Make a scale “metal” prop

Oct 02, 2012 No Comments

Wouldn’t your scale plane look so much better on display with a scale metal propeller? Making your own is easier than you may think: you just need a damaged wooden prop and a few cardboard tubes. Let master modeler John Tanzer show you how to do it. After building my giant-scale Top Flight Stinson SR-9 [...]

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Easy Spoked Wheels

Sep 25, 2012 No Comments

I recently started a scratch-built micro light project of a Sopwith Pup of a design by Mats Johansson. This required me to build two scale 1-inch-diameter spoked or covered wheels. The plan calls for building them from three layer of shaped balsa, but my skills being what they are, my version would have been a [...]

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The Art of Low Power Aerobatics

Sep 16, 2012 No Comments

At any air show, you’ll see many styles of flying. The public’s favorites seem to be the speed, thunder and close quarter flying of the jet teams and the brutal precision of planes such as the Pitts, Laser, Extra and Sukhoi as they effortlessly perform intricate dances, without any apparent regard for gravity. My favorite [...]

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Greatest Aviation Photos

Aug 16, 2012 1 Comment

Each photo tells a powerful story! And Greatest Aviation Photos reaches back through 15 years of Flight Journal, its special issues, and beyond, for those portraits of flight that speak to us all. From the sweat and sand of the South Pacific to F-22’s blasting through the fringes of the stratosphere to landmark modern photography [...]

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How to: Spray Can Painting Made Easy

Aug 24, 2011 No Comments

When you start building models that have formed plastic and/or fiberglass parts such as the engine cowl, wingtips, and wheel pants, you’ll be faced with the additional task of painting them to match the rest of your model. Spray painting is a convenient and simple way to finish these formed parts, but unless you take the [...]

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