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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 29: Balancing the CG

Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 29: Balancing the CG

Well, this is the very last workshop segment from this Sopwith Camel Build-Along. After getting the model balanced, it will all be about how it flies, and that means a trip to the Club’s flying field. To balance the model, I used scuba weight and lead shot installed in the engine compartment. I built a plywood […]
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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 27: Interplane Struts

Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 27: Interplane Struts

The last bits of building in any project seem to take the longest, at least when you have a deadline to meet! We are planning to have the compete construction article for this sport scale WW1 classic in the upcoming December issue of MAN in our Scale Special Issue. To make the interplane struts you […]
Top Gun Scale Invitational Video Highlights

Top Gun Scale Invitational Video Highlights

The MAN Team had an amazing time at Top Gun this year, but it wasn’t all fun and games, besides covering the event and making sure we got the airplane’s and pilot’s names correct, we also did some video work. So here, all in one place, are the highlights from this year’s event right from […]
Computer Aided Design and Developing RC Airplane Plans

Computer Aided Design and Developing RC Airplane Plans

One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new segment of modeling to me, while also greatly increasing the precision in which I designed and developed scratch build scale airplanes. This post is an online version of my PowerPoint presentation […]
How to Make Straight Trailing Edges

How to Make Straight Trailing Edges

I often see an otherwise fine-looking scale model degraded by a really poor trailing edge construction technique. All but a very few specially designed aircraft have sharp trailing edges on all their flying surfaces. For my scale models, I try to always strive to make the trailing edge sharp, straight and durable. The technique I […]
Top Gun Video Interview — David James and his Spad VII

Top Gun Video Interview — David James and his Spad VII

known for the big heavy metal warbirds, Top Gun actually draws all types of amazing planes and such is the case with this immense 45% Scale Spad VII. Flown by David James, it was impossible not to notice the gigantic WW 1 biplane on the flightline. MAN editor Gerry Yarrish chatted with David about his […]
Top Gun Video Interview — Randy Clark and his Yak 130

Top Gun Video Interview — Randy Clark and his Yak 130

Most of the jets at Top Gun this year were of the extra large turbine variety and they all grab your attention where flying by or just waiting for the round. An extremely impressive jet was Randy Clark’s Yak 130 and MAN editor Gerry Yarrish chatted with him to get the inside scoop on this […]
Top Gun 2015 — Top Static Scores with Video Highlights

Top Gun 2015 — Top Static Scores with Video Highlights

When it comes to competition in any scale event, your earn your final score from two categories, your flight scores and your static scale score. It is here, on the judging table that modelers have the most control. Basically you put together your documentation package and then you build and paint your airplane to match […]
Top Gun Video Interview — Mike Grady — B-17 Flying Fortress

Top Gun Video Interview — Mike Grady — B-17 Flying Fortress

At this year’s scale invitational, Mike’s competition aircraft for Team Scale was this amazing WW2 4-engine, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. The B-17 was 1/9-scale and built from a Wingspan models kit and has a span is 138 inches with a fuselage length of 99 inches. Weight is 65 pounds. The model is electric powered and is equipped with four […]
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