For this 1/3-scale RC Thomas Morse S4B, I used Replicraft 1/5-scale plans for reference. They include everything needed to build a full-scale aircraft let alone a model. You can see my entire building thread at the Radio Control Scale Builder forum (rcscalebuilder.com), which includes multiple photos of all the scratch-built details. For color & markings […]
Together with loops, rolls are the bedrock upon which aerobatic flying is built. Learning to perform them correctly and efficiently is integral to opening the door to thousands of different maneuvers. There are varying opinions regarding the best approach to teach rolls, and certain methods can promote faster rates of learning and more successful results. […]
The full-size Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer is a low-wing tandem-seat training aircraft designed and manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps, check out these two Pilatus PC-7 MKII RC scale turbines. Looking good!
William Warburton is building a heavily modified, totally scaled-out Gold Edition Top Flite Corsair, and he has shared some of this aircraft’s special details with us. Check out his aircraft’s cockpit and pilot seat in process! William writes: These pictures depict the building of the cockpit. There is a functional pneumatic tube gauge at the […]
The Grumman F9F Panther is one of the US Navy’s first successful carrier-based jet fighters. In this video, check out in the inner workings of this master-built scale F9F Panther. A nice detail we spotted during the test flight was the functioning canopy!
It happens to the best of us. Check out this video of a beautifully crafted giant scale PT-17 Stearman, one of the best examples we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately the pilot comes in hot, flips the plane and damages the landing gear. Good news is by the time you’re watching this video, the damage has already […]
Damon “Dag” Atwood of Fishers, Indiana designed and scratch built this massive 188-inch-span aircraft. It’s powered by a Hacker A100 electric motor and uses four 5000mAh batteries wired 2S2P for a whopping 6000 watts and 8-minute flights. Check it out!
One of our favorite YouTubers is back this week with more pro advice, this time on taking video with your RC plane. As per the norm, Dag’s video is packed with great tips. As a side note, we ran into Dag at the Southeast Electric Fun Fly (SEFF) event in Andersonville, Georgia. It’s a small […]
The Ukrainian Aircraft Corporation, formally known as the The Antonov State Enterprise, is a designer and manufacturer of the world’s largest aircraft. The full-size AN-225 cargo plane has a wingspan of 290 feet, 32 wheels, and six engines. Massive! This giant-scale RC model scratch-built by Michael Speier proudly flies the Ukrainian flag colors. It’s also […]
When it comes to your man-cave (AKA RC model airplane sanctuary), there’s always room for improvement. Besides the basics, like a sturdy workbench, having the proper tools and adequate lighting, there are ways to improve on your efficiency. Less looking for stuff time equates to more enjoyment with the things you want to do. Here […]
Congratulations to Peter Goldsmith for earning the top spot and his second Mr. Top Gun title at this year’s invitational! Peter flew in the Expert class, and his 145.66-inch-long Hawk 100 is from the Tomahawk Aviation composite kit.
In most modern jet models, the entire cockpit is very visible because of the large bubble canopies. When I started work on my first F-16 Thunderbird for Top Gun 2008, it was important to me to have outstanding cockpit detail. With the competition at such a high level of perfection, I decided to scratch-build everything […]