Mak­ing Saw­dust

Model Airplane News - - PREFLIGHT -

For nearly 90 years, has sup­plied builders and pilots with top-qual­ity con­struc­tion plans for all types of air­craft rang­ing from pat­tern ships and sport aer­o­bats to mu­seum-scale war­birds and clas­sics. Our bonus Plans Guide in this is­sue cov­ers it all— light­weight electrics; jets; and glow-, gas-, and tur­bine-pro­pelled air­craft—all build-it-your­self projects found nowhere else. Whether you’re look­ing for a fully de­tailed scale war­bird or a quick-build park flier, you’ll find your next build­ing project here. Many of our plans come with an on­line con­struc­tion ar­ti­cle, with pho­tos and build­ing de­tails. The guide fea­tures 132 of our all-time fa­vorites, sorted into pop­u­lar cat­e­gories. For even more plans, go to AirAgeS­ and click “Plans” to ac­cess our search­able data­base of more than

700 de­signs fea­tured in Model Air­plane News.


An epic modeler who has de­signed dozens of air­planes for Model Air­plane News, Rich Uravitch is also one of our fa­vorite peo­ple, so we thought our Plans Guide is­sue was the ideal spot to highlight his mod­el­ing ca­reer (which also in­cluded a stint writ­ing this very page!). Se­nior Tech­ni­cal

Ed­i­tor Gerry Yar­rish had the honor of in­ter­view­ing Rich for this fea­ture and go­ing through our archives to find some ter­rific pho­tos of Rich in ear­lier decades. Whether you know Rich per­son­ally or only know of his fan­tas­tic de­signs, I think you’ll en­joy this ar­ti­cle.

This month, we also highlight 50 of our fa­vorite build­ing Tips & Tricks. I think you’ll be im­pressed by the many in­no­va­tive (read: cheap and easy!) meth­ods your fel­low MAN read­ers have come up with to make their time in the work­shop more en­joy­able. We bet you’ll in­cor­po­rate at least a few of these tips in your own shop!

A build­ing project is a great way to spend your time this win­ter, and just think of how nice it will be to show up on the flight­line in spring with a unique flier that you built your­self! Please be sure to send us a photo of your fin­ished plane for our col­umn Pi­lot Projects. See you on the flight­line.

The crew—(from left) Rich Uravitch, Gerry Yar­rish, and De­bra Cleghorn—take a break dur­ing a hot day at Top Gun.

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