Road to Top Gun — B-2 Condor Bomber

Mar 24, 2016 No Comments

Another great entry for the Road to Top Gun, this time, we heard from our good friend Curtis Switzer from Port St. John, FL., who will be flying his 168-inch span, 100-inch long B-2 Bomber in the Pro-Am Propeller class. Weighing 45lbs., the big Curtiss biplane is powered by two Saito 180 4-strokes turning 16×8 [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

Mar 23, 2016 No Comments

Timothy Len from Orlando, FL, will be competing in the  Pro-AM Sportsman class with his great looking 1/5.5-scale  A-4 Skyhawk built from a Skymaster kit. Sporting TA-4J advanced jet trainer  white and orange markings, Tim’s 1960s era aircraft carrier based attack aircraft has a 61-inch wingspan, is 85.5 inches in length and it weighs in at [...]

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SO YOU WANT TO BUILD IT BIG! — Enlarging RC Model Airplane Plans

Mar 22, 2016 No Comments

Editor’s Note: This article is from the Model Airplane News “Classic Article” Archive. Greg Hahn wrote it for our “Scale Techniques” column and his techniques are as timely today as it was when it was first written. —Advice for Enlarging RC Model Airplane Plans By Greg Hahn I am often asked for information about blowing up plans. I guess [...]

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Homemade WW I Lozenge Fabric

Mar 22, 2016 3 Comments

When it comes to covering scale airplanes, there is nothing so challenging than German WW I aeroplanes that were covered with that distinctive printed lozenge pattern. And to make matters even worse, there were two styles–4-color and 5-color. And on top of that, there was upper and lower surface colors. MODEL AIRPLANE NEWS PREMIUM members [...]

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Road to Top Gun — F4U-1A Corsair

Mar 21, 2016 1 Comment

Rene Alvarez, Wesley Chapel, FL, Competing in the Expert class, Rene Alvarez of Wesley Chapel, FL will be flying his F4U Corsair. Built from a very highly modified Meister Scale Corsair kit, it took two years to complete. The Model has a wingspan of 100-inches, a 75-inch length and a dry weight of 44 lbs. For [...]

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How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

Mar 21, 2016 6 Comments

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood to make 3-panel windshields for open cockpit airplanes. The airplane I am using is a loaner Stearman PT-17 I got from Nick Ziroli Jr., and I wanted to spruce it up a little for him. Let’s get started. (Above) Here is the old wornout clear plastic [...]

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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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