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Top Gun – LIVE COVERAGE!

Apr 27, 2011 No Comments

Stay tuned as we cover the Top Gun Scale Invitational in Lakeland, Florida, later this week. We’ll be on the flightline, so come back to see interviews with builders, up-close details and, of course, in-air videos. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute news! Click here: http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/category/topics/event-coverage/top-gun-2011/

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Neiuport 28 from Maxford

Apr 26, 2011 No Comments

Maxford USA Neiuport 28 This model of the Nieuport 28 is a semi-scale ARF that combines scale appeal with the ease of transport and flying characteristics which make 40-inch wingspan EP models very popular among many sport/scale RC airplane enthusiasts. It is constructed mainly of laser-cut balsa and light ply, and it is finished with [...]

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Seabee build-along

Apr 25, 2011 No Comments

G&P Sales Republic Seabee Build-along by Klaus Ronge The somewhat odd looking Republic Seabee has always been one of my favorite aircraft. The four-passenger Seabee, built by the Republic Aircraft Corp, was introduced after WWII and became known as a 90 knot plane. It took off, cruised and landed at 90 knots and was considered [...]

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Outstanding Staggerwing

Apr 20, 2011 No Comments

A look at a plane that took years to complete and three different builders, but in the end it was well worth the wait.  This outstanding scale Staggerwing started as a cut balsa kit from the Aeroplane Factory which was made from Ziroli plans.  The plane is large with a wingspan of 86-inches and an [...]

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See it here first! Great Planes Waco YMF-5D

Apr 20, 2011 3 Comments

Flight Test by Michael York I have long been a huge fan of the Waco YMF and was honored to review this absolutely gorgeous version by Great Planes. Starting from a clean sheet of paper, they wanted to ensure that their 1⁄5-scale version not only looked stunning, but would have outstanding flight characteristics and not [...]

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Making and Soldering Wire Landing Gear

Apr 20, 2011 1 Comment

The last bit of building before we cover the ongoing Build-along Mini Fokker D-VII project is to make and install the wire landing gear. Here’s how I do it! Here’s the bacis tools and materials! You need your music wire, a 40watt soldering iron, Silver solder and liquid flux (I use Stay Brite), and some [...]

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Designing and building the Fleet Biplane: An interview with Pat Tritle.

Apr 15, 2011 4 Comments

From our very first, a very important part of Backyard Flyer (now Electric Flight Magazine) has been our “Homebuilt” articles where we feature scratch-built RC aircraft designs that our readers can build. The model designers who produce the working plans and develop the models put a great deal of effort into their final products. Pat [...]

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An interview with Jean “John” Chevalier–Scale Modeler Extraordinaire

Apr 15, 2011 3 Comments

THROUGHOUT MY WORK at Model Airplane News, I have traveled to cover countless regional and national scale competitions and fly-in events and over the years I have constantly bumped into one particular competitor. Jean “John” Chevalier of LaColle, Quebec, Canada, has a rich and lengthy scale modeling history and I consider myself fortunate to have [...]

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