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Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar — Sal Calvagna’s Road to Top Gun Entry

Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar — Sal Calvagna’s Road to Top Gun Entry

From Holbrook Long Island, NY, Sal Calvagna will for the first time be competing at Top Gun with his Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar. Competing in the Pro-Am Sportsman class, Sal built his Ki-43 from Jerry Bates plans with laser-cut parts from LaserCutUSA.com. Sal’s 1/5-scale Japanese warbird has traditional balsa and plywood construction and is covered and […]
RC Model Airplane How To Drill an Engine Cowl

RC Model Airplane How To Drill an Engine Cowl

You’re working on a model and you need to drill the cowl to match pre-drilled holes in the fuselage, but you can’t access that area once the cowl is in place.   The Solution: Grab your masking tape, pin, marker, drill, cowl, and fuselage then follow these easy steps. 1. Lay the masking tape (I […]

RC Airplane Fiberglass Parts  – Plugs, Molds, and Layups

RC Airplane Fiberglass Parts – Plugs, Molds, and Layups

Fiberglass cloth, resin, and molds are commonly used to make multiple copies of model-airplane parts. Ideal for duplicating parts with a complex shape, molded fiberglass parts are also much lighter and stronger, and can be produced more quickly than parts made out of solid-wood blocks. For this article, we are going to make a simple […]
RC Airplane Aerobatics: Master the Rolling Circle

RC Airplane Aerobatics: Master the Rolling Circle

One of the most challenging and admired maneuvers in all of aerobatics is the rolling circle. As a rule, you can achieve early success learning most maneuvers as long as you first understand the proper control inputs, and hand-eye coordination adds the final touches to perform the maneuver nearly perfectly. The rolling circle, however, is even […]

Model Airplane Basics Video — How To install RC fuel tanks

Model Airplane Basics Video — How To install RC fuel tanks

If you are new to glow powered model airplanes you might have questions about installing the fuel system and gas tank properly. This How To video with Sr. Tech. Editor Gerry Yarrish, provides step by step guidance so your RC airplane will have an uninterrupted supply of fuel for its engine so it can fly […]

RC Airplane Easy Scale Tips & Tricks

RC Airplane Easy Scale Tips & Tricks

I started this exercise with an idea, an ARF model and a small investment in time and materials. Since scale is really the focus of most of my RC activity, I thought it would be great to take an off-the-shelf ARF, gather some basic documentation (which becomes the bible in Scale competition), and choose some […]

Scale RC Airplane Video — Freewing Model F-16  EDF Jet

Scale RC Airplane Video — Freewing Model F-16 EDF Jet

Reviewed in the recent December 2017 issue of MAN, this Flightline Video shows the F-16 in detailed as test flown by Rick Bell. The F-16 was flown and photographed at the Wintonbury Flying Club, in Connecticut, and  we would like to thank all the club members for allowing MAN to use their impressive flying site. […]
Phoenix Model WACO 50-61CC GAS/EP ARF [VIDEO]

Phoenix Model WACO 50-61CC GAS/EP ARF [VIDEO]

From Tower Hobbies: When you put a WACO in the air, you launch a piece of aviation history. These biplanes have taken aviators into the skies since the thirties and they’re as stable, as reliable, and as attractive today as they were in the golden age of aviation. This Phoenix Model version is every bit […]
RC Airplane Field Setup —  Increase your Safety and Fun

RC Airplane Field Setup — Increase your Safety and Fun

After you’ve spent all that time to build, cover and tune your model airplane and engine, you don’t want to just throw it into the air and see what happens. Get in the habit, just like full-size aircraft pilots, and do an overall check before committing to your next flight. Senior Tech Editor Gerry Yarrish […]
RC Aerobatics: Fly the Elevator

RC Aerobatics: Fly the Elevator

The first 3D maneuver many pilots learn is the “elevator.” During an elevator, the airplane remains fully stalled and drops almost vertically in a flat attitude. Start by pointing the airplane directly into the wind. Cut the throttle and increase upelevator to enter a stall. At the moment the plane stalls, hold in full up-elevator […]
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