Gerry Yarrish’s Blog

Road to Top Gun — An Editor’s Invitation to Top Gun

Mar 18, 2016 8 Comments

And now for something completely different! For the very first time ever, an editor for Model Airplane News will be competing at the annual Top Gun Scale Invitational. I received my invite to compete from Frank Tiano himself while I was covering the 2015 event. MAN has been a major sponsor of the event for many [...]

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Taming a Camel – Bavarian Demon Flight Stabilization System

Mar 18, 2016 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Heavy-Metal Razorback!

Mar 15, 2016 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Editor’s Picks — 8 Giant Scale Accessories

Mar 09, 2016 No Comments

We all have heard of Nick Ziroli Plans and their amazing collection of giant scale building plans for just about any warbird you can name, but there’s a lot more to the company when it comes to RC builder supplies. Nick Ziroli also sells top quality molded fiberglass fuselage sets and lots of other supplies and [...]

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Museum Scale Best in Show Winner — with Video

Mar 03, 2016 15 Comments

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 [...]

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Top 5 Building Tools and Modeling Accessories

Mar 01, 2016 3 Comments

Did you ever wonder what Du-Bro stood for? Well when Dewey Broberg created the company for a little fun he shortened his name to Du-Bro and the name stuck, the rest is modeling history. For over 50 years, the folks at Du-Bro have been creating accessories/tools to make our model airplanes better. Based in Wauconda, IL, this family-owned [...]

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The Premiere FPV Drone Racing League!

Jan 28, 2016 5 Comments

Race Drones is now the hottest thing in the world of FPV quadcopter flying. After many street level match ups the sport has matured and the new Drone Racing League is taking the excitement to the next level. But this is not your local brew of RC bashers. The sport has grown up. Get ready for [...]

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Amazing Hand-made Walnut RC Field Box

Jan 26, 2016 4 Comments

Michael Brent of Pilot-Portraits is a perfectionist and when he wanted a long lasting and beautiful field box, he went to his friend Nathaniel Brewster who admittedly has an addiction to hand-tool woodworking. All of his projects are constructed almost entirely by hand, from preparing the rough stock to finishing the final product, (though he does admit to [...]

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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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