How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

Mar 21, 2016 6 Comments

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood to make 3-panel windshields for open cockpit airplanes. The airplane I am using is a loaner Stearman PT-17 I got from Nick Ziroli Jr., and I wanted to spruce it up a little for him. Let’s get started. (Above) Here is the old wornout clear plastic [...]

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Road to Top Gun — An Editor’s Invitation to Top Gun

Mar 18, 2016 8 Comments

And now for something completely different! For the very first time ever, an editor for Model Airplane News will be competing at the annual Top Gun Scale Invitational. I received my invite to compete from Frank Tiano himself while I was covering the 2015 event. MAN has been a major sponsor of the event for many [...]

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Taming a Camel – Bavarian Demon Flight Stabilization System

Mar 18, 2016 1 Comment

I had an interesting time at last year’s Warbirds over Delaware giant scale event. I was flying my newly completed 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel and was having some difficulty landing the short nosed WW1 biplane. I made three flights each ending by flipping over on its nose and I broke three propellers. Not my best showing. It just so [...]

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Award-Winning ARF Makeover

Mar 16, 2016 1 Comment

Jim Slaughter of Land O’ Lakes, FL., recently won the Outstanding Craftsmanship award in the ARF category at The Blue Max WW I meet at Sanford, FL.  MODEL AIRPLANE NEWS PREMIUM members can get a sneak peek of the article with all the details before it appears in the July issue of Electric Flight. When you [...]

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Red Flag: Jet Flight Competition

Mar 16, 2016 1 Comment

Here’s a quick preview of what our MAN-on-the scene, Rich Uravitch, saw at the Red Flag portion of the Florida Jets Week. Emphasis was on precision, freestyle and formation jet aerobatics in four different categories of competition. These pictures show Quique Somenzini and Silvestri Sebastiano in their solo routines with Team Viper (Mike Adams and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — USAF Thunderbird #5 — F-16 Falcon

Mar 16, 2016 3 Comments

This year Boli Muentes of Lakeworth, FL., will be flying in the Pro-AM Jet category with his 1/6-scale BVM F-16 PNP painted in the USAF #5 Thunderbirds Demonstration Team jet. It is powered by the new Jetcat P-140RXi turbine. It is controlled by the new JR28X transmitter, dual JR Infinity receivers hooked to a JR [...]

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A Metal Finish Made Easy

Mar 15, 2016 21 Comments

I can hear it now, “Oh great, not another Mustang”, from readers everywhere!  Truth be known, I found myself saying the exact same thing at almost every Warbird event I attended, despite the fact that I actually like the Mustang as an aircraft. When this sleek American airframe was outfitted with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin, it [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Heavy-Metal Razorback!

Mar 15, 2016 1 Comment

We just heard from Greg “Growler” Thomas of Las Vegas, NV who has teamed up as pilot with builder, Phil Smith of Montgomery, TX to compete this at Top Gun in the Team Scale category. The team earned their Top Gun spot by placing second the class at the U.S. Scale Masters in 2015. Phil Smith who is the builder and [...]

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