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Mission Warbird – Secrets to Flying Giant-Scale Military Aircraft

"Heavy-metal" warbirds like these 102-inch-span Meister Scale P-47s built and flown by Herb Johnson (silver) and John Welcome (green) have high wing loadings that require expert piloting skills.
For many scale modelers, warbirds have the edge in popularity. It’s hard not to get pumped by Mustangs, Thunderbolts, Spitfires, Hellcats, and Me-109s. Although we generally don’t put them into the category, Panthers, F-86s, F-100s, and F-15s fit here also. Models of this type are generally larger, weigh more, and have higher wing loadings than other types, and require an awareness of what these factors mean when flying. It is here where “giant-sizing” our scale...


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Mission Warbird – Secrets to Flying Giant-Scale Military Aircraft

Article in February 2023 Issue

ON THE COVER: If you want to fly heavy-metal warbirds like Pert Asiatico’s Top RC P-51D, this month’s “Mission Warbird” is a must-read. (Photo by David Hart/

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