There’s an old saying that goes: “Bigger is Better” and for some RC modelers, this is a passion! The AMA and IMAA have rules and regulations for the safe building and operation of Giant Scale models under the 55 pound limit, and recently, the AMA has developed regulations for the truly amazingly big with a 125 pound limit. As our hobby develops and radios and engines become ultra-reliable, the sky’s the limit for projects never thought of before.
One example is Bill Hemple who has several kit available in the 50%, 60% and even bigger category. His J-3 Cub is extremely popular and there are even rumors of a 65% scale Fokker Triplane in the works!
Another example of how the truly giant scale projects should be done comes from Frank Tiano. The father of Top Gun, Florida Jets and the extremely popular Monster Planes events Frank has developed an awesome 1/3-scale P-47 Thunderbolt WW II fighter and it is the very example of proper design and function. Several of these highly developed and flight proven warbirds are in workshops around the country further pushing the limits of size in our hobby. With a keen eye on quality and proper execution, these examples and others are redefining the term “giant scale.”
So what do you think? Awesome, or Big Concern? we want to know what you think.
(Above) Bill Hemple 60% Cub uploaded by rhus3000
(Above) Video Courtesy of SKS Video Productions