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New P-47s from VQ Warbirds

New P-47s from VQ Warbirds

Know for their easy to build and fun to fly warbird ARFs, we’ve just received a new mission report from VQ Warbirds. Two new additions to the VQ Warbirds line up are the P-47B “TOUCH OF TEXAS” and the P-47D “HAIRLESS JOE” Both of these ARF warbirds are suitable for either electric or glow power […]
Scale RC Rivets & Screws Video

Scale RC Rivets & Screws Video

Master modeler Phil Noel knows aircraft rivets and screws. After retiring from the full-size aviation industry, his company Pinnacle Aviation custom-builds composite model kits as well as offering painting, weathering and repair service. In this video, he shows how he creates rivets on and applies scale screws to a Comp-ARF Spitfire and a Jet Legends L-39 Albatross.  Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for filming this […]
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50% Scale Pfalz D.III — First Flight

50% Scale Pfalz D.III — First Flight

Today, giant scale has developed into a whole new sector of the RC modeling community and truly gigantic planes are being developed to fill this growing special interest group. Recently, a ½-scale Pfalz D.III WW 1 German fighter successfully flew its first test flight and impressed everyone who was there. The plane is a custom […]
Blast from the Past — Scale Masters Qualifier 2003

Blast from the Past — Scale Masters Qualifier 2003

A very popular event at the time, the 2003 U.S. Scale Masters Qualifier was hosted at the Gardener Airport in Gardener, MA. (Above) Local News Guy take a photo of my Piper L-4. While cleaning out a drawer at work I found some old event photos. Included in this find were several pix from my […]
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Starting Gasoline Engines—Safely!

Starting Gasoline Engines—Safely!

To properly operate and maintain models, you need support equipment that is up to the task. Two of the most important concerns we have with giant-scale models are safely starting the engine and handling the fuel (gasoline). When we switch from glow engines to gasoline burners, we need to change some of our equipment; we […]
E-flite/Horizon Hobby Gee Bee R-2

E-flite/Horizon Hobby Gee Bee R-2

Ignore the Wind with this Golden Age Racer When it comes the air racers from the Golden Age of Aviation, nothing even comes close to the Gee Bee aircraft the Granville Brothers built. And, of all the Gee Bee racers, the awesome R-2 was by far the most famous. Years ahead of the competition, the […]
A Tribute to Our Veterans

A Tribute to Our Veterans

Living history has a shelf life, and the expiration date cannot be extended. I’ve been interviewing WW II veterans since the early 1970s when I got serious about writing history, and it’s been a bittersweet experience. Anyone who’s made a career documenting aviation (or anything else) will tell you the same thing: you make older […]
RC WW II Luftwaffe Flying Wing Takes Flight

RC WW II Luftwaffe Flying Wing 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 […]
Basic RC Plane Setup Video

Basic RC Plane Setup Video

When it comes to flying your new model airplane, get into the habit of checking everything out before cranking up your engine. Finding problems before you take off is a lot better than dealing with them in the air. This video highlights some of the basics.
2-Stroke Glow Engine Basics

2-Stroke Glow Engine Basics

Two-stroke glow engines are by far the most popular engines used to power RC model airplanes. They are relatively inexpensive for the power they produce, they are easy to start, run and maintain, and once you learn how to properly take care of them they will last for many years. Let’s take a closer look. […]
DIY Fiberglass Engine Cowlings

DIY Fiberglass Engine Cowlings

When you find that you can not purchase a molded part for your scale project, it really isn’t all that difficult to make that part yourself. Here is a great way to make homemade fiberglass engine cowlings with readily available supplies. To make the engine cowling for my 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel, I used 1-inch-thick blue […]
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