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Arming a 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane

Arming a 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane

There’s a old saying that you’re never finished with a scale airplane, you simply stop working on it. And this is certainly true of my giant scale Triplane. I test flew and have attended some giant scale events with some of the scale detailing yet to be finished and added to the airplane. Examples are […]
Workshop Build-Along — Triplane Scale Surface and Rib Tapes

Workshop Build-Along — Triplane Scale Surface and Rib Tapes

Our December issue of MAN will include an article I wrote about painting and finishing models with scale Stits and Poly Tone paints. I touch on Rib and Surface Tapes briefly so here are some more details on applying these scale details. When it comes to large 1/3-scale models, these kind of details are all […]
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MAN at Kingston IMAA Rally in Canada

MAN at Kingston IMAA Rally in Canada

The 26th annual IMAA giant Scale Rally sponsored by IMAA chapter 217 and hosted by the Kingston RC Modelers club in Kingston Ontario Canada was an amazing time. Weather was perfect and the wind was almost non existent. Well over 100 pilots and almost double that many IMAA legal giant scale planes showed up and […]
Exclusive! Hangar 9’s Giant Corsair

Exclusive! Hangar 9’s Giant Corsair

We got the exclusive on the  Hangar 9 F4U-1D Corsair.  This plane is a giant-scale 60cc size aircraft that delivers scale details worthy of being called competition grade, I have to say that it is impressive.  The construction is primarily wood with fully balsa-sheeted areas, but the outer wing panels and control surfaces (except the […]
Alien Aircraft Taylorcraft Build-Along Part-5

Alien Aircraft Taylorcraft Build-Along Part-5

We continue with our building and detailing workshop Build-Along for the Alien Aircraft 72 inch span Taylorcraft kit. The laser-cut kit is a great place to start if you want to move from your basic worn out ARF trainer and want to try scale on for size. The plane is a classic from the early […]
Top Gun Highlights

Top Gun Highlights

These great shots come to us courtesy of David Hart, who has been on the flightline since this event started on Wednesday. Despite the clouds, he was able to capture some great action footage. enjoy!    
A Day with Dave Platt [VIDEO]

A Day with Dave Platt [VIDEO]

As Scott Copeland wrote in “Final Approach” in June MAN, “Anyone who has seen models built by Dave Platt can’t help but admire the craftsmanship and attention to detail. Calling them ‘models’  belies their true character, as they are literally miniaturized airplanes with every rivet, panel line, landing light and oil stain faithfully replicated in […]
Road to Top Gun: A 12-foot workshop Invader! With Video

Road to Top Gun: A 12-foot workshop Invader! With Video

Frankie Mirandes is no stranger to impressive scale aircraft and has been competing at the Top Gun Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL for several years. For our upcoming “Road to Top Gun” special feature in Model Airplane News, Frankie was the first one to share his newest Top Gun 2013 project with us. Frankie says […]
Rhinebeck Jamboree Highlights

Rhinebeck Jamboree Highlights

When it comes to having a good time, many modelers and pilots know that the annual gathering of WW I and classic vintage models hidden in the hills of the Hudson Valley is the place to be. And the event has redefined the term Jamboree. For 2012, the Old Rhinebeck Jamboree held at the world famous […]
Easy Add-on Details for your Warbird

Easy Add-on Details for your Warbird

While I was building my giant scale Top Flite F4U Corsair, I wanted to add just a touch of detail to help break up it’s all blue paint scheme. This is very easy to do with some basic techniques and supplies. Here’s how I did it…   The technique for adding panel lines with a […]
Scale Hinges: Building Secrets of the Pros

Scale Hinges: Building Secrets of the Pros

This often complicated construction technique is now simplified and shown here by master scale design/builder and competition pilot Roy Vaillancourt. The photos are from his latest project the Fairey Firefly. Roy’s technique requires common building supplies but nothing the average RC builder/modeler can not accomplish in his own workshop. There are many ways to do “scale […]
BASIC WEATHERING TECHNIQUES

BASIC WEATHERING TECHNIQUES

If you really want to make your scale airplane come to life, and make it look as though it’s been flying around for a while, you need to do some weathering, especially on the underside. As with all things in life, when they get used, airplanes get dirty! How much weathering should you do? Consult your […]
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