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Road to Top Gun – 2020’s Scale Competitors

Road to Top Gun – 2020’s Scale Competitors

The 2020 Top Gun Scale Invitational is just around the corner, and so we are again highlighting some of the newest contestants planning to compete at Paradise Field in Lakeland, Florida. Hosted by Frank Tiano, this year’s competition takes place April 29 through May 3. As always, our “Road to Top Gun” article and online […]
Last Flight of my Triplane

Last Flight of my Triplane

Here’s a video of editor Gerry Yarrish’s 1/4-scale Fokker Dr. I Triplane on its last flight. Gerry had setup a remote video camera in the cockpit so he could film a dogfight between him and his flying buddy Sal Calvagna. The flight took place at the Central Connecticut Big Biplane Bash 11 years ago. In […]
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Giant Stunning Stearman

Giant Stunning Stearman

Pedro Sanchez is a master scale modeler and a member of the Georgia Model Aviators in Ballground. He has many large scale models in his hanger and prides himself with absolute detail on his models.  His latest, as seen here, is a Balsa USA Stearman. Pedro is relentless when it comes to detail and realism.  […]
Monster B-25 Mitchell Bomber!

Monster B-25 Mitchell Bomber!

This amazing 1/3-scale B-25 bomber wowed the spectators and attendees at the Weston Park RC Show in the UK with its impressive performance and the sound of its radial engine! The monstrous, 326-pound B-25 Mitchell was flown by Roland Sabatschus, one of three brothers who spent more than 5 years building the bomber. With a […]
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Monday Mustangs – Fighter Formation

Monday Mustangs – Fighter Formation

When it comes to giant scale warbird excitement, nothing can beat high speed passes by P-51D Mustangs. And when you have two Mustangs burning up the skies in formation, then you really have a show! These two 20% scale P-51s put on an amazing display at the annual Willis Warbirds Flighter meet in the UK. […]
Rotor Man

Rotor Man

And now for something completely different! Ralph Kayser built this flying man using bubble wrap and tape inside a paint-ball suit. A lightweight, fiberglass helmet and vinyl boots provide the finishing touches. Ralph notes that his 3.5-pound “man” can fly for 8 minutes on 10S 3000mAh LiPo batteries.
A pink  WW II warbird

A pink WW II warbird

Sand and spinach, sea-foam gray, navy and duck-egg blue … we’ve seen a lot of schemes for WW II Spitfires, but a pink one? We came across this interesting article on io9.com and think it’s worth sharing. Author Esther Inglis-Arkell writes, “World War II marked a time of great innovation, which was sometimes practical and sometimes loony. […]
Video Tips for Starting Gas Engines

Video Tips for Starting Gas Engines

There’s no doubt about it, gasoline engines are extremely popular for powering giant scale RC airplanes. Whether you fly big warbirds, or you prefer unlimited aerobatic planes, knowing how to start your engine safely is extremely important. Check out this video tip showing all the basics, featuring MAN contributor Jason Benson.    
Workshop Tips: Easy Tail Surfaces Supports

Workshop Tips: Easy Tail Surfaces Supports

Now that the Nieuport 24 project build is up on its landing gear, it is time to finish up the tail surfaces. Here you see the lower attachment bracket used to secure the vertical fin. The bracket is soldered to a threaded rod that goes through the horizontal stabilizer and is secured with a lock […]
Aussie Spitfire in 1/4 Scale

Aussie Spitfire in 1/4 Scale

This 1/4-scale Spitfire sports the scheme of a full-size Mk VIII aircraft that’s still flying and based at the Temora Aviation Museum in New South Wales, Australia. Built by Malcom Harle from the Flying Legends kit designed by Mike Booth, the 110-inch-span plane is powered by a Desert Aircraft 85cc gas engine turning a 26×10 […]
Update! Bret Becker’s XB-70 Valkyrie

Update! Bret Becker’s XB-70 Valkyrie

Our good friend and RC Scale competitor Bret Becker has won a slew of awards with his amazing electric powered XB-70 Valkyrie. Now a regular at Top Gun, Bret has constantly taken what the static judges have told him and he uses it to improve his strategic bomber’s static score. Back in 2018 he earned […]
How To: Vintage Landing Gear

How To: Vintage Landing Gear

There are several ways to make landing gear for WW I aircraft, and making them look authentic is always the goal. For my Nieuport 24 project, I wanted to use “easy to do” techniques while making is equally as easy to end up with scale looking results. For the basic structure, I used 1/8 inch […]
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