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Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 2

Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 2

So now that we’ve set the stage for creating a 1/4-scale sport scale Sopwith Camel, let’s start building. When it comes to any project, I gather all my materials and supplies ahead of time, that includes ZAP adhesives, sandpaper, new X-Acto blades and so on. The first job is to remove all your laser-cut parts and […]
Lakemaid Beer Tests Drone Delivery

Lakemaid Beer Tests Drone Delivery

Finally the perfect use of a multi-rotor copter: delivering beer to ice fishermen.  While we aren’t sure what drives people in Wisconsin to sit on a frozen lake, drill a hole in the ice and try to catch fish (when they could be perfectly comfortable inside on the couch), we agree that beer will help make […]
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And YOU think it’s too cold to fly?

And YOU think it’s too cold to fly?

Check out this team of researchers in Antarctica, flying a 100-pound aircraft to use radar to measure the ice-bed of sub-glacial Lake Whillans. Fielded by the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), this National Science Foundation project is studying ice melt and potential sea-level rise. The autopilot and ground control software for the […]
Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel — Part 1

Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel — Part 1

My newest project steps away from building a commercial kit plane, and is more about designing and building my own scale airplane. This includes, using CAD and having final plans sent to a laser cutter to produce my own kit. Then in the workshop it is business as usual. So, to start, I will describe […]
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Hangar 9 Inverza 33 Video

Hangar 9 Inverza 33 Video

The Inverza is a project that began as a “what if” with acclaimed full-scale builder Kevin Kimball and Quique Somenzini, the Inverza is a contemporary concept designed to harness the power of the radial engine with the potential only possible in a monoplane platform. For the finishing touches, Mirco Pecorari shared his expertise by complementing […]
Super-detailed Dauntless

Super-detailed Dauntless

At the AMA Expo last weekend, we were blown away by this SBD Dauntless in the static competition. Built by Frank Harris from Jerry Bates plans, the 85-inch-span model is powered by a Saito twin 57 gas engine and has Robart retracts, a handmade cockpit and numerous scale additions. The fantastic detail on this warbird earned it an […]
Worshop Build-Along — Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

Worshop Build-Along — Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

When it comes to really looking scale, it is in the details that we make the most progress in giving our model’s that “used” look. For my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane which I built and flown this past year, I wanted to bring a better scale look to the front so I am installing a […]
Durafly Hyper Bipe — Video First Look

Durafly Hyper Bipe — Video First Look

One of Model Airplane News’ Featured Bloggers, Carl Layden, just acquired a new biplane and has produced a video first look. The Hyper Bipe from Durafly, is a modern looking unusual multi-wing sport flyer. A very talented modeler and a regular contributor to MAN’s Canadian section, Carl has a lot of experience and offers his […]
Model Jet Makeover — A face-lift for an old Favorite

Model Jet Makeover — A face-lift for an old Favorite

In this current age of modern ARFs and painted-in-the-mold airframes, it’s common to see shiny new models at the field every weekend.  In most cases however, in the process this leads us to neglect tried-and-true airframes in the corner of our workshop.  What happens to these models that were once the star of our fleet?  […]
Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie

Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie

When Ralph Kayser saw the science fiction movie “Avatar,” he knew he had to try and build one of the high-tech aircraft that were featured in it. The result is this 33-inch-long Samson, which features Ralph homemade molded part and RC helicopter equipment. Ralph powers it with two Dymond AL 3530 motors on a 3S 2100mAh LiPo for 4-minute […]
Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 Build-along Part 4 — Final Assembly

Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 Build-along Part 4 — Final Assembly

The Alien Aircraft Funmaster 72 build has been very enjoyable.  Here is Part 4 of the workshop build-along. I spent considerable time sanding the airframe so the final application of the covering material (Top Flight Monokote,) would look good. I used Opaque White with a Red trim to make it highly visible in the air. The final […]
It’s a truck … it’s an octocopter … it’s the Black Knight Transformer!

It’s a truck … it’s an octocopter … it’s the Black Knight Transformer!

Yes, this real, and yes, it has flown (using four of its eight motors). Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California, has created this rolling, flying VTOL aircraft capable of unmanned, autonomous operations. They call it, “The world’s first roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that’s capable of landing close to where it’s needed, then driving the […]
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