MAN Construction Details — Precious Metal P-51 Reno Racer

Oct 15, 2013 3 Comments

Designed and built by MAN contributor Mark Rittinger, this exclusive online article is the complete and detailed construction article that will be featured in the upcoming December issue of Model Airplane News. Plans available September 1. at: www.airagestore.com I know what you’re thinking….”ANOTHER P51?!” Well yes, fellow modelers! However, this is no ordinary D model [...]

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New 1/3-scale British WW1 Vintage Wheels from Williams Brothers

Oct 14, 2013 No Comments

Known for decades as the Go-To place for quality scale airplane accessories, Williams Brothers Model Products has come out with a great set of British WW1 style Vintage Wheels for giant scale lovers. These 1/3 Scale reproductions are based on the 700 x 100 mm wheels  and have a diameter of 9.2 inches. The Axle Hole length is 2.3 [...]

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Grab your jetpack and go!

Oct 08, 2013 12 Comments

This video clip highlights what might be the personal transportation vehicle of the future! Here’s the scoop from the Smithsonian: Martin Jetpack has unveiled their latest jetpack prototype, a model that could be available next year. Called “P12,” the machine will cost something between $150,000 to $250,000 when it  becomes available, and pilots will have to [...]

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Making Strong Wood Splices

Oct 06, 2013 12 Comments

I was sitting under a shade tent at a giant-scale fun fly recently when someone asked me where I got the longer-than-standard-size materials I use to build my big airplanes. I didn’t know what the fellow meant. He told me that his local hobby shop carried only 36-inch lengths of balsa and spruce, and that [...]

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Disney Inspired Build-Along Balsa Dusty

Oct 04, 2013 9 Comments

What is a ‘kit-bash’? This is the question asked when my latest project was described to a modeler friend. The popularity of ARF and RTF aircraft necessitates the a little more explanation. It’s part way between building from scratch and building a traditional kit. Using an existing kit as the basis it is modified to [...]

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Micro Lightning–Test Flying the new P-38 from Flyzone

Oct 03, 2013 1 Comment

I just got back from the flying field here in Wilton, CT after test flying the neat little P-38 Lightning from Flyzone. I remember growing up building Revell plastic scale models and one was a P-38 and it was not very much smaller than this all-foam RC park flyer. With great molded in details and [...]

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54-foot-span Paper Airplane Breaks Record!

Oct 03, 2013 7 Comments

What do you get when you combine 500 bottles of glue, 753 square feet of paper and 200 bottles of superglue? A flight-worthy 54-foot-span paper airplane that’s breaks the world record! The 24-pound aircraft was launched off a 7.2-foot platform and flew for 54 feet, longer than the distance flown by the previous record holder. [...]

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Real or RC? (It’s both!)

Oct 01, 2013 3 Comments

The F-16 is familiar to airplane enthusiasts as the nimble American jet fighter, in service since the 1970s, with a nose like a heron with a severe underbite. Last week saw the maiden flight of the QF-16, which is just an F-16 with one modification: no pilot inside. Drones are everywhere these days, from battlefields [...]

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