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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 […]
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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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Old Rhinebeck with my Triplane

Old Rhinebeck with my Triplane

I recently received some photos taken last September at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, during the Mid-Hudson RC Society’s WW1 Scale Jamboree. My 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane, built from the Balsa USA kit, was created specifically for this event, and I am pleased my good friend Tim Haggerty snapped these shots! It doesn’t get any better than […]
Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel — Part 1

Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel — Part 1

My newest project steps away from building a commercial kit plane, and is more about designing and building my own scale airplane. This includes, using CAD and having final plans sent to a laser cutter to produce my own kit. Then in the workshop it is business as usual. So, to start, I will describe […]
Super-detailed Dauntless

Super-detailed Dauntless

At the AMA Expo last weekend, we were blown away by this SBD Dauntless in the static competition. Built by Frank Harris from Jerry Bates plans, the 85-inch-span model is powered by a Saito twin 57 gas engine and has Robart retracts, a handmade cockpit and numerous scale additions. The fantastic detail on this warbird earned it an […]
Tora, Tora, Tora! A Japanese A6M3 Zero you can build

Tora, Tora, Tora! A Japanese A6M3 Zero you can build

Featured as a construction article in the March 2014 issue of MAN, this A6M3 Model 22 “Zero” is a great sport scale electric powered warbird that’s easy to build and fly. Designed and built by Mark Rittinger the Zero construction article hit the highlights of the project, but here are all of the details and photos not […]
Giant Scale Junker Ju 88 Bomber — Flightline Video

Giant Scale Junker Ju 88 Bomber — Flightline Video

Model Airplane News contributor and WW II warbird expert PJ Ash has an impressive collection of military RC aircraft. Recently, Rich Uravitch caught up with him to get the lowdown on the newest addition to his Active Flight Status log, in the form of this nicely done Junkers Ju 88. Believe it or not, this […]
Giant SE5 Scout from Vailly Aviation Answers the Call!

Giant SE5 Scout from Vailly Aviation Answers the Call!

Several RC Dawn Patrol fly ins and competitions are springing up all across the country. It is has been a very obvious trend in the last few years showing an increased interest for RC WW1 airplane designs. This trend has not gone unnoticed and there are new kits and plans coming to market. So, by popular […]
Behinds the Scenes with the E-flite Carbon-Z Cub on Floats

Behinds the Scenes with the E-flite Carbon-Z Cub on Floats

Recently we reviewed the new Carbon-Z Cun from E-flite and we really put it through its paces. Contributor and ace test pilot Kevin Siemonsen flew the Cub out of our tight test field with its flaps and big tundra tires, and even flew the plane inverted to explore its true aerobatic performance envelop. Kevin then […]
Monster Scale Martin Baker MB.5 — Flightline Video

Monster Scale Martin Baker MB.5 — Flightline Video

One of the most unique RAF aircraft to come out after WW2 and just before the dawn of the jet age was the MB-5 from the Martin Baker company. Only one was built and it was never developed past the prototype stage. Used for flight design testing, it was eventually used as a target drone […]
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