Model Airplane News

December 2021

Model Airplane News is the brand that started it all back in 1929, and it remains the trusted resource for RC aircraft enthusiasts everywhere. Written for the full spectrum of RC airplane, helicopter, and multirotor fliers—from beginners to seasoned pros—Model Airplane News entertains and informs with on-the-flight line event coverage, impressive flight techniques, detailed flight reports, DIY workshop projects, and much more.

United States
Air Age Media
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
special scale issue

I have to admit that our December Scale Special issue of Model Airplane News is my favorite. You can look back for decades of back issues and see that RC airplanes go through phases as modelers’ interests change. But the one constant you can always count on is scale! Only the electronics and power systems have continued to improve, and I truly believe we always live in the golden age of scale. This plus their reflection of aviation history and their full-size counterparts, continue scale modeling’s popularity. Whatever your favorite aircraft might be, there’s a scale model of it to build. Whether you enjoy civilian classics, modern jets, or warbirds of various eras, the thrill is the same—operating a true miniature aircraft. And, for those wanting to step up to scale,…

1 min
in this issue

Have you ever wanted to get into jets but thought you couldn’t afford to or didn’t have the required pilot skills? Well, we have a great Sukhoi Su-37 Super Flanker you can build yourself. Steve Shumate is the king of foam pusher jets, and his Su-37 is one of his best. Plus you can set the jet up with thrust vectoring for the ultimate in performance. This pusher jet will make you look like an ace! Also in this issue, we bring back a popular article by a pro scale columnist. Though he is no longer with us, George Leu’s “Scale Techniques” column was a very popular scale building resource, and we have republished the very last column he penned. Check it out and learn to increase your static scale score.…

2 min
hobby hacks

THE “HOLE” STORY Many model airplane kits come with the wing ribs cut to shape for you, but they neglect to provide holes in the ribs for installing servo leads from the root rib to the aileron servo. I cut openings with a sharpened length of brass tube. Sharpen the inside surface of one end of the tube by cutting a chamfer in the end, then sharpen it by sanding the outer surface with 220-grit sandpaper. Place the tube where you want the hole, press down, and twist it back and forth. In no time the tube cuts a neat opening in the rib. Use a tube diameter that allows your servo lead connectors to pass through easily. Salvatore Cummings, Los Angeles, California AD HOC HOLDER When it comes to holding onto things that…

1 min
pilot projects

AIR AGER Dave Lees, Ravenna, Ohio Dave wanted to build an old-time plane from foam and came across Model Airplane News plans for the Air Ager, published in April 1944 as a gas-powered (Forester 26) free-flight balsa plane. Dave says the 48-inchspan foamie flies so well that he’s already working on improved 48- and 60-inch-span models. He adds, “Looks really cool on the ground and very majestic in the air!” MISS VINTAGE Rick Rader, Brooklyn, Ohio Rick says that this HangarOneKits model was a pleasure to build. The 59-inch-span aircraft is covered with MonoKote and powered by a Saito 40FS. It has four Hitec Mighty Mini servos, a Tactic SLT receiver, and a Tower Hobbies 2.4 GHZ receiver. Rick writes, “It flies like a trainer! My favorite parts are the fuselage open framework, the pull-pull…

2 min
new releases

Pilot-RC 1/5-Scale F-16 Fighting Falcon The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is one of the most popular choices for RC turbine jet pilots. Quick to put together, the new 1/5-scale F-16 from Pilot-RC is reliable and tough enough to actually be flown on a regular basis. With a wingspan is 83.3 inches and a length of 120.5 inches, it performs as good as it looks. Features include complete air frame with full composite construction, two-piece wing and two-piece full flying stabilizer (removable), and a two piece fuselage (allowing removal of the tail section for easy transport). The F-16 is painted outside the mold so it doesn’t have seam lines. Hardware includes fiberglass control horns, carbon-fiber wing tubes, servo extension leads, fixed dual wall thrust pipe (for 200-320N turbines), 6600ml fuel tank, preprepared…

1 min
product review: flying tiger rc 4 plane storage system

The new Flying Tiger RC 4 Plane Storage System comes with four sets of arms (your choice of 26- or 30-inch lengths), 1/8-inch adhesive backed Neoprene foam strips, and four wall racks (your choice of light or heavy duty). Company owner Guy Caputo originally designed and made this system for his own personal RC model hangar. Due to the positive comments of his Facebook followers, he released his system to the public and added it to This is not a DIY kind of thing, and it is not designed to replace the good old-fashioned PVC pipe projects or bookshelves that you’ve used for years. This system is for serious RC airplanes that require more support, and it comes with all required hardware. It is custom designed for use with RC…