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AMA Air – Season 6 Episode 15 – LIVE – July 31st, 2020

Matt and Claire are streaming live a day early on this episode of AMA Air on Friday, July 31, at 2 p.m. EDT. Click here to go to YouTube and set a reminder to watch live! This episode will feature details about the first annual National Fun Fly event, an announcement about our new Club of the Month program, and a special reveal of our new slogan! All that and more on this episode of AMA Air. LINKS from the episode: https://www.modelaircraft.org/community https://www.modelaircraft.org/clubs h

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Wonderful A-10 Warthog

There no doubt about it, the ground pounding, tank killing A-10 Warthog is an amazing warbird. When it comes to giant scale RC jets, the A-10 delivers the same kind of excitement. This video from RCScaleAirplanes, highlights that amazing MiBo Warthog flown by Kurt Tötsch as he performed a fantastic flight demo at the Barone Rosso Airshow. The all composite MiBo A-10 Thunderbolt II /Warthog is 1/5.8-scale, has a wingspan of 118 inches and weighs in at 54.9 pounds. It is loaded with interior

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Giant Scale or Replicas?

Almost every RC enthusiast has built scale models of their favorite planes, but Canadian Ian Baron takes his modeling to a new level! So far, he has made four replicas of different types of planes used during world wars, all made from recycled bits and parts. Baron manages to create such huge replicas by measuring the parts of the planes of a 1:48 scale model plane. The inspiration to make these replicas dawned upon Ian five years back when he visited Ford Automotive Museum in Michigan and he r

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Glow Plugs Explained

With the ever popular use of electric power systems, nitro-burning glow engines have started to before less understood by newcomers to the hobby. Once the mainstay of the hobby, 2-str*ke glow engines still have a lot to offer and produce excellent power for their weight. Once you’ve decided to give a glow powered airplane a try, ask for help and always break in your engine  before your first flight. Here are three of the most asked question about glow power. WHY DOES THE GLOW PLUG CONTINUE TO

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Magnetic Engine Cowl Attachment

Recently, I found out that home repair stores like Home Depot stock in their hardware section Rare-Earth magnets ideal for use as engine cowling attachment devices. They come in all sorts of sizes and types and for my ongoing workshop build-along for the Sopwith Camel, I used 1/4 inch and .47 inch diameter x 1/8 inch thick magnets. And, the best part, there are very cheap to buy, often less than $4 for a package of six or eight depending on size. The fiberglass engine cowl shown in this post com

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Terrific Tempest

Built from Vailly Aviation plans, this giant scale 1/5-scale Hawker Tempest V has a 98-inch wingspan and weighs in at 43 pounds. Power is provided by a Desert Aircraft 85cc engine spinning a Menz 26×10 prop. Builder and pilot Andy Wynn notes that the warbird also sports homemade retracts and exhaust stacks from Fighter Aces. Thanks to Dean and Pete Coxon for sharing this great video from the Willis Warbird Meet! The post Terrific Tempest appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full

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AMA Air – Season 6 Episode 14 – LIVE – July 15th, 2020

Matt and Claire are streaming live on this episode of AMA Air on Wednesday, July 15th, at 2 p.m. EDT. This episode will feature details about the 2020 National Model Aeromodeling Championships, The Weak Signals Toledo R/C Show, and an important announcement about the 2020 MultiGP International Open! LINKS from the episode: https://www.multigp.io https://www.amaflightschool.org/campama https://www.modelaviation.com/live https://www.modelaircraft.org/nats https://www.facebook.com/groups/iflya

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Easy Scale Details — Vintage Pilot Seat

So my Fokker Triplane had been finished for a while and tI flew the airplane several times without any problems. But there is that big issue of an empty c*ckpit. So, I converted my old Mini-Me 1/3 scale pilot figure into a WW1 leather helmet and goggles guy with a great set of cloths including a great leather j*cket and some black trousers. With a proper Triplane driver, I still needed to make the guy a good looking (and removable) pilot seat. Where to start? Go to a dollar store and look for

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Giant Scale RC SCALE RC V-22 OSPREY

AMAZING VTOL ENGINEERING! With amazing vertical takeoff and landing performance, Norbert Schurz demonstrates his scratch built RC Osprey at a VTOL compet*tion in Germany. His spectacular model is powered by only a single electric motor. There are no flight surfaces! All control is maintained through the movement of the two propellers/rotors. In this first flight at the event you can see that Norbert was tentative with the control of his V-22 Osprey and demonstrated it’s hovering and agility

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Ziroli Avenger History

A One of a kind Ziroli TBM Story. Back in the early 2000s, Nick Ziroli Jr. wanted to design som*thing extra special to compete with at Frank Tiano’s Top Gun Scale Invitational event. Since he hailed from Long Island, the famous Grumman TBM Avenger torped*/bomber seemed most appropriate. Nick Jr. designed and drew all the working plans for the 1/6-scale TBM model. He went on to build all the plugs and develop molds to produce the fiberglass fuselage and engine cowling, and he vacuum-formed th

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Pro Tips for Laser Cutting — with Video

After several years of RC modeling use, the compact laser cutter from Full Spectrum Laser, is still going strong and has been almost completely maintenance free. If you’ve ever wanted to get a laser cutter for your workshop, check out this product review.  This easy to use unit is designed especially for hobbyists and small home businesses wanting production quality results.  The 5th Gen Hobby Laser Cutter has a 20×12 inch work area and has a glass water-cooled laser tube rated at 40 watts. It i

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Triple Tree Aerodrome Fall 2020 Event Update

July 2, 2020. The Triple Tree Aerodrome and our Board of Directors have been closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 global pandemic. The number of cases has continually increased, and our great State of South Carolina is no exception. When you attend any of our events, you become part of our family. Families take care of each other and their well-being. In the interest of safety for our family, it brings me great sadness to announce that we will be canceling our Fall 2020 series of events,

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AMA Air – Season 6 Episode 13 – LIVE – July 1st, 2020

Matt and Ashley, who is temporarily filling in for Claire, talk about AMA Jr. Camp, a new virtual Camp AMA experience, an overview of how the AMA Gov team has been advocating on your behalf for the last few years, and some heartwarming stories submitted to us through our various social media channels. LINKS from the episode: https://www.amaflightschool.org/campama https://www.modelaircraft.org/gov https://www.facebook.com/groups/iflyama https://www.instagram.com/amamodelaviation https://w

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Legend Hobby’s Amazing P-47 Thunderbolt!

Hot off the shipping boat, Legend Hobby, (formerly VQ Wabirds,) has introduced this amazing new P-47 Razorback! This almost ready to fly classic WW II warbird is one of the best you’ll see at any flying field or fly in. And it comes with loads of details! Specs. Wingspan: 81.0 in. Wing Area:1200.3 sq. in. Weight: 22 lbs. Length: 67.6 in. Engine/Motor size: Zenoah G-62 Servo: 9-channels 13 servos  All Spektrum/Flown with DX-18 (as t*sted) Retracts are all electric with fully functionin

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WW I RC Jamboree Canceled

To all our dedicated Jamboree event participants and followers. This has to be one of the hardest letters I have had to write as the CD of the Jamboree event. The Covid-19, 2020 pandemic have t*sted the world in ways that no one could have thought possible just a few short months ago. While the Covid-19 virus seems to have dropped from major news it is still very much with us as we start to open up the US economy to a new normal. In New York State, the ORA Airshows and Jamboree event will fa

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Preserving Modeling Equipment

Model engines and RC equipment are fun to collect. There are also all those old building and flying supplies you’re not sure what to do with. As st*rdy as these might look, however, they need some specialized care to keep them at their best. To start:  Store them in a dry place. Metal can corrode in an environment high in humidity.  Handle them with gloves. It is incredibly easy to leave visible fingerprints on metal (especially trophies).  Support items well when handling, especially trophi

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Synchronized Aerobatics Video

What’s more exciting than aerobatics, complete with wingtip smoke? Adding another aircraft, of course! Father and son team Andi and Tim Schaerer perform precision aerobatics with large Fox S1 Swift gliders in Red Bull colors. Tow pilot Thomas Hoffmann gets the gliders to altitude, and then the team puts on a fantastic show. Our thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for taking this video at the Swiss Flugtag at Hausen am Albis and posting it on YouTube. It’s worth noting that both Shaerers are championship

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Synchronized Aerobatics Video

What’s more exciting than aerobatics, complete with wingtip smoke? Adding another aircraft, of course! Father and son team Andi and Tim Schaerer perform precision aerobatics with large Fox S1 Swift gliders in ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!The post Synchronized Aerobatics Video appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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AMA Air – Season 6 Episode 12 – LIVE – June 15th, 2020

Matt and Claire were streaming live again for this episode of AMA Air on Monday, June 15, at 2 p.m. EDT. Click here to go to YouTube and watch the replay! This episode featured an important announcement about the 2020 Nats. Model Aviation Executive Editor Jay Smith offered a sneak peek into the July issue of the magazine, and Tyler Dobbs shares an update about Remote ID! LINKS from the episode: http://modelaircraft.org/nats https://www.facebook.com/groups/iflyama https://www.instagram.com/ama

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Preserving Stories

The single, most important thing you can do to record your stories is to preserve your photographs, model airplanes, and the other objects that are vital to you. It is through the stories you tell about your objects that convey their meaning. When this context is known by others, it helps them realize how important these belongings are and that makes them more likely to want to care for them.  Bill Winter, Joe Kovel, John Zaic, and Hurst Bowers share stories with each other during a 1980s visit

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Stunning Twin Turbine F-18 Blue Angels Jet

When it comes to raw power and amazing sound, nothing beats a turbine jet, especially a F-18 Hornet with twin turbines pushing it forward! This all composite F-18 Hornet is sporting the paint scheme of the US Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team and the demonstration its pilot put presented at this airshow in Neuburg, Germany impressed everyone. Almost 80 inches in length, the twin turbine powered Hornet has a takeoff weight of about 30 pounds. Thanks to RC MEDIA WORLD of this video The

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Compact T-28 Trojan

A WARBIRD FOR GLOW OR ELECTRIC POWER Are you in the market for an easy to build warbird, that’s compact in size and easy to fly? Check out our Classic Construction article coming in the Summer 2020 issue of MAN.  Look at the desirable traits in RC trainers, big wing with lots of dihedral, tricycle landing gear, ample room for equipment and rugged construction. We’re not saying that this T-28 should be your first model  after destroying three ARF foamie, but it is one to be considered if your in

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