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Arado 76

Arado 76

By Stan Rutz THE SEPTEMBER 1938 ISSUE of Model Airplane News contained plans for a 20-inch-span, rubber-pow- . ered Arado 76: “… a new German fighter/ trainer.” I built it, and when .049 glow engines emerged a decade later, I turned it into a Wasp-powered U-control and flew it indoors. It was a crowd pleaser—especially […]
Sukhoi Su-29

Sukhoi Su-29

Sport-scale 2-place aerobatic trainer HAD designed a1/4-scalemodel of the  Su-26, so the decision to build the new Su-29 was not difficult to make. After receiving 3-view drawings and technical information from Bob Banka at Scale Model Research*, I started my new project. I decided on an 80-inch-span model that would be IMAA-legal and light enough […]
Super Hots

Super Hots

By Dan Santich Kick some tails with the new king in the fun-fly arena! There is no doubt about it the Hots is hot! Midwest Products has already sold out on their second run of kits and M.A.N. has sold more plans (#4841 for $6.00) for it than for any other model. Why is that? […]
F-104 Starfighter

F-104 Starfighter

A Speed 400 pusher jet with performance I HAVE BEEN FLYING SPEED 400 electric-powered models for years with great success and have gotten a lot out of these inexpensive, $9 motors. So, I thought “Why not see how far I can push a standard Speed 400?” When I took my F-104 Starfighter to the flying […]
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P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang

A 1.20-size warbird for the sport flier OK; let’s admit it. Everyone wants to build a P-51. It drips power, courage and heroism. It’s an icon of WW II fighters; why shouldn’t you build one? That’s the question Chris Chianelli asked me, and it’s why he proposed this project. A 1/6- scale model yields a […]
De Havilland Twin Otter

De Havilland Twin Otter

The Canadian de Havilland Turbo-prop Twin Otter was designed for use as a regional commuter and for other special applications. The plane has a 65-foot wingspan, can carry up to 12 passengers or a load of 4,400 pounds and can operate from short runways. This 1/12-scale design of the Twin Otter makes a great 4-channel […]
SBD Dauntess Torpedo Bomber

SBD Dauntess Torpedo Bomber

A CLASSIC SOUTH PACIFIC WARBIRD•ELECTRIFIED! Often referred to as •Slow But Deadly,• the Douglas SBD Dauntless was the U.S. Navy’s frontline dive-bomber from 1939 through 1944. Considered obsolete at the time it entered regular service, the Dauntless nonetheless went on to sink more Japanese ships than any other U.S. aircraft. Heavily armed with up to […]
Miles Sparrowhawk

Miles Sparrowhawk

IMAA-legal Golden Age racer My 26-percent-scale Miles Sparrowhawk is a high-perfor- mance, aerobatic aircraft. Its thick wing and stabilizer airfoils give t h e model stable, relatively slow landing approaches and excellent slow-speed characteristics. As a bonus, it can be flown a t any IMAA o r IMAC (Basic) event. And since the prototype first […]
F-14 Tomcat PARK Jet

F-14 Tomcat PARK Jet

With its sleek lines, aggressive stance and variable-sweep wing, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat is one of the most universally admired airplanes of all time. For modelers, however, the complexity of the F-14 has made it one of the most difficult models to buildóuntil now! I was so encouraged by the performance of my F/A-18 Hornet […]
Giant Scale Tiger Moth

Giant Scale Tiger Moth

Derived from the highly successful  D.H. 60 Moth series of civilian aircraft that included the famous Gypsy Moth, the de Havilland D.H. 82A Tiger Moth is the quintessential British biplane trainer. The Tiger Moth has long been popular with modelers, and a cornucopia of “Tiggie” models is available today in the form of backyard flyers, […]
Profile Gee Bee

Profile Gee Bee

Indoor pylon racing, Thompson-Trophy style! ASitgenllY touched down after its first flight, a nameless railbird shouted, ~ Jimmy Doolittle would have been proud!” No, it wasn’t the 1932 National Air Races in Cleveland, OH; it was a iocai basketball gym, and the racer didn’t have the 800hp that Gen. Doolittle enjoyed. it was the exciting […]
OV-1 Mohawk

OV-1 Mohawk

The first OV-1 Mohawk was produced in October 1959, and it was the first turboprop-powered aircraft in the U.S. Army’s inventory. It served in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, Alaska, and Central and South America and during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the Middle East. The Army retired it from service in September 1996 after […]
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