Half-Scale RC Bristol Bulldog!

Jul 31, 2013 5 Comments

Designed, built and flown by Ian Turney-White,  the Bristol Bulldog features traditional model building methods and copied the full-size construction, using clear, knot-free Columbian pine instead of steel tubing.  Evostik exterior-grade glue was used throughout. The longerons were tapered towards the tail and the fronts were slit with a bandsaw and glued with a filler strip [...]

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2 days till the Sky Hawks’ Dawn Patrol

Jul 31, 2013 2 Comments

Still a bunch of little details to get taken care of, but I think we will be ready for this weekend’s Dawn Patrol event on Long Island at the Sky Hawk’s amazing flying field. I even dusted off my leather flying helmet and goggles! I just installed (reinstalled) the engine in the Fokker Triplane and [...]

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MAN at Work — Warbirds over Delaware Pilot Interview Videos

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

Our good friend, scale expert and MAN contributor Sal Calvagna was on hand at the 22nd annual Warbirds over Delaware and he got the inside scoop for several warbird pilots. From classic early war designs, to modern Luftwaffe flying wings, Sal got the up close and personal thoughts and comments of the modelers who built [...]

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Hand-Painted Scale Details — When Pigs Fly!

Jul 30, 2013 1 Comment

I am coming to the conclusion of my Giant Scale Fokker Triplane Build-Along and there are only a few things to left to take care of. I recently commissioned my daughter Rebecca to add the final touches on the paint job with the addition of the “Pig’s Butt” side badge, that Cole Palen’s Triplane is [...]

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Must-Know Soldering Tips

Jul 29, 2013 5 Comments

There is always that occasional opportunity to do some soldering. When you need to add some connectors to a battery pack, or to make a set of wiring adapters for your battery charger, using heat and molten metal to join wires together is one of the oldest do-it-yourself tasks for RC hobbyists. The task is [...]

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Wing walking (really!)

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

This flying robot can use its wings to navigate on the ground, even over rough terrain! Its creator, the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, notes, “The robot is capable of walking with different gaits, it can move on different surfaces, it can overcome high obstacles, and can also navigate in rough terrains. The robot presented in [...]

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Incredible Scratch-Built Rotary Engine

Jul 29, 2013 16 Comments

Andy Johnston must take his RC modeling very seriously … why else would he spend over 3 years building a true-to-scale, rotary Bentley engine spending another 2 years building an Avro 504K from plans, specifically for the engine?  The 9-cylinder powerplant has cast-iron liners that are 1mm thick, aluminum finned barrels and a total of [...]

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Back to Basics–Free Flight Rubber Power

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

If you have never tried building and flying a rubber powered scale free flight model airplane, then you are really missing out on a lot of affordable fun. Each year, our buddy and Scale RC and WW1 aviation expert, Tom Polapink, hosts an annual free flight contest and this event is dedicated to Cole Palen, [...]

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