Special Scale Theme Issue
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?
IN THIS ISSUE
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.