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Kondor Model Products L-4 Grasshopper–Exclusive Online Flight Test and Review

Sep 15, 2011 2 Comments

This Exclusive Sneak Peek will be published in the February 2012 issue of Model Airplane News. Reviewer and Test Pilot Aaron Ham, reports that: “makes a great trainer thatr just happens to be legal for warbird events–A J-3 Cub in military dress.”   Built between 1937 and 1947 by Piper Aircraft. The Piper Cub was [...]

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Planes Worth Modeling–Pietenpol Air Camper

Sep 14, 2011 No Comments

By Gerry Yarrish   Quoted from the Pietenpol Hangar display, EAA Museum/Pioneer Airport. Oshkosh, WI: “Bernard H. Pietenpol pursued his dreams of flight from the ’20s through his passing in 1984. His dreams were of planes powered by auto engines that nearly everyone could afford to build and operate. He first flew Gnome, then Ford [...]

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Outstanding RC B-25!

Sep 08, 2011 2 Comments

By Lyle Vasser   This is our Ziroli B-25 with 101″ wingspan. My father, Robert Vasser, built the model, and I painted and added the detail work. I also fly the plane. (He likes to say he is the “builder” and I”m the “crasher”). My dad declared that if we build this plane it had [...]

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Top Notch Models Cessna 195: Scale Buildalong, part 4

Aug 24, 2011 4 Comments

Our Cessna setup and ready for trim. The plane is covered in Solartex and primed and painted with Topflite Lusterkote white. This gave us a very good looking, even surface for trim and paint. Notice the wheel pants are now installed and the KMS motor is installed.                 [...]

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Top Notch Cessna 195: Scale Build-along, part 3

Aug 20, 2011 No Comments

In this installment, the Scale Squadron club members hinge the ailerons, glass the wheel pants and cover the wing.   Since we are painting the airplane, we decided to glass the wheel pants. This is a very easy process. Requires some 3/4oz glass cloth, Pacer Finishing Resin, and an old credit card or other piece of [...]

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BP Hobbies Me 163 Komet: online extras

Aug 19, 2011 2 Comments

The BP Hobbies Me 163B-1a Komet, reviewed in the October issue of Model Airplane News, is a unique aircraft with many interesting features. Here, reviewer Klaus Ronge explains some additional features of the aircraft and some of his modifications. There is a removable hatch to access the stock tailwheel assembly which I did not use [...]

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Top Notch Products Cessna 195 Scale Buildalong, part 2

Aug 16, 2011 No Comments

The Scale Squadron of Southern California, a club devoted to scale modeling and RC airplane fun have embarked on a new product review, the Cessna 195 from Top Notch Kits. This article continues with the construction of the wheel pants, cowl,  vertical fin fit and wing installation. For the first part of this article, click here. There was little [...]

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Nick Ziroli Plans’ Zero — Giant Scale Flight Test

Aug 16, 2011 2 Comments

From the December 2011 issue of Model Airplane New Construction photos taken by Michael Gross, Finished and flying photographs taken by Sal Cavagna There were some 11,000 Zeros built in many different variations between 1940 and 1945.  I chose the Mitsubishi A6M5c Type 52 Hei to model because I purchased a highly detailed 1/48 scale [...]

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