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The Road to Top Gun: Sneak Peek of the Competitors

The Road to Top Gun: Sneak Peek of the Competitors

The 26th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational, is once again going to be a full 5-day extravaganza of the best RC scale competition. Starting on April 30 and continuing till May 4, Frank Tiano’s annual event will take place at the Paradise Field RC flying facility in Lakeland FL. And, for the first time, there […]
Scale Docs for the ORA Triplane

Scale Docs for the ORA Triplane

Over the course of building my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I searched the web for suitable images and documentation for the triplane flown by Cole Palen at the Old Rhinbeck Aerodrome (ORA). Here a few of those images and the set of scale drawings I made for the “Bloody Black Baron or Rhinebeck’s show plane. […]
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More WW1 Details — Make a scale propeller faceplate

More WW1 Details — Make a scale propeller faceplate

When it comes to making a scale model look real, or at least, realistic and a little less like a  model, it’s all in the details. My basic plan is to look at the model and all the visible RC hardware has to be either painted to cover up plastic and soldered parts, or it […]
Classic Stinson SR-10 Reliant You can Build

Classic Stinson SR-10 Reliant You can Build

Construction Article by Pat Tritle The Stinson Reliant, a 3-place (Plus Pilot) high wing monoplane with conventional landing gear was built in several variants from 1933 – 1941. The last commercial model built was the SR-10, introduced in 1938. A militarized version was first flown in 1942 and remained in production until late 1943, undergoing […]
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Workshop Build-Along — Triplane “Axe Handle” Wingtip Skids

Workshop Build-Along — Triplane “Axe Handle” Wingtip Skids

A great detail point for the Cole Palen Triplane is that the lower wingtip skids are made from ordinary axe handles. Even thought I have flown the Balsa USA triplane most of the 2013 flying season, I always planned to add this unique feature. It’s pretty easy to do. Here’s the Old Triplane on the flightline several […]
Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 2

Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 2

So now that we’ve set the stage for creating a 1/4-scale sport scale Sopwith Camel, let’s start building. When it comes to any project, I gather all my materials and supplies ahead of time, that includes ZAP adhesives, sandpaper, new X-Acto blades and so on. The first job is to remove all your laser-cut parts and […]
Old Rhinebeck with my Triplane

Old Rhinebeck with my Triplane

I recently received some photos taken last September at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, during the Mid-Hudson RC Society’s WW1 Scale Jamboree. My 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane, built from the Balsa USA kit, was created specifically for this event, and I am pleased my good friend Tim Haggerty snapped these shots! It doesn’t get any better than […]
Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel — Part 1

Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel — Part 1

My newest project steps away from building a commercial kit plane, and is more about designing and building my own scale airplane. This includes, using CAD and having final plans sent to a laser cutter to produce my own kit. Then in the workshop it is business as usual. So, to start, I will describe […]
Super-detailed Dauntless

Super-detailed Dauntless

At the AMA Expo last weekend, we were blown away by this SBD Dauntless in the static competition. Built by Frank Harris from Jerry Bates plans, the 85-inch-span model is powered by a Saito twin 57 gas engine and has Robart retracts, a handmade cockpit and numerous scale additions. The fantastic detail on this warbird earned it an […]
Tora, Tora, Tora! A Japanese A6M3 Zero you can build

Tora, Tora, Tora! A Japanese A6M3 Zero you can build

Featured as a construction article in the March 2014 issue of MAN, this A6M3 Model 22 “Zero” is a great sport scale electric powered warbird that’s easy to build and fly. Designed and built by Mark Rittinger the Zero construction article hit the highlights of the project, but here are all of the details and photos not […]
Warbird Makeover: small details create big results

Warbird Makeover: small details create big results

No doubt about it, among warbirds, the Vought F4U Corsair ranks way up near the top as a favorite with modelers. The bent-wing bird, as it’s often called, has a look like no other WW II fighter. From its big, round cowl through its aft cockpit to its unique inverted gull wing, there’s no mistaking […]
Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch

Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch

When it comes to RC Golden Age racers, no one does  flying models better than the world recognized  guru of scale Gee Bees – Henry Haffke. When I teamed up with Henry to build the 1/3-scale version of his Howard DGA-5 “Ike” Golden Age racer, I added several  details that a racer this size needed to look right. One […]
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