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Build a Scale Radial Engine

Feb 04, 2014 2 Comments

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 great and to replicate a radial engine of a full scale prototype their products are a great way to [...]

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Small details count: WW I “Axe Handle” Wingtip Skids

Feb 02, 2014 4 Comments

A great detail point for the Cole Palen Triplane is that the lower wingtip skids are made from ordinary axe handles. Even thought I have flown the Balsa USA triplane most of the 2013 flying season, I always planned to add this unique feature. It’s pretty easy to do. Here’s the Old Triplane on the flightline several [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 2

Jan 31, 2014 4 Comments

So now that we’ve set the stage for creating a 1/4-scale sport scale Sopwith Camel, let’s start building. When it comes to any project, I gather all my materials and supplies ahead of time, that includes ZAP adhesives, sandpaper, new X-Acto blades and so on. The first job is to remove all your laser-cut parts and [...]

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Old Rhinebeck with my Triplane

Jan 28, 2014 1 Comment

I recently received some photos taken last September at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, during the Mid-Hudson RC Society’s WW1 Scale Jamboree. My 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane, built from the Balsa USA kit, was created specifically for this event, and I am pleased my good friend Tim Haggerty snapped these shots! It doesn’t get any better than [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel

Jan 27, 2014 8 Comments

My newest project steps away from building a commercial kit plane, and is more about designing and building my own scale airplane. This includes, using CAD and having final plans sent to a laser cutter to produce my own kit. Then in the workshop it is business as usual. So, to start, I will describe [...]

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Super-detailed Dauntless

Jan 23, 2014 15 Comments

At the AMA Expo last weekend, we were blown away by this SBD Dauntless in the static competition. Built by Frank Harris from Jerry Bates plans, the 85-inch-span model is powered by a Saito twin 57 gas engine and has Robart retracts, a handmade cockpit and numerous scale additions. The fantastic detail on this warbird earned it an [...]

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Scale Weathering and Painting — Making a WW1 Rotary Engine Look Old

Jan 22, 2014 7 Comments

When it comes to really looking scale, it is in the details that we make the most progress in giving our model’s that “used” look. For my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane which I built and flown this past year, I wanted to bring a better scale look to the front so I am installing a [...]

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Tora, Tora, Tora! A Japanese A6M3 Zero you can build

Jan 06, 2014 3 Comments

Featured as a construction article in the March 2014 issue of MAN, this A6M3 Model 22 “Zero” is a great sport scale electric powered warbird that’s easy to build and fly. Designed and built by Mark Rittinger the Zero construction article hit the highlights of the project, but here are all of the details and photos not [...]

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