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Exceptional Aeronca Chief

Exceptional Aeronca Chief

This beautifully detailed 1/4-scale Aeronca Chief is the handiwork of Icelandic modeler Sturla Snorrason. A completely scratch-built project, the model features traditional wood construction. Sturla notes, “A lot of time went into the drawings along with study of my full size airplane.” A lot of time also went into the detailing, including the true to scale cockpit! […]
How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

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

Taming a Camel – Bavarian Demon Flight Stabilization System

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 […]
Road to Top Gun — Heavy-Metal Razorback!

Road to Top Gun — Heavy-Metal Razorback!

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 […]
Museum Scale Best in Show Winner — with Video

Museum Scale Best in Show Winner — with Video

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 […]
Scratch-Build a Round Cowl

Scratch-Build a Round Cowl

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 […]
Balsa USA Vintage 3-Point WW 1 Floats

Balsa USA Vintage 3-Point WW 1 Floats

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 […]
How To Make a Scale Prop

How To Make a Scale Prop

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: […]
A-Class Alpha Jet

A-Class Alpha Jet

Done up in the colors of the Patrouille Acrobatique de France (the French Acrobatic Patrol, the precision aerobatic team of the French Air Force), this 6-foot-span Alpha Jet is a miniature version of the full size, from its detailed cockpit to its incredible scale landing gear. In this video, pilot Stéphan Laurens flies the model for […]
Top Gun Free Flight Projects

Top Gun Free Flight Projects

As we mentioned a little while ago, the 2016 Top Gun event in Lakeland, FL will be including a serious free flight rubber power airplane class. Of course these lightweight stick and tissue airplanes will have to be scale and the competition is open to all event participants. There are some basic rules but Frank […]
Ali and his super-size Skyraider

Super-size Skyraider

Custom-built by Phil Clarke of Fighter Aces for world-class pilot Ali Machinchy, this 30% scale Skyraider is based on an 80% enlargement of the 100-inch span Nick Ziroli plan. Phil notes, “The structure has been heavily modified to cater for the weight and size increase to allow the model to be successfully passed through the Large […]
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