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5 Great Scale Building Tips

5 Great Scale Building Tips

When it comes to building  airplanes, all scale modelers seem to have mastered the art of Imagineering. Where sport models are utilitarian and have basic Monokote finishes and switches are easily accessible and located, scale planes are all about looking realistic. Here are some basic workshop building and detailing tips as well as a few […]
Make a Scale Static Propeller

Make a Scale Static Propeller

When it comes to scale RC planes, the biggest thing that ruins the scale look of the plane is a “smaller than scale” flying propeller. Many warbird pilots will paint their props the correct color and add the yellow safety propeller tips, but if you really want to get maximum attention at the flying field, […]
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Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 15 — Fairing the Cabane Struts

Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 15 — Fairing the Cabane Struts

So after the cabane (and the landing gear), are soldering together, they have to be filled out with wood fairings. To do this on the Camel I bought some 1/2 inch wide grooved basswood stock. These fit nicely on the wire and are a lot easier to use than trying to groove wood yourself on […]
Building an F-104 Starfighter in 20 minutes — Video

Building an F-104 Starfighter in 20 minutes — Video

Our good friend and MAN Contributor Sean McHale, is a very talented scale modeler and is an expert RC turbine jet pilot. He has built several impressive jets and also has produced some amazing videos. Here is Sean’s most recent video showing in time-laps images what exactly goes into building a first class, scale RC […]
Custom Vinyl Graphics

Custom Vinyl Graphics

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, […]
P-47 Thunderbolt Makeover—Republic’s Street Fighter in British War Paint

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

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 […]
Mig-17 Fresco — An EDF Jet you can build

Mig-17 Fresco — An EDF Jet you can build

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.  […]
Formation Flying — RC Warbird Wingmen bring it Home!

Formation Flying — RC Warbird Wingmen bring it Home!

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

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

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 […]
Easy Turbine F-16: Plug and Play!

Easy Turbine F-16: Plug and Play!

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 […]
Flying Fortress a Favorite at the NEAT Fair

Flying Fortress a Favorite at the NEAT Fair

This past weekend was the NEAT Fair (Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology Fair) and as usual, electric airplane lovers from all across the country made their annual trek to Downsville, NY to partake in this E-Power Extravaganza. The MAN Team was on hand and we captured some of the action that drew center-stage on the flightline. One […]
Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 14 — Cabane Struts and Top Wing

Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 14 — Cabane Struts and Top Wing

After finishing up the top wing by making and installing the laminated center cutaway bow, it’s time to mate top wing to the fuselage. The struts that support the center of the wing (and set the wing incidence), are called the cabane struts. These work together with the outer interplane struts near the wing tips […]
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