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Magnetic Engine Cowl Attachment

Magnetic Engine Cowl Attachment

Recently, I found out that home repair stores like Home Depot stock in their hardware section Rare-Earth magnets ideal for use as engine cowling attachment devices. They come in all sorts of sizes and types and for my ongoing workshop build-along for the Sopwith Camel, I used 1/4 inch and .47 inch diameter x 1/8 […]
FAST & LOUD! Reno Rear Bear

FAST & LOUD! Reno Rear Bear

Sometimes, it’s not the size of the RC aircraft, but rather the sound and speed that capture the heart. This video of Ricardo la Valle flying  his Reno Racer Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat in the famous Rare Bear colors was shot at the Weston Park Model Airshow. As soon as he cranks up the engine and […]
Big Blue Skyraider

Big Blue Skyraider

New from Legend Hobby, there is now a beautiful all-blue version of this giant scale, 86-inch span A-1 Skyraider. Now available for pre-order. The newest version of the giant scale warbird comes in solid Blue, no graphics applied, and includes separate decal sheet allowing you to customize your big blue Skyraider to your liking. Deluxe […]
World’s Fastest RC Airplane… 548mph!

World’s Fastest RC Airplane… 548mph!

Strong Santa Ana conditions on Jan 19 2021 provided enough wind for Spencer Lisenby to bring the dynamic soaring speed record back to its birthplace of Parker Mountain, CA. Wind gusted to 65mph and temps were 45-50F. This flight beat the previous record set in 2018 at Bird Spring Pass by only 3mph. For more […]
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Amazing 18-Foot Ju 188 Bomber

Amazing 18-Foot Ju 188 Bomber

This seven year building project, an awesome giant scale WW2 German bomber flies like the real thing. Actually, one of three RC models built at the same RCclub, this 1/4-scale Junkers Ju 188 was built and is owned by Franz Obenauf. The Ju 188 has an 18 foot span, weighs 187 pounds and is powered […]
CAD Design for Modelers

CAD Design for Modelers

One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new segment of modeling to me, while also greatly increasing the precision in which I designed and developed scratch build scale airplanes. I have been using CAD programs now for […]
Internal Wire Hinging for Scale Surfaces

Internal Wire Hinging for Scale Surfaces

One of the more unique features found on giant scale RC airplanes, and on warbirds in particular, are the inset hinges that use long, thin pivot wires to secure the control surfaces in plane. For my current project, an 85 inch span Douglas Skyraider, this type of hinging is used with the rudder, here are some pix […]
Monster Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Monster Convair B-36 Peacemaker

In the early years of the Cold War, one strategic bomber, the Convair B-36 Peacemaker was at the forefront of the USAF’s efforts to blunt Soviet aggression. Entering service in 1948, the B-36 was the primary nuclear weapons delivery vehicle of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was replaced by the jet-powered Boeing B-47 […]
First Flight P-40 Warhawk

First Flight P-40 Warhawk

Did you know that the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is almost 83 years old? First flown on October 14, 1938, the XP-40 was flown in Buffalo, NY. The Warhawk is one of our favorite warbirds, what about you? Do you have an RC model of the P-40? Let us know!
Downloadable Plans! CAD KAOS

Downloadable Plans! CAD KAOS

An all time favorite RC design is the classic .60-size Kaos designed and flown by the famous aerobatic guru Joe Bridi. Many copies have been built and flown over the years, and I have built a newer version drawn with CAD. I had an old dog-eared copy of the plans, so I scanned them and […]
Snoopy Flies Again!

Snoopy Flies Again!

Watch out Red Baron!!! That’s right, Model Airplane News has redrawn the classic plans for Al Signorino’s 1969 RC Snoopy’s Doghouse and we’ve cleaned them up with CAD. The old original plans were falling apart and so it was time for an upgrade! If you are a Snoopy fan, watch out for the new 50th […]
Painting Proper Scale Markings

Painting Proper Scale Markings

There’s one thing all scale warbird modelers need to know. How to paint proper warbird markings. If you are one of many RC modelers who has acquired an ARF model of an American warbird, the chance that its star-and-bar markings is correct is about one in 10. It’s sad but true. Among models built by […]
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