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Cessna 172 Skyhawk — Coming Soon to a Backyard Near You

Cessna 172 Skyhawk — Coming Soon to a Backyard Near You

The Cessna 172 is considered the most successful light plane ever built. We have a complete Construction article for this icon of civilian aviation in the May issue of MAN and so we wanted to show off a little. Designed by Pat Tritle, this classic Cessna has trike gear and working flaps. And like all […]
Easy RV-4 Makeover

Easy RV-4 Makeover

Longtime MAN contributor Carl Layden wanted a plane that would stand out on the flightline, but he didn’t have the time to custom-build a model from scratch. His solution was to dress up an ARF and make it a unique flyer. Here’s his story. If you have been around the hobby for a long time, […]
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1/3-scale Miles Messenger

1/3-scale Miles Messenger

Scratch-built by Phil Clark, this 1/3.5-scale model of the British liaison aircraft is powered by a Zenoah 62cc gas engine. The 124-inch-span plane weighs 36 pounds and sports Royal Air Force colors. The original plane was outfitted with retractable auxiliary wing flaps and triple fins and rudders to maintain controllability down to an exceptionally low […]
Balsa USA 1/4-Scale Deluxe Nicopress Starter Set

Balsa USA 1/4-Scale Deluxe Nicopress Starter Set

If you know the name Balsa USA chances are you have at least a passing interest in WW 1 airplanes. Many of these WW 1 classic warbirds are biplanes and some of these require rigging wires to add strength to their airframe. If you are simply adding flying wires to your model for show, then […]
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Cheap & Easy Reader Tips

Cheap & Easy Reader Tips

Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks? Here at Model Airplane News, we learn something every day — usually from our readers, the best RC’ers on the planet. Here are four of our favorites. Simple Crush Plate Purchase Lucite at the hardware store and pick up a 1 1/4-inch hole cutter.  Use the hold […]
Flying Scale – Doing it the Right Way

Flying Scale – Doing it the Right Way

In competition aerobatics, we’re concerned only about the execution of the maneuver, period. For example, loops must be perfectly round and centered, and precision is the key to achieving the highest score. In scale competition however, you have to execute that loop just like the full-size aircraft would have performed it. For maximum flight points, […]
Wow the Crowd with a Slow Roll!

Wow the Crowd with a Slow Roll!

Want to spice up this weekend’s flying? The slow roll is a challenging classic maneuver that’s actually much harder to perform than it looks. With a little practice, though, you’ll be ready to put on a show!  Enter straight and level, full-power roll left Slowly add right rudder Maximum right rudder Smoothly release right rudder […]
Amazing Aerokot Puts on a Show

Amazing Aerokot Puts on a Show

Powered by a Desert Aircraft 150cc gas engine, this 13-foot-span biplane is a 66%-scale version of a homebuilt Icelandic aerobat that’s based on the Jungmeister, but smaller. The Idelandic word “kot” means “coat” and it’s called an Aerokot because designer Hunn Sneadel said that the plane fits him like a coat. Designed, built and flown by […]
Favorite Modeler’s Tips

Favorite Modeler’s Tips

Everyone appreciates a good building tip or trick — especially when it makes our hobby easier and more enjoyable! Here are a few of our favorites. Send your tips to man@airage.com and if we use them in the magazine, we’ll send you a free MAN baseball cap!   Propeller Balancer (Clear Spray Paint) While balancing plastic propellers instead of […]
Turnaround Maneuvers – Changing flight directions with style

Turnaround Maneuvers – Changing flight directions with style

When it comes to performing an aerobatic routine, you will need some type of turnaround maneuver to bring the aircraft back to center stage. The three most popular ones are the Stall Turn, the Immelmann and the Split-S. These three turnaround maneuvers can be used to place your plane back in line with its prior […]
Resin Casting Scale Parts: Mass Production Spark Plugs

Resin Casting Scale Parts: Mass Production Spark Plugs

Once you get to a certain level of scale modeling, you’ll start making parts that need to be produced in multiples and, most likely, are not commercially available. This is easily dealt with by making a master part and then reproducing it with a mold and resin casting liquid. Resin casting is considered an advanced technique, […]
Workshop Tips — Install a Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

Workshop Tips — Install a Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

When it comes to really looking scale, it’s in the details that we make the most progress in giving our model’s that “used” look. For my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I wanted to bring a better scale look to the front end so I  installed a resin cast Oberusel rotary engine available from Nick Ziroli […]
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