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Master the Tail-Dragger — Pro Tips for Smoother Landings and Takeoffs

Master the Tail-Dragger — Pro Tips for Smoother Landings and Takeoffs

The typical scale tail-dragger looks great both in the air and resting on the flightline between flights. But it does require a different technique to take off and land compared to a tricycle-gear airplane. From sport planes and classic civilian aircraft to warbirds and fighters, where the little “steering” wheel is in back behind the […]
FLightline Video Interview — Warbird Pilots’ Adam Martin — Warbirds over Delaware

FLightline Video Interview — Warbird Pilots’ Adam Martin — Warbirds over Delaware

One of MAN’s solid supporters and expert in all things “scale pilot figures”, Adam Martin had the distinct pleasure of being in front of Sal Calvagna’s video camera. Covering the WOD event for MAN, (Look for the November issue), Sal was patroling the flightline for unsuspecting targets of opportunity! And guess what? Adam is also […]
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Unusual WW II “All-Wing” Design Takes Flight

Unusual WW II “All-Wing” Design Takes Flight

Erik van den Hoogen’s scratch-built, all-wood Gotha P.60A flies quite well, especially considering that the full-size interceptor it is modeled after was never completed! With a wingspan of 10 feet, 10 inches, this 1/4-scale, 77-pound model Is powered by two AMT Mercury turbine engines, each with 9.5kg of thrust. Our thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for taking this great video at […]
Favorite Reader Tips

Favorite Reader Tips

Check out these reader tips! Betcha you’ll use at least one on your next building project. (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com … no photo required!)   GET A GRIP Converting scale aircraft to electric is becoming commonplace. Here’s a neat trick that solves a simple but perplexing problem often encountered […]
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Flightline Video Interview — Fairey Fantome from WOD

Flightline Video Interview — Fairey Fantome from WOD

Long time MAN Contributor and pro scale model builder and pilot, Sal Calvagna was on the road for MAN and he covered all the action at the recent Warbirds over Delaware at Lums Pond, in Bear, DE. Here is his video interview with Tom and Charles Britton who built this beautiful scale model. The full […]
Fly the Waterfall

Fly the Waterfall

When you’re flying a stable elevator, you can perform an inside “waterfall” (micro loop) by maintaining full up-elevator, and applying full power and a little right rudder to correct for increased propwash and P-factor. On the back side of the loop, quickly cut the power and neutralize the rudder. Then, at the instant the fuselage […]
Flying Scale Maneuvers Correctly — Tips for a higher flight score

Flying Scale Maneuvers Correctly — Tips for a higher flight score

In competition aerobatics, we’re concerned only about the execution of the maneuver, period. For example, loops must be perfectly round and centered, and precision is the key to achieving the highest score. In scale competition, however, you have to execute a loop just like the full-size aircraft would have performed it. For example, a loop […]
Master the Rolling Loop

Master the Rolling Loop

Kick up your aerobatic performance with this deceivingly-easy-looking maneuver, the Rolling Loop. A challenging maneuver, the pilot, needs to utilize all the control inputs while performing it smoothly. A basic loop can also be described as a 360-degree circle. When you perform a loop with one integrated roll, you need to match the quadrant points. For example, you must […]
Fiberglassing Wings — Producing a Super Smooth, Top Gun Finish

Fiberglassing Wings — Producing a Super Smooth, Top Gun Finish

There are many ways to apply fiberglass cloth to a structure. The most common methods use either polyester or epoxy resin and catalysts. Some of the resins require unequal mix ratios, like 1 part epoxy to 2 parts hardener, which is difficult to measure accurately. I also dislike polyester resin because it really smells foul. […]
Easy Workshop Tips

Easy Workshop Tips

Check out these reader tips! Betcha you’ll use at least one on your next building project. (Have a tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com … no photo required!)   Hatch Leash A great way to ensure your canopy arrives attached to your plane, rather than flying off one way and the plane going […]
RC Workshop Tips — Painting Fabric Covered Models

RC Workshop Tips — Painting Fabric Covered Models

When it comes to producing a smooth fabric paint job, I have found that when you finish your model with Scale Stits or some other fabric covering like SolarTex or Super Shrink Coverite (if you can find any), the best and quickest paint to use is Poly Tone and it’s various coating products. Available from […]
Me 163 Komet — Electric Powered, Rocket Performance

Me 163 Komet — Electric Powered, Rocket Performance

First encountered by U.S. Army Air Corps bombers in July 1944, the advanced speed and maneuverability of the Luftwaffe’s new Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket plane took the Allied flight crews by complete surprise. Its shortcoming was having very short powered flight, so the Komet was used primarily to defend German airfields and other strategic targets. […]
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