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Throwback Thursday — 30% Staudacher

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments

Not terribly old, but back in 1999, my favorite plane was this 30% scale GS300 Staudacher from the GSP (Giant Scale Planes) ARC. It was powered by a 3W 60cc rear induction single cylinder gas engine, was outfitted with JR 8103 radio gear and it was covered and finished with Hangar 9 Ultracoat and Cajun RC [...]

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First Place Win at WRAM Show — Gerry’s Fokker Triplane

Feb 25, 2014 1 Comment

The Staff here at Model Airplane News is very proud of editor Gerry Yarrish for his well-deserved First Place win in the World War 1 Category at the 2014 WRAM Show! Most MAN readers will recognize this impressive red and black Fokker Triplane, Gerry started this impressive 1/3-scale project in 2012 and featured it in dozens of Online Workshop Build-Along posts. [...]

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Best in Show: Museum-Scale Fokker Triplane

Feb 24, 2014 7 Comments

When it comes to top level scale modeling, the WRAM show is the place to go to see what the Northeast section of the country has to offer. One of the best scale modelers we know of is Mike Gross Sr., from the Long Island Sky Hawks club. From Mastic Beach, NY, Mike won the [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Bristol Beaufighter Returns!

Feb 21, 2014 No Comments

Last year’s Mr. Top Gun winner David Wigley will again be defending his title well deserved for the fourth time this year with his amazing 1/5-scale Bristol Beaufighter. With its 138-inch wingspan and powered by twin BME 102cc has engines, David’s amazing RAF warbird has set a very high standard to compete against. Competing in [...]

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Road to Top Gun: SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber

Feb 18, 2014 14 Comments

This week’s ”Road to Top Gun” highlight focuses on Bill Steffes who is again competing at the 2014 Scale Invitational with his impressive Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber. Bill has entered in the Team Scale category and will be competing with the SBD’s designer Nick Ziroli Sr., as his Team pilot. These two well-known Top Gun veterans are sure to give the [...]

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Resin Casting Made Easy: Mass-Production Spark Plugs

Feb 16, 2014 5 Comments

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, [...]

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The Road to Top Gun: Sneak Peek of the Competitors

Feb 13, 2014 18 Comments

The 26th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational, is once again going to be a full 5-day extravaganza of the best RC scale competition. Starting on April 30 and continuing till May 4, Frank Tiano’s annual event will take place at the Paradise Field RC flying facility in Lakeland FL. And, for the first time, there [...]

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Scale Docs for the ORA Triplane

Feb 10, 2014 1 Comment

Over the course of building my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I searched the web for suitable images and documentation for the triplane flown by Cole Palen at the Old Rhinbeck Aerodrome (ORA). Here a few of those images and the set of scale drawings I made for the “Bloody Black Baron or Rhinebeck’s show plane. [...]

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