Fantastic Ford Trimotor

Apr 14, 2016 3 Comments

Scratch-built by Joachim Damrath, this 160-inch-span Trimotor weighs in at just 53 p0unds. The beautifully detailed radial engines are hiding Zenoah powerplants (two 20cc and one 26cc in the center). Thanks to ScaleJetFred for sharing his terrific video from the Airlinertreffen meet in Oppingen, Germany.  

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Road to Top Gun — Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6

Apr 14, 2016 2 Comments

Competing for the first time at Top Gun, Gérson Luís Nissola from São Paulo, Brazil, will be flying in the Pro-Am Sportsman class with his beautiful Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6. The model was started in 2010 by Thiago Pivoto, and Gérson completed the detailing and painting last year. The all-wood built-up Luftwaffe fighter was built from a [...]

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How to: Build a Static 3-Blade Prop

Apr 13, 2016 2 Comments

The ultimate must-have for scale warbirds is a beautiful static scale propeller. The biggest thing that ruins the scale looks of the model plane is that “smaller than scale” wood flying propeller. Many warbird pilots will paint their props the correct color and add the yellow safety propeller tips, but if you really want to get [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Long Island Corsair

Apr 13, 2016 1 Comment

Making the trip down to Top Gun again from Long Island, Lou Cetrangelo of Saint James, NY, has decided to bring a new aircraft this year in the form of a Ziroli-designed FG-1D Corsair, which he will be flying in the Pro-Am Sportsman category. Lou loves cool engines, so a new DLA 4-cylinder engine is bolted [...]

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Balancing Bipes: The Right CG for Safe Flights

Apr 09, 2016 6 Comments

When it comes to RC airplanes, I am of the “two sets of wings are better than one” kind of guys. For any model to perform properly and be safe to fly, it has to be properly balanced. This is especially true for multi-wing models. As a basic rule, you first find the MAC or “Mean [...]

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Master the Basics: Straight & Level Flight

Apr 07, 2016 2 Comments

You should practice straight and level as much as you do any other maneuver. It is also where new precision aerobatics pilots  should begin. It may seem like the most boring thing to do, but in reality, straight and level flight is one of the most difficult maneuvers to master. Sure, rolling circles, tail slides [...]

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Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan ARF — Easy Warbird Makeover

Apr 07, 2016 2 Comments

Soon to be published in the upcoming August  2016 issue of MAN, this easy to do model makeover is a great way to make your ASRF stand out at the flying field. Text and photos by PJ Ash, this “How To” article  takes you step by step through the process of applying a scale and weathered finish [...]

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Terrific Tempest

Apr 07, 2016 5 Comments

Built from Vailly Aviation plans, this 1/5-scale Hawker Tempest V has a 98-inch wingspan and weighs in at 43 pounds. Power is provided by a Desert Aircraft 85cc engine spinning a Menz 26×10 prop. Builder and pilot Andy Wynn notes that the warbird also sports homemade retracts and exhaust stacks from Fighter Aces. Thanks to Dean and Pete Coxon [...]

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