RC Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 23– Painting

Apr 06, 2015 2 Comments

We are nearing the end of this year long project and are now at the stage where we add the color paint coat. Following the Poly Brush Sealer coats, which are applied with brush, all the future paint coats are sprayed on. I use a HVLP (High volume, low pressure) paint gun as it produces [...]

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HobbyKing Mini B-17 Bomber

Apr 03, 2015 No Comments

With a 29-inch wingspan, this baby bomber is everything we dreamed about when we were building static models as kids: a multi-engine model that can actually fly! This one comes ready to bind to your compatible radio, so you’ll be flying missions in no time. Here’s the full press release from Hobby King: The Boeing [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Fernando Caveira’s P-47 Thunderbolt

Apr 01, 2015 5 Comments

Check out Brazilian competitor Fernando Caveira’s Meister P-47! He spent over 1,100 hours building this warbird, and he powers it with a Moki 180cc gas engine. Fernando is getting his model ready for the journey to Lakeland, Florida, which will take close to 3 weeks and uses a custom-made shipping crate. We can’t wait to [...]

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Scale RC – Wonderful WACO YMF-5

Apr 01, 2015 23 Comments

This gorgeous 1/3-scale WACO is the handiwork of Pedro Sanchez, who bought the bare bones airframe from a friend and then spent his time doing what he really loves: finishing it and adding scale details. Every rivet and screw on the plane has been done by hand, and the plane has landing lights, scale flying [...]

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Florida Jets — A view from the Flightline — 75 Photos

Mar 31, 2015 No Comments

As a MAN contributor and all around nice guy, I find myself traveling a lot to cover events for the magazine and most recently, I stopped by the Florida Jets event at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. Be sure to check out my detailed event report which will be in the upcoming July issue of MAN, (on sale [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Tom Wood — Blue Angels F-18 Hornet

Mar 31, 2015 No Comments

For this year’s Top Gun Scale Invitational, Tom Wood, a corporate pilot from Lakeland, FL  (shown with Hornet), is the builder of this impressive F-18 Hornet. Sandro Novelli from Canada will be the pilot for this entry in Team Class. Tom started with a Yellow Aircraft kit, (no longer available), and chose the classic US Navy [...]

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Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

Mar 30, 2015 10 Comments

It has been a little while since our last posting for the Sopwith Camel Build-Along, but we are making some progress. Last time we covered the basics of applying Stits Lite Poly Fiber covering material and now we continue with the basic steps required to make it ready for painting and finishing. As mentioned before, [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee — Grumman FM-2 Wildcat — Update

Mar 30, 2015 8 Comments

No stranger to scale competition or the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Mike Barbee has been very busy in his workshop in progress putting together his newest Top Gun competition machine, the Grumman FM-2 Wildcat. The stubby warbird is 30% scale, has a wingspan is 142 inches and a length of 94 inches. The landing gear is scale in function, is electric and [...]

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