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First Flight! DC-3 Masterpiece

First Flight! DC-3 Masterpiece

This stunning DC-3 done up in Flugfélag Íslands (Air Iceland) colors is the handiwork of Icelandic modeler Sturla Snorrason. A completely scratch-built project, the model features traditional wood construction and true aluminum parts, like the wing fairings made from aluminum plate. Two RCG 26cc gas engines power the 36-pound DC-3, while Best Pilots figures occupy the cockpit. […]
Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 7 — Tail Surfaces

Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 7 — Tail Surfaces

Leaving the soldering iron and landing gear alone for a while, let’s switch gears a little and break out the ZAP glue and build some wood parts again. The build of any model airplane is based on certain tasks that need to be done in order for other tasks to take place. With the Sopwith […]
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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 6 — Soldering Landing Gear

Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 6 — Soldering Landing Gear

It has been a little while since I snapped a few pix of the Sopwith Camel project, but here we are. As you may remember we left off last time by precisely bending all of the music-wire pieces to form the landing gear. Here’s how I soldered everything together. The first step to producing any wire landing […]
Workshop Tips — Wing Repairs for Built-up Airplanes

Workshop Tips — Wing Repairs for Built-up Airplanes

Note: This Hangar 9 Piper Pawnee ARF was purposely damaged so we could demonstrate this repair technique. LET’S FACE FACTS. If you fly RC airplanes, sooner or later, you’re going to damage your model. Knowing how to deal with common damage inflicted on our models saves you money and extends the life of your plane. […]
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Big, Bad, Bomber! 1/3-scale B-25

Big, Bad, Bomber! 1/3-scale B-25

Last weekend, spectators and attendees at the Weston Park RC Show in England were treated to an amazing flight of a 326-pound B-25 Mitchell, flown by Roland Sabatschus, one of three brothers who spent more than 5 years building it. The 20-foot-span bomber is powered by two 400cc Moki 4-strokes and controlled by six receivers and […]
Video Flight Test — Top Flite Gold Edition Giant Spitfire

Video Flight Test — Top Flite Gold Edition Giant Spitfire

One of our more popular Flight Tests from MAN has been for the impressive 55cc Gold Edition Giant scale Spitfire from Top Flite. Long time contributor and test pilot Rick Bell puts the “Spit” through its paces and offers his comments in this “from the flying field” video interview. Check it out! video platform video management video solutions video […]
Aerobatics Made Easy Video — Half Cuban-8 with 1 1/2 Negative Snap Roll

Aerobatics Made Easy Video — Half Cuban-8 with 1 1/2 Negative Snap Roll

In the past, we’ve discussed different aerobatic moves that consist of endless variations of a basic maneuver. Let’s take a look at another variation of the basic Cuban-8, this time making it a half Cuban-8 with 1 1/2 negative snap rolls. As performed by Aerobatics Made Easy columnist John Glezellis, the half Cuban-8 is usually performed […]
What’s your favorite biplane?

What’s your favorite biplane?

When it comes to aerobatics, nothing gets the juices flowing like a classic high performance biplane! We’ve reviewed countless aerobatic and scale biplanes and the MAN editors all have their own favorites. What’s your favorite biplane of any type? Aerobatic, sport flyer, scale, warbird… let us know which you like the best and why! I […]
Making helicopter pushrods: a fast & easy solution!

Making helicopter pushrods: a fast & easy solution!

Charlie Hynes has a lot of helicopters, and he found an easier way to assemble pushrods and ball links, using his cordless drill. Check out his how to! A lot of helicopters come with ball links and pushrods that need to be assembled by hand. Here’s how you can use a drill motor instead of pliers […]
FAA approves drone flights over U.S.

FAA approves drone flights over U.S.

This week, the FAA approved the very first commercial flight of an unmanned aircraft over U.S. soil! BP has approval to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE over its pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the largest oilfield in the U.S. The 9-foot-span Puma AE is an electric aircraft that’s waterproof and equipped with […]
Evan Volksplane You can build

Evan Volksplane You can build

From the September issue of MAN, this new version of the ever popular Evans Volksplane is the work of RC model designer and contributor Pat Tritle. This easy to build park flyer has built up lightweight construction and features scale all-flying tail surfaces just like the real thing. Lasercut parts are available from author. You […]
Rivet Detail Made Easy (well, easier!)

Rivet Detail Made Easy (well, easier!)

Don’t you just hate it when an article starts off with a question? Me too! But sometimes it does serve the purpose of grabbing the reader’s attention. With that in mind, how often have you been to a scale modeling event and wondered, “How the heck did he do that?” Whether it’s a technique in […]
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