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German WW2 Luftwaffe Markings — Scale pointers to get it right.

German WW2 Luftwaffe Markings — Scale pointers to get it right.

Throughout the course of World War II, the national markings of the participants went through a series of changes. For the most part, this was due to the need for camouflage. German aircraft, in particular, were modified considerably, especially toward the end of the war. In most cases, these were variations of existing standards, and […]
Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

We’re very excited for 2017 Mr. Top Gun winner Jack Diaz, but there were a whole lot of other amazing airplanes at this year’s Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL. Check out these great shots from Top Gun photographers and competitors, David Hart, Barry Vaught, Rich Uravitch, Sean Curry and Ray Lebonte. Thanks everyone.
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Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

When ever I test run and adjust a new engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on the model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine for my Fokker Triplane that I am test running. Fuel tank (and smoke oil tank) are installed and the throttle […]
Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Flying his impressive 1/4.5-scale  Fouga Magister, Jack Diaz earned the “Mr. Top Gun” title for the second time. His Fouga Magister was a knockout in its all red paint job and Jack built the jet from the Philip Avonds kit. The paint scheme is from the 2005 Belgian Air Force Red Devils Solo Display aircraft. Jack also […]
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Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

It’s been a busy week and Top Gun 2017 is now in the record books. Here are some highlight shots from the flightline. Be sure to pencil in next year for this Greatest RC show in the country.  
Fly the Hammerhead (aka the “Stall Turn”)

Fly the Hammerhead (aka the “Stall Turn”)

The stall turn (sometimes also referred to as the “hammer-head”) can be broken down into five steps. While this maneuver may seem fairly easy, it can be rather difficult to perform time and time again. Let’s begin! ILLUSTRATION BY FX MODELS & CHROME CITY STUDIOS The basic stall turn is performed by pulling the model to […]
Top Gun — Day One — Some Snapshots and the Flight Scores

Top Gun — Day One — Some Snapshots and the Flight Scores

We have several friends and flying buddies on the Top Gun flightline looking for some action. We’ll update the site as we get more images from Paradise Field!   Today’s First Round Flight Scores by David Hart. (Above) Ray Labonte’s CARF-Models Skygate Edition Bae Hawk Frank Fels with his 1/3-scale Balsa USA Fokker D.VII Craftsmanship […]
Stay in Control — 10 Top Radio Programming Secrets

Stay in Control — 10 Top Radio Programming Secrets

The devil is in the details. After installing your servos according the manufacturer’s directions, you might find that when the servo arm is placed on the spline, it isn’t at a perfect right angle to the servo casing. Or, after you’ve hooked up the various linkages, you discover there is too much or not enough travel […]
Stall & Spin Recovery Tips

Stall & Spin Recovery Tips

The stall, or more accurately the inadvertent stall, has probably caused more RC planes to crash than any other cause. The safety of your airplane depends on your knowledge of its slow-speed handling and stall characteristics. To minimize the number of crashes due to stalls, the pilot must understand the principles of what makes a […]
Tremendous Triplane: 65% Fokker Dr. 1

Tremendous Triplane: 65% Fokker Dr. 1

If triplanes are a rare sight at most flying fields, 65%-scale ones are a rare treat! This terrific video features Steve Carr’s first public flight of his new Dr.1 Triplane at the Large Model Associations East Kirkby Show in Great Britain. Built from the Bill Hemple ARF package, this model has a 15.75-foot wingspan and is powered by a […]
Secrets to a Better Looking Warbird — Getting Real with Weathering

Secrets to a Better Looking Warbird — Getting Real with Weathering

If like me, you love airplanes I’ll bet you have a special interest in scale models, particularly warbirds. There are many ARFs on the market today that make great starting points for producing a competition-worthy plane, but to kick it up a notch in the realism category, you have to dive into weathering. Being a […]
Working with Aluminum Engine Cowlings

Working with Aluminum Engine Cowlings

When building my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I switched from the included fiberglass cowling to one made from aluminum for some improved scale appearance, I replaced the one that comes with the kit with the Arizona Model Aircrafters aluminum cowl. Start by installing the engine in your fuselage so you can center the face plate […]
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