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A Day with Dave Platt [VIDEO]

Mar 06, 2013 1 Comment

As Scott Copeland wrote in “Final Approach” in June MAN, “Anyone who has seen models built by Dave Platt can’t help but admire the craftsmanship and attention to detail. Calling them ‘models’  belies their true character, as they are literally miniaturized airplanes with every rivet, panel line, landing light and oil stain faithfully replicated in [...]

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Easy (well, easier!) Engine Cylinders

Feb 05, 2013 4 Comments

To scale modelers, there is inherent enjoyment in the challenge of producing models that represent full-scale aircraft.  The models themselves run the gambit from very loose semi-scale likenesses to full-blown museum scale models.  Certain model subjects tend to force the modeler’s hand when they possess physical characteristics that must be copied to make the model [...]

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Road to Top Gun: A 12-foot workshop Invader! With Video

Jan 24, 2013 20 Comments

Frankie Mirandes is no stranger to impressive scale aircraft and has been competing at the Top Gun Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL for several years. For our upcoming “Road to Top Gun” special feature in Model Airplane News, Frankie was the first one to share his newest Top Gun 2013 project with us. Frankie says [...]

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Civilian to Warbird: Stencil how-to

Dec 24, 2012 4 Comments

 

 

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Rhinebeck Jamboree Highlights

Oct 16, 2012 4 Comments

When it comes to having a good time, many modelers and pilots know that the annual gathering of WW I and classic vintage models hidden in the hills of the Hudson Valley is the place to be. And the event has redefined the term Jamboree. For 2012, the Old Rhinebeck Jamboree held at the world famous [...]

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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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