Road to Top Gun — 35%-Scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann

Apr 18, 2016 No Comments

Gary Allen of West Cherster, PA has been a long time contributor to MAN and has designed several giant scale multi-wing airplanes for construction articles. Several modelers have built his popular designs, and for his newest, Gary is bringing his Team Scale entry, a 35%-scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann being flown by his brother-in-law, Dorin Luck. Gary [...]

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Video Workshop Tip: Bending Brass Tubes

Apr 15, 2016 No Comments

If you have built a model airplane or two and have tried to bend the brass tubes for the fuel tank by hand, you are sure to have said to yourself, “there has to be a better way.” The main fuel line is straight and so no bends are required, but for the vent tube [...]

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Fabric Covering for RC Airplanes — Video How To

Apr 15, 2016 10 Comments

During my recent workshop Build-along for the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, went into detail on the fabric covering process. The response from all of you was impressive and many of you wanted more specific information on the proper use of Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive. So, I broke out the video camera in the workshop and [...]

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50th Anniversary Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome — Mission Event

Apr 14, 2016 4 Comments

If you are thinking about attending the 2016 Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Jamboree for their 50th anniversary, (Sept 9 – 11), then you might want to enter the Mission event. This competition will include the challenging Balloon burst, bomb drop and spot landings events and are based on the older “Mission Event” competition the Jamboree was known for. [...]

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Getting Ready for Top Gun — Repairs and Do-Overs

Apr 14, 2016 9 Comments

So here’s the story. At Top Gun 2015, Frank Tiano offered me an invitation to the world’s greatest Scale Invitational competition. Wow! Really? I commented that he must have lowered his standards but no, Frank said it would be a first–for a magazine editor to compete. For 24 years I have covered the action, pilots [...]

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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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