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Fly Like a Dogfighter!

Fly Like a Dogfighter!

Pro tips for flying warbirds. We all know that WW II wabirds, especially giant scale fighters, are very popular these days. Go to any warbird event and you will see at least these three classic fighters, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-51D Mustang and the F4U Corsair. With so many great flying warbirds, more RC modelers […]
Getting a B-25 Type Rating — Budd Davisson’s Log Entries

Getting a B-25 Type Rating — Budd Davisson’s Log Entries

If you love B-25s, then check out this story from Flight Journal’s Editor in Chief Budd Davisson of his adventure getting his B-25 Mitchell rating! I’ll never forget the feeling sitting at the end of the runway, right hand wrapped around two throttles, looking out at 3,600 horses in two big radial engines. The 22,000 […]
Monster B-25 Mitchell Bomber!

Monster B-25 Mitchell Bomber!

This amazing 1/3-scale B-25 bomber wowed the spectators and attendees at the Weston Park RC Show in the UK with its impressive performance and the sound of its radial engine! The monstrous, 326-pound B-25 Mitchell was flown by Roland Sabatschus, one of three brothers who spent more than 5 years building the bomber. With a […]
Bill Holland’s Half-Scale Dr. I Triplane

Bill Holland’s Half-Scale Dr. I Triplane

Many scale competitors who’ve flown at Top Gun, know Bill Holland as the Chief Judge for the scale invitation, but he is also a very accomplished and experienced scale model builder and flyer. His newest project is this amazing 50% scale Fokker Dr.1 Triplane and it is a work of RC art! Bill enlarged Glenn […]
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Exterior Details: Dummy Scale Controls

Exterior Details: Dummy Scale Controls

There’s an old saying that says “scale models are really never finished, you just stop adding details to them”! Each modeler has to decide for himself when enough is enough. For me, I enjoy adding  easy to see details to the top surfaces of the wings and control surfaces and in particular I add dummy control […]
Step Up to More Speed with Prop Testing

Step Up to More Speed with Prop Testing

I REALLY ENJOY just about every type of aircraft, but some of my favorites are Formula One pylon racers. I wanted a race plane that I could prop for speed, but I also wanted to be able to try props that would produce good torque. I also wanted a plane that would allow me to […]
Easy Weathering Tips: 5 Pro Secrets

Easy Weathering Tips: 5 Pro Secrets

So you’ve finished painting your new scale airplane and it looks nice and shiny and brand new. You check your model one more time against your photo documents of the full-size plane and there’s something just not quite right… What is it? Well, it would be a safe guess that your full size subject airplane, […]
CAD Design for Modelers

CAD Design for Modelers

One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new segment of modeling to me, while also greatly increasing the precision in which I designed and developed scratch build scale airplanes. I have been using CAD programs now for […]
10 Pro Tips for Flying E-Jets

10 Pro Tips for Flying E-Jets

The development in brushless motor design and LiPo battery technology have greatly benefited the RC hobby especially for wannabe jet pilots. Electric ducted fan (EDF) jets have become one of the most popular segments of the RC modeling hobby and the development of these speed demons is nothing short of amazing. When most people talk […]
Long Island Flybys with Nick Ziroli

Long Island Flybys with Nick Ziroli

When it comes to seeing impressive WW II warbirds, for aviation buffs in the Tri-State area, nothing come close to the American Airpower Museum. There are several amazing warbirds in their collection and many of them are flown by Nick Ziroli Jr. From the DC-3 Skytrain and B-25 Mitchell bomber, to the P-40 Warhawk and […]
Taming knife-edge flight

Taming knife-edge flight

Mixing out unwanted tendencies during knife-edge is widely practiced, but like most things in aviation, there are trade-offs to consider. Programmable mixes let you automatically mix another control with your primary input to reduce or eliminate some of the unwanted tendencies associated with certain inputs and maneuvers. For example, when you apply a lot of […]
Weathering and Finishing Scale Models

Weathering and Finishing Scale Models

Coming in the December 2020 issue, The famous RC GEEK Chris Wolfe wanted to return tothe process of repairing and refinishing a crashed E-flite P-39 Airacobra. Last time he used a combination of lightweight spackle and polycrylic finish to repair the airplane. From there, he applied multiple coats of primer (sanding in between coats) to […]
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