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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% […]
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Fly a reverse Cuban-8 with half rolls

Fly a reverse Cuban-8 with half rolls

  When I first started aerobatic competition, symmetrical maneuvers that combined various elements were of the most complex to perform both precisely and consistently. Let’s take the loop, for example. While it may be fairly straightforward to perform a single loop, try flying a vertical 8, which is an inside loop followed by an outside […]
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 […]
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Knife-Edge Flight Secrets

Knife-Edge Flight Secrets

On your first attempts, it’s wise to enter your knife-edge maneuvers from a slight climb to buy yourself some extra time to think through the steps so you don’t finding yourself rushing to recover. You’ll also find it much easier to build your first sustained knife-edge if you initially roll the airplane in the same […]
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 […]
Rudder: Use it to Fly Better!

Rudder: Use it to Fly Better!

Actually, pilots should begin their flying careers by using rudder from the very beginning. One of the ways we used to help beginner pilots is by programming in an aileron/rudder mix from the very start. This improves the plane’s performance by eliminating adverse yaw, which is the opposite yaw or skid inherent with aileron deflections […]
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 […]
Top Gun — First Flight Success

Top Gun — First Flight Success

After a long time on planning and repairing and adjusting, the Fokker Triplane performed perfectly at Top Gun. With 4-time Mr. Top Gun winner Dave Wigley as my caller, What did I have to worry about! Stay tuned for some flight shots coming soon. Engine running perfectly and the flight sequence all figured out, we […]
MAN @ Top Gun — Day one with Gerry

MAN @ Top Gun — Day one with Gerry

Amazing weather, beautiful planes and lots of scale action to view. Here are just some of the airplanes flying on day one at Top Gun.        
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