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Proto-X Featured On Today Show

Proto-X Featured On Today Show

When the Proto-X recently appeared on the Today Show, it proved you don’t have to be big in size to be big on fun!

The nano-sized Proto-X was part of a segment on gadgets that are sure cures for winter boredom. It’s so easy to fly, even the show’s hosts took it for a spin during the commercial break.

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the Proto-X since its release, and this latest TV appearance – along with its low $29.99 price point – only proves why the world’s smallest quadcopter has been flying off store shelves.

See the Proto-X in action by visiting www.protoquad.com, and look for it at participating dealers!

ESTE48** Proto-X Nano Quadcopter 2.4GHz RTF………………………….. $29.99
ESTE49** Proto-X Nano Quadcopter SLT RTF……………………………….. 39.99
ESTE4716 Proto-X Micro HD FPV Quadcopter RTF…………………………. 229.98

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Road to Top Gun — Stephen Thomas — Ralle Morain

Road to Top Gun — Stephen Thomas — Ralle Morain

Our good friend Stephen Thomas checked in with us and we learn that he will be bringing his impressive 1/3 scale Ralle Morain again to compete at Top Gun.
With an big 158-inch wing span and a weight of 55 lbs., the Morain is controlled by a  JETI 16 channel radio system.  The nicely detailed composite aircraft is powered by and powerful 3w 150cc twin gasoline engine turning a Xoar 29×10 beech wood propeller. Since last year Stephen has added an amazingly detailed
scale cockpit and surface details. The civilian airplane is painted with enamel paints just like the full size and the model is based on a full-size plane operating out of le Fertalais France. Stephen says he’s put a lot of stick time in with this impressive entry and hopes to do well this year.
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Road to Top Gun – Tommy Yates A-4 Skyhawk

Road to Top Gun – Tommy Yates A-4 Skyhawk

If you remember the great aviation movie Top Gun, then you’ll remember the scenes where Maverick and Goose, while flying their F-14 Tomcat, learn their lessons while facing off against the seasoned instructors. After leaving “Ice Man” (his wingman), Tom Cruise chases his target only to get “shot out of the sky” by Viper, who’s flying the nimble McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.

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Tommy Yates of Florence, AL, will be flying his Skyhawk at Top Gun this year built from a BMV/Skymaster kit. All dolled up in a scheme from the Vietnam War era Tommy’s jet is powered by a Kingtech 140 turbine engine and is controlled with a Spektrum DX18 radio system. Tommy has added a Deamon Cortex gyro system to help smooth things out. As of this writing Tommy is still awaiting good weather for deployment of test flights.

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The A-4 sports subtle weathering which has been done with pastel chalks and an airbrush, then sealed up with a satin clear coat.

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How to Make Scale Engine Cowls the Easy Way

When it comes to scale modeling, there’s one task that often stops most projects from even getting started. That being making a scale engine cowling. To produce a fiberglass unit, you have to make a master plug then layup a female mold so you can then lay up a cowl using fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin or polyester resin. The task is time consuming at the very least. Here’s a way to make a one-off cowl and the technique and materials can be used for any type of scale model you want to build.

1. Here’s what you can make with basic tools and materials. I built this “one-off” balsa and foam engine cowl for my Staudacher 300GS featured as a Model Airplane News construction article.

2. Here’s the stuff you need! Sandpaper rough and fine 150 , 220 and 320 grits, Pacer Z-Poxy Finishing Resin, 2oz. and 1oz. fiberglass cloth, basic hobby tools, balsa sheet, blue foam and a clean place to work.

3. Start by attaching your engine and engine mount to the model’s firewall/engine mount box assembly. Be sure to properly position the engine so the propeller and spinner are at the correct spaced and positioned from the firewall.

4. If you are using one, prepare your spinner by making a plywood spinner spacer disc the same diameter of your spinner’s back-plate. Sand smooth and stick it to the back-plate with double-sided sticky foam tape.

5. Make the forward face of the cowl out of two layers of 1/4-inch or one layer of 1/2 inch balsa. Mark the air inlet openings but don’t cut them out yet. Use your plans and photos to determine the proper size and spacing.

6. Tack glue the aft plywood backing pieces for the cowling to the firewall. The top piece is cut flush with the outer edge of the fuselage. The two sides are inset slightly so the side pieces can be glued to them and still be flush with the side of the fuselage. Once the cowl has been made, screws will hold these backing pieces to the firewall securing the cowl in place.

7. Tack glue the spinner disc to the face piece and then bolt the spinner back-plate to the engine. Make sure the face piece is level. Cut out and glue the two 1/8-inch balsa side pieces to connect the face piece to the cowl backing pieces at the firewall.

8.Add the corner doublers to the inside edges of the side pieces. Here I used ¼-inch sheet balsa (bottom) and 1/4 inch square balsa pieces (top.)

9.Plank the bottom of the engine cowl with 3/32 inch balsa sheet. Notice that the grain runs across the fuselage from left to right. This adds stiffness to the sheeting. Use Zap CA and kicker to speed construction.

10. Now is a good time to make the needle-valve and glow plug driver holes in the side of the cowl. Before the foam top is added, you can see how things line up.

11.Cut a piece of 2-inch thick blue insulation foam to size and place on top of the balsa sides. You’ll have to carve and route the foam out to fit around the engine and engine mount. Another piece of foam will be added to the fill in the rest of the space behind the balsa face piece.

12. Using a hobby saw, roughly cut and trim the foam blocks to the shape of the engine cowl sides. Once this is done, you can start to shape the entire foam section! But don’t glue the foam into place just yet!

13. I used a piece of balsa sheeting as a template to accurately mark the side-view shape of the cowl onto the foam block.

14. After cutting foam to the side shape, start removing the corner material to round the block. This saves a lot of sandpaper.

15. Once you’ve roughly shaped the foam, epoxy it into place against the balsa side pieces and the aft plywood stiffener. Notice that the fuselage has been wrapped with plastic sheet to protect if from the glue.

16. Here the foam block has been smoothed to shape and it blends nicely into the balsa sides and the front of the fuselage. I used a lot of blue tape to protect the fuselage from the sanding bar.

17. Here the plywood spinner ring and foam fairing block behind the ring have been glued in place and shaped to blend together. Use a very small amount of glue to hold the foam block in place. Notice that the balsa face piece has been shaped and sanded to blend back into the foam.

18. To add strength to the underside of the cowl, glue a balsa spinner ring fairing to the bottom of cowl and sand it to shape to blend into the spinner.

19. Here the cowl has been removed from fuselage so I could fix any dents and seams with filler. Use a lightweight filler and allow to dry before sanding with 22o grit sandpaper. Repeat the process until all defects are eliminated.

20. After sanding all the filler smooth, apply the first layer of 2oz. fiberglass cloth and coat with a thinned mixture of Epoxy resin  and Alcohol (60:40 mix) using Pacer Finishing Resin.

21. After the resin cures, cut and trim thecloth to shape and sand the edges smooth. Now apply 2oz. cloth to balsa sides and two layers over the top of the foam. Once everything has cured, sand smooth and apply another layer of Cloth and Resin (Use 1oz. this time.)

22. Sand all the cloth smooth again and apply a final layer of finishing resin. Sand smooth with 320 grit sandpaper.

23. After sanding the resin smooth with 320 grit sandpaper, apply glazing putty to fill any weave and pinholes.

24. If your cowl has one, use balsa to make the basic scoop and then sand smooth and apply fiberglass cloth and resin to seal the grain. Cut the opening in the bottom of the cowl and glue the scoop in place. Fill the gaps and seams and sand smooth.

25. Here the cowling has been sprayed with the first of several coats of sandable primer. The primer is available at most department stores and Automotive supply shops.

26. Sand each coat of primer smooth and then fill any defects and pinholes with red glazing putty.

27. Here you see the glazing putty sanded smooth. You have to sand almost all of the putty off to properly prepare the cowling for paint.

28. Using your favorite brand, apply a coat of white primer, sand smooth and apply several light mist coats of gloss white paint.

29. Allow the white base coat to dry over night and the mask off and spray on your trim colors of paint. Lightly sand the paint with 400 grit sandpaper and then rub down with some 0000 steel wool. Wipe down with a tack-cloth and apply a couple of coats of your favorite gloss clear.

Attach the cowl to your firewall with suitable screws and brackets and your cowl is done. For an even nicer scale look apply paint and scale markings to your spinner and propeller blades. Add a few scale decals and you’re good to go.

I hope this “How To Article” will inspire you to try the technique for yourself. You can make complex shapes as well as round radial engine cowls with this easy step by step system. Experiment and above all, keep building! Have fun…

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And the Winners are… 2015 WRAM Show — Airplane Competition

And the Winners are… 2015 WRAM Show — Airplane Competition

Each Year the best Scale and Sport RC Airplanes are brought by their builders to compete in the WRAM show Static Competition. With all the classes shown off center stage on the main floor of the trade show, the contest draws competitors from all over the Northeast and East Coast. With cash prizes and awards at stake, these airplanes represent countless hours of labor and effort and are true museum pieces.

Best in Show   Jeff Fiscus, Fw-190

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Best Paint           Eric Granger, “Miss Pearl” Piper PA-20

Best MonoKote      Sevag Takvorian, 37% Carden Yak

Designer Scale

1. Andy Marone, 1/3-scale D.H. 1a

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2. Gunny Bumburs, Schweitzer 2-33A

Civilian

1. Jack Buckley, D.H Tiger Moth

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2. Eric Granger, Piper PA-20

3. Mike Plott, Piper J3 Cub Seaplane

WW1

1. Scott Spinoso, Nieuport 28C-1

2. Ken Karpinski, Sopwith Camel

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Post WW1

1.  Spinoso, P-51D Mustang

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2. Vic Macaluso, A6m5 Zero

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3. Curtis Mattikow, D.H. Mosquito

Stand Off Scale

1. Robert J. Caso, DH Tiger Moth

2. Adam Lilley, Stearman PT-17

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3. Richard Rusack, Gotha GO-145

Sport

1. Chris Susicke, Roit 2009

2. Ken Karpinski, Terry Dactall

3. Don Spinoso, Sebart Avanti

Electric

1. Thayer Syme, Caudron Racer

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2. Stephen Tjaden, Fokker D.VIII

3. Alan M. Mostek, Dornier Do-335

Vintage

1. John G. Plasko, Miss America

2. John Haffner, Taurus

3. Mike Denest, Kaos

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Pattern/IMAC

1. Sevag Takvorian, Carden 37% Yak

2. Matthew Lydon, Ultimate Bipe

3. Al Young, Extra 300CS

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Blade 360 CFX 3-Blade Head Conversion Set

Blade 360 CFX 3-Blade Head Conversion Set

Multi-blade mechanics have been an itch that the performance heli community has been anxious to scratch since flybarless technology broke ground. Up until now, finding out what it was like to fly a high-performance helicopter with a 3-blade head has been a significant investment. Now that the all-new Blade 360 CFX high-voltage heli is available, it’s time to play with the 3-blade performance sensation.

Features:

  • Increased cyclic performance
  • Increased stability at lower head speeds
  • Easy to update. No flybarless system changes needed

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MAN @ Work — Sport Scale Static Competition at the WRAM show

MAN @ Work — Sport Scale Static Competition at the WRAM show

This year, there were some amazing entries in the static Sport Scale competition. From Designer Scale and Sport Scale To WW1 and Vintage categories. Each one a piece of art work, check these out. Which one will win it category? We’ll let you know soon!

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MAN @ WRAM Show — Scale Airplane Highlights

MAN @ WRAM Show — Scale Airplane Highlights

Well, the WRAM show at the Meadolands Expo Center is in full swing and the MAN team is here checking out all the great airplanes that showed up. Check out some of these beauties!
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Scratch built 1/4-scale Piper J3 Seaplane

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1/3-scale de Havilland DH1a. Designer scale

 

Have you ever seen a Canadair as big as this?

 

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Road to Top Gun — Eduardo Esteves P-47 Thunderbolt Razorback

Road to Top Gun — Eduardo Esteves P-47 Thunderbolt Razorback

Well scale lovers, it’s that time again!! Each year MAN highlights some the most amazing and powerful scale aircraft ever built and flown in our annual “Road to Top Gun” series. And as the cold winter settle in, so do a lot of RC Scale builders and flyers as they build, setup, tweak and test fly their completion aircraft in preparation for the 2015 Top Gun Scale Invitational held at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. Who will take the ultimate title of “Mr. Top Gun,” Check out our online posts and see what’s coming to Frank Tiano’s annual “world series” of scale aviation! There can be only one!

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Long time Top Gun contestant Eduardo Esteves, along with his lovely wife (and caller), Ana, is competing again at the 2015 Scale Invitational with his amazing ¼-scale P-47 Thunderbolt razorback., the prototype for Eduardo’s competition aircraft was flown by Steve Pisanos  in the European theater during WW2. Built from a CARF-Models composite kit, the Thunderbolt has a wingspan of 110 inches and is powered by a MOKI 250cc radial engine turning a Sollo Propeller. Radio system is a JR 12X transmitter and Powerbox Cockpit SRS receiver, all servos are JR.

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The model was built by Denny DeWeese and is painted with Klasskote 2-part epoxy paint finished in the “Miss Plainfield” paint scheme.

The full-size “Miss Plainfield” was flown by ex-Eagle Squadron Ace Steve Pisanos. It was one of a number of 4th Fighter Groups P-47s adorned with professionally rendered nose art. Four of Steve Pisanos five kills were claimed in this early version of the aircraft.

Road to Top Gun Scale RC Eduardo Esteves P-47 Thunderbolt Razorback Radio Control

 

Aircraft History

The very first Republic Aviation P-47 combat mission was flown on March 10, 1943 when the 4th FG flew their Thunderbolts on a fighter sweep over France. By 1944, the P-47 Thunderbolt was in service with the USAAF in all of operational theaters, except for Alaska. Though eventually replaced in it long-range bomber escort roles over Europe by the P-51 Mustang, the P-47 was use throughout the war up until the very end and as a type, the Thunderbolt is credited with more than 3,750 air-to-air victories and flew a total of 746,000 sorties. In all, 15,678 P-47 Thunderbolts, (of all types), were produced, ending the series with the P-47N in October 1945. The aircraft served with the U.S. Army Air Force, (U.S. Air Force after 1947), until 1949 and was used by the Air National Guard up until 1953.

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Russian Front-Line Fighter

Russian Front-Line Fighter

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 it’s a beauty!

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