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Very (very!) big Vulcan

Very (very!) big Vulcan

Check out this gorgeous, 20-foot-span Avro Vulcan XH558! Built by Dave Johnson, the 1/7-scale model is powered by four (!) 160 turbines. The plane has sheeted wings with black Depron ribs, about which Dave notes, “The ribs essentially just keep the skins apart, and so [they] needed very little in the way of strength laterally. […]
WW1 Dawn Patrol on Long Island

WW1 Dawn Patrol on Long Island

  Some of the best RC modelers in the country have a soft spot for vintage WW1 aeroplanes. This year, was the second annual Dawn Patrol event hosted by the Long Island Sky Hawks club and a grand time was had by all. One thing that is very noticeable is that 1/3-scale is the new […]
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Fighting Fires with UAVs

Fighting Fires with UAVs

Here’s a nice twist on the video-equipped quad copter: Chris Geiger and his UAV are helping firefighters in Fresno avoid danger! Here’s the scoop from CBS 47, and be sure to watch the video below. Hovering above the Scottsmen Apartments the dangers become clear. Charred beams and collapsed rooftops provide a maze of obstacles that […]
A Swiss Masterpiece

A Swiss Masterpiece

While the IRCHA Jamboree is best known for incredible 3D flying, there are also some outstanding scale models to be seen in the dedicated scale area.  This year there were some big and impressive scale models on display, but my personal favorite was a truly amazing Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King that was the handiwork of […]
Exclusive! Hangar 9’s Giant Corsair

Exclusive! Hangar 9’s Giant Corsair

We got the exclusive on the  Hangar 9 F4U-1D Corsair.  This plane is a giant-scale 60cc size aircraft that delivers scale details worthy of being called competition grade, I have to say that it is impressive.  The construction is primarily wood with fully balsa-sheeted areas, but the outer wing panels and control surfaces (except the […]
Niagara Falls: a new perspective

Niagara Falls: a new perspective

Combine a GoPro camera with a stable, maneuverable quadcopter and you can see the world from a brand-new perspective. This great video has footage of Niagara Falls captured by a DJI Phantom and GoPro Here 3, and it is breathtaking, mesmerizing and will take your stress level from level 10 to at least a 4. […]
Successful Test Flight Giant Scale Fokker Triplane

Successful Test Flight Giant Scale Fokker Triplane

So it’s all history now! We had a fantastic test flight for the giant scale 33% Fokker Triplane built from the Balsa USA kit. It too 500 hours to build spread over 10 months to complete. We have many, many “Build-Along” posts on the Modelairplanenews.com website shot in my workshop showing all of the details […]
World’s Most Impressive Turbine Powered RC Scale Jet

World’s Most Impressive Turbine Powered RC Scale Jet

Originally debuted at the 9th Jet World Masters championship in 2011, the RusJet model Yak-130 designed and produced by Vitaly Robertus was recognized for its level of accuracy and it set a standard in its class never before achieved. This model managed to receive a highest static score ever. Well, not to be out done […]
Half-Scale RC Bristol Bulldog!

Half-Scale RC Bristol Bulldog!

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 […]
2 days till the Sky Hawks’ Dawn Patrol

2 days till the Sky Hawks’ Dawn Patrol

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 […]
MAN at Work — Warbirds over Delaware Pilot Interview Videos

MAN at Work — Warbirds over Delaware Pilot Interview Videos

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 […]
Hand-Painted Scale Details — When Pigs Fly!

Hand-Painted Scale Details — When Pigs Fly!

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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