AT A GLANCE
142 in. (top wing)
Moki 400cc radial engine
With the many impressive RC shows that take place at the world-famous Paradise Field in Lakeland, Florida, there are scores of RC pilots and all types of great-looking and performing scale airplanes enjoying the often perfect weather and flying conditions. These events draw giant-scale enthusiasts from all over the States and even the Great White North of Canada. Dave Collis of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia has made the long trip to Florida more than once, and he has had a fair amount of success with his amazing WACO biplane. Model Airplane News contributor Rich Uravitch caught up with Dave to talk about his beautiful cream and green biplane. Here is Dave’s backstory.
MAN: Your WACO is among the most impressive planes here. Can you tell us a little about your project?
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Legend Hobby / Seagull Models - Cessna Grand Caravan 208
The Cessna Grand Caravan 208 is a legend in aviation circles. A single engine utility aircraft that punches up with capabilities that rival many twin engine aircraft in its class. Its seemingly simple configuration belies its near extreme utility.
PROPER CG LOCATION FOR AEROBATICS
If you are getting into aerobatics and are starting to perform more advanced maneuvers, it is time to discuss ways you can not only become a better pilot, but how you can also improve the flight characteristics of your airplanes.
Legend Hobby 13-Foot L-19 Bird Dog/ Cessna O-1
This famous multi-mission single engine observation aircraft served from 1950-1974. From calling out target locations to providing intel/recon information, the Bird Dog was a valued asset in both the Korean War and Vietnam.
EARN YOUR WINGS
10 Tips for First-Flight Success
Old School Model Works Fifty Six
The Fifty Six takes its design cues from the original .09- to .15-size Carl Goldberg Falcon 56 of the 1960s. Reworked to incorporate modern, lasercut techniques to make kit building better than ever.
FLYING TWINS Multi-engine warbirds made easy
Let’s face it, there’s just something extra special about twin-engine RC aircraft. Most modelers stop what they’re doing when a twin fires up on the flightline.
HOW TO BALANCE PROPELLERS
Four easy steps to increase performance and reduce vibration
PRODUCT REVIEW: RC PLANE STANDS BENCHTOP MODEL
I’m a sucker for shop stuff. I buy tools I will probably never use just because they are cool, or I might need to use them someday. When Glen from RC Plane Stands reached out about a review, however, I knew as soon as I browsed their website that I would be receiving something I would use a lot, maybe even daily.
SPIRIT OF RHINEBECK AWARD WINNER
A close up of Norman Malinowski’s 1/3-scale Albatros
CENTER OF GRAVITY BASICS
The secret to a plane that flies well
Help, I Can't Stop Staring at My Face
Could “mirror work” be the antidote to my pandemic-fueled facial dysmorphia?
Does the Ford Maverick, with its bargain price and thrifty fuel economy, make the small car obsolete? We fire up a 2022 Honda Civic sport and head to Costco to find out.
BITCOIN IN 401(K) BECOMES REALITY FOR MORE, DESPITE WARNINGS
More workers may soon be able to stake some of their 401(k) retirement savings to bitcoin, as cryptocurrencies crack even deeper into the mainstream.
TAKE JOE'S ADVICE
Tips and tactics for defending your home with a scattergun.
TWO UFOs MENACE U.S. WARSHIP AGAIN!
Navy brass confirms ‘They are NOT ours!’
KEY PARTICLE WEIGHS IN A BIT HEAVY, CONFOUNDING PHYSICIST
The grand explanation physicists use to describe how the universe works may have some major new flaws to patch after a fundamental particle was found to have more mass than scientists thought.
Chloe Coleman is the new queen of the geeks (in the bestway, ofc)
She’s been cast in a string of high-profile blockbusters with top secret plots that she’s seriously just not allowed to talk about rn…so we got the 13-year-old actress to share a peek straight into her soul instead.
A Piece of History
The 240-mph Supercharged Hemi-Powered Belly Tank From the '50s Returns
Ultimate Adventure Videographers and Still Photographers
Here are the people who capture all the action
The Ultimate Adventure Cronies
The Off-road Enthusiasts at the Core of UA