was also a [...]

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Workshop Build-Along Part 12 — Sopwith Camel — Articulated Axle Assembly

Aug 12, 2014 No Comments

Wow! That’s a mouthful… Part of the character of the Sopwith aircraft, is the design of their landing gear and in particular their “articulated” (pivoting) axle assembly. Much of the landing gear assembly has been made from music wire which has been bend, bound and soldered together to replicate the shape of the gear, which [...]

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