Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays from Model Airways

Model Expo would like to wish all of our Model Airways friends & families a Happy & Safe Holiday season!

As a reminder, please take note of Model Expo's holiday hours:
  • Monday, 12/24 - 9am - 12pm ET
  • Tuesday, 12/25 - Closed for Christmas 
  • Monday, 12/31 - 9am - 2pm ET
  • Tuesday, 1/1/13 - Close for New Years Day
  • All other days are normal business hours (9am - 6pm ET)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Model Expo Technical Difficulties with Email

Model Expo fans - just as an FYI, our email server took a big hit yesterday. We're in the process of rebuilding however, in the interim, if you have any questions, please send all your emails to

We should be back up by Monday. Sorry for any inconveniences.

Eric @ Model Expo

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Guillow's and Airfix Closeout Airplane Kits!

Attention Airplane Kit Modelers: If you're into modeling blasa or plastic model airplane kits, we have

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

More details on Dr.1 progress

The Dr.1 kit is progressing at a steady pace.  The CAD solid-model is about 85% complete as can be seen in the image.  There are details left to add, but all the major structures are there.  This virtual model serves to make drawings for make sample parts, suppliers to make final parts, and provides images for the final plans.
I have the first mockup of the fuselage as shown in the photo.  You can compare it to the exploded view from the CAD system in the previous blog and see that it is coming together as planned.  The model only has a couple of the bracing wires and the turnbuckles on those are too large.  I am now making final parts to send to the casting company so they can make molds for the kit.  They have already made some test parts so we know that the fuselage will look very realistic and true. These parts will be made of Britannia metal (similar to Pewter) or Zinc and assembled in a wooden jig to assure alignment.   
On the engine, I am using the CAD solid-model to send files to companies that do 3-D printing.  They take the solid-model and “print” the part with thin layers of plastic.  The photo shows the plastic model of the carburetor.  Actually, the part shown is wrong as the first couple of parts I sent to get 3-D printed were a factor of 2.54 too large – a mix-up in the program between inches and centimeters.  I now have that under control.  I will be using 3_D printing for the parts that are very detailed and hard to make.  I will send the plastic parts to the casting company to make molds.

I have now built the first wing from sample laser cut parts.  It is a lower wing.  It goes together fairly easily and looks right.  The sample shown in the picture only has one cap strip on it and is missing some other details, but is essentially all there.  Don’t judge the workmanship, on the early models neatness does not count, just the fit and ease of assembly.  I didn't even bother to clean the laser burn residue off the parts.  

Finally, I have the plans partly written (13 pages).  They will be rich in drawings and photographs.  Over the summer I will complete the CAD model, and the first physical models of the fuselage, landing gear, engine and wings.  This will leave the cockpit details, the tail feathers and the directions for the Fall and Winter.  This kit is on schedule to be out next Spring. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Confederate Flying Machine - A conversation with Maris Ensing

I had the opportunity the other day to speak with Maris Ensing of MadSystems - his company recently built the Confederate Flying Machine aircraft shown on NatGeo - very cool story. Anyway, in speaking with Maris

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nieuport 28 - America's First Fighter Plane!

Did you know that the Nieuport 28 was America's first fighter plane? At the start of American involvement in World War I,

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Great resource for WW1 Aircraft!

We know you enjoy our Model Airways line of aircraft kits. From our Wright Flyer to our Sopwith Camel, you have interest in early aircraft and are always on the search for more! One of the great resources

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Build Your Own Wright Flyer for FREE!

With spring in the air, thoughts turn to blue skies. We want you to move into the clouds with a Model Airways model airplane kit! First in flight, our

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Model Airways Wright Flyer - The First Airplane!

You know you've been looking at our Model Airways Wright Flyer but are unsure as to what's involved in building the kit. Is it too difficult? What's involved? How do you

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wright Flyer built by Robert Becker

Check out the great job Robert Becker did on his Model Airways Wright Flyer - great job Robert! And, Robert was able to build this model for FREE! You know

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Un-boxing the Sopwith Camel by Model Airways

We know - you're thinking about pulling the trigger on buying your very own Model Airways Sopwith Camel. You've done the research, you've read some articles, you've even looked

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The History of the Wright Flyer

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright (Wright Brothers) flew the first successful airplane. The first flight, by Orville, was 120 feet (37 m) in 12 seconds. The next two flights covered approximately 175 feet (53 m) and 200 feet (61 m), by Wilbur and Orville respectively. If you are in the middle of building your Model Airways Wright Flyer and were looking for some more information on the topic,

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dr.1 kit development update

In the prior posting, I said I would be working on the wings.  But instead, I have spent the last month detailing the fuselage as there have been some challenges in getting rib test parts made. 

Model Airways Nieuport 28 built by Jim Landon

Jim Landon posted a complete build log of his Model Airways Nieuport 28, Eddie Rickenbacker's Airplane - with pictures! Not all of Jim's comments are "glowing" reviews of the kit...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Model Airways Collection - built by David Byrne

David Byrne recently sent us pictures of his completed Conestoga Wagon by Model Trailways (see post in Trailways & Battlefields)! What is interesting is that David has also built, or is in the process of building, ALL of our Model Airways kits!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Dr.1 Kit, Early Progress

I am designing this Dr.1 kit on a solid modeling CAD system, Autodesk Inventor as seen on in the figure. The reasons for using this system are many. First, a full set of accurate drawings are produced from the virtual model. These will be used for specifying the lazar cut and photo-etched parts and also fully define the 3-D parts. Second, solid images like the one below are possible. These will be used along with photographs in the builder manual. During design they help me see if things are looking “right” from any angle.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Share YOUR modeling passion with someone today!

It is truly a great experience and privilege to share your passions with your children, loved ones, and friends. When was the last time you invited someone over, sat them down, and shared with them what you do for a hobby? If it's been a while, grab someone and share YOUR modeling passion today!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Dr.1: An Introduction to the Project

Model airways has contracted with me to develop a Fokker Dr.1 kit to add to the series that includes the Curtiss “Jenny”, the Sopwith “Camel”, the Newport 28, the Albatros D.Va and the Wright “Flyer”. I began design work on it in December 2011 and will finish it in early 2013. To explain how I came to get this contract, here is my story.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nieuport 28 Diorama built by John Reid

If you're modeling aircraft and you haven't had the chance to check out the work of John Reid, I suggest you perform a search on his name! John has been modeling for a number of years and has done some astounding work!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Look what we found hidden away...

When you run a business for 35+ years, sometimes things get hidden and/or misplaced. Take for instance this box of 36 Airfix F-84F Thunderstreak kits - they've been missing in action for years and magically appeared after rearranging some stuff. I think they make a nice addition to our Aircraft Closeout section!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Customer Service

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Sopwith Camel - built by Stephen Pasadis

Stephen Pasadis posted his picture and comments of his Sopwith Camel by Model Airways on our Facebook page - great job Stephen! We're looking forward to the results of your NEXT Model Airways kit build!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Scratch Built Sopwith Camel Seat by Bruce Julson

Want to take your Model Airways Sopwith Camel to the next level? Follow Bruce Julson's lead and scratch build a seat!

Bruce's comments: I am writing to thank you again for your decision to spare me additional expense! I also want to share something from the model Sopwith Camel project that I felt you might

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Albatros D.Va - built by Kevin Berkowitz

Check out the detailed build of the Albatros D. Va (by Model Airways) that won Kevin Berkowitz "Best of Show" at the 2005 Pegasus Model Society show in Northern Greece!

Kevin's comments: These are photos of my Model Airways Albatros 1/16th scale. It won the prize "Best of Show" at the 2005 show of the Pegasus Model Society of Northern Greece. That took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, where I live.