Road to Top Gun: Stunning Stuka

Mar 10, 2014 9 Comments

Competing in Expert, this two-time Brazilian scale champion is coming to Top Gun this year! Built and piloted by Fernando Bellegarde, this Stuka is a modified Ziroli kit that’s powered by a DLE 55 engine with a shaft extender. The plane’s modifications include a three-piece wing and dive siren, and the plane’s winter camo scheme [...]

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Florida Jets — High-Speed Action from Lakeland, FL

Mar 10, 2014 No Comments

Long time Model Airplane News contributor Rich Uravitch spent the weekend on the flightline for the 2014 Florida Jets event getting the inside story on many of these impressive turbine powered jets and the pilots that fly them. Watch out for the June issue of MAN where we will have the full story. Here are [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Wonderful WACO SRE takes shape

Mar 07, 2014 No Comments

R.B. Kincaid is in the process of building a 33% percent scale WACO SRE biplane with a wing span of 138-inches. Power will come from a Desert Aircraft 150cc engine turning a   35×10 propeller. The SRE is totally designed and built by Mr. Kincaid, who is in the process of making glass layups for the [...]

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Sky Skooter — Model Airplane News Construction Article Details and Materials

Mar 07, 2014 No Comments

To be featured in the upcoming June 2014 issue, the Sky Skooter construction article by Clark Salisbury shows what you can do if you have a good imagination. Before we begin  building, I need to explain my motivation for designing an RC plane like Sky Skooter.  I have always been intrigued by the idea of taking my wife, [...]

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Giant F-14 Swing-Wing’s First Flight

Mar 04, 2014 9 Comments

From our friend across the pond Tbobborap1, this video of the maiden flight of Mick Burrell’s 1/7.5-scale Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a must-see. Tbob notes that there are only two of these models in the UK and that this one is the first to fly, adding, “It was a beautiful sunny day with a reasonable [...]

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Seriously Scale Turbine Helicopter

Mar 03, 2014 4 Comments

Filmed at the Tokoroa Airfield in New Zealand, this Russian heli has a multitude of scale details, including rockets that explode when they hit the ground! The poster notes that New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority had approved the rockets, which are reportedly Bird Bangers, pyrotechnics used to scare away nuisance birds from an area. With or [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Stylish F-100D Super Sabre

Mar 03, 2014 2 Comments

From Johnson City, TN, Rod Snyder will be competing in both Team Class and Expert Class this year at Top Gun. His Team Class entry is a BVM F-100D Super Sabre modeled after a paint scheme used by the SMAMA Service Engineering that was based at McCellan Air Force base located in Sacramento CA. in [...]

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Weathering Scale Airplanes — The Final Touch!

Mar 01, 2014 11 Comments

So you’ve finished painting your new scale airplane and it looks nice and shiny and brand new. You check your model one more time against your photo documents of the full-size plane and there’s something just not quite right… What is it? Well, it would be a safe guess that your full size subject airplane, [...]

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