You don’t often see an RC version of the Japanese Aichi D3A (called “Val” by the Allies), let alone a monster scale version. This impressive Tora Tora Tora “torpedo bomber” is a real stunner and the work of Jörg Albrecht. At a massive 1/3.2-scale, the Val weighs in at 147 pound, and it has a 14.5-foot […]
In case you hadn’t heard, due to the Corona Virus, the Top Gun Scale Invitational has been postponed until October 28 to November 1. Model Airplane News plans to cover this amazing scale competition so stay tuned for more information. We will update as things progress.
One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new segment of modeling to me, while also greatly increasing the precision in which I designed and developed scratch build scale airplanes. I have been using CAD programs now for […]
We woke up today and learned of the very sad news that Bob Violett had passed away. All in the RC community recognized him as the father of what we now know as the RC Jet industry. Without his innovation and drive for excellence, the jet modelling world wouldn’t be the same. For many years, […]
If you’ve been following my online Build-Along Series on the MAN website for my Sopwith Camel, then you know I have been featuring little mini projects as they pop up in the construction. Well, as master scale modeler Dave Platt has mentioned numerous times, “A scale model is never truly finished–you simply stop working in […]
Let’s face it. If you fly RC airplanes, sooner or later, you’re going to damage your model. Knowing how to deal with common damage inflicted on our models saves you money and extends the life of your plane. So why buy a replacement wing when you can fix it yourself? Here’s our damaged wing. This […]
If you have been building RC warbirds for a while, you may notice that there is a terrible blight plaguing many of them… tail-heaviness! The scourge of tail-heaviness leaves the modeler with few good options. First, he can fly the model as-is with the CG at the limit of its aft location and stagger around […]
With the ever popular use of electric power systems, nitro-burning glow engines have started to before less understood by newcomers to the hobby. Once the mainstay of the hobby, 2-stroke glow engines still have a lot to offer and produce excellent power for their weight. Once you’ve decided to give a glow powered airplane a […]
First flown in 1969, the Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde was a British–French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner that was operated until 2003. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound, at Mach 2.04 (1,354 mph at cruise altitude), with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for 27 […]
We were excited to hear that Du-Bro, a 60-year staple in the hobby industry, has a new owner who is someone we’ve come to know and appreciate over the years. If you’ve gone to any RC trade show and stopped by the Du-Bro booth, you’ve probably met Brian Bychowski. After 19 years of working for […]
This year, P.J. Ash from Searcy, AR, will be flying in the Pro Prop class with his Douglas TBD Devastator. Built over 20 years ago, the Torpedo Bomber is totally scratch built from 3-view drawings (no construction plans). The Devastator has a 100-inch wingspan and about 75 inches in length. The retracts were originally from […]
The Shizuoka Hobby show event (scheduled from May 16 to 17) has been cancelled this year. This due to Japanese government new regulations for big meetings and conventions in order to reduce the Coronavirus impact in the area. Exhibits from countless famed Japanese hobby manufacturers were planned to be on show at this event.