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A Scale Planes’ Ultimate Accessory: Best Pilots’ Full-body pilots

A Scale Planes’ Ultimate Accessory: Best Pilots’ Full-body pilots

The name says it all. In our opinion, Lyle Vasser of Best Pilots is known for simply making the best-looking, most historically accurate pilot figures you can get anywhere. Most are approximately 1/5-scale and his scale reproductions are of actual WW II pilots including USMC Pappy Boyington, U.S. Army Air Corps. Bob Sweeney, R.A.F. Sailor […]
Model Airplane Secrets: How to fly “scale”

Model Airplane Secrets: How to fly “scale”

Model Airplane News has devoted many articles and columns to the improving of static scores in scale competition. This score however, only represents 50 percent of your total, and taking the time to improve your model’s documentation material between events can definitely help you maximize overall score. But for this article, let’s talk about improving […]
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RC Airplane Gas Engines — Hand-cranking the safe way

RC Airplane Gas Engines — Hand-cranking the safe way

When it comes to giant scale model airplanes, knowing how to safely operate the gasoline engine powering many really big aerobatic aircraft, is very important. Check out this video how-to with MAN contributor Jason Benson and see how to do it the right way!
Huge Model Airplane: Bill Holland and his Amazing Half-Scale Fokker Triplane

Huge Model Airplane: Bill Holland and his Amazing Half-Scale Fokker Triplane

Many scale competitors who’ve flown at Top Gun, know Bill Holland as the Chief Judge for the scale invitation, but he is also a very accomplished and experienced scale model builder and flyer. His newest project is this amazing 50% scale Fokker Dr.1 Triplane and it is a work of RC art! Bill enlarged Glenn […]
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RC Plane Workshop: Edge-Gluing Balsa Sheets

RC Plane Workshop: Edge-Gluing Balsa Sheets

At some point in your model-building career, you will be faced with a problem.  You will have an area of your model that requires a sheet of balsa wider than the material you have on hand.  If you are like me, this usually happens when you are starting to make significant progress and when the […]
RC Airplane Field Setup —  Increase your Safety and Fun

RC Airplane Field Setup — Increase your Safety and Fun

After you’ve spent all that time to build, cover and tune your model airplane and engine, you don’t want to just throw it into the air and see what happens. Get in the habit, just like full-size aircraft pilots, and do an overall check before committing to your next flight. Senior Tech Editor Gerry Yarrish […]
RC Monster-Scale Transall C-160

RC Monster-Scale Transall C-160

This 13-foot-span RC model of the military transport aircraft is powered by a DLE 55cc gas engine and weighs 52 pounds. Pilot Stefan Werner puts the big plane through its paces here at the Megaflugshow in Göttingen, Germany this August. Thanks to RC Media world for taking this great video!    
Giant RC Aichi Takes Flight

Giant RC Aichi Takes Flight

You don’t often see an RC version of the Japanese Aichi D3A (called “Val” by the Allies), and this one is a stunner. Jörg Albrecht’s 1/3.2-scale, 147-pound, model has a 14.5-foot wingspan and is powered by a Valach VM R420cc, four-stroke, five-cylinder radial. Thanks to RCGiantScalePlanes for taking this video at the Icare Airmeet.
RC Aerobatics: Fly the Elevator

RC Aerobatics: Fly the Elevator

The first 3D maneuver many pilots learn is the “elevator.” During an elevator, the airplane remains fully stalled and drops almost vertically in a flat attitude. Start by pointing the airplane directly into the wind. Cut the throttle and increase upelevator to enter a stall. At the moment the plane stalls, hold in full up-elevator […]
RC Plane How to: Install Retractable Landing Gear

RC Plane How to: Install Retractable Landing Gear

Setting up the gear doors on the P-51 for the first time isn’t that difficult assuming you are given some ground rules. I’ve been building for many years, but never set one up with the scale features as on the CARF P-51. The P-51 has outer doors attached to the retract struts and inner gear […]
RC Airplane First Flight Success

RC Airplane First Flight Success

For the first-time RC modeler, today is a great time for getting started in the hobby. The newest generation of easy-to-assemble, almost-ready-to-fly planes come in a wide variety of types and sizes. From electric- powered park fliers and micro scale designs to your basic engine-powered, nitro-burning sport and trainer planes, the amount of work on […]
Giant-Scale Hinging [VIDEO]

Giant-Scale Hinging [VIDEO]

Here’s some great techniques for properly installing giant scale Robart HingePoints. Editor Gerry Yarrish shows the process from his workshop when he was building his 1/3-scale Balsa USA Fokker Triplane. Photos by Tim Haggerty
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