Magnetic Cowling Attachment

Oct 06, 2014 1 Comment

Mounting a cowl with Neodymium magnets. By Sal Calvagna. Neodymium magnets are members of the rare earth family and made from a combination of iron, boron and of course, neodymium. They were developed by General Motors and Sumitomo Special Metals in the early 1980s and are the strongest permanent magnets to date.  These magnets are [...]

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Formation Flying — RC Warbird Wingmen bring it Home!

Oct 03, 2014 No Comments

As if flying giant scale warbirds like the Top Flight giant scale P-51D Mustang isn’t exciting enough all but itself, some guys who attend large national and regional warbird meets are always looking for a little something extra. Recently, at the 2014 Warbirds over the Rockies event, Rich Uravitch caught a sight that surely got [...]

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Flak Damage –The Ultimate in Scale Detail, or Weathering Gone Wild?

Oct 01, 2014 6 Comments

While searching for intel at the recent Warbirds over the Rockies event, MAN contributor Rich Uravitch found something extraordinary. Here’s what his report revealed. Since the theme of the event was Warbirds, the models entered were scale replicas, some of them in the “sport” scale, fly-it-every-day category, while others were clearly competition-capable. They had all [...]

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1/3-scale Stormbird Flies Again

Oct 01, 2014 14 Comments

Ali Machinchy recently took his Me 262 jet out of storage to fly at  the RAF Jets event at Abingdon field in the U.K., and we’re glad he did! Ali tells us, “The wing joiner is actually a steel section. The design and build of the model was done by a very experienced  engineer with [...]

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Easy Custom Pushrods

Oct 01, 2014 7 Comments

Many kits are made to precise standards, and this includes the pushrods. They are perfect for the recommend servos, but when using servos that have the output arms in a different location, those included pushrods may not work as well. This happened to me, and it meant that I needed to make up my own [...]

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Workshop Build-Along – Part 7 – ArrowMaster Final Assembly

Oct 01, 2014 No Comments

Coming up on the conclusion of our exclusive, Build-Along series on the ArrowMaster biplane from Alien Aircraft, Model Airplane News contributor Rick Bell add the finishing details to the airplane making it just about ready to finish and cover. Here’s what Rick has to say so far. Ahh, there’s nothing like a model assembled without the [...]

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Weathering Tricks to Bring Your Plane to Life

Oct 01, 2014 4 Comments

After you’ve painted your model, add some weathering to really bring a scale plane to life. Each technique by itself is very effective and, added together, really produce astonishing realism.  My friend Dave Reid commissioned me to paint his giant-scale SNJ Texan, and it has been the example for these ongoing how-to articles. I weathered and [...]

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Bee-lieve it or Not: 13-foot Bulldog Racer!

Oct 01, 2014 6 Comments

We’ve always thought that Golden Age racers had a lot of personality, with their enormous radial engines and interesting wing designs, but Harald Jezek’s sport scale version of a Springfield Bulldog racer has personality plus! The 13.8-foot-span gull-wing flyer is powered by a Vallach 420cc gas engine and weighs in at 127 pounds. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes [...]

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