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TOP GUN SCALE INVITATIONAL: August 2021 Issue

Douglas SBD Dauntless – Michael Fetyko’s award winning WW II dive bomber

The keys to flying smooth, consistent moves every time

Building a Competition Worthy Scale Cockpit

Restoring a Classic: A Canadian Staggerwing Gets a New Life

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First Flight Success! Giant Scale P-51D Mustang

First Flight Success! Giant Scale P-51D Mustang

First Flight Excitement! This 1/5-scale RC Ziroli Giant Scale Plans’ P-51D Mustang “Short-Fuse Sallee”, was filmed at the North Leeds Model Flying Club (NLMFC). Pilot and builder Graham Blake takes his warbird up for the first time. The P-51D is a Nick Ziroli design and is 1/4 .5 scale. It has all built up wood […]
Spirit of Rhinebeck Award Winning Albatros D.III

Spirit of Rhinebeck Award Winning Albatros D.III

Every year at the WW I RC Jamboree held by the Mid-Hudson RC Society club at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, awards are awarded for the RC aeroplanes entered in the event. The ultimate award is called the “Spirit of Rhinebeck” award and it is a tradition started decades ago by the Aerodrome’s founded Cole Palen. […]
Getting into Gas – Expert Setup Tips

Getting into Gas – Expert Setup Tips

There are lots of good reasons to use gasoline engines to power your model airplanes. Generally speaking, they are easy to start, and run very reliably while producing their peak power at lower rpm than glow engines of similar displacement. With lower RPMs they tend to make less noise and burn less fuel per minute […]
And the Winners are…

And the Winners are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 WW I R/C Jamboree hosted by the Mid-Hudson RC Society Club at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Photos by Tim Haggerty and Courtesy of Fans of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Award, Modelers, Aircraft Spirit Of Rhinebeck, Norman Malinowski, Albatros D.III Best of Show, Jack Buckley, Fairchild 24 Runner Up […]
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Cutting Vinyl — Make Custom RC Vinyl Letters

Cutting Vinyl — Make Custom RC Vinyl Letters

The Stepcraft-2 420 CNC desktop system is more than just a one trick pony. The system is designed to accept a whole range of additional attachments for doing precision operations in a variety of ways. I just tried out the Drag Knife attachment and I have to say it works like a charm. Removing the […]
Grumman Ag-Cat Crop Duster Plans

Grumman Ag-Cat Crop Duster Plans

Designed in 1955, the Grumman Ag Cat was the first purpose built Agriculture plane offered by a major aircraft manufacturer. The first G-164 Ag Cat flew on May 27, 1957. Over the years, the rights to production have been changed hands several times with the production of Ag Cat’s totaling 2,455 airplanes from 1959 to […]
1/3-Scale Home-Built B-17 Bomber

1/3-Scale Home-Built B-17 Bomber

Built by Jack Bally, this 33% scale B-17 Flying Fortress is actually a man-carrying EAA certified experimental home-built aircraft. The Bally Bomber B-17 made it’s debut during 2018 AirVenture and was put up for sale in 2018. The aircraft returned to AirVenture 2021 piloted by her new owner. The Bally Bomber B-17 is an original […]
A Fleet Biplane with History

A Fleet Biplane with History

Recently, a new aircraft has been added to the lineup of vintage aircraft based at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in the form of a Fleet Biplane Model-1. Own and piloted by David Trost, this Fleet Bipe is an original, not a replica and it also has an interesting history that reaches back to the February […]
Install a Sliding Canopy

Install a Sliding Canopy

Many scale modelers simply can’t leave well enough alone. They often find ways to improve their scale projects. With the VQ Warbirds  Corsair ARF as a base model, A complete makeover to add lots of details is fun, but to kick it up a notch, a sliding canopy is one of the several sub projects […]
Aerobatic Scale Biplane — Smoking WACO YMF-5

Aerobatic Scale Biplane — Smoking WACO YMF-5

Expert scale modeler and pilot Mitch Epstein, enjoys flying his impressive WACO YMF-5 civilian biplane and has been a successful competitor with it. Mitch’s WACO is a modified AMR kit that he powered with a powerful Moki 215 radial engine, turning a 32×18 propeller. Mitch covered the biplane with Nelson fabric, and finished his Waco […]
What’s your Favorite Scale Detail?

What’s your Favorite Scale Detail?

The editors of Model Airplane News are really into scale RC airplanes. When you build a scale project, its like working on and assembling several smaller scale projects, then adding them all together to come up with one impressive aircraft. Some modelers love detailing the outside surfaces of their models with panel lines and rivets, […]
Secrets to Hovering — Master this 3D Move

Secrets to Hovering — Master this 3D Move

Of all 3D maneuvers, it’s possible that none represent 3D flying more than hovering. While learning to hover can be extremely challenging, you can make it easier for yourself by knowing the primary forces involved. Control while hovering is maintained solely by the propeller thrust or “prop-wash” over the tail surfaces and the inboard portions […]
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