When you want to wow them with an RC scale model warbird, you can’t get any hotter than the Me 163 Komet. This electric powered version has true rocket plane performance. First encountered by U.S. Army Air Corps bombers in July 1944, the advanced speed and maneuverability of the Luftwaffe’s new Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket […]
First flown at the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational, Top Gun competitor Lance Campbell of Columbia, Missouri, competed with his amazing SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, which scored an impressive 99.167 static points. At the Top Gun awards banquet, Lance also received the Engineering Excellence award, as well as the Critic’s Choice award. Lance returned in […]
When it comes to producing a smooth paint job over fabric covered RC models, the best and quickest paint to use is Poly Tone and it’s various finishing and coating products. Available from F&M Enterprises, all the products are formulated to work with each other and they are extremely easy to use. I use a […]
It’s hard to beat the throaty growl of a Moki 250cc engine in a classic warbird! This great-looking Lavochkin LA-7 is piloted by Mick Burrell and was videotaped by our friends Dean and Pete Coxon at the Rougham Model Aircraft Show in the United Kingdom. We think the model looks to be 1/3.5 scale, and […]
When it comes to building airplanes, all scale modelers seem to have mastered the art of Imagineering. Where sport models are utilitarian and have basic Monokote finishes and switches are easily accessible and located, scale planes are all about looking realistic. Here are some basic workshop building and detailing tips as well as a few […]
Kick up your aerobatic performance with this deceivingly-easy-looking maneuver, the Rolling Loop. A challenging maneuver, the pilot, needs to utilize all the control inputs while performing it smoothly. A basic loop can ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!
It was with sadness that we learned our good friend, and longtime MAN contributor Henry Haffke, passed away on October 12, 2017 at the Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs, NY. Age 90, Henry, was born in Springfield, MA, and was known to all as “Mr. Gee Bee”. An expert scale modeler, Henry designed, built and […]
We all make dumb moves when flying. Practice is the best cure for this problem, as the ones who make the least dumb moves are usually the ones who fly ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!
When it comes to giant scale model airplanes, knowing how to safely operate the gasoline engine powering many really big aerobatic aircraft, is very important. Check out this video how-to with MAN contributor Jason Benson and see how to do it the right way!
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 […]
With the Old Rhinebeck WW1 RC Jamboree just two weeks away, we thought we’d show you a way to build your own Mission event capable airplane in the style and type familiar to the original event. This plan is from the 1960s and is a 3-channel sport flyer. We grabbed the original 55 inch Fokker […]
From Hitec: Building on the EasyGliders before it, the fourth generation EasyGlider 4 possesses the same ease of flight and gentle, lofty characteristics as its predecessors with a few evolutionary improvements. The removable, lightweight wings and ultra-durable GRP spar have advanced design and strength with an M-Space technology rigid hub. A more efficient ROXXY power […]