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Scaling out a foam WW I fighter

Apr 29, 2014 7 Comments

I’ve had the ParkZone Albatros for a few months and have had a blast flying it. It is a foam, ready-to-fly WW I flyer that’s of great value. My club has a grass field that is rather bumpy, so great care is needed to bring small-scale planes down for safe landings. It was this objective [...]

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3 Days until Top Gun — The excitement grows in the scale community!

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

The MAN team is getting set to travel down to Lakeland Florida, to cover the biggest scale event of the year! Held at Paradise Field, Top Gun is more than just a popular event, and destination. Though each year the editors get a front row seat as we cover all the scale action and details [...]

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7 Days until Top Gun — The MAN crew is getting ready!

Apr 24, 2014 2 Comments

The MAN crew is getting excited about traveling to Top Gun for the annual Scale Invitational. This year the facility at Paradise Field will be sporting a brand new paved runway for the Top Gun pilots to operate from. Joining editors Debra Cleghorn and Gerry Yarrish, will be contributors Rich Uravitch, Carl Layden and ace [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Jeff Foley’s Bf-109E

Apr 19, 2014 3 Comments

The Luftwaffe will be well represented with Jeff Foley flying his very impressive and well tried Bf-109E German WW2 fighter. Jeff’s “Emil” has an 86 inch span, and is completely scratch built from Jeff’s own molds. The classic warbird  is 1/4.5 in scale and weighs 27 pounds. It uses a modified Dave Platt landing gear, and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — P.J. Ash and his Rising Sun Japanese Zero

Apr 18, 2014 9 Comments

PJ has just finished his Top Gun competition plane which is a Meister Scale long wing Zero. The wingspan is 118 inches and the model is powered with a Quadra 100 swinginga Xoar 26×10 prop. It has Sierra retracts, and is guided by JR 12x.  For the impressive slightly weathered South Pacific finish, PJ used Tamiya [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee’s T-34-B Mentor

Apr 17, 2014 2 Comments

Mike Barbee will again be competing with his absolutely immense T-34B Mentor in the Expert class. The plane is 36% scale and has a wingspan of 138 inches and is 110 inches long. Mike built it from a Bob Patton design and the fuselage is fiberglass made from Bob’s molds. The wings are foam sheeted and finished with 1.5 oz. [...]

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Throw Back Thursday! — Old MAN Photo Files

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

We dusted off some great old snap shots by our dear friend George Leu. George traveled all over the country and contributed to several articles in MAN along with his time as a Scale columnist. All these photos are from a folder marked 1987 – 88 From the Scale Masters held in California. Two years [...]

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How to: Make Bubble Windows

Apr 17, 2014 1 Comment

Many full-scale airplanes and helicopters feature bubble windows to allow the crew greater visibility. Replicating these windows can be tricky for scale modelers, as it’s inconvenient to make a vacuum-forming plug for each uniquely shaped window frame. In full-scale aircraft manufacturing, these bubble windows are almost always free-blown from sheet plastic clamped in a frame. [...]

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