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Covering Models like the Real Thing — 10 Tips for Applying Stits Lite Fabric

Covering Models like the Real Thing — 10 Tips for Applying Stits Lite Fabric

There’s an old saying in the hobby that goes: “Once you’re finished “building” your scale RC airplane, you’re only half done!” That’s because all our efforts of gluing and bolting parts together lead up to one final goal—producing a smooth and even surface to apply the covering to. With any fabric covering job, the end results are […]
Triple Tree Visionary Pat Hartness accepts thank you from hundreds of spectators

Joe Nall: Friday Crowds Roll In

Friday went down as one of the biggest days ever in aeromodeling history.  Thousands of pilots and spectators united their passion for aviation to make Joe Nall 2013 one to remember.  Doing the math, over 2,000 flights were logged today alone.  Even better, youth pilots could be found on almost every flight line.  The future of the hobby appears […]
Joe Nall:  A Triple Tree Tuesday

Joe Nall: A Triple Tree Tuesday

Today was another beautiful day for RC action in the heart of South Carolina.  Once again, “Joe Nall Week” is hitting record attendance.  By Tuesday evening, the official pilot count was 1,018. That’s 100 more than the same day last year.  Flight lines were very busy from first light until several hours after dark.  With […]
Lady Justice “catches” a quad

Lady Justice “catches” a quad

Officials in Marion, Ohio, aren’t quite sure how to get a drone that got stuck in a 100-foot high statue … Here’s the latest from the Marion Star: Lady Justice, which overlooks downtown atop the county courthouse, received an accidental upgrade to her equipment over the weekend. In addition to the scales of justice and […]
Top Gun Aircraft Highlight–Can you name this plane?

Top Gun Aircraft Highlight–Can you name this plane?

Hint! It is not a North American P-51 Mustang. The full-size aircraft was powered by a Turbo-prop turbine engine and it was proposed as a ground attack aircraft for the USAF. Leave a comment if you know what it is.
Reached the Half-Way Point!

Reached the Half-Way Point!

There’s an old saying about Building scale model airplanes. When you are finished building, you are halve way done with the project. Well last week I ran out of things to glue together with the Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane, so it is official, I have reached the half-way point in the project! Here’s my […]
Workshop Build-Along — Triplane Interplane Struts

Workshop Build-Along — Triplane Interplane Struts

Topping off at just under 400 hours now, the kit built Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane is finally looking like a real WW1 aeroplane. This past weekend, I installed the interplane struts as well as the tail feathers. Here’s a recap. Actually before installing the interplane struts, you first have to make sure the top […]
Road to Top Gun: Rare Rallye Morane Aero Tow Plane

Road to Top Gun: Rare Rallye Morane Aero Tow Plane

Steve Thomas – Takes a new direction for Top Gun 2013. Taking a new direction for Top Gun 2013, Steve Thomas is well known on the circuit for his warbirds, he has a long held affinity with WWI and WWII planes, in particular he has an interest in Russian Warbirds which are less commonly seen […]
Giant Scale Triplane Build-Along — Cabanes Struts

Giant Scale Triplane Build-Along — Cabanes Struts

We are drawing close to the end of this extensive giant-scale build-along. This past weekend the cabane struts and the top wing were built and attached to the Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane. Check out the sequence below. To build the cabane struts and attach the top wing, you first have to install the kit’s […]
Civilian UAVs on Horizon

Civilian UAVs on Horizon

Lead photo shows a ShadowHawk drone with Montgomery County, Texas, SWAT team members. In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country. The FAA has granted several hundred permits to universities, police departments and […]
The Best in Show Winner WRAM Show 2013

The Best in Show Winner WRAM Show 2013

The quality and craftsmanship of the aircraft competiting at the 2013 WRAM show static competition was truly amazing, and this year showed a bumper crop of entries! But there can be only one winner of “Best in Show” and this year that honor fell to our good friend and Model Airplane News contributor, and 3 […]
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