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Triple Tree has become so large, it now has its own street signs!

Joe Nall Wednesday – Aeromodelling Mayhem

Wednesday at Joe Nall met a steady stream of new arrivals with long lines developing along the flight lines.  It was common to see the main line with 6-8 aircraft waiting their turn at each pilot station.  Pilots didn’t mind waiting as they used the time to catch up with fellow modelers, rekindling friendships from previous […]
Fantastic 58% Zlín Z-526

Fantastic 58% Zlín Z-526

If bigger is better, this Zlín is the BEST! With a wingspan of 201 inches, this giant aerobat is powered by a 4-cylinder ZDZ 420cc inline engine — just listen to that powerhouse on takeoff! The 1/1.73-scale model is based on the Czechoslovakian  Zlín Z-526 AFS-V Akrobat Special (and a glider tug variant), nicknamed Kraťas (“shorty”) for […]
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Flying high alpha on the 3D line

Tuesday at Triple Tree

Only half way through the event, Tuesday at Joe Nall ramped up with the number of registered pilots already closing in on last year’s weekly record.  Nearly 1400 pilots along with their guests are calling Triple Tree their temporary home.  Even with nearly two miles of runway and 7 flight lines, its wall-to-wall action in […]
Premier Aircraft BVM QQF16

Premier Aircraft BVM QQF16

What happens when Quique Somenzini re-engineers a perfectly good BVM F-16? An incredibly agile turbine jet! The QQF16 from the Flex Innovations team is lighter than the original, with incredible control and vector thrust capability. It’s flying with the Aura 8 flight controller. Where do we sign up to get one of these bad boys?    
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A World Models 1/3 scale Cub skims the water at Joe Nall 2015.

Joe Nall Week: MAN is on the flightline!

It’s Joe Nall Week 2015, and we’re on site capturing the action at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in South Carolina.  This year is hot, literally!  Temps have consistently been in the 90’s, but that hasn’t slowed the action a bit.  The sunscreen is out, RV’s are dotting the landscape, and hundreds of modelers are already […]
The 65" long fuselage was drawn in Rhino 3D to verify fit for the internal mechanics.

AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 5 – CNC Machined Plug

This installment continues construction of my 700-size AH-56 Cheyenne, which began here. After a break to pursue some other projects, I’m back to work on the 700 size Cheyenne.  The next step was making the plug which I’d use to lay up the female mold for the fiberglass fuselage.  As noted in the first installment of […]
Electric Power questions: Soldering secrets

Electric Power questions: Soldering secrets

I was told that soldering a plug onto a LiPo battery could result in puffing the pack or even a fire. Is this true? Brent Paul [email]You can puff the battery by getting the wire too hot from soldering, but if you set it on fire, you might be better off never touching a soldering […]
Top Gun — Behind the Scenes — 100 plus photo gallery

Top Gun — Behind the Scenes — 100 plus photo gallery

As with any national level event, this week long competition produces far more special photos and snapshots of planes and pilots that could ever be included in a single article. So to help support our upcoming Top Gun event coverage in the August issue of MAN, here are some of the scenes, sights and situations we saw […]
Rutan RC to Debut at RCX!

Rutan RC to Debut at RCX!

At this weekend’s RCX show, Burt Rutan’s RC team is going to fly their prototypes for the public for the first time! Rutan has long been admired in the full-size aviation arena for his revolutionary aircraft designs, and we can’t wait to see his RC versions. Rutan RC is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the SpaceShipOne and […]
In Memory of Don Typond

In Memory of Don Typond

We’re sad to report that Don Typond, former editor of Model Airplane News in the ’80s, has passed away. A talented model aircraft designer and pilot, Don was a member of the AMA’s scale board as well as pilot of full-size airplanes. He will be greatly missed. Click on the link for Jesse Aronstein’s “In Memory […]
Top Gun 2015 Static & Performance Award Winners

Top Gun 2015 Static & Performance Award Winners

It’s a combination of flying and building skills that counts when you enter the Top Gun Scale Invitational competition and the highlight of the banquet dinner is the presentation of the special achievement awards. From High Static to the Best of Classes and the flight performance recognition, the hardware is eye-opening just s much as […]
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