Gerry Yarrish’s Blog

Half-Scale RC Bristol Bulldog!

Jul 31, 2013 5 Comments

Designed, built and flown by Ian Turney-White,  the Bristol Bulldog features traditional model building methods and copied the full-size construction, using clear, knot-free Columbian pine instead of steel tubing.  Evostik exterior-grade glue was used throughout. The longerons were tapered towards the tail and the fronts were slit with a bandsaw and glued with a filler strip [...]

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2 days till the Sky Hawks’ Dawn Patrol

Jul 31, 2013 2 Comments

Still a bunch of little details to get taken care of, but I think we will be ready for this weekend’s Dawn Patrol event on Long Island at the Sky Hawk’s amazing flying field. I even dusted off my leather flying helmet and goggles! I just installed (reinstalled) the engine in the Fokker Triplane and [...]

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Hand-Painted Scale Details — When Pigs Fly!

Jul 30, 2013 1 Comment

I am coming to the conclusion of my Giant Scale Fokker Triplane Build-Along and there are only a few things to left to take care of. I recently commissioned my daughter Rebecca to add the final touches on the paint job with the addition of the “Pig’s Butt” side badge, that Cole Palen’s Triplane is [...]

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Back to Basics–Free Flight Rubber Power

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

If you have never tried building and flying a rubber powered scale free flight model airplane, then you are really missing out on a lot of affordable fun. Each year, our buddy and Scale RC and WW1 aviation expert, Tom Polapink, hosts an annual free flight contest and this event is dedicated to Cole Palen, [...]

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Scale Painting and Masking Tricks for Cloth Covered Models

Jul 25, 2013 3 Comments

The Exclusive MAN Workshop Build-Along series is just about complete with just a few detail left to finish up. I have been working on my giant Fokker Dr.1 Triplane since last October and we’ve posted lots of helpful building and covering tips along the way. Several of you have asked if I could show some details [...]

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Valach 4-stroke 120cc gas engine

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

An extremely popular giant scale engine line in Europe, Valach is now available from Vogelsang-Aeroscale the official U.S Dealer. Available now at http://vogelsang-aeroscale.com/valach.html the new 120cc twin-cylinder horizontally apposed gas engine is the perfect power plant for countless scale projects. Able to turn deep pitch 30- to 32-inch propellers, Valach engines are designed from the [...]

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Giant Spitfire ARF Sneak Peek!

Jul 03, 2013 2 Comments

We just got back from the flying field after test flying the new giant scale Spitfire ARF from Top Flite. This 50cc warbird flies great and it is equipped with Robart’s new electric retracts. The Spitfire took off easily at half power with the DLE 50 turning a Falcon 23×10 propeller! Wow! With a Best [...]

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Install a Servo-less Bomb Drop

Jun 29, 2013 7 Comments

OK, it’s really called a payload release mechanism, and it plugs directly into your receiver. It is the perfect solution for scale modelers who want mechanical options like drop tank and bomb drop function on your scale plane. For less than $25, the unit plugs directly into the receiver using standard servo connectors, and you [...]

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Senior Technical Editor About Me: I have a lifelong passion for all things scale, and I love to design, build and fly scale RC airplanes. With 20 plus years as part of the Air Age family of magazines, I love producing Model Airplane News and Electric Flight.
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