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Master the Knife-Edge Spin

In my opinion, the knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. First, I’ll describe the maneuver. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using “top” rudder. When the maneuver is complete, the pilot will roll the model 90 degrees to return to upright level flight. Compared with a traditional knife-edge, in a knife-edge spi

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James May Flies RC Across the Channel

James May of Top Gear and The Grand Tour fame has a soft spot for RC model airplanes. In this video, he builds a glider based on a childhood model and then attempts to fly it across the English Channel! An hour long, this terrific short film is definitely worth your time! The post James May Flies RC Across the Channel appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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Turbine powered He 162 Salamander

The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger (People’s Fighter”), was a single-engine, jet-powered Luftwaffe fighter that saw limited action at the end of World War II. It was designed and built quickly primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritized for other aircraft. Several Volksjäger (Salamander) jets were captured by allied forces at the end of the war for future study. This impressive RC model though not especially large, is very impressive and it has excellent flight perfo

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FAA Proposed Rule for Drones/RC Aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the proposed rule for remote identification of drones, which by strict definition include RC model aircraft. We encourage our audience to read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking now in the Federal Register and share their comments. The following regulations are in the proposed rule and would impact the RC hobby. > It would limit the number of approved flying sites > All flying sites must have internet capability > Requires registra

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Wing Repairs for Built-up Airplanes

Let’s face it. If you fly RC airplanes, sooner or later, you’re going to damage your model. Knowing how to deal with common damage inflicted on our models saves you money and extends the life of your plane. So why buy a replacement wing when you can fix it yourself? Here’s our damaged wing. This is much like what would happen if you ran your plane into the safety fence at the flying field. With so many ARFs available on the market today, few modelers are actually building up their models fro

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Easy Tips for Balancing Propellers

When operating RC airplanes, properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following this two-step procedure. 1.  To balance blades, place the mounted prop on the balancer with the blades in a horizontal position.  Remove materia

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Bat Safe Mini

We’ve all heard the horror stories about charging lithium packs catching on fire, and the best insurance is to always use a container. The newest in the proven Bat Safe lineup of charging containers is the $39.99 Mini, a 6.5 x 3.9 x 1.9-inch double- walled, insulated steel box with a flame arrestor. Intended for use with up to a 2C, 3S 2200mAh battery, the Mini weighs 1.6 pounds empty. It’s easy to use and comes with a carrying handle and a removable charger stand. bat-safe.com   The post Bat

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RC Warbird Formation Flying

As if flying giant scale warbirds like the Top Flight giant scale P-51D Mustang isn’t exciting enough all but itself, some guys who attend large national and regional warbird meets are always looking for a little som*thing extra. Recently, at the Warbirds over the Rockies event, Rich Uravitch caught a sight that surely got everyone’s attention. Here’s his field report. Featured Photograph courtesy of Ken Isaac (RCKen) “Since the WOTR is a flying event, I expected some polished, stand-out per

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New EDF Class at Top Gun

Frank Tiano has just informed us that TOP GUN will add a new class, initially for 2020, for “Electric Ducted Fan” (EDF) models. Foam Type. Half the normal entry fee for Top Gun applies. The EDF Class  will be open to ANY Top Gun participant regardless of how many classes they are already flying in, AND is open to anyone else who feels qualified to fly at the event. We will allow as many entries as we can fit. Therefore, we must adhere to a “first come first serve” basis. At the moment it ap

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X-29 Advanced Technology Demonstrator

First Flight Dec. 14, 1984, the X-29 advanced technology demonstrator aircraft banks over desert terrain near NASA Dryden. (Credits: NASA Photo) Two X-29 aircraft, featuring one of the more unusual designs in aviation history, were flown at NASA Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (now Armstrong Flight Research Center) at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The demonstrators investigated advanced concepts and technologies during a multi-phased program conducted from 1984 to 1992. The program p

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RC F-14 Tomcat Sweep-wing Jet

Hands down, one of our all time favorite fighter jet, the F-14 Tomcat was made famous by the movie Top Gun. Grumman’s twin-engine fighter was carrier based and had a variable geometry (swing wing) design. This impressive RC turbine powered 1/7-scale Tomcat flew at the popular Best in the West Jet Rally in b*ttonwillow, CA. With the wings extended, the F-14 has excellent flight control and allows the model to takeoff and land as slower speeds. With the wing swept all the way back, the speed is

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Video How To: Fabric Covering RC Planes

We’ve received several emails asking about covering scale models. While I was building my the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, I wrote this post that goes into detail about what required. Your response was impressive and many of you asked about Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive, from F&M Enterprises. So, I broke out the video camera in the workshop and I made this 2-part How To Video presentation. Included are all the steps and techniques I used to cover one of the ailerons highlighti

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

War was coming to the ocean called “Pacific.” Imperial Japan, in need of oil to feed its growing ambition, squirmed under the stricture of an American embargo (implemented because of Japan’s aggression toward China). Japan would not be denied its self-proclaimed destiny, so Tokyo’s warlords cast covetous eyes southward to the petroleum-rich Dutch East Indies, ripe for the plucking. The Pacific was to be “their” ocean, and the only major obstacle was the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Hawaii. The fo

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Monster DeHavilland Comet

Would you believe that this beautiful twin is 20 years old? Steve Holland spent three years building this model and first flew it in 1999. Powered by two 74cc Zenoah gas engines, it has flown around 800 times, most recently at the BMFA Nationals show at RAF Barkston Heath in Lincolnshire, UK and filmed by Tbobborap1. Steve notes, “I put it aside 7 years ago after a full size display at Kemble and got it back out for the Nationals. I had to replace the batteries, one throttle servo and a choke s

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Pro Weathering Techniques

If you really want to make your scale airplane come to life, and make it look as though it’s been flying around for a while, you need to do some weathering, ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership! The post Pro Weathering Techniques appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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Workshop Video – Nieuport 24 Update

There’s been lots of progress this year on Gerry Yarrish’s Nieuport 24 project. Here is a video taken earlier this year showing off some of the early construction details. Stay tuned, there’s a new update video coming soon.   The post Workshop Video – Nieuport 24 Update appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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Incredible Homemade Rotary Engine

Andy Johnston must take his RC modeling very seriously … why else would he spend over 3 years building a true-to-scale, rotary Bentley engine spending another 2 years building an Avro 504K from plans, specifically for the engine?  The 9-cylinder powerplant has cast-iron liners that are 1mm thick, aluminum finned barrels and a total of 347cc displacement for a range of 700 to 3500rpm with a 25.5×23 prop that has a scale blade shape.  The engine spins, just like its full-size counterpart! The Avro

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The Best of the Worst!

12 RC Airplane Crashes from 2019!! It happens to the best of us, whether you are flying a foamy park flyer at the local RC club field, or are a show pilot performing at national events across the country, serious “rekitting” of airplanes are a facto of life. Here are 12 of more impressive ground penetr*tion tests we’ve seen courtesy of TBOBBORAP1.     The post The Best of the Worst! appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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JR Propo T14x4 DMSS Radio System

In the early 1980s,  I happened to see an ad in Model Airplane News for JR radios. Ultimately, I purchased a JR 4C-4S (4 channels, 4 servos) AM rig that did everything it was supposed to do. After a while, I wanted an FM radio system and so returned to the JR brand and discovered the JR Max 6. This one set the hook with its two auxiliary channels and those awesome servo-reversing switches. I have remained a JR enthusiast ever since. Next Generation The newest addition to the JR Propo line is

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Tips and Highlights of 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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Top Flite Corsair Test Flight

One of our all time favorite warbirds is the giant scale Top Flite Corsair ARF. And on its first flight we shot this never seen before flight video. Shot by MAN photographer Hope McCall, the test flight went off without a hitch! The DLE 50cc gas engine is a perfect match. Check it out!   The post Top Flite Corsair Test Flight appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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Drone Pilot: Meet Evan Turner

Name: Evan “HeadsupFPV” Turner Age: 16 Hometown: Maryville, Tennessee Matt Rudd**k: How did you come up with your call sign? Evan Turner: Well, my friend (the one who got me into mini quads) and I were out flying our mini quads around some trees. This was one of my first flights. I don’t think I had more than 10 flights on a quad. We were standing under a shade tree and (being inexperienced at the time) I was unaware of my surroundings. I actually managed to hit my friend in the face with my m

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