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Easy Add-on Details for your Warbird

Sep 05, 2012 12 Comments

While I was building my giant scale Top Flite F4U Corsair, I wanted to add just a touch of detail to help break up it’s all blue paint scheme. This is very easy to do with some basic techniques and supplies. Here’s how I did it…   The technique for adding panel lines with a [...]

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Scale Hinges: Building Secrets of the Pros

Aug 16, 2012 11 Comments

This often complicated construction technique is now simplified and shown here by master scale design/builder and competition pilot Roy Vaillancourt. The photos are from his latest project the Fairey Firefly. Roy’s technique requires common building supplies but nothing the average RC builder/modeler can not accomplish in his own workshop. There are many ways to do “scale [...]

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BASIC WEATHERING TECHNIQUES

Aug 01, 2012 2 Comments

If you really want to make your scale airplane come to life, and make it look as though it’s been flying around for a while, you need to do some weathering, especially on the underside. As with all things in life, when they get used, airplanes get dirty! How much weathering should you do? Consult your [...]

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What about those “beauty” contests?

Jun 21, 2012 1 Comment

It’s kinda neat, the varied competitions available to the R/C’er these days. There are flying events with a host of sub-sets like scale, electric, seaplanes, jets, sport, vintage, gliders and other classes. Something for everyone it would seem. There are also local shows of a different type, usually held at the shopping mall where passers-by, [...]

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Road to Top Gun Update — Jack Buckley, Reed Clipped-Wing Cub

Apr 27, 2012 3 Comments

  We just got another update from a regular Top Gun contestant, Jack Buckley. Jack is planning on flying a brand new 1/3 scale Reed Clipped-Wing Cub. Right now it is still in bones but almost ready to cover. It has all full-size ribs,  (no half ribs), and Jack is presently setting up the wing attachment to the [...]

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New 1/4-Scale WWI Pilot Figure

Apr 02, 2012 1 Comment

Another masterpiece from BEST PILOTS! LOTHAR VON RICTHOFEN the younger brother of the infamous “The Red baron” (Manfred  Von Ricthofen) is an ideal subject for the cockpit of your next 1/4-scale WW1 German Aeroplane.  This full-figure, lightweight pilot not only raises the bar in authentic scale realism – it blows it away! Lothar,  is chocked full [...]

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Will this fearsome fighter win Top Gun again?

Mar 28, 2012 4 Comments

Jeff Foley is no stranger to the winners’ circle, taking two Mr. Top Gun titles, winning the Masters class five times and the Top Gun Pro-am pro once.  His Messerschmitt Me-109E is still the only “single engined, WW 2 fighter” to win Mr. Top Gun!  It also a 5 time winner of the AMA Nats in the [...]

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Road to Top Gun Update: John Boyko, Cessna Skymaster

Mar 23, 2012 4 Comments

John’s Cessna Skymaster is 26% scale and has a 120″ wingspan. The inline twin aircraft is built from his own plans and has all-wood construction and fiberglass engine cowls. John built and molded the fiberglass parts with his own plug and mold work. The Retracts are a custom made and are a one-off set.  The [...]

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