Gerry Yarrish’s Blog

Adding Scale Details to a Pilot Figure

Sep 03, 2013 5 Comments

When we build large scale models, the small details really make the subject come to life. This is especially true with scale pilot figures and busts. For my recent 33% scale Fokker Triplane project, I needed a properly dressed aviator to fill out the cockpit. This is how I turned my Pilot Portraits (Mike Brent) [...]

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How To Turn a Straw Hat into a Scale Pilot Seat

Sep 01, 2013 No Comments

So my Fokker Triplane has been finished for a few weeks and the airplane has flown several times without any problems. But there is that big issue of an empty cockpit. So, I converted my old Mini-Me 1/3 scale pilot figure into a WW1 leather helmet and goggles guy with a great set of cloths [...]

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More Triplane Pix from Kingston IMAA event

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

With special thanks to Dave Penchuk (IMAA chapter 217 President(, Time Capsules Photography, and MAN contributor Ken Park, for some great photos from the event. Here are some more great pix of the Balsa USA Fokker Triplane. I am glad to get these pix as I was behind the transmitter! Thanks guys! The reason I go [...]

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Sneak Peek: Hobby King 51-inch AT6 Texan

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

Just a few sneak peek pix showing some of the details of this cool all foam round nose warbird. Impressive features are 3-section split flaps, electric retracts, landing- and navigation wingtip lights, and an engine sound system that’s tied to the throttle through the ESC. It features a 2 inch speaker that provides, sound for [...]

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‘Nuff Said!

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

Ah the memories!

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Arming a 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane

Aug 29, 2013 2 Comments

There’s a old saying that you’re never finished with a scale airplane, you simply stop working on it. And this is certainly true of my giant scale Triplane. I test flew and have attended some giant scale events with some of the scale detailing yet to be finished and added to the airplane. Examples are [...]

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How To: Apply Scale Surface and Rib Tapes

Aug 24, 2013 10 Comments

Our December issue of MAN will include an article I wrote about painting and finishing models with scale Stits and Poly Tone paints. I touch on Rib and Surface Tapes briefly so here are some more details on applying these scale details. When it comes to large 1/3-scale models, these kind of details are all [...]

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Triplane at Kingston IMAA Rally

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments

Well I am making the rounds with the  33% Scale Fokker Triplane I built from the new Balsa USA kit, and this time we went to the biggest Giant Scale Rally in Canada. Hosted by the KRCM club and sponsored and run by Chapter 217 of the IMAA the Kingston Giant Scale event is an [...]

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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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