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WW I Award Winner: Brian Perkins’ Bristol Scout

WW I Award Winner: Brian Perkins’ Bristol Scout

Close up or on the wing, Brian’s Bristol Scout is an amazing scale masterpiece There were so many great models and talented RC builders and pilots at the Annual WW1 RC Jamboree, it was impossible to check out all of them at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. One excellent flyer that shows up regularly is Brian […]
de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk

de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk

  It all Started With Bubble Gum by Budd Davisson It’s funny what you remember about your roots in aviation: I remember, for instance, how hard I used to search for airplane bubble gum cards. The gum was usually mouse colored and shattered on impact, but the cards were works of art guaranteed to fire a 12-year-old […]
Giant-Scale Howard Ike Miss Chevrolet

Giant-Scale Howard Ike Miss Chevrolet

Henry Haffke has been a contributor and consultant to Model Airplane News for close to 40 years and one of his most popular projects was his 40-size, 56-inch-span, Howard “Ike” DGA-5 racer Miss Chevrolet published in the April 1979 issue of Model Airplane News. Henry teamed up with expert pilot Sid Clement and competed at […]
Spice Up Your Loops–Fly the Avalanche

Spice Up Your Loops–Fly the Avalanche

The Avalanche will  cause spectators to gasp, especially when performed close to the ground. The surprise is that both maneuvers date back to a time long before 3D was even an aerobatic style. We enlisted the help of our good friend, aerobatic pilot and designer Mike McConville, to guide you through this maneuver and offer some tips […]
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Monster Bronco’s First Flight

Monster Bronco’s First Flight

Talk about first-flight jitters! Watch as Jörg Albrecht takes his slightly smaller than half-scale OV-10 Bronco out for its first flight and technical inspection.The 192-inch-span, built-up model weighs 210 pounds and is powered by two JetCat SPT 10 Turboprop turbines. Jörg designed the plane as well as its gears and brakes. Special thanks to Matthias […]
Pro Tips for First Flight Success

Pro Tips for First Flight Success

  Learning to fly is always easier and more fun with the aid of an experienced instructor. He will help you avoid those first few beginner mistakes and will help your airplane live a lot longer. The Sportsman S+ RTF with SAFE Technology from Hobby Zone is one of the new generation trainer/sport fliers that […]
Throwback Thursday — 30% Staudacher

Throwback Thursday — 30% Staudacher

Back in 1999, my favorite plane was this 30% scale GS300 Staudacher from the Aerocraft kit. Designed by Douglas Logan, it was powered by a 3W 60cc rear induction single-cylinder gas engine, was outfitted with JR 8103 radio gear and it was covered and finished with Hangar 9 Ultracoat and Cajun RC custom made decals. […]
2021 Top Gun Special Award Winners

2021 Top Gun Special Award Winners

Here are the winners of the special awards from this year’s Top Gun Scale Invitational. Photos by David Hart Class           Sponsor     Modeler     Aircraft Best of Class Civilian (Pilot Choice)   Riff Raff      Larry Foyt  Top Cun Civilian Runner Up       JR Propo    Jack Buckley       Fairchild 24R Military (Pilot Choice) Blackbird Finishes        BITW T-34 Mentor Military Runner […]
Static Judging at Top Gun–An up close look at some of the entries

Static Judging at Top Gun–An up close look at some of the entries

When it comes to scale competition, there are many excellent events worth traveling to and participating in. But by far, the pinnacle and gold standard for world class scale action has always been the annual Top Gun Scale Invitational. This year, Top Gun continued to set the highest standard of scale competition Hosted by the […]
Top Gun 2021 High Static Scores

Top Gun 2021 High Static Scores

To provide a little insight as to how close the static scores can be at Top Gun and just how well these guys have to fly to be competitive, here the listing of Top Gun entries with the highest static scores. Each point is hard fought and no effort too great. If you plan to […]
Wings Over Arizona

Wings Over Arizona

Despite special requirements due to the pandemic the Arizona Model Aviators 12th Wings Over Arizona event was a success. The event is always a fan favorite due the giant size model requirements from any era of aircraft utilizing any form of power. This a three day event draws pilots from surrounding states and the weather […]
Florida Jets: And the winners are…

Florida Jets: And the winners are…

Florida Jets 2021 is now history and Model Airplane News has a detailed event coverage article written by Andrew Griffith coming in our next issue. In the mean time, here are the official winners of the Special Awards. Stay tuned for more great photos and details! Greg Alderman’s BVM F-18 Critics Choice Award Winner, Henry […]
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