Spe­cial Scale Theme Is­sue

Model Airplane News - - PREFLIGHT -

Where has the time gone? We are again put­ting to­gether our De­cem­ber is­sue with a fo­cus on scale RC mod­el­ing. The De­cem­ber Scale Spe­cial re­mains one of our more pop­u­lar is­sues, and re­gard­less of your RC in­ter­ests, I am sure you’ll find a lot of great read­ing within its pages. The hobby of build­ing and fly­ing scale model air­craft is re­ward­ing and en­joyed by thou­sands of model­ers. There is so much to en­joy when you be­come a scale mod­eler, in­clud­ing dis­cov­er­ing a great deal about avi­a­tion his­tory. Why fly a sport model when you can add to the build­ing and pi­lot some­thing that’s scale?


To sat­isfy ev­ery­one’s fix for gi­ant-scale mil­i­tary hard­ware, we have a great event re­port on the an­nual warbird gath­er­ings at Lums Pond State Park. War­birds Over Delaware, hosted by the Delaware R/C Club, is the grand­daddy of all warbird events and it is held at one of the best fly­ing venues. With a grass run­way that’s close to a thou­sand feet long, it is a sight to be­hold. Add hun­dreds of WW I bi­planes and WW II heavy-metal war­birds and the ex­cite­ment lev­els are hard to match. We also have some amaz­ing flight shots from the talented McClurg clan—Roger, Scott, and P. J.—all car­ry­ing se­ri­ous lenses. I heard that one of their larger ones is re­ferred to as “the Hubble”! If you want to see some amaz­ing fight­ing fly­ing ma­chines, don’t miss this month’s cov­er­age.

If you have a scale shop­ping list, be sure to check out our RC Scale Roundup, which in­cludes sev­eral of our top picks for qual­ity and func­tion­al­ity. There are some new air­planes thrown in as well, for good mea­sure. I’m sure you find some­thing you never thought you needed un­til now. Isn’t that what a “lust list” is for?

We also have a great model makeover ar­ti­cle for the pop­u­lar E-flite Stear­man ARF. When our good friend and fly­ing buddy Nick Ziroli Sr. saw the new ARF, he knew he had to have one—and he ab­so­lutely had to give it a makeover so that it looked like his son’s full-size pri­mary trainer. Nick uses read­ily avail­able paints and sup­plies to give the Stear­man an im­pres­sive facelift. Check out his work and get in­spired!


We also have a great how-to ar­ti­cle from scale ex­pert Mike Chil­son show­ing how he cre­ated an amaz­ing scale cock­pit in­te­rior. Fea­tur­ing his cur­rent project, a P-51A Mus­tang, Mike shows how to add all those im­pres­sive de­tails while also in­clud­ing a way to make the cock­pit eas­ily re­mov­able so that you can bet­ter ser­vice your scale air­plane.

Bombs away! Here’s a great shot of Dave Mal­chione’s gi­ant-scale B-26 Ma­rauder drop­ping its pay­load over the tar­get. Check out our War­birds Over Delaware event cov­er­age for more de­tails.

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