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Top Gun Flightline Photos — Carlose Rangel’s Sonex

Top Gun Flightline Photos — Carlose Rangel’s Sonex

MAN contributor and ace photographer Carl Layden is at Top Gun and getting lots of great flight shots from the flightline. Here’s a fly by of Carlos Rangel’s 30% scale Sonex and will be flying in the Pro-AM Propeller class.
Top Gun Trash Talk — Sal vs. Dino

Top Gun Trash Talk — Sal vs. Dino

Soooo, the trash talk starts early at Top Gun! Our good friend and first time Top Gun competitor Sal Calvagna, (flying his Jerry Bates Ki-43 Oscar), (center) had taken liberties with the scale markings on his fighter. On the tail are nomenclature markings that were part of the full-size aircraft’s paint scheme. Well, Sal switched […]
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Make a Removable RC Engine Mount Box — Workshop Video How To

Make a Removable RC Engine Mount Box — Workshop Video How To

MAN Sr., Tech Editor Gerry Yarrish shows his technique for making a removable engine mount box system that includes the fuel system, throttle servo and ignition battery support structure. Everything bolts into place and is easy to remove for maintenance. This removable engine attachment technique allows unlimited access for maintenance and inspection for all your […]
Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop — Henry Castellanos’ Road to Top Gun Entry

Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop — Henry Castellanos’ Road to Top Gun Entry

From Fort Lauderdale, FL, Henry Castellanos will be competing this year at the Top Gun Scale Invitational with his Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop from Skymaster. Flying in the X class and Pro-Am Sportsman, the 1/4-scale composite airplane has a wingspan of 90 inches, a length of 112.5 inches and is powered with KingTech K100TP (turboprop) engine […]
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RC Servo Speed Reducer — McDaniel Go Slo III

RC Servo Speed Reducer — McDaniel Go Slo III

This useful unit slows down the operation of proportional servos without affecting the servos’ output torque. Distributed by Sonic-Tronics, the McDaniel Go-Slo III contains an internal voltage regulator for stabilization and an 8-bit microprocessor to maintain precise servo control. The unit has two easy-to-adjust potentiometers to adjust servo speed: one controls the up direction, and […]
Splicing  Balsa Sheeting — Video RC workshop Tips

Splicing Balsa Sheeting — Video RC workshop Tips

Working with large models, it is often necessary to splice the balsa sheets together for items like wings and long fuselages. To produce strong slices in the balsa sheeting you have to make them at an angle to increase the glue surface so the sheet’s overall strength is not compromised. This workshop video tip by […]
Balance your RC Propeller — 4 Steps for Better Performance

Balance your RC Propeller — 4 Steps for Better Performance

After you build a sport plane, there are a couple things you need to do before you head off to the flying field. For your engine to operate properly you first have the break it in, and before doing that, it’s important to balance your propeller. Why? Most, if not all, propellers will be out […]
Repair RC Wings — Video How To Series Part 3

Repair RC Wings — Video How To Series Part 3

Here is the third and final installment of editor Gerry Yarrish’s video How To for repairing built up wood wings. When it comes to doing repairs to built up RC aiplane structures, fixing a busted wing is always less expensive than buying a new one. And of course these techniques can be used on all […]
Cutting Vinyl — Make Custom RC Vinyl Letters

Cutting Vinyl — Make Custom RC Vinyl Letters

The Stepcraft-2 420 CNC desktop system is more than just a one trick pony. The system is designed to accept a whole range of additional attachments for doing precision operations in a variety of ways. I just tried out the Drag Knife attachment and I have to say it works like a charm. Removing the […]
Flying RC E-jets — Pro Tips for Success

Flying RC E-jets — Pro Tips for Success

Development in brushless motor design and LiPo battery technology have benefited the RC hobby especially for seasoned and wannabe jet jocks. Electric ducted fan (EDF) jets are quickly becoming one of the most popular branches of the modeling tree and the development of these e-powered speed demons is nothing short of amazing. When most people […]
RC Wing Repair — Video How To Series Part 2 — Beginner Tips

RC Wing Repair — Video How To Series Part 2 — Beginner Tips

Here is part two in editor Gerry Yarrish’s video How To Series showing basic Wing repair techniques. Where you need to fix a kit built model or an ARF, these videos will show you what’s involved in mending a busted wing. Be sure to stay tuned as part 3 is coming soon and will cover […]
P-47 Thunderbolt — John Welcome’s Road to Top Gun Entry

P-47 Thunderbolt — John Welcome’s Road to Top Gun Entry

With a little more than a week to go, we continue to add the scale Road Warriors competing at Top Gun. Our latest Road to Top Gun post highlights John Welcome, who will be competing in Pro-AM Prop class, with his P-47 Thunderbolt “Bell of Belmont”. Built from a Meister Scale Kit, and is a […]
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