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Flying the “Pilot Maker” AT-6 Texan from Hobby King — With New Video

Oct 22, 2013 1 Comment

Perhaps the best know advanced trainer from WW2 the North American AT-6 Texan was used throughout WW2 and into the 1950s to give early cadets their first taste of a high performance aircraft. The new Texan from Hobby King is molded from durable EPO foam and has detailed molded right in. Reviewed in the December [...]

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Historical Accuracy — Scale Planes & Correct Insignia

Oct 21, 2013 146 Comments

One of the things I like best about our readers is that they’re sticklers for accuracy: if we publish a photo of a plane that has incorrect markings, the letters pour in! A few years ago, a reviewer followed the box art and placed the stars and bars insignia upside-down and reversed the upper and lower [...]

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Scale Markings & Vintage Propeller Decals from Cal-Grafx

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments

I have built a lot of scale airplanes, and the one thing that will set any airplane apart from the rest is historically accurate, nicely applied aircraft markings and decals. We have published several Aircraft Make-over articles recently and several readers asked for a good source of decals for their make-over projects. Cal-Grafx Hobby Art, [...]

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How To Repair a Fiberglass Engine Cowl

Oct 16, 2013 22 Comments

The great thing about almost ready to fly airplanes is that for the most part, they come with great looking fiberglass engine cowls that fit beautifully and often are painted at the factory. The general method of attachment to the fuselage is the use of through-the-cowl screws making assembly quick and simple. After time however, [...]

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MAN Construction Details — Precious Metal P-51 Reno Racer

Oct 15, 2013 2 Comments

Designed and built by MAN contributor Mark Rittinger, this exclusive online article is the complete and detailed construction article that will be featured in the upcoming December issue of Model Airplane News. Plans available September 1. at: www.airagestore.com I know what you’re thinking….”ANOTHER P51?!” Well yes, fellow modelers! However, this is no ordinary D model [...]

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New 1/3-scale British WW1 Vintage Wheels from Williams Brothers

Oct 14, 2013 No Comments

Known for decades as the Go-To place for quality scale airplane accessories, Williams Brothers Model Products has come out with a great set of British WW1 style Vintage Wheels for giant scale lovers. These 1/3 Scale reproductions are based on the 700 x 100 mm wheels  and have a diameter of 9.2 inches. The Axle Hole length is 2.3 [...]

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Micro Lightning–Test Flying the new P-38 from Flyzone

Oct 03, 2013 1 Comment

I just got back from the flying field here in Wilton, CT after test flying the neat little P-38 Lightning from Flyzone. I remember growing up building Revell plastic scale models and one was a P-38 and it was not very much smaller than this all-foam RC park flyer. With great molded in details and [...]

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5 Great Scale Building Tips

Sep 28, 2013 6 Comments

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 [...]

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