How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

Mar 21, 2016 6 Comments

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood to make 3-panel windshields for open cockpit airplanes. The airplane I am using is a loaner Stearman PT-17 I got from Nick Ziroli Jr., and I wanted to spruce it up a little for him. Let’s get started. (Above) Here is the old wornout clear plastic [...]

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Taming a Camel – Bavarian Demon Flight Stabilization System

Mar 18, 2016 1 Comment

I had an interesting time at last year’s Warbirds over Delaware giant scale event. I was flying my newly completed 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel and was having some difficulty landing the short nosed WW1 biplane. I made three flights each ending by flipping over on its nose and I broke three propellers. Not my best showing. It just so [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Heavy-Metal Razorback!

Mar 15, 2016 1 Comment

We just heard from Greg “Growler” Thomas of Las Vegas, NV who has teamed up as pilot with builder, Phil Smith of Montgomery, TX to compete this at Top Gun in the Team Scale category. The team earned their Top Gun spot by placing second the class at the U.S. Scale Masters in 2015. Phil Smith who is the builder and [...]

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Museum Scale Best in Show Winner — with Video

Mar 03, 2016 15 Comments

Though we have been keeping tabs on our good friend and long time MAN contributor Sal Calvagna, his latest project has just been unveiled at the WRAM show. Coming in from Holbrook, New York, Sal’s highly unusual and impressive entry is this 1/6-scale Sikorsky Ilya Muromets which was one of Igor Sikorsky’s earlier biplane designs. He has [...]

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Civilian to Warbird: Stencil How-To

Feb 28, 2016 3 Comments



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Scratch-Build a Round Cowl

Feb 18, 2016 1 Comment

The method of making a round cowling involves laminating a cylinder from 1/64-inch plywood and capping it with a balsa ring for the leading edge. In the photos that are featured in this article, I  show two cowlings that I made this way; one was for an original design  and the other was for a [...]

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Balsa USA Vintage 3-Point WW 1 Floats

Feb 12, 2016 No Comments

If like our editors, you like WW 1 scale airplanes, and are looking for a way to spice up your vintage flying! Try adding water! Flying your Fokker or Sopwith off of water with scale-like 3-Point Floats adds a whole new dimension to the sport. Featuring Balsa, Basswood, and Plywood construction, the new Balsa USA 3-Point [...]

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How To Make a Scale Prop

Feb 01, 2016 8 Comments

The propeller plays a significant role in the realistic appearance of a scale model aircraft, especially if it’s laminated wood.  With a little effort, you can capture the effect of wood laminations by using any ordinary wood prop.  First, refer to a 3-view drawing and scale-up the prop to the right size for your model. Note: [...]

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