Road to Top Gun — Douglas SBD Dauntless

Apr 19, 2016 No Comments

Dino DiGiorgio of Fort Pierce, FL., just let us know that he will be entering the Pro-Am Prop class with a Douglas SBD Dauntless that was his father’s. This Nick Ziroli design was started by Dino Sr. and was finished by Wayne Fussell. The SBD was built from an Aeroplane Works kit, and it has [...]

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Today in Aviation History: 74 years ago today, we salute the Doolittle Raiders

Apr 18, 2016 No Comments

Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25 Mitchell Bombers off the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-8).  Admiral Halsey commanded Task Force 16.  Excerpt from The Air Force Story (a series of films ordered made by General of the Air Force Hap Arnold).  This is placed here in memory of Colonel Travis Hoover, my C.O. at [...]

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Road to Top Gun — 35%-Scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann

Apr 18, 2016 No Comments

Gary Allen of West Cherster, PA has been a long time contributor to MAN and has designed several giant scale multi-wing airplanes for construction articles. Several modelers have built his popular designs, and for his newest, Gary is bringing his Team Scale entry, a 35%-scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann being flown by his brother-in-law, Dorin Luck. Gary [...]

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Video Workshop Tip: Bending Brass Tubes

Apr 15, 2016 No Comments

If you have built a model airplane or two and have tried to bend the brass tubes for the fuel tank by hand, you are sure to have said to yourself, “there has to be a better way.” The main fuel line is straight and so no bends are required, but for the vent tube [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

Apr 15, 2016 5 Comments

  Having spent the winter in the workshop, Peter Goldsmith from Monticello, IL, as finished an amazing 1/4-scale F-104 Starfighter from the Airworld kit. Peter will be competing in the Expert class, his F-104 has been test flown and is powered by a KingTech 210 turbine engine. It has a 71.5-inch wingspan and a length of 164 inches. Its dry weight [...]

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Fabric Covering for RC Airplanes — Video How To

Apr 15, 2016 10 Comments

During my recent workshop Build-along for the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, went into detail on the fabric covering process. The response from all of you was impressive and many of you wanted more specific information on the proper use of Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive. So, I broke out the video camera in the workshop and [...]

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50th Anniversary Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome — Mission Event

Apr 14, 2016 4 Comments

If you are thinking about attending the 2016 Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Jamboree for their 50th anniversary, (Sept 9 – 11), then you might want to enter the Mission event. This competition will include the challenging Balloon burst, bomb drop and spot landings events and are based on the older “Mission Event” competition the Jamboree was known for. [...]

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Getting Ready for Top Gun — Repairs and Do-Overs

Apr 14, 2016 9 Comments

So here’s the story. At Top Gun 2015, Frank Tiano offered me an invitation to the world’s greatest Scale Invitational competition. Wow! Really? I commented that he must have lowered his standards but no, Frank said it would be a first–for a magazine editor to compete. For 24 years I have covered the action, pilots [...]

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