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Fabric Covering Tips – Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-along — Part 20

Fabric Covering Tips – Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-along — Part 20

Now that the Sopwith Camel’s fuselage and the rest of the project has been all buttoned up, and the engine cowling’s magnetic attachment arrangement taken care off, we can how move on to the covering process of the project. For this model, I am using Scale Stits and Polytone paint and adhesive. The fabric is specially produced […]
RC Details, Landing Gear – Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 16

RC Details, Landing Gear – Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 16

Over the holidays I got back to my scratch build scale RC Sopwith Camel and finished off some of the details. Here’s some new pix of the landing gear fairings as well as work on the tail surfaces. This build-along is now just about at the point where we will start covering the model and […]
Editor Picks: Best Biplanes

Editor Picks: Best Biplanes

Back in the dawn of aviation, two wings were necessary to form a strong, wire-reinforced structure that was still light enough for the meager power systems used to propel them. Today, the latest biplane designs are simply amazing and are used for everything from crop dusting to unlimited aerobatics. For the RC bipe guys, it […]
Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 14 — Cabane Struts and Top Wing

Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 14 — Cabane Struts and Top Wing

After finishing up the top wing by making and installing the laminated center cutaway bow, it’s time to mate top wing to the fuselage. The struts that support the center of the wing (and set the wing incidence), are called the cabane struts. These work together with the outer interplane struts near the wing tips […]
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Fantastic Fokker

Fantastic Fokker

Watching this video, it’s easy to understand why Manfred von Richthofen himself was such a proponent of the Fokker D-VII, even though the “Red Baron” died before the first D-VIIs reached service. Built from the Balsa USA kit by Knut Huk and piloted by Andy Nusser at the Flugtage MFC in Oberhausen this summer, the 1/3-scale model fighter has a 10-foot wingspan and […]
First Place Win at WRAM Show — Gerry’s Fokker Triplane

First Place Win at WRAM Show — Gerry’s Fokker Triplane

The Staff here at Model Airplane News is very proud of editor Gerry Yarrish for his well-deserved First Place win in the World War 1 Category at the 2014 WRAM Show! Most MAN readers will recognize this impressive red and black Fokker Triplane, Gerry started this impressive 1/3-scale project in 2012 and featured it in dozens of Online Workshop Build-Along posts. […]
WRAM Show Highlights

WRAM Show Highlights

Saturday is usually the big day for the crowds at the WRAM Show and this year was no exception. The isles were crowded and the was lots to see in the booths and on display along the center isle. A few more competition planes showed up and tomorrow the awards will be handed out to […]
MAN at the WRAM Show

MAN at the WRAM Show

Today was the first day of the 2014 WRAM trade show and I can’t think of a better way to end a week than spending Friday getting to see all the new products and RC plane on display. Here are some shots I took today of some of the models on display, both in the […]
Scale Docs for the ORA Triplane

Scale Docs for the ORA Triplane

Over the course of building my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I searched the web for suitable images and documentation for the triplane flown by Cole Palen at the Old Rhinbeck Aerodrome (ORA). Here a few of those images and the set of scale drawings I made for the “Bloody Black Baron or Rhinebeck’s show plane. […]
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