The Ukrainian Aircraft Corporation, formally known as the The Antonov State Enterprise, is a designer and manufacturer of the world’s largest aircraft. The full-size AN-225 cargo plane has a wingspan of 290 feet, 32 wheels, and six engines. Massive! This giant-scale RC model scratch-built by Michael Speier proudly flies the Ukrainian flag colors. It’s also […]
When it comes to your man-cave (AKA RC model airplane sanctuary), there’s always room for improvement. Besides the basics, like a sturdy workbench, having the proper tools and adequate lighting, there are ways to improve on your efficiency. Less looking for stuff time equates to more enjoyment with the things you want to do. Here […]
Congratulations to Peter Goldsmith for earning the top spot and his second Mr. Top Gun title at this year’s invitational! Peter flew in the Expert class, and his 145.66-inch-long Hawk 100 is from the Tomahawk Aviation composite kit.
In most modern jet models, the entire cockpit is very visible because of the large bubble canopies. When I started work on my first F-16 Thunderbird for Top Gun 2008, it was important to me to have outstanding cockpit detail. With the competition at such a high level of perfection, I decided to scratch-build everything […]
SOAPY THREADS If you are trying to thread a screw into a plywood or hardwood block—for example, for a landing-gear strap—it is often hard to thread the screw into place without wearing out the screw head. The best way to make the screw go into the tight-fitting hole […]
The English Electric Lightning was a British fighter jet originally designed in the 1960s. This amazing scale model has twin turbines that look and sound very much like the full-size. Watch toward the end when the front landing gear breaks off on touchdown. Nice pilot recovery!
Check out this amazing 1/16-scale model complete with an RC pushback tractor (also called a “tug”). This aircraft is located in Switzerland and has a length of 11 feet, wingspan of 10 feet and weighs in at 46 pounds. The onboard camera also makes for some great video footage. Watch until the end to see […]
I receive at least one unsolicited credit card every month. Usually, I cut them up and throw them in the trash. Ollie Edwards of the Scottsdale, AZ Model Flyers uses the cards to make control horns and servo mounts. They work great on his flat-wing models and probably would be adequate for backyard airplanes of […]
90-DEGREE DRIVER Sooner or later, there will come a time when you cannot fit a regular Phillips screwdriver or a hex driver into your airplane to tighten a screw. Did you know that the small driver bits for your electric screwdriver also fit into a common box-end wrench? Simply find the mating-size wrench and insert […]