Workshop Build-alone — Sopwith Camel Part 5 — Forming Wire

Apr 27, 2014 No Comments

Now that the landing gear mounting blocks are installed in the fuselage, it’s time to switch to the landing gear itself. That is to check out the drawings and get the materials we’ll need to cut, bend and eventually solder the landing gear together. What I used is 3/16 inch Music Wire for the main [...]

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7 Days until Top Gun — The MAN crew is getting ready!

Apr 24, 2014 2 Comments

The MAN crew is getting excited about traveling to Top Gun for the annual Scale Invitational. This year the facility at Paradise Field will be sporting a brand new paved runway for the Top Gun pilots to operate from. Joining editors Debra Cleghorn and Gerry Yarrish, will be contributors Rich Uravitch, Carl Layden and ace [...]

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Who will you see at RCX?

Apr 23, 2014 No Comments

At last year’s show, a gang of R2 units made laps through the aisles at RCX, turning heads and taking photo ops everywhere they went. The radio controlled bots are the creations of the talented guys and gals at Astromech.net. You never know who you’ll see at this year’s show … get your tickets today at www.RCX.com! [...]

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MAN at Hobby King

Apr 23, 2014 1 Comment

We had a great road trip down to Farmingdale on Long Island, to visit the new customer service and corporate offices for Hobby King. We got the $5 tour and had a great time visiting and talking about new products and more importantly, RC flying and local events! What really makes this new Hobby King [...]

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MAN Snapshots — Florida Jets, Paradise Field, Lakeland, FL

Apr 21, 2014 No Comments

It is always a challenge to cover events in their entirety with just one article in MAN. That’s why we add lots of bonus content to the MAN website. Here are a few more pix that did not make it into print from Frank Tiano’s “All Jet” event featured in the July issue of MAN. Also, [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Jeff Foley’s Bf-109E

Apr 19, 2014 3 Comments

The Luftwaffe will be well represented with Jeff Foley flying his very impressive and well tried Bf-109E German WW2 fighter. Jeff’s “Emil” has an 86 inch span, and is completely scratch built from Jeff’s own molds. The classic warbird  is 1/4.5 in scale and weighs 27 pounds. It uses a modified Dave Platt landing gear, and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — P.J. Ash and his Rising Sun Japanese Zero

Apr 18, 2014 9 Comments

PJ has just finished his Top Gun competition plane which is a Meister Scale long wing Zero. The wingspan is 118 inches and the model is powered with a Quadra 100 swinginga Xoar 26×10 prop. It has Sierra retracts, and is guided by JR 12x.  For the impressive slightly weathered South Pacific finish, PJ used Tamiya [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee’s T-34-B Mentor

Apr 17, 2014 2 Comments

Mike Barbee will again be competing with his absolutely immense T-34B Mentor in the Expert class. The plane is 36% scale and has a wingspan of 138 inches and is 110 inches long. Mike built it from a Bob Patton design and the fuselage is fiberglass made from Bob’s molds. The wings are foam sheeted and finished with 1.5 oz. [...]

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