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50th Anniversary Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome — Mission Event

50th Anniversary Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome — Mission Event

If you are thinking about attending the 2016 Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Jamboree for their 50th anniversary, (Sept 9 – 11), then you might want to enter the Mission event. This competition will include the challenging Balloon burst, bomb drop and spot landings events and are based on the older “Mission Event” competition the Jamboree was known for. […]
Getting Ready for Top Gun — Repairs and Do-Overs

Getting Ready for Top Gun — Repairs and Do-Overs

So here’s the story. At Top Gun 2015, Frank Tiano offered me an invitation to the world’s greatest Scale Invitational competition. Wow! Really? I commented that he must have lowered his standards but no, Frank said it would be a first–for a magazine editor to compete. For 24 years I have covered the action, pilots […]
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Fantastic Ford Trimotor

Fantastic Ford Trimotor

Scratch-built by Joachim Damrath, this 160-inch-span Trimotor weighs in at just 53 p0unds. The beautifully detailed radial engines are hiding Zenoah powerplants (two 20cc and one 26cc in the center). Thanks to ScaleJetFred for sharing his terrific video from the Airlinertreffen meet in Oppingen, Germany.  
Terrific Tempest

Terrific Tempest

Built from Vailly Aviation plans, this 1/5-scale Hawker Tempest V has a 98-inch wingspan and weighs in at 43 pounds. Power is provided by a Desert Aircraft 85cc engine spinning a Menz 26×10 prop. Builder and pilot Andy Wynn notes that the warbird also sports homemade retracts and exhaust stacks from Fighter Aces. Thanks to Dean and Pete Coxon […]
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Coming Soon! — WACO Model-SRE Construction Article

Coming Soon! — WACO Model-SRE Construction Article

From our good friend and long time MAN contributor Pat Tritle, this newest project of his is the impressive WACO Model-SRE biplane. Intended as a sport scale lightly loaded flier, the WACO has traditional built-up wood construction, and, Pat offers last cut parts and plastic formed pieces to make the build just a bit easier. The model […]
Exceptional Aeronca Chief

Exceptional Aeronca Chief

This beautifully detailed 1/4-scale Aeronca Chief is the handiwork of Icelandic modeler Sturla Snorrason. A completely scratch-built project, the model features traditional wood construction. Sturla notes, “A lot of time went into the drawings along with study of my full size airplane.” A lot of time also went into the detailing, including the true to scale cockpit! […]
Taming a Camel – Bavarian Demon Flight Stabilization System

Taming a Camel – Bavarian Demon Flight Stabilization System

I had an interesting time at last year’s Warbirds over Delaware giant scale event. I was flying my newly completed 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel and was having some difficulty landing the short nosed WW1 biplane. I made three flights each ending by flipping over on its nose and I broke three propellers. Not my best showing. It just so […]
Road to Top Gun — Heavy-Metal Razorback!

Road to Top Gun — Heavy-Metal Razorback!

We just heard from Greg “Growler” Thomas of Las Vegas, NV who has teamed up as pilot with builder, Phil Smith of Montgomery, TX to compete this at Top Gun in the Team Scale category. The team earned their Top Gun spot by placing second the class at the U.S. Scale Masters in 2015. Phil Smith who is the builder and […]
Museum Scale Best in Show Winner — with Video

Museum Scale Best in Show Winner — with Video

Though we have been keeping tabs on our good friend and long time MAN contributor Sal Calvagna, his latest project has just been unveiled at the WRAM show. Coming in from Holbrook, New York, Sal’s highly unusual and impressive entry is this 1/6-scale Sikorsky Ilya Muromets which was one of Igor Sikorsky’s earlier biplane designs. He has […]
Scratch-Build a Round Cowl

Scratch-Build a Round Cowl

The method of making a round cowling involves laminating a cylinder from 1/64-inch plywood and capping it with a balsa ring for the leading edge. In the photos that are featured in this article, I  show two cowlings that I made this way; one was for an original design  and the other was for a […]
Balsa USA Vintage 3-Point WW 1 Floats

Balsa USA Vintage 3-Point WW 1 Floats

If like our editors, you like WW 1 scale airplanes, and are looking for a way to spice up your vintage flying! Try adding water! Flying your Fokker or Sopwith off of water with scale-like 3-Point Floats adds a whole new dimension to the sport. Featuring Balsa, Basswood, and Plywood construction, the new Balsa USA 3-Point […]
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