MAN editor Gerry Yarrish shows us a sneak peek of the new 16-channel Futaba 16SZ computer radio system. Be sure to watch out for the March 2018 issue of MAN for our full and detailed review of the exciting new Futaba radio.
This Thanksgiving weekend we wish all of our dear readers the blessings of family and friends, good food and health, and fair skies and smooth landings. We are incredibly grateful for you and this wonderful hobby we share.
Whether you’re building a heavy-metal warbird, an aerobatic model, a WW I biplane, or giant-scale aerobatic airplanes it is important to use the proper flight and setup techniques. Many aspiring giant-scale pilots struggle because they don’t fully understand the subtle differences between one airplane and another. All airplanes fly differently and require flight techniques that […]
Learning to fly advanced maneuvers helps you become a better RC pilot and gives you the ability to perform aerobatics more smoothly and precisely. This video Flight Tip by Jason Benson explains how to master the impressive Knife Edge Circle with 1 1/2 snap rolls move.
This SBD Dauntless flown by Uli Richter sports an unusual scheme: that of the WW II French Armee de l’Air. In 1944, after the German invasion of France, the Free French Air Force (government in exile) received about 80 SBD-5s and A-24Bs from the United States in 1944. This 44-pound model bears the scheme of the most […]
You know what we’re grateful for this Thanksgiving? Hints and tips from the best readers around! Here’s hoping you are able to spend some time in the workshop this holiday weekend and can put a few of these tips to use! HOT HINGE SLOTTER Hinges work better when the slots are right in the middle […]
No doubt about it, among warbirds, the Vought F4U Corsair ranks way up near the top as a favorite with modelers. The bent-wing bird, as it’s often called, has a look like no other WW II fighter. From its big, round cowl through its aft cockpit to its unique inverted gull wing, there’s no mistaking […]
In my opinion, the knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. First, I’ll describe the maneuver. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using “top” rudder. When the maneuver is […]
OK, I know what you’re thinking: what on earth is that?! But trust me, these indoor fliers are incredibly cool little machines. Flown at the recent Modell-Hobby-Spiel Fair in Leipzig, Germany, these Star Wars podracers appear to have a t-shaped carbon-fiber frame that holds the battery and electronics. Two foam shrouds each house a forward-facing […]
Not everyone has the patience or the many hours it can take to build a large scale model, so the availability of ARF warbirds such as the Phoenix Model A-26 Invader has been a boon for time-challenged builders. The only drawback is that you are limited to the livery the manufacturer chose for their subject, […]
Advice from expert scale designer and builder Nick Ziroli: Instead of adding the fillet after the wing and fuselage are built, I make the shape of the fillet areas as part of the fuselage formers themselves. This requires having at least the wing center section built and attached to the fuselage, but to make sure […]
On 13 November 1907, French engineer and bicycle-maker Paul Cornu made history by becoming the first man to fly in a rotary wing aircraft. Like the Wright Brothers, Cornu was a bicycle maker who dreamed of flight. Ensuring his place in the history books, his primitive twin-rotor helicopter was powered by a 24HP Antoinette engine […]