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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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Exterior Details—Dummy Control Linkages

Apr 15, 2011 No Comments

There’s an old saying that scale models are really never finished, you just stop adding details to them and go flying! Each scale modeler has to decide for himself when enough is enough. For me, I enjoy adding details to the top surfaces of the wings and control surfaces in the form of scale dummy [...]

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Bob Walker’s Benoist

Apr 10, 2011 5 Comments

  Check out Bob Walker’s Benoist on its first test-float. Bob designed and built this model after the 1914 plane that was the world’s first scheduled airliner, carrying passengers between St. Petersburg and Tampa, cutting down on the nearly all-day trip into a 23-minute flight! It only made 172 flights and was cut short because [...]

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