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Sky Skooter — Model Airplane News Construction Article Details and Materials

Sky Skooter — Model Airplane News Construction Article Details and Materials

To be featured in the upcoming June 2014 issue, the Sky Skooter construction article by Clark Salisbury shows what you can do if you have a good imagination. Before we begin  building, I need to explain my motivation for designing an RC plane like Sky Skooter.  I have always been intrigued by the idea of taking my wife, […]
Throwback Thursday — 30% Staudacher

Throwback Thursday — 30% Staudacher

Not terribly old, but back in 1999, my favorite plane was this 30% scale GS300 Staudacher from the GSP (Giant Scale Planes) ARC. It was powered by a 3W 60cc rear induction single cylinder gas engine, was outfitted with JR 8103 radio gear and it was covered and finished with Hangar 9 Ultracoat and Cajun RC […]
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First Place Win at WRAM Show — Gerry’s Fokker Triplane

First Place Win at WRAM Show — Gerry’s Fokker Triplane

The Staff here at Model Airplane News is very proud of editor Gerry Yarrish for his well-deserved First Place win in the World War 1 Category at the 2014 WRAM Show! Most MAN readers will recognize this impressive red and black Fokker Triplane, Gerry started this impressive 1/3-scale project in 2012 and featured it in dozens of Online Workshop Build-Along posts. […]
Best in Show: Museum-Scale Fokker Triplane

Best in Show: Museum-Scale Fokker Triplane

When it comes to top level scale modeling, the WRAM show is the place to go to see what the Northeast section of the country has to offer. One of the best scale modelers we know of is Mike Gross Sr., from the Long Island Sky Hawks club. From Mastic Beach, NY, Mike won the […]
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Road to Top Gun — Bristol Beaufighter Returns!

Road to Top Gun — Bristol Beaufighter Returns!

Last year’s Mr. Top Gun winner David Wigley will again be defending his title well deserved for the fourth time this year with his amazing 1/5-scale Bristol Beaufighter. With its 138-inch wingspan and powered by twin BME 102cc has engines, David’s amazing RAF warbird has set a very high standard to compete against. Competing in […]
Road to Top Gun: SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber

Road to Top Gun: SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber

This week’s “Road to Top Gun” highlight focuses on Bill Steffes who is again competing at the 2014 Scale Invitational with his impressive Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber. Bill has entered in the Team Scale category and will be competing with the SBD’s designer Nick Ziroli Sr., as his Team pilot. These two well-known Top Gun veterans are sure to give the […]
The Road to Top Gun: Sneak Peek of the Competitors

The Road to Top Gun: Sneak Peek of the Competitors

The 26th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational, is once again going to be a full 5-day extravaganza of the best RC scale competition. Starting on April 30 and continuing till May 4, Frank Tiano’s annual event will take place at the Paradise Field RC flying facility in Lakeland FL. And, for the first time, there […]
Scale Docs for the ORA Triplane

Scale Docs for the ORA Triplane

Over the course of building my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I searched the web for suitable images and documentation for the triplane flown by Cole Palen at the Old Rhinbeck Aerodrome (ORA). Here a few of those images and the set of scale drawings I made for the “Bloody Black Baron or Rhinebeck’s show plane. […]
More WW1 Details — Make a scale propeller faceplate

More WW1 Details — Make a scale propeller faceplate

When it comes to making a scale model look real, or at least, realistic and a little less like a  model, it’s all in the details. My basic plan is to look at the model and all the visible RC hardware has to be either painted to cover up plastic and soldered parts, or it […]
Classic Stinson SR-10 Reliant You can Build

Classic Stinson SR-10 Reliant You can Build

Construction Article by Pat Tritle The Stinson Reliant, a 3-place (Plus Pilot) high wing monoplane with conventional landing gear was built in several variants from 1933 – 1941. The last commercial model built was the SR-10, introduced in 1938. A militarized version was first flown in 1942 and remained in production until late 1943, undergoing […]
Workshop Build-Along — Triplane “Axe Handle” Wingtip Skids

Workshop Build-Along — Triplane “Axe Handle” Wingtip Skids

A great detail point for the Cole Palen Triplane is that the lower wingtip skids are made from ordinary axe handles. Even thought I have flown the Balsa USA triplane most of the 2013 flying season, I always planned to add this unique feature. It’s pretty easy to do. Here’s the Old Triplane on the flightline several […]
Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 2

Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 2

So now that we’ve set the stage for creating a 1/4-scale sport scale Sopwith Camel, let’s start building. When it comes to any project, I gather all my materials and supplies ahead of time, that includes ZAP adhesives, sandpaper, new X-Acto blades and so on. The first job is to remove all your laser-cut parts and […]
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