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  1. Often mistaken during combat with the Mitsubishi “Zero,” the Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar was exceptionally maneuverable and had fast climbing capabilities. The Hangar 9 Ki-43 Oscar 50-60cc 88-inch ARF brings this nimble warbird to life. Priced at $899.99 this giant scale Warbird includes: Constructed with lightweight, laser-cut balsa and plywood Matt-finish printed covering includes rivets, panel lines and weathering Two-piece plug-in wings with aluminum tube allows for easy transportation and storage Fiberglass cowl features panel lines and internal scr*ws for scale authenticity Unpainted scale d*mmy radial engine Heavy-duty aluminum shock-absorbing struts included Scale spinner included Detailed c*ckpit includes instrument panel, painted pilot b*st and more Tool-free field assembly Scale split fl*ps with internal linkages Removable scale wing drop tanks (2) Large top-hatch with two sprung latch system offers complete access to electronics and fuel system Scale landing gear doors 5-inch main wheels with scale hubs Sprung aluminum tail gear Optional Hangar 9 pneumatic scale retracts (sold separately) Designed to fit the Saito FG-90R3 3-cylinder engine and other popular 2-str*ke gasoline engines Specifications: Scale: 1/5 Construction: All-wood laser cut balsa and plywood Airfoil: Semi Symmetrical Wingspan: 88.0 in (224 cm) Wing Area: 1327 sq in Overall Length: 74.5 in (183 cm) Flying Weight: 24-28 lb (10.8 – 12.7 kg) Radio: 8+ channel, full-range transmitter and receiver Motor Size: 6000 to 7500W Outrunner Motor Engine: 50-60cc 2- to 4-str*ke gas The post Hangar 9 1/5-scale 60cc Ki-43 Oscar appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  2. Bring bush-flying adventure indoors or around your backyard with this must-have aerobatic adventurer! The Next Generation of the FunCub has arrived! Get ready for the resilient, new indoor foamie from Multiplex, the FunnyCub! Emulating its big brother, this flat EPP version is capable of taking off and landing from just about anywhere with its large wheels and softly-sprung undercarriage. Optionally, the two ailerons can be lowered to act as landing fl*ps, further reducing airspeed and take-off distance. The FunnyCub uses a 2S power system that flies on 2S 450mah LiPo batteries. Features: Pre-printed Flat EPP Components for Fuselage, Wings, Tailplane, Fin and undercarriage CFRP Spars for Wings and Fuselage CFRP Undercarriage Unit Large Wheels for Bush-Flying Type and Rough Terrain Takeoffs and Landings 6 Minute Flight Times RC Control Functions: Elevator, Rudder, Aileron and Throttle (Optional Landing fl*ps) Includes All Plastic Parts, Small Items and Linkage Components Required to Complete Specifications: Length: 31.88 in. (810mm) Wingspan: 36.61 in. (930mm) Weight: 6.34 oz. (180g) EPP Fuselage, wing, tailplane, fin and u/c parts set. FunnyCub KIT | Est. Street Price: $69.99 – Stock# 100888 www.hitecrcd.com The post Hitec’s FunnyCub appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  3. Fifteen years after the introduction of our popular AcroMaster, Hitec is releasing the new and improved all-rounder AcroMaster Pro. Designed with all the pizzazz of its predecessor, this upgraded model has advanced features for enhanced performance and versatility while maintaining its famous 3D aerobatic design and reliability. It is perfect for pilots looking to hone their aerobatic maneuvers and 3D masters needing the precision and response required to best demonstrate their expert skill set. Features: · New Motor and Undercarriage Support · New Anodized Aluminum Chassis · Larger Wheels · New Velcro Strap Battery Attachment · New Wing Locking · Ultra-Powerful, Efficient Motor and Controller · Metal Gear Hitec HS-82MG Servos for Elevator and Rudder · Karbonite Gear Hitec HS-65HB Servos for Ailerons · Pre-Painted Canopy · Integrated Wingstabbi Mounting Surface Within Fuselage · RC Functions: Aileron, Elevator, Motor and Rudder Specifications: · Wingspan: 43.30 in. (1100mm) · Length: 45.28 in. (1150mm) · Weight: 47.62 oz. (1350g) www.hitecrcd.com The post Hitec’s 3D AcroMaster Pro appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  4. Sooner or later you may want to try your hand at flying a scale subject. Since most full-size aircraft use fl*ps, many scale model also require them for true scale operations and function. A scale model with fl*ps fully deployed is a cool sight. If you have never flow a model with then there are a few things to know about. There right ways and wrong ways to use them. This article should help you understand what’s going on. In a nutshell, when fl*ps are lowered they change the wing’s lift and drag characteristics and lower the stall speed. By changing the camber of the wing, the lift and drag are increased for a given airspeed. As a result of these changes affect the speed that the aircraft can land. Common fl*ps Though there are four basic types of fl*ps: plain split, Fowler and slotted. The plain flap is the most common and is simply a hinged portion of the trailing edge. It is usually hinged at the top of the control surface since it only moves in a downward direction. Super Cubs, Cessnas and other sport scale models use common fl*ps, to keep construction and function simple. If you have never flown with fl*ps before, don’t worry. fl*ps add flexibility to your model’s flight envelope, and it is a fun new experience. The major advantage is they shorten (and steepen) your landing approach by allowing your plane to fly more slowly in a nose down attitude. Here are some hints! Do’s Learn how your plane reacts to fl*ps at a safe altitude before attempting the first landing. Reduce the throttle to around 1/3 and let the plane slow before dropping the fl*ps. If used for takeoff, use only partial fl*ps. Adjust the power to maintain the approach path. fl*ps add drag and so will require more power. Add power on a go-around and begin your climb out before retracting fl*ps. Don’ts Deploy fl*ps at high airspeed. The fl*ps may depart the wings or cause serious structural or servo damage. Use fl*ps on the first takeoff and test flight. You must first determine how much deflection is correct for your model. Use full fl*ps on takeoff. This adds a lot of drag. Let the plane balloon and lose its airspeed. Adjust the elevator to keep the proper approach path. Retract fl*ps when low and slow or you could settle onto the runway. Deploying fl*ps may result in the plane pitching up or pitching down. The elevator must be used to compensate and keep the plane on the desired approach path. Another characteristic of fl*ps is that the first half of the flap’s deflection results in a greater increase in lift while the second half results in a greater increase in drag. fl*ps also impart a large structural load on the plane and should only be used at a lower airspeed. Full-size planes have their air speed indicators marked for safe flap operating range. Flap Facts Since fl*ps provide more lift at slower airspeeds, you must be aware that when you retract them in-flight you will lose the lift and the plane could sink. For this reason, if you must do a go-around, make sure you increase power before retracting the fl*ps. Failure to do so could place your plane very close to stall speed before you can accelerate to a safe speed. This also applies to takeoffs with fl*ps. In most cases it is safer to take off with the fl*ps retracted or deflected no more than about 20 degrees. Larger deflections add more drag and can cause the plane to become airborne at too low of an airspeed. Flying a scale model with operational fl*ps is a very rewarding experience. Not only do they look neat, but they also provide the same benefits as the full-size version. fl*ps impart increased loads on the wing and require attention during their installation. Make sure you use enough heavy-duty hinges on each flap and a heavy-duty control horn. There are many ways to actuate the fl*ps, including torque tubes and bell cranks. For large, fast or heavily-loaded models, the best way is to use a servo for each flap. These planes will also benefit from the fl*ps being locked in the down position preventing the airstream from blowing the flap back to the up position. This basically means that the servo arm is directly in line with the flap horn at full deflection and this takes the strain away from the servo. This is accomplished by turning on the radio and selecting full down fl*ps and choosing a servo horn position that is in line with the horn. Now, retract the fl*ps and make up the linkage from the servo to the horn. The amount of flap deflection is determined by the length of the servo arm; for more flap deflection, place the linkage f*rther out on the arm. The use of ball links may be required for smooth action and to eliminate binding. Flap Deployment The modeler has several options for the transmitter flap actuation m*thod. The least desirable is to use a two-way switch, which only results in fl*ps up or full down. This is not very scale-like and could result in large pitch changes when the fl*ps are actuated. A three-position switch will allow the use of half-fl*ps for more scale-like flight. A kn*b or slider switch is another way to go and allows an infinite number of flap settings. The only drawback is that it is sometimes difficult to tell how much flap deflection is selected. Servo Speed Reducer Another way to minimize the trim changes associated with flap deployment, is to use a slow servo speed. Many programmable radios have the ability for you to slow down the response of specific servos. But most pilots will find that simply adding a Speed Reducer like the one from Dave’s RC Electronics, a quick and simply way to deal with the situation. When the fl*ps take several seconds to lower, it minimizes the abrupt change in lift and gives the plane more time to settle down. Simply plug the unit in between the receiver and the flap servo(s) and you can adjust the speed by adjusting the adjustment p*t on the circuit board. Flying with flap-equipped airplanes is a great experience and just plane fun. fl*ps allow you to operate your model from smaller flying areas and when it comes to scale compet*tion, they allow you to full exploite your subject aircraft’s flight performance while giving you another flight option to add to your flight routine. Give it a try. It’s a blast. The post Flying with fl*ps — What you need to know appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  5. Editor’s Top 10 Favorite Workshop Tools and RC Accessories While several companies in the RC hobby industry have gone offshore for their production, DU-BRO not only makes quality products designed specifically for modelers, but the company manufactures most of them in their own factory in Wauconda, IL. For over 50 years, the folks at Du-Bro have been creating accessories/tools to make our model airplanes better. Here are our top 10 Du-Bro products 1. Prop Balancing Perhaps the most important thing you can do to maximize your model’s power system, balancing the propeller is mandatory for both engines and electric motors. The DU-Bro True-Spin balancer has a spring loaded mandrel that centers the propeller hub and its precision bearing surfaces provide friction free support. The rest is up to you, but you can’t properly balance a wood or composite propeller without one. 2. Fuel Filters Whether you are running a glow engine or a gasoline burner, to keep your engine happy and running reliably, you need to feed it clean fuel. DU-BRO has been producing the finest fuel filters available and these aluminum inline accessories with last for years and years. Plus you can take them apart and clean or replace the filter screen. Don’t fly without one. You can also double your filtering pleasure by using one between the engine and your model’s fuel tank, and another one in the supply line from your fuel supply container. 3. Fuel Tanks and Tubing and Pumps When it comes to getting your clean filtered fuel to your engine, it is important to use the proper type of fuel line material. And for glow engines, that means quality silicone fuel tubing. Available in short lengths and on the spool, you want the best for your model. And of course, Du-Bro tanks are the gold standard for serious sport and compet*tion modelers. 4. Tubing Bending And while on the topic of fuel systems, the best way to bend the required brass tubing sections is with Du-Bro’s Tubing Bending tool. Designed to make kink free bends, these easy to use tools are a must have for any workbench. 5. Engine Mounts To get the most performance from your engine, you have to install it properly on your model’s firewall. Du-Bro has several to choose from and the shock absorbing type show here, is a great choice for your 4-str*ke engines. Proper mounts will also lengthen the life span of your expensive power plant! 6. Linkage Connectors To maintain fine and positive control of your model, you have to have a solid connection between your servos and your control surfaces. Kwik Grip EZ Connectors are the answer that you can count on. 7. Control Horns Like all of us know, the stronger and more precise your control linkage is, the better your model airplane will respond. For smooth and precise control, you have to have a slop free setup. The best control horns we’ve found are the T-Style Control Horns which are available in different lengths. 8. Hinges Last but not the least important part of any RC control surface are the hinges, and these can be considered the foundation of any model airplanes, control setup. Du-bro’s Nylon Pinned Hinges are available in several sizes to fit standard-size to giant-scale airplanes. 9. Replacement Clevises So, if you are flying ARF models, you can still add to the quality and security of your control linkage with Du-Bro’s new Metric Replacement Clevises. Many overseas ARFs manufacturers try to save money with questionable hardware, and the clevises they use can be weak and ill-fitting. Swap them out with these Du-Bro Clevises and you’ll feel the difference right away. 10. Servos Mount scr*ws After a while those scr*ws that come with your servos can become worn out and difficult to tighten properly. We’ve found that Du-Bro’s socket head servo scr*ws are the best way to keep the servos secured. We replace the stock servo mounting scr*ws on all our aircraft. Quality Made in the USA Hardware Since 1959, the Broberg family has owned and operated DU-BRO Products, Inc. During that time, the company has grown from a single product, to four companies covering three industries, including Radio Control, Archery & Hunting, and Fishing & Marine Accessories. They offer more than 1,200 product items and for their entire business history, innovation and reliability has always been synonymous with the DU-BRO name. Coupling that with great customer service and a knowledgeable, staff, has made DU-BRO world famous brand name. Speaking with the main movers and shakers at DU-BRO, g*yle (Broberg) Lundgren, Kathy (Broberg) Weiland and Jim Broberg commented that: “Our father, Dewey Broberg, created DU-BRO Products with pride, dedication, and customer service. He has passed those values on to us and it is our mission to maintain that level of quality in all we do. Our family history is attached to every product we produce and we do not take that lightly.” “The secret to our success has always been our ability to do almost everything our business needs right in our own facility. We do it all: Injection molding, blow molding, rotational molding, rotational foam molding, scr*w machining, thread rolling, drilling, tapping, tooling, punch press, assembling, vacuum forming, packaging, and much more. We even have our own print shop, in house advertising and marketing, and even television production, right in our own facility. This is how we keep our costs down, and most importantly, how we maintain our very high level of quality control. If we run into a problem, we do not have to wait for a boat to arrive from another country, we walk back into the factory and figure it out and fix it right on the spot. That is the way we have always done things, and that is the way we will continue.” Stop by the Du-Bro Products booth at any trade show and these guys will take good care of you. So, these are our choices for building our RC airplanes, tell us, what are your favorite DU-BRO model accessories and building supplies are? www.dubro.com The post Du-Bro, Made in the USA appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  6. The Long Island Skyhawks hosted their 8th annual giant scale Dawn Patrol event and they had an amazing time doing it! With flying kicking off at the cr*ck of dawn, (about 5:15am) and lasting until well into dusk (8:15pm), this group of World War One RC pilots really know how to put on a show! Watch for a detailed event article in the December issue of MAN! There were more giant scale WW I warbirds than ever before. The post Dawn Patrol Long Island Style! appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
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  8. Arrows RC has announced a new electric ducted fan 64mm trainer named the Marlin. This is the first electric EDF trainer in its class to be equipped with fl*ps. All parts for the Marlin are stocked in the USA and available through either HobbyZone.com or ArrowsRC.com The price is $159.99. Designed with the beginner to intermediate pilot in mind, this plane has a more rob*st fixed landing gear than most, to handle b*mpy landings. More importantly it is the only plane in its class to have fl*ps to shorten takeoff, and to make approaches and landings more like those of a high wing trainer. The 3150kV motor combined with a 40 Amp speed control, and a powerful 64mm 11-blade EDF, ensure plenty of power for takeoff and maneuvers. The fan sounds like a real turbine. This plane basically has eight scr*ws and some servo connections to complete assembly. No glue is necessary, and because we use 8 servos we are not running a lot of control rods around. Even the nose wheel has it’s own servo. Flap and aileron connections are made with ball linkages, for greater strength at higher speeds. A latch type canopy makes in flight canopy loss a thing of the past. If you are looking for a first EDF to try, or are looking to move up to a EDF without spending a bundle, this plane is for you. Features Sleek aerodynamic airframe scr*w together assembly fl*ps Ball linkages Latch type canopy Ultra durable EPO foam The perfect beginner jet! The post Arrows RC Marlin appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  9. This weekend if you are on Long Island, or need an excuse to get aboard the the Bridgeport to Port Jefferson Ferry, pack up your WW I aircraft and head to the Long Island Skyhawks flying field! August 1 – 3 the event will be in full swing, and there will be lots of giant scale biplanes and triplanes to check out. Plus food and drink and clam chowder! See ya there! The post Dawn Patrol WW I Fly In appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  10. Built and flown by Jörg Albrech, this beautifully painted and detailed bipe is 1/3 scale and has all-wood construction. The 10.69-foot-span model weighs 72 pounds and is powered by a Moki 250cc 5-cylinder radial engine. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for taking this great video at the MFC Bad Wörishofen fly-in. The post Super-sized Stearman appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  11. The Acro Sport II biplane was designed by EAA founder Paul Poberezny following the success of his single-place Acro Sport I. Paul designed the 2-place biplane as a trainer for would be aerobatic pilots who wanted to build time toward qualifying to fly the 1-place Acro Sport. The original Acro Sport was designed to serve as an aviation building project for students in high school shop classes, some of whom, Paul hoped, would be convinced by the experience to pursue an aviation career. The prototype first flew on January 11, 1972, just 352 days after Paul began designing the aircraft. Both biplanes are built using welded steel tubes and feature wooden wing ribs and spars. Both are finished with fabric covering and paint. The prototype is powered by an 180hp, 0-360, 4-cylinder Lycoming engine and is part of the EAA Museum’s aircraft collection. The Acro Sport’s long nose and tail moments, constant wing chord and simple cabane and interplane strut design make it a good subject for a scale or sport-scale model. If you’re tired of the Pitts or Christen Eagle, try the Acro Sport II. To download a PDF 3-view Drawing, Click Here: Acro Sport II The Acro Sport II has been licensed by the FAA in the Experimental aircraft category. Plans for the Acro Sport, as well as other Poberezny-designed aircraft, are available as plans and complete parts kits, from Wicks Aircraft and Aircraft Spruce and Supply. General characteristics Crew: 1 Capacity: 2 Wingspan: 21 ft 8 in Height: 6 ft 7.75 in Length: 18 ft 10.25 in Wing area: 152 sq ft Empty weight: 875 lb Gross weight: 1,520 lb Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming prop, 180 hp Performance Max speed: 152 mph Cruise speed: 123 mph Stall speed: 53 mph Range: 430 mi Service ceiling: 20,000 ft Rate of climb: 1,200 ft/min. The post Planes Worth Modeling — Acro Sport II Biplane appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  12. Recently at the Warbirds over Delaware as every year, there was an amazing collection of Warbirds from all eras of military combat. Part of the new WOD Airshow was this amazing Korean War era jet fighter classic. Built from a Tomahawk Aviation Kit, Paul LeTourneau 1/3.5-scale F-86 Sabre Jet was truly a sight to behold. Paul’s F-86 was powered by a KingTech 260 and has a wingspan of 122 inches. Equipped with Tomahawk Aviation retractable landing gear and a Powerbox smoke system, the 118 inch long Korean warbird was guided with Spektrum DX18 radio gear. And of course Paul’s Sabre Jet performed as good as his amazing F-86 looked! The post Marvelous Monster F-86 Sabre Jet appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  13. By Lyle Vasser This is our Ziroli B-25 with 101″ wingspan. My father, Robert Vasser, built the model, and I painted and added the detail work. I also fly the plane. (He likes to say he is the “builder” and I”m the “crasher”). My dad declared that if we build this plane it had to have the Indian on the tail and a n*ked woman on the nose. (Sometimes I wonder about Dad). I found the perfect aircraft that satisfied dad’s criteria: “Miss B Havin”. This was a B-25 that was active in the South Pacific during WWII. SPECS 101″ Wingspan 33 lbs. weight 2 Zenoah G-26 engines (which are plenty of power, I usually fly at half to quarter throttle) Painted with Latex paint, there are no decals on the aircraft. Everything is hand painted. Full c*ckpit, nose area, tail gunner area, and gun turret. With a subject picked out, I really wanted this aircraft to look like it was on the front lines, with weathering, coral dust, flaking paint, and gun blasts on the side. I also saw several WWII photos of the B-25 that showed details I had never seen modeled before; mechanics footprints on the wings and exhaust residue extending back behind the engines that turned the olive drab almost white. I thought that would really help “tell the story” of what these aircraft with their brave crews went through during the war. When I painted the exhaust and faded olive drab along the top of the wing, I just thought it looked cool. Later at an air show, I was told by an old B-25 pilot, that I really paid a complement to the pilots of that airplane by painting the wing that way. He said you could pick out the “hot shot” pilots in the squadron because they knew how to lean out the engines correctly, which made a hotter exhaust that “cooked” the olive drab to a light tan. Best Pilots This aircraft actually started a great side business for me. When other RC pilots saw the plane, they wanted to know where I got the pilots. I said I made them myself. After several requests for pilots for their bombers. I started up Best Pilots. I now have 5 different pilot figures and sell them worldwide. The plane flies absolutely great. It is one of those models that just does what you think it should. The first flight was the easiest test flight I have ever had. The tricycle gear makes ground handling a breeze. Of course the greatest fear of flying a multi-engine plane is losing an engine – “When one engine fails on a twin-engine air plane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash”. With this aircraft that statement just isn’t true. It was during a fly-in at Hat Box field in Muskogee, OK 2010. I was flying formation with Steve Forrest flying a B-17 when I noticed som*thing didn’t sound right. As we came around the corner for a show pass, I noticed the prop on inside of the turn, flipping over and stopping! Oh cr*p! The crowd gasps! I call an emergency. This is when all those when all those one engined B-25s on YouTube auger in!!! Well, I glanced down at the transmitter to visualize where I had the rudder and found I had instinctively compensated for the adverse yaw. Let’s hear it for being trained to coordinate my turns with rudder! Next I remembered the saying with one engine out ” You can turn, you can climb, just don’t do ’em at the same time.” Check. The B-17 is clear, I’ll just continue my turn and bring it around for a landing… when I heard a friend say, “Don’t turn into the dead engine”. Check. I continued flying the plane straight ahead to make a procedure turn, and made an almost perfect landing downwind. It was a “non-event”. The main key to success seemed to be not to overpower the rudders with the one engine. Even though this model has won many awards, the comment by Colonel Robert E. Thacker,(a famous WWII pilot, Test Pilot, speed record holder and lifelong model aircraft enthusiast), made during his talk at Warbirds Over the Rockies in 2008, was the ultimate award for me. He told the crowd, “This model of Mr. Vasser’s is the best looking model of a B-25 I’ve ever seen.” (Above) Lyle’s Pilot Figures created for his B-25 project. Master Tip Dry brushing brings out raised areas of detail and mimics highlighting and fading. Washes brings out recessed areas of details and mimics shadows. Dry brush = light; Washes = shadow. To finish the helmet, you can lightly dry brush a bit of Light Tan on the seams and straps that hold on the goggles. This makes those details stand out realistically and adds to a more complex color variation. The post Master Scale RC B-25 Mitchell! appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
  14. Your guide to Model Aviation at the largest air show in the world! AirVenture kicks off Monday July 22, 2019. KidVenture Kids can experience hands-on, educational, and fun aviation-based demonstrations and presentations. Twilight Flight Fest The evening program will also include the Patriot Parachute Team, Red Bull Air Force skydivers, and 3D RC demonstrations. It doesn’t matter what you see; you just have to see it for yourself, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration®. It’s truly aviation’s family reunion. July 22-28, 2019. Blue Barn The EAA will be introducing a new program for youth designed to get EAA Chapters and AMA Clubs to work together on building and flying a SIG Kadet. LEARN MORE AT AIRVENTURE.ORG View the full article
  15. Fifty skilled trades teachers and teaching teams from across the country were named today as semifinalists for the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. They and their high school skilled trades programs are in the running for a share of $1 million in total cash awards. The semifinalists hail from 26 states and specialize in trades including manufacturing, welding, construction, automotive and agriculture mechanics. The teachers—some competing as individuals and some as teams—were selected by an independent panel of judges from among a field of 749 applicants. The list of the 50 semifinalists is available here. “We never cease to be amazed by the talent, creativity and resourcefulness of skilled trades educators,” said Danny Corwin, executive director of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools. “This year’s semifinalists teach more than a dozen trades and have spent a collective 800 years in the classroom, and we couldn’t be more excited to honor their work.” The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was started in 2017 by Eric Smidt, the founder of national tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools. The prize recognizes outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools and the teachers who inspire students to learn a trade that prepares them for life after graduation. Now, in the third year of the prize, more than 150 teachers have been recognized as winners or semifinalists. Winners are invited to attend an annual convening to share best practices for advancing excellence in skilled trades education. “Skilled trades teachers help hundreds of thousands of students each year experience the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes from learning a trade,” Smidt said. “These teachers, their students and skilled tradespeople everywhere, too often don’t receive the respect and gratitude they deserve. Without them, construction would halt, homes, cars and appliances would fall into disrepair, and our infrastructure would crumble. We are thrilled to be able to honor and elevate the importance of their work.” The 2019 semifinalists now advance to a second round of compet*tion, where they will be asked to respond to online expert-led video learning modules designed to solicit their insights and creative ideas about teaching practices. The contenders will be asked how ideas from the modules might be used to inspire students to achieve excellence in the skilled trades. Two rounds of judging, each by separate independent panels of reviewers, will narrow the field to the 18 finalists and, finally, name the three first-place winners and 15 second-place winners. The 18 winners will split $1 million in prizes. First-place winners will each receive $100,000, with $70,000 going to their public high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teacher team behind the winning program. Second-place winners will each be awarded $50,000, with $35,000 going to their public high school program and $15,000 to the teacher or team. Past winners have dedicated their winnings to modernizing their shops, investing in specialized tools, promoting their programs to families and purchasing equipment to prepare students for higher-level accreditations. Semifinalists whose school, district or state policy prohibits receipt of the individual portion of prize earnings were eligible to apply on behalf of their school’s skilled trades program. If they win, the entire prize will be awarded to the school. Winners will be announced on Oct. 24. About Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is a program of The Smidt Foundation, established by Harbor Freight Tools Founder Eric Smidt, to advance excellent skilled trades education in public high schools across America. With a deep respect for the dignity of these fields and for the intelligence and creativity of people who work with their hands, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools aims to drive a greater understanding of and investment in skilled trades education, believing that access to quality skilled trades education gives high school students pathways to graduation, opportunity, good jobs and a workforce our country needs. Harbor Freight Tools is a major supporter of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program. For more information, visit harborfreighttoolsforschools.org/ and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The post Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize Semi-Finalists appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article
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