Editor’s Picks — 8 Giant Scale Accessories

Editor’s  Picks — 8 Giant Scale Accessories

We all have heard of Nick Ziroli Plans and their amazing collection of giant scale building plans for just about any warbird you can name, but there’s a lot more to the company when it comes to RC builder supplies. Nick Ziroli also sells top quality molded fiberglass fuselage sets and lots of other supplies and accessories. Here are our top picks for speeding up your builds, whether they are vintage WW I or heavy-metal WW II warbirds.


1.Canopy Rail Set for Warbirds $30.00

Canopy Rails

If you want to give your pilot a breath of fresh air, you can make a very functional sliding canopy for your warbird with The Ziroli Canopy Rail Set. Consisting of two machined,12-inch lengths of brass channel, they come with four canopy attachment fittings that slide within the channels. Check out how they look on this ARF Corsair.




2.Nick Ziroli Plans 3D Printed WW I Machine Guns ($8, $12, $15)


Looking to outfit your 1/3-scale World War I dogfighter with great detail? These highly detailed scale machine guns are available in five sizes (1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, and 1/3 scale). These German-made kits are 3D, printed from ABS plastic and come in easy-to-assemble kits.

Ziroli_Lewis Gun

Variants of the models are available, including Vickers ($8.00),

Ziroli WWI Spandau machine gun

German Spandau ($12.00), and Lewis type 2 and 3 ($15.00). All come with instructions.


3.Vacuum formed dummy engines $8.00

Vac-Form dummt engine

For a quick solution to the dummy radial engine problem these vacuum formed versions are available in three diameters: 6.75 Dia , Fits Ziroli: DC-3, B-25 101″,  P-47 70″, 7.5 Dia , Fits Ziroli:   Zero, D-18, P-61, P-47, Skyraider, B-25 118″, 10.5 Dia: Fits Ziroli: AT-6, F4U, F8F, F6F, SBD, D-17, and P-47 92″. Made of lightweight plastic they are easy to cut and paint.


4.Scale Molded Fiberglass 500lb Bomb  $16

bombs 500

A warbird just has to have bombs, and these molded dropables are avaibale in three sizes:  1/8, 1/6, 1/5 scale. They are easy to assemble and come with fin material and instructions. Also if you need something to hold and to drop your bombs, Nick Ziroli also has bomb release mechanisms for sale on their website as well. (Molded drop tanks also available in several sizes and styles.


5. Hamilton Standard Scale 3-Blade Static Propeller Kit $80.00

Propeller Opener


Feauturing everything you need to make a great set of static propellers, Nick Ziroli offers 3-blade kits as well as kits for 4-blade props ($95). The blades are made from cast resin material, and there is a resin nose come, formed hub parts, a pitch gauge and instructions. You can also get an assembled 4-Blade prop (Non-Painted) for $105.


6.Servo Wire Cardboard tubes   $1.00


Perhaps a very simple accessory, cardboard servo wire guide tubes are hard to find. Nick Ziroli sells the perfectly size 11/16″ x 36″ tubes for just a buck! Easy to glue into place with wood glue or ZAP CA.


7. Nick Ziroli Plans—Wheels ($36 – $40)

13.ziroli Stuka wheels

In the need for durable wheels and tires that look great and can take all the knocks and shakes of weekend warbird sorties?  Then check out the wheels available from Nick Ziroli Plans. These wheels come with 5 ½-inch Dubro tires  and are made from machined 6061-T6 aluminum. Available with spoked or smooth styles they can be ordered with 5 ½-inch air filled rubber, or Dubro foam tires already mounted. Also available with 4 ½-, 5- and 6-inch foam or rubber air filled tires.


8. Nick Ziroli Rotary Engines

13.ziroli Rotary

Nick Ziroli Plans offers some of the nicest 1/3-scale dummy WW1 rotary engines you can find anywhere. These high quality, resin cast rotary engines are the perfect addition to any serious WW1 project. Ideal for many Balsa USA WW1 aeroplanes, the Ziroli line includes, the 9-Cylinder Clerget 9B 130 HP ($45), 9-Cylinder Oberursel UR2 110HP ($89) and the LeRhone 9J 110up rotary engines ($79). Each kit comes with engine front, rockers, intake pipes and cylinder heads. Molded from white urethane plastic these half-shell engines allow more room in the cowl for the airplane’s RC engine. The rotary engines are also available completely built and painted.


Nick Ziroli Plans, 2231-22 5th Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779; Phone :

(631) 467-4765; Fax : (631) 467-1752; Sales: Sales@ziroliplans.com, www.ziroliplans.com





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