Scale Accessories for RC Airplanes

Aug 18, 2014 8 Comments

For our Question of the Week” we’d like to know what turns you on about scale RC airplanes. When it comes to scale model airplanes, its all about the details! Small additions that help bring the model airplane to life. It is easy to improve any model’s appearance by adding scale accessories. For the MAN editors’ [...]

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Sky Bandit! Inflight Video from a Bob Violett Models’ Sports Jet

Aug 14, 2014 5 Comments

Model Airplane News contributor and expert Scale and Jet pilot Sean McHale has been flying jets for a long time and he does a great job. Recently He strapped a GoPro Hero camera to his BVM Bandit turbine powered sports jet and produced a great onboard flight video with several camera angles! Check it out!  

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 13 — Wings are the Thing!

Aug 13, 2014 No Comments

Now that the Camel can sit up on its own articulated landing gear, it’s time to clean off the bench and start gluing ribs to spars. With all my wings, I start by pinning the spar to the board and then I use a couple of the ribs to space the trailing edges and sub-spars. [...]

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7-Engine Russian Bomber

Aug 13, 2014 7 Comments

If you like flying really big, unique aircraft, then this 16-foot-span Kalinin K-7 might be just what you’re looking for! With a wingspan close to that of a B-52, only one full-size K-7 was ever built, and it crashed after seven flights due to a tail boom structural failure, so it’s doubtful you’ll run into another RC version [...]

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Stellar T-33 Shooting Star

Aug 13, 2014 1 Comment

Used during the noontime demo flights at the recent Warbirds over Delaware military extravaganza, this T-33 Shooting Star is the work of longtime WOD attendee Paul LeToureanu. This year, Paul was the Sky Boss for all of the mid-day demo flights and while he wasn’t making sure everything went off as planned, he was also a [...]

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World’s Largest RC PBY Catalina

Aug 12, 2014 2 Comments

Stephen Thomas shared this video of his third test flight and notes it was an “Awesome day with 8 knots down the strip.” Powered by two Desert Aircraft 150cc engines, the 248-pound aircraft has a wingspan of over 20 feet and features built-up wood construction and fiberglass covering. Wow!

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Workshop Build-Along Part 12 — Sopwith Camel — Articulated Axle Assembly

Aug 12, 2014 No Comments

Wow! That’s a mouthful… Part of the character of the Sopwith aircraft, is the design of their landing gear and in particular their “articulated” (pivoting) axle assembly. Much of the landing gear assembly has been made from music wire which has been bend, bound and soldered together to replicate the shape of the gear, which [...]

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F-4 Phantom II Build-it-yourself Jet!

Aug 11, 2014 3 Comments

One of our most popular plans in the MAN library is the F-4 Phantom II designed by Dan Savage and finished in the classic “Blue Angles” Airshow Team scheme.  This electric ducted fan looks like a scale jet but flies like a sport model. It uses traditional balsa, plywood and lite-ply construction and is intended for [...]

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