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Douglas SBD Dauntless – Michael Fetyko’s award winning  WW II dive bomber

Douglas SBD Dauntless – Michael Fetyko’s award winning WW II dive bomber

Michael Fetyko of Laguna Beach, California, won first place in the Pro Am Sport Prop class at the recent Top Gun scale Invitational with his amazing 1/4-scale Douglas SBD Dauntless. Michael also earned the Best WW II award. Michael teamed up with his lead engineer for the project, Henry Nguyen and built the dive bomber […]
Rules & Regulations: A history of drone laws in the United States

Rules & Regulations: A history of drone laws in the United States

Editor’s Note: In May, the American Bar Association held its 34th Land Use Institute—an annual forum aimed at educating attorneys, planners, and government officials about recent developments in the law regarding zoning, permitting, property development, conservation, and environmental protection. With the increasing use of drones to address many of these questions, as well as several […]
Simplified CNC Router Setup

Simplified CNC Router Setup

The easy way to secure your job material Today, serious RC modelers and builders have embraced CNC (computer numerical control) for producing precise aircraft parts. With both laser cutters and CNC routers, (like Stepcraft), it is now very easy to transform CAD drawings into finished cut parts. But there is one minor hiccup. And that […]

Nieuport 24 Updates: Cockpit Details

Model Airplane News editor Gerry Yarrish has been working on his latest scale project, a WW I French Nieuport 24 for a little over a year now and he has made a lot of progress lately. A self-designed RC airplane, Gerr’s Nieuport started out as a set of 3-views which he then traced using his […]
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DIY Fiberglass Engine Cowl Part 1.

DIY Fiberglass Engine Cowl Part 1.

As my current scale building project continues, I am now starting to build the Nieuport 24’s engine cowling. I barrowed my good friend John Tanzer’s technique of apply glass cloth to a foam plug and then pulling a nylon stocking over it to hold the cloth tight against the plug. The resin will then be […]
Mastering the Rolling Loop

Mastering the Rolling Loop

Kick up your aerobatic performance with this deceivingly-easy-looking maneuver, the Rolling Loop. A challenging maneuver, the pilot, needs to utilize all the control inputs while performing it smoothly. A basic loop can also be described as a 360-degree circle. When you perform a loop with one integrated roll, you need to match the quadrant points. For example, you must […]
Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

A four-place, single-engine private aircraft, the Cessna 172 is considered the most successful light plane ever built. First Ԁown in 1955, the earlier models were straight-tail fastback models, and later variations were equipped with the now characteristic swept tail and wraparound rear-cabin window. The Cessna 172 found its way into military service as the T-41 […]
The Bee Liner

The Bee Liner

suppose you might be expecting something “lazy.” Let me introduce you to the Bee Liner, a plane whose ̀nest trick is just sitting “stationary,” taking a break, reclining in the air. You can do this stunt pretty easily. 脀e Bee Liner stays airborne because it has four propellers blowing air over its wing. Be sure […]
EASY RIVETS & DETAILS — Improving the looks of any ARF Warbird

EASY RIVETS & DETAILS — Improving the looks of any ARF Warbird

While I was building my giant-scale Top Flite F4U Corsair ARF, I wanted to add just a touch of detail to help break up its overall-blue paint scheme. Regardless of your model’s color, adding some visual surface detail helps your plane gain depth and realism. It’s easy to do with some basic techniques and supplies—here’s how […]
Master the Waterfall

Master the Waterfall

When you’re flying a stable elevator, you can perform an inside “waterfall” (micro loop) by maintaining full up-elevator, and applying full power and a little right rudder to correct for increased propwash and P-factor. On the back side of the loop, quickly cut the power and neutralize the rudder. Then, at the instant the fuselage […]

Power Stars Tricks?

This article is a bit offtopic from our usual discussions, so please accept my apologies. A friend of mine told me that he know a trick for this game, power stars. He can get a line of melons 3 times in a row. I know him for a decade and he is not a lier […]
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