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Special Scale Theme Issue
With the publishing year drawing to a close, we are again publishing our December issue with
a nice helping of scale RC modeling added for your enjoyment. ;is scale theme issue remains
one of our most popular issues, and it is a lot of fun to put the issue together. I’ve been a
scale RC modeler for more years that I care to admit, but one thing is for sure: ;e hobby of
building and flying scale replicas of full-size aircraft is rewarding. Besides the actual excitement
and satisfaction of producing a scale model, you are also exposed to aviation history while
researching your project. Add to this all the friends and f lying buddies you make along the way,
and you have the makings for a lifelong pursuit that just never gets old. Why fly a sport model
when you can fly a fighter, bomber, transport, cargo airplane, or anything else that strikes your
fancy? You get the idea—it’s the di;erence between just a hobby and an adventure.
Another good thing all of us can do to help scale modeling continue to grow (besides building
a scale model from a wood kit) is to get involved with local and regional scale events. Back in the
day, there were literally dozens of regional and national level competitions, but today, they’re
few and far between. I recently attended a new scale competition in its second year. Hosted by
the Black Dirt Squadron in Goshen, New York, this promising scale competition was conceived of
and is managed by past WRAM (Westchester Radio Aero Modelers) show “spark plug” Danny
Carozza. Intended to bring scale competition back to the Northeast, the NASA Scale Qualifier also
includes fun scale to attract newcomers to the hobby. With a beautiful flying field and plenty of
local, reasonably priced hotel rooms nearby, I encourage everyone to work this event into their
schedule. If you can’t make it to Danny’s event, then check out the event calendar for your area.
But get involved. Enter as a competitor or by volunteering to help the host club. We will all benefit.
In This Issue
We have a great lineup of scale articles, including some of our editors’ favorite picks for scale
airplanes and accessories. “;e Right Stu;” guide has 39 great products, many of which are
must-haves for modelers building scale RC aircraft. From covering and painting supplies to
wheels, dummy engines, and specialty hinges, you’ll find lots to add to you scale “lust list.” Add
to this some of our favorite scale RC airplanes and you have a big helping of scale eye candy.
We also have a primer for the proper installation of scale pilot figures by the man behind
Warbird Pilots, Adam Martin. A longtime RC scale modeler, Adam started his company because
he was disappointed with the pilot figures that were available at the time. His “Scale Pilot
Figures 101” article is full of helpful hints to make your airplane look right.
To improve your scale aircraft chances in competition, how about installing and detailing a classy
scale cockpit interior? Well-known scale modeler Lyle Vasser explains how he fills in the scale
pilot’s front o;ce. Lyle applies his amazing pilot painting skills from Best Pilots and shows how
to improve any model’s interior real estate.
All this and a lot more make our December issue extra special.
;e NASA Scale
Qualifier is a
promising new scale
RC competition in
its second year.
modelers to get
involved is a great
way to pump new
blood into our hobby.