Super-detailed Dauntless

Jan 23, 2014 15 Comments

At the AMA Expo last weekend, we were blown away by this SBD Dauntless in the static competition. Built by Frank Harris from Jerry Bates plans, the 85-inch-span model is powered by a Saito twin 57 gas engine and has Robart retracts, a handmade cockpit and numerous scale additions. The fantastic detail on this warbird earned it an [...]

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Scale Weathering and Painting — Making a WW1 Rotary Engine Look Old

Jan 22, 2014 7 Comments

When it comes to really looking scale, it is in the details that we make the most progress in giving our model’s that “used” look. For my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane which I built and flown this past year, I wanted to bring a better scale look to the front so I am installing a [...]

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Durafly Hyper Bipe — Video First Look

Jan 20, 2014 No Comments

One of Model Airplane News’ Featured Bloggers, Carl Layden, just acquired a new biplane and has produced a video first look. The Hyper Bipe from Durafly, is a modern looking unusual multi-wing sport flyer. A very talented modeler and a regular contributor to MAN’s Canadian section, Carl has a lot of experience and offers his [...]

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Model Jet Makeover — A face-lift for an old Favorite

Jan 16, 2014 1 Comment

In this current age of modern ARFs and painted-in-the-mold airframes, it’s common to see shiny new models at the field every weekend.  In most cases however, in the process this leads us to neglect tried-and-true airframes in the corner of our workshop.  What happens to these models that were once the star of our fleet?  [...]

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Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie

Jan 15, 2014 26 Comments

When Ralph Kayser saw the science fiction movie “Avatar,” he knew he had to try and build one of the high-tech aircraft that were featured in it. The result is this 33-inch-long Samson, which features Ralph homemade molded part and RC helicopter equipment. Ralph powers it with two Dymond AL 3530 motors on a 3S 2100mAh LiPo for 4-minute [...]

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Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 Build-along Part 4 — Final Assembly

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

The Alien Aircraft Funmaster 72 build has been very enjoyable.  Here is Part 4 of the workshop build-along. I spent considerable time sanding the airframe so the final application of the covering material (Top Flight Monokote,) would look good. I used Opaque White with a Red trim to make it highly visible in the air. The final [...]

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It’s a truck … it’s an octocopter … it’s the Black Knight Transformer!

Jan 14, 2014 1 Comment

Yes, this real, and yes, it has flown (using four of its eight motors). Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California, has created this rolling, flying VTOL aircraft capable of unmanned, autonomous operations. They call it, “The world’s first roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that’s capable of landing close to where it’s needed, then driving the [...]

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MAN at the AMA Expo

Jan 13, 2014 2 Comments

This past weekend some of  the Model Airplane News crew was lucky enough to attend the AMA expo in Ontario, California. The AMA show is typically the first RC show of the year and it starts the show season off for all of those who are in the model industry. We had a great time [...]

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