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Gerry Yarrish

Home-made Scale Goggles — Vacuum-forming Made Easy.

Home-made Scale Goggles — Vacuum-forming Made Easy.

A classis and useful workshop tip for scale modelers is making home-made vacuum formed plastic parts. For many, Vac-forming is an advanced modeling technique, and it is excellent for duplicating all sorts of scale accessories. These can include small panels, dashboards, fairings, engine cowlings, scale bombs and drop tanks. You can even make smaller items like scale goggles for your […]
Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 1

Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 1

If you’ve been following my online Build-Along Series on the MAN website for my Sopwith Camel, then you know I have been featuring little mini projects as they pop up in the construction. Well, as Dave Platt, master scale modeler has said numerous times, “A scale model is never truly finished–you simply stop working in […]
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Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, (and some WW I German aircraft), there are some plywood panels that give the aeroplane its characteristic look. It was always part of my over all finish scheme to include these side and top panels. Since they are added after the model has been covered […]
Troubleshoot Gas Engines — 11 Tips for Reliable Performance

Troubleshoot Gas Engines — 11 Tips for Reliable Performance

OK, so you’ve installed your gasoline engine properly, and made sure that the fuel tank is properly installed and the fuel lines and fuel filter are all hooked up correctly, but you still can’t get any fire in the hole—the engine just won’t start. As a safety note here, we always recommend using a properly sized heavy […]
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Workshop Build-Along — Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane

Workshop Build-Along — Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane

This 1/3-scale project really is an easy build, when you break everything down to it basic assembly tasks. I started roughly in October and I began the project by building the tail surfaces including the horizontal stabilizer, the elevator halves and the rudder. These surfaces have laminated edges so you have to use the included […]
Wing Repair for Built up Airplanes [Workbench Video]

Wing Repair for Built up Airplanes [Workbench Video]

Recently, we had a MAN reader write in asking for help with repairing his wing which he damaged by running into the safety fence at his club’s flying field. The damage was not too severe but bad enough that he could not easily patch it up. Several years ago I wrote a How To article […]
Long Island Sky Hawk’s Dawn Patrol

Long Island Sky Hawk’s Dawn Patrol

Well with the Summer starting to heat up, the upcoming Giant Scale WW1 event is just over the horizon. Mark you calendar for July 28 -31 and head down the Long Island Expressway, or better yet, take the Port Jefferson Ferry, and get to this impressive event! With plenty of great WW1 airplanes and great […]
New Workshop Build-Along — 85-inch Douglas Skyraider — Part 2

New Workshop Build-Along — 85-inch Douglas Skyraider — Part 2

The shop was getting a bit too quiet so I have started on my new building project as mentioned earlier, a Douglas A-1J Skyraider. My 85 inch version is based completely on the design by Nick Ziroli. His 100-inch-span Skyraider is a very popular, great flying warbird, and so I reduced the plans by 15% […]
Debut Flight of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s Spirit of St. Louis — with video

Debut Flight of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s Spirit of St. Louis — with video

May 21, 2016, at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck, NY, the most accurate replica of the 1927 Spirit of St. Louis flying today, took off in front of hundreds of well wishers, many dressed in period garb. Piloted by Ken Cassens, the aircraft has been under construction for decades and is a tribute to […]
New Build Project — 85-inch Douglas Skyraider — Reduced Ziroli Design

New Build Project — 85-inch Douglas Skyraider — Reduced Ziroli Design

It has been a while so I decided to get a little more serious about a new workshop project. My new build is going to be an 85 inch span version of Nick Ziroli’s 100-inch 1/6-scale Douglas Skyraider. Reduced 15%, the 85 inch version will be about the same size as the popular giant scale […]
Triplane Tricks at Top Gun

Triplane Tricks at Top Gun

Well, today on Friday, I posted my third flight round with my Fokker Triplane. Much better than yesterday when I suffered a deadstick in the middle of round 2. It turned out that the clunk and pickup line came undone in my gas tank! Small things matter. Anyway, after a repair and replumbing the gas […]
Top Gun Flightline Action

Top Gun Flightline Action

Well, the action here at Top Gun has been non-stop. The weather is very hot but with almost no wind at all, everyone is putting in great flights. From Civilian and WW1 to WW2 warbirds and Jets, the flightline is a constant bed or excitement! Here are just some of the great airplanes filling the […]
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