One of the trickiest jobs for a scale model builder is mixing custom colors for their RC scale project. The difference between accurate and “pretty close” can be the difference between winning and not even placing at a scale contest. For those who are considering going the next step in scale accuracy, this article digs a little deeper into this “colorful” and often misunderstood part of scale modeling.
After collecting the proper aircraft color and markings doc*mentation, the b
When it comes to sheeting the wings, you want to do it right with any airplane, but for giant scale warbirds, you really need to do it correctly. I like to start once the retracts are setup and the plywood support ribs and the mount rails have been epoxied into place.
We used the landing gear itself as a spacer for the rails and plywood ribs, so we know they will fit perfectly into place after the wing panels have been sheeted. I even added an extra 1/8 inch of space so there’s a little wigg
One of the more exciting RC model releases this year has been the B-24 Liberator Bomber from VQ Warbirds. This amazing ARF is loaded with scale features and comes in two factory applied film covering schemes. We just got some workshop photos from one of VQ Warbird’s Team Pilots, Mike Bost, who is gusy assembling his silver/aluminum B-24 Liberator which also has custom markings. The bomber has a 110-inch span. This is going to be a real showstopper for sure!
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Here’s a sneak peek of a Flight Report coming soon in MAN magazine. Put through its paces by long-time contributor Rich Uravitch, the E-flite Pitts S-1S aerobatic biplane is an officially licensed replica of the full-scale aerobatic icon. The new biplane distinctly captures the revolutionary Pitts outlines while the molded EPO construction helps present scale detail with a high level of durability. Even though installing and removing the wings is incredibly simple and tool-free, this beautiful b
Hey how many of you have flown in the classic Aeronca Champ? If you are over 40 we bet a lot of you have fond memories of that first solo or for the more daring, that first intro to a spin! Wow!!! Coming soon is a construction article for this classic light plane and it is a Pat Tritle design. With a 42 inch span, and lightweight construction, this RC project will be a fun and enjoyable project for anyone wanting to try building their own scale flyer. Weighing in at a scant 11.7 oz. with a 740mA
Sometimes, all you want to do is grab your model and go out and put in some relaxing flights around the pea-patch! Or perhaps you want to enjoy some indoor RC flying fun. The answer to both of these scenarios is the new Super Cub MX from Rage R/C.
With a span just under 20 inches and flying weight of about 2 ounces, this backyard flyer is a great Micro RC performer. And with its onboard (and adjustable) PASS stabilization system it’s a great choice for the beginner with little to no piloting
Keep a piece of screen door magnetic str*p material handy in your workshop. After you are done building for the day, run it over the surface of the bench and it will gather up all your unused pins and other metal items like set scr*ws and clevises. This keeps your bench clean and helps prevent “Hangar Rash” caused by unseen parts damaging your balsa parts.
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As a builder and model designer, I’m always on the lookout for new scale birds that have nice lines, good moments, and an interesting history. My latest search uncovered the little-known WW II–era Skoda-Kauba (S-K) series of aircraft. Of all the aircraft produced in the series, the V4 had great possibility for a sport-scale RC model. The model translated into a very good flier, and performed well enough to garner two Contest Director’s Choice awards at the 2016 Mid-America electric RC event. Whe
It’s doubtful that more than a handful of people have ever heard of the Lowers-m*nges LM-1. I discovered a three-view in a 1974 Flying magazine article about the up-and-coming Reno Unlimited class racing technologies. Though never built, it was to have been powered by a 500hp Ranger Inverted V 770 V12, yet it only had a 16.5-foot wingspan. No mention was made of m*thods or materials, but I suspect that it might have been planned to be of wood construction, like the Osprey GP-5. Small, undoubtedl
I like airplanes that look like airplanes. You know, they look like you could hop in, re up the go-power, and have a lot of fun ܀ying. I also like a ship with nice lines and moments that just look right. So this time out, I thought a nice, new, original design would be fun. Back when I was 15, I designed a 2m sport glider that I called the “Pharoh” (missing the second “a”). So this time, I went with the proper spelling and added an ancient Egyptian theme. Note the all-over Aztec Gold MonoKote a
Used throughout World War II, the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch was a two-place observation airplane with a 46-foot 9-inch wingspan and a gross weight of 2,780 pounds. It was powered by a 240hp Argus As 10 V8 engine and had a range of 240 miles. Tje Storch would climb at 945 feet per minute and had a service sealing of 15,090 feet.The 55-inch-span model uses conventional wood construction and is 37.5 inches long. The model requires a 5-channel radio and has functional fl*ps. It features plug-in wings a
A four-place, single-engine private aircraft, the Cessna 172 is considered the most successful light plane ever built. First Ԁown in 1955, the earlier models were straight-tail fastback models, and later variations were equipped with the now characteristic swept tail and wraparound rear-cabin window. The Cessna 172 found its way into military service as the T-41 Mescalero and was also used by the United States Border Patrol for surveillance along the U.S./Mexico border, so there are plenty of
Trishula is ancient Sanskrit for “trident,” and after you see this model in ऀight, you’ll understand why I gave it its name: The model looks like a ऀying pitchfork. I wanted this one to be really different. The model has 32-degree forward-swept wings (FSW) and retracts. With this odd planform, the retract geometry proved to be challenging, yet it seems to work just fine. The Trishula actually performs very well. My ऀying buddy, Keith Shaw, ऀew it at the Mid-America Electric Flies and was quite p
I like unique and lesser-known general aviation airplanes, and so, with a little prodding from fellow electric ఀier Mike Brinker, I picked the Mooney Mite for my most recent project. Ѐe model is all-balsa construction, and it features a fully sheeted wing and 3/16-inch balsa tail surfaces and is equipped with E-ఀite 15–25 electric retracts. The model features a large top hatch to make battery changes easy, and the build is pretty straightforward. To help speed it up, I asked Top Notch Kits (TNK)
A derivative of the Hawker Hart, the Hind incorporated the newly developed Rolls-Royce Kestrel V engine along with a few other refinements. The most notable of these was the cut-down rear c*ckpit, which afforded the gunner more mobility. With a combination of extremely clean lines and the new Rolls-Royce engines, these rugged biplanes could fly 30mph faster than their contemporary front-line British fighters.
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suppose you might be expecting som*thing “lazy.” Let me introduce you to the Bee Liner, a plane whose ̀nest trick is just sitting “stationary,” taking a break, reclining in the air. You can do this stunt pretty easily. 脀e Bee Liner stays airborne because it has four propellers blowing air over its wing. Be sure to read the complete instructions (at ModelAirplaneNews.com/beeliner) before you make the parts. Don’t make the fuselage sides until you have read that section. Most of the parts should b
If you don’t keep your CA glue bottles capped while not in use, they will eventually dry up. And the caps are so easy to misplace. A great replacement are the small gauge wire “nuts” used to join electrical household wiring for light fixtures and switches. They are available at most home improvement stores and come in multiple sizes. One inexpensive package will supply you with a dozen replacement caps.
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I am always looking for things I can use in my scale modeling projects. So when I was finishing up my latest project I needed som*thing to duplicate the leather coaming that protects the pilot from the c*ckpit opening edges.
I found that an easy way to make good looking coaming right at a local yard sale. Old, worn out leather handbags with shoulder straps have nicely stitched and rounded edges.
With a good pair of scissors, you can cut sections of the strap’s edging free and cut them to
If you have difficulty getting scr*ws installed deep in your model’s fuselage, here’s a simply way to retain the scr*ws on the end of your scr*wdriver. Simply place a small rare-earth magnet on the scr*wdriver’s shaft and the scr*ws will stay pit on the end. These magnets are available at most home improvement stores and some hobby shops. Plus they are much cheaper than magnetized scr*wdrivers at the hardware store.
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This week we’re going deep into the archives to find what we thnk has been one of the most impressive scale jets we’ve ever seen, the Grumman A-6E Intruder.
At the 2012 Top Gun Scale Invitational, the team of builder Mike Selby and pilot Raymond Johns, took second place in the class with Mike’s amazing totally scratch-built A-6E Intruder.
Mike’s Intruder was 1/5-scale, had a 120-inch span and was powered by a B300F turbine. It weighed 55 pounds. With a static score of 99.423, and a final s
Back by popular demand, the E-flite UMX MiG-15 EDF BNF Basic jet features a vivid new color scheme and even higher performance. A scale replica of the surprise Russian weapon introduced during the Korean War the E-flite MiG 15 this upgraded EDF jet shines with intricate surface detail, functional split-rudder, nose wheel steering and removable landing gear is the potent Delta-V ducted fan system housing a more powerful brushless motor that makes acceleration quicker and top speeds faster.
Smaller, quieter and more powerful than ever, these new power supplies are just what your charger ordered! From MaxAmps:
MaxAmps is always hard at work developing new technologies and the next in line for release are the MaxAmps 12v and 24v Power supplies. Our new power supplies provide a higher wattage than our original units, come in a smaller footprint and are even quieter! With our custom 3D printed faces there are no more messy cables to deal with.
The MaxAmps 12v 62.5 amp 750-watt Power
when setting up your airplane at the flying field, you often have to connect the aileron servo leads to the receiver leads while attaching your wing. Plugging the servos into the wrong leads can cause problems and even a crash. A great way to prevent this is to use matching color cable ties to properly identify matching connectors. Easy peasy!
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