From the Flightline


16-Foot-Span Dragon Rapide

16-Foot-Span Dragon Rapide

Check out this scratch-built, 1/3-scale DeHavilland DH.90 Dragon Rapide. The full-size was designed in 1934 and could carry six to eight passengers. The 90-pound model is powered by two DLE 55cc gas engines and flies like a dream!

SR-71 Blackbird: Cold War Spy Plane

SR-71 Blackbird: Cold War Spy Plane

Check out this master built SR-71 Blackbird with twin turbines. The full-size was built by Lockheed for long range and high altitude reconnaissance missions and was capable of Mach 3+. This 1/10-scale is a beautiful build!
And now for something off the beaten path …

And now for something off the beaten path …

We don’t normally cover RC boats, but we can always appreciate a good scale build! Check out this video of a Sauders-Roe SR.N6 hovercraft. Watch to the end to see the massive batteries required and the underside of the watercraft. An impressive build and fun to watch!

Giant Scale Me 163 Komet

Giant Scale Me 163 Komet

Check out this video of a giant-scale Messerschmitt 163 Komet. This 1/3-scale RC flier has a wingspan of more than 10 feet! The full-size Komet was the only operational rocket-powered fighter aircraft in history, which made it perilous to fly. Thankfully this RC version looks much more stable!
RC Helipad

RC Helipad

Mark Smith is a Vario Team Pilot and Dealer from Charlotte, North Carolina. He brought his fun-scale Vario Turbine Cobra to the Greensboro Aeromodelers 2022 Warbirds and Classics event. Even more fun, Mark conceived and built a remote controlled helipad that he uses to transport his helis from his tent to the flightline and back. […]

Dornier DO-X: giant scale flying boat with 12 engines!

Dornier DO-X: giant scale flying boat with 12 engines!

Check out this stunning, giant-scale RC Dornier DO-X. The Dornier DO-X was the largest, heaviest, and most powerful flying boat in the world when it was produced by the Dornier company of Germany in 1929. This RC version is powered by 12 4-stroke engines! Is there an RC plane with more engines?
Spotted! Unusual RC Scale Build

Spotted! Unusual RC Scale Build

Check out this scale Saab 29 Tunnan video. Known as the “flying barrel,” this Swedish fighter jet was designed and manufactured by Saab in the 1940s.The editors here at MAN cannot recall seeing an RC version of this flyer. Extra points for originality!

Smoke On! Master built Frecce Tricolore

Smoke On! Master built Frecce Tricolore

The Frecce Tricolori is a trainer jet used by the Italian Air Force demonstration team, essentially the Italian version of the Blue Angels. Check out this master-built scale model and flight demo, complete with airshow smoke!  
Swiss Turboprops in the Swiss Alps!

Swiss Turboprops in the Swiss Alps!

The full-size Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer is a low-wing tandem-seat training aircraft designed and manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps, check out these two Pilatus PC-7 MKII RC scale turbines. Looking good!
Inside a $10,000 jet!

Inside a $10,000 jet!

The Grumman F9F Panther is one of the US Navy’s first successful carrier-based jet fighters. In this video, check out in the inner workings of this master-built scale F9F Panther. A nice detail we spotted during the test flight was the functioning canopy!
Giant Scale PT-17 Stearman – coming in hot!

Giant Scale PT-17 Stearman – coming in hot!

It happens to the best of us. Check out this video of a beautifully crafted giant scale PT-17 Stearman, one of the best examples we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately the pilot comes in hot, flips the plane and damages the landing gear. Good news is by the time you’re watching this video, the damage has already […]
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