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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 […]
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Worshop Build-Along — Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

Worshop Build-Along — Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

When it comes to really looking scale, it is in the details that we make the most progress in giving our model’s that “used” look. For my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane which I built and flown this past year, I wanted to bring a better scale look to the front so I am installing a […]
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 […]
Easy Engine Testing — Safe and Cheap!

Easy Engine Testing — Safe and Cheap!

When ever I test run and adjust a new engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on the model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine which I removed from my Fokker Triplane to test run it. The firewall is equipped with Soft Engine mounts available […]
Giant Scale Junker Ju 88 Bomber — Flightline Video

Giant Scale Junker Ju 88 Bomber — Flightline Video

Model Airplane News contributor and WW II warbird expert PJ Ash has an impressive collection of military RC aircraft. Recently, Rich Uravitch caught up with him to get the lowdown on the newest addition to his Active Flight Status log, in the form of this nicely done Junkers Ju 88. Believe it or not, this […]
Giant SE5 Scout from Vailly Aviation Answers the Call!

Giant SE5 Scout from Vailly Aviation Answers the Call!

Several RC Dawn Patrol fly ins and competitions are springing up all across the country. It is has been a very obvious trend in the last few years showing an increased interest for RC WW1 airplane designs. This trend has not gone unnoticed and there are new kits and plans coming to market. So, by popular […]
Behinds the Scenes with the E-flite Carbon-Z Cub on Floats

Behinds the Scenes with the E-flite Carbon-Z Cub on Floats

Recently we reviewed the new Carbon-Z Cun from E-flite and we really put it through its paces. Contributor and ace test pilot Kevin Siemonsen flew the Cub out of our tight test field with its flaps and big tundra tires, and even flew the plane inverted to explore its true aerobatic performance envelop. Kevin then […]
Monster Scale Martin Baker MB.5 — Flightline Video

Monster Scale Martin Baker MB.5 — Flightline Video

One of the most unique RAF aircraft to come out after WW2 and just before the dawn of the jet age was the MB-5 from the Martin Baker company. Only one was built and it was never developed past the prototype stage. Used for flight design testing, it was eventually used as a target drone […]
Fantastic Flying Fortress: the Nine-O-Nine! With Flightline Video

Fantastic Flying Fortress: the Nine-O-Nine! With Flightline Video

At the recent Monster Planes Fly In in Lakeland FL, several amazing scale warbirds and classics showed up to enjoy a weekend of RC fun. MAN’s Rich Uravitch and Ace Photo Guy David Hart were on hand to capture all the excitement and you will be able to read all about it in the upcoming February […]
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