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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 7 — Tail Surfaces

Jun 25, 2014 2 Comments

Leaving the soldering iron and landing gear alone for a while, let’s switch gears a little and break out the ZAP glue and build some wood parts again. The build of any model airplane is based on certain tasks that need to be done in order for other tasks to take place. With the Sopwith [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 6 — Soldering Landing Gear

Jun 23, 2014 No Comments

It has been a little while since I snapped a few pix of the Sopwith Camel project, but here we are. As you may remember we left off last time by precisely bending all of the music-wire pieces to form the landing gear. Here’s how I soldered everything together. The first step to producing any wire landing [...]

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Home-made Goggles — Vacuum-forming Made Easy.

Jun 13, 2014 1 Comment

One of the older workshop tips for scale modelers is home-made vacuum formed plastic parts. For many, Vac-forming is an advanced modeling technique, and it is great for making all sorts of scale accessories. These include small panels, fairings and cowlings, scale bombs and drop tanks, and even smaller items like scale goggles for your pilot figure. One [...]

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Evan Volksplane You can build

Jun 10, 2014 2 Comments

From the September issue of MAN, this new version of the ever popular Evans Volksplane is the work of RC model designer and contributor Pat Tritle. This easy to build park flyer has built up lightweight construction and features scale all-flying tail surfaces just like the real thing. Lasercut parts are available from author. You [...]

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Rivet Detail Made Easy (well, easier!)

Jun 10, 2014 9 Comments

Don’t you just hate it when an article starts off with a question? Me too! But sometimes it does serve the purpose of grabbing the reader’s attention. With that in mind, how often have you been to a scale modeling event and wondered, “How the heck did he do that?” Whether it’s a technique in [...]

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Painting Scale Pilot Helmets

May 28, 2014 No Comments

I put a huge amount of detail in the helmets of my Best Pilots pilot figures because its the topmost thing that’s viewed when your pilot is sitting in the cockpit. Most flight helmets are leather and that’s what’s shown in the December 2011 issue of MAN. The following technique works like magic in replicating [...]

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Fast-n-Quiet! E-Jets at Top Gun

May 16, 2014 3 Comments

Everyone knows that when you want to see the best scale aircraft flying and competing, then Top Gun is the place to go. All sorts of amazing aircraft were there this year and electric powered jets also made a pretty good showing for themselves. All serious level scale aircraft with all the bells and whistles, they [...]

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Top Gun Video Interview — Fernando Bellegrade — Stuka Dive Bomber

May 15, 2014 4 Comments

There’s just something about the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Dive Bomber! This bent-wing Luftwaffe Warbird was one of the very first “Tank Busters” and it was a major part of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg war strategy. Competing in Expert, Fernando Bellegrade traveled all the way from Sao Paulo, Brazil with his impressive Stuka. Built from Nick Ziroli [...]

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