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Top Gun 2019: September Issue

Mastering the Cuban-8

1/4-Scale AT-6 Texan

RC Landing Gear Repair

Making Functional Biplane Rigging Wires

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Securing RC Airplane Wheels

Securing RC Airplane Wheels

When it comes to making good and safe landings, you need your wheels to stay put during your flight. Lots a broken props and more damage is caused when one of your wheels comes off the axle, usually during the takeoff run. Senior editor John Reid shows how to keep them in place.  
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize Semi-Finalists

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize Semi-Finalists

Fifty skilled trades teachers and teaching teams from across the country were named today as semifinalists for the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. They and their high school skilled trades programs are in the running for a share of $1 million in total cash awards. The semifinalists hail from 26 […]
Wing-to-Fuselage Fillets

Wing-to-Fuselage Fillets

Advice from expert scale designer and builder Nick Ziroli: Instead of adding the fillet after the wing and fuselage are built, I make the shape of the fillet areas as part of the fuselage formers themselves. This requires having at least the wing center section built and attached to the fuselage, but to make sure […]
Warbird Wing Sheeting

Warbird Wing Sheeting

When it comes to sheeting the wings, you want to do it right with any airplane, but for giant scale warbirds, you really  need to do it correctly. I like to start once the retracts are setup and the plywood support ribs and the mount rails have been epoxied into place. We used the landing […]
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Soloing in a P-51 Mustang

Soloing in a P-51 Mustang

Story by Flight Journal Editor in Chief Budd Davisson. It was 1971 and I was again at the Flying Tiger Air Museum in Paris, Texas, hiding in the back of a North American SNJ-5, for my second session of Junior Burchinal’s how-to-be-a-fighter-pilot course. If things went according to schedule, I would get another couple of hops […]
Mastering the Cuban-8

Mastering the Cuban-8

This precision aerobatic maneuver looks like a figure-S lying on its side. It consists of a 3/4 loop with a 1/2, roll as the plane flies inverted downward at a 45·degree angle, followed by another ¾ loop and another 1/2 roll during the second descending angle. It is especially impressive when performed close to the […]
Hangar 9 Fokker D.VII 30-60cc ARF

Hangar 9 Fokker D.VII 30-60cc ARF

The new 87-inch span Hangar 9 Fokker D.VII is the first WW I giant scale fighter in Hangar 9’s warbird lineup. Priced at $799.99, this ARF version is fully built-up with laser cut balsa and plywood parts and is an accurate giant scale reproduction of Germany’s famed WW I fighter. The German Fokker D.VII is […]
Today’s the Day!!!

Today’s the Day!!!

It’s finally here! The Warbirds over Delaware kicks off the grandfather of all Warbird fly ins at the Lums Pond State Park in Bear, DE. Hosted by the hard working members of the Delaware RC Club, all the regulars are there already setting up on the field and are tweaking their amazing military masterpieces. Be […]
VQ Warbirds B-24 Liberator

VQ Warbirds B-24 Liberator

There’s just something elegant in seeing a WW II heavy bomber such as this in the traffic pattern.  The B-24 Liberator is just such an iconic airplane with a rich history, and it is great to see a model like this with so many features and options (including an almost ready to cover version.) Distributed […]
Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

The Wings Club Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) Enders, Chief Executive Officer, Retired, Airbus SE, is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award. Acknowledging outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation, President David Davenport, will present the Wings Club Foundation award on October 18, 2019, at the 77th Annual […]
RCGF USA’s New 50cc Twin Gasser

RCGF USA’s New 50cc Twin Gasser

When ever you are looking for smooth power, nothing fits the bill like a twin-cylinder “Boxer” twin engine. This new 50cc powerhouse from RCGF USA is the newest in the lineup of quality gasoline engines. The 50T twin cylinder engine comes with a RCGF electronic ignition system, providing excellent power and easy starting All designed […]
RC Warbird Tail Repairs

RC Warbird Tail Repairs

I’d like to present this article as one more example of how doing repairs to your favorite warbird can be done if you take it one step at a time, and “eat the elephant in bites” rather than fretting over the entire sad picture. I will also say it was a privilege to work on […]
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