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Attention Contest Directors and Event Managers POSTED 03.26.2020 As we continue to address efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have some new developments that might affect an event you have scheduled through May 31, 2020. The AMA will be extending its offer to reschedule events scheduled between now and May 31, 2020, to later this year at no charge. AMA will waive all fees and costs associated with reprocessing the sanction, to include reissuing any insurance certificates and replaci

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AMA Operations and Staff Working Remotely

Dear AMA Members, Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we do our part to address COVID-19. The safety of our staff, members, and community are AMA’s top priority. Together we can work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and eventually life will return to normal. We are regularly monitoring and implementing guidance from national and local health officials and will continue to keep you updated as news develops. Delaware County, Indiana, has issued a Disaster Emergency Declarati

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AMA Event Sanctioning and COVID-19

Safety is important to our members and the public. AMA is continuing to monitor COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Because of the administrative and insurance costs associated with issuing a sanction for an event, AMA policy does not offer refunds or credits for canceled or rescheduled events. However, given the evolving situation with COVID-19, AMA will be temporarily amending this policy for events scheduled through April 30, 2020. If a CD or EM

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AMA Air – Season 6 Episode 6 – March 15th, 2020

In the sixth episode of season 6, Matt and Claire discuss Tiny Drones and the National Museum of the United States Air Force, a club that’s improving their flying site, and important information about the Weak Signals Toledo Show. LINKS: National Museum of the United States Air Force: http://nationalmuseum.af.mil National Museum of the United States Air Force Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AFmuseum/ Latest Episode of the AMA Podcast: modelaircraft.org/podcast I Fly AMA Facebook G

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Install a Dummy Scale Engine

If you’ve been following my online Build-Along Series on the MAN website for my Sopwith Camel, then you know I have been featuring little mini projects as they pop up in the construction. Well, as master scale modeler Dave Platt has mentioned numerous times, “A scale model is never truly finished–you simply stop working in it.” Here as well, I first test flew the Sopwith Camel back in June and have flown it several times over the summer. All the while with my Zenoah G38 engine fully exposed in t

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Nieuport 24 Updates: Cockpit Details

Model Airplane News editor Gerry Yarrish has been working on his latest scale project, a WW I French Nieuport 24 for a little over a year now and he has made a lot of progress lately. A self-designed RC airplane, Gerr’s Nieuport started out as a set of 3-views which he then traced using his CAD program. Once he had the scale outline worked out, he then added all the modeling construction details, printed out the plans and started gluing sticks together. Several posts have been uploading showing

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Monster Concorde Takes Flight

First flown in 1969, the Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde was a British–French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner that was operated until 2003. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound, at Mach 2.04 (1,354 mph at cruise altitude), with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for 27 years. This amazing 30 foot long RC Concorde really redefines the term giant scale and when you consider it’s powered by four turbine engines, you go

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Latest News! Du-Bro Products

A staple in the hobby industry for over 60 years, DU-BRO Products recently announced that Sales & Marketing Director for past 19 years, Brian Bychowski, has purchased the company. After 19 years of working with and learning from the Broberg family, Bychowski took ownership in December 2019. A view of the main floor History Dewey (Orv) Broberg started the brand of products that modelers have grown to love and depend on. Broberg’s children (Jim, g*yle and Kathy) continued the tradition an

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Road to Top Gun-TBD Devastator

This year, P.J. Ash from Searcy, AR, will be flying in the Pro Prop class with his Douglas TBD Devastator. Built over 20 years ago, the Torped* Bomber is totally scratch built from 3-view drawings (no construction plans). The Devastator has a 100-inch wingspan and about 75 inches in length. The retracts were originally from SpringAir but have been converted to electric drive from Down and Locked. The model has traditional all-wood construction and a glassed finish and P.J. is planning to tota

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Shizuoka Hobby Show Cancelled

The sh*zuoka Hobby show event (scheduled from May 16 to 17) has been cancelled this year. This due to Japanese government new regulations for big meetings and conventions in order to reduce the Coronavirus impact in the area. Exhibits from countless famed Japanese hobby manufacturers were planned to be on show at this event. The post sh*zuoka Hobby Show Cancelled appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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AMA Air – Season 6 Episode 5 – March 1st, 2020

In the fifth episode of season 6, Matt and Claire discuss what members can expect now that the NPRM Comment Period is almost over. Learn what the AMA will be doing in the meantime and when you can expect to hear results about the comment period. LINKS from the episode: Become a member! – http://www.modelaircraft.org/join The AMA Podcast – http://www.modelaircraft.org/podcast 2020 Nats information – modelaircraft.org/nats AMA Government Advocacy- http://www.modelaircraft.org/gov  I Fly A

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Tips for Painting Micro Pilot Figures

For the Flyzone Micro Albatros and the micro Fokker Dr.I Triplane, there’s a little white styrofoam, super lightweight pilot b*st included in the box. But few RC modelers add this little guy because it requires some painting to make him look like a WW1 aviator instead of a snowman! Here’s some tips to make the job quick and easy! A little bit of effort really brings these micro RC WW1 warbirds to life! Here’s what you need: Some foam safe paint, fine tipped brushes, a bit of water, a paper pla

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World’s Largest RC Boeing 787

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the coolest aircraft headed to Top Gun 2020. Henry Castellanos from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Henry be flying in the Team Scale class with builder Alberto Enriquez’s impressive Boeing 787 jet liner. Built from an AeroModeler kit, the jet liner (the only turbine powered 787 in the world), has a 147.56 inch wingspan, weighs 76 pounds and is powered by twin JetCentral Lynx 130 turbine engines. The jet liner is also equipped with a PowerBox Core radio system PowerBox Co

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DIY Fiberglass Engine Cowl Part 1.

As my current scale building project continues, I am now starting to build the Nieuport 24’s engine cowling. I barrowed my good friend John Tanzer’s technique of apply glass cloth to a foam plug and then pulling a nylon stocking over it to hold the cloth tight against the plug. The resin will then be applied and allowed to flow into the cloth. I got most of my materials from Home Depot. The fiberglass shown here is labeled heavy duty, but I would guess it is 2oz. cloth. I made a test of three l

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MODEL AIRPLANE NEWS CALL TO ACTION!

As many of you may know, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a new set of rules that will greatly impact the hobby we all love. The FAA’s recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making for Remote Identification will affect where we can fly RC, how we can fly RC, how RC aircraft will be produced, and a myriad of other implications that have the potential of negatively impacting our hobby. The deadline is fast approaching and we have only until March 2nd to let the FAA know our concer

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Colossal TWA Super Connie Airliner

Rarely seen in RC form, this amazing 1/6-scale RC Lockheed Super Constellation Airliner is wearing the colors of the TWA “Star of America”. Owned and built by Keith Mitchell, this four-engine behemoth took 5 years build including design and construction. Its initial flights were taken under the Large Model Association regulations (CAA approved ) for model aircraft weighing more than 176.3 pounds. It underwent 12 test flights for combined flight time of more than 2 hours to get it is now LMA\

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Red Bull RC Aerobatic Team

The Red Bull RC Aerobatic Team performs a great show at the Lodrino Air Meet in Switzerland, flying their 106-inch-span Pitts Model-12 “Beast” biplanes. Each of the multi-wing aerobats is powered by a 3W 220cc four-cylinder engine. Thanks to Horst Zeller from RC Scale Airplanes for taking and posting this great video. The post Red Bull RC Aerobatic Team appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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AMA Air – Season 6 Episode 4 – February 15th, 2020

In the fourth episode of season 6, Matt and Claire talk about Top Gear’s James May’s ties to model aviation, a couple of stand-out youth members who have been active in the I Fly AMA Facebook group, and how you can participate in the Nats compet*tion for free! #IFLYAMA LINKS: James May’s Toy Stories – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y19b0… Become a member! – http://www.modelaircraft.org/join The AMA Podcast – http://www.modelaircraft.org/podcast AMA Government Advocacy – http://www.modelair

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Last Flight of my Triplane

Here’s a video of editor Gerry Yarrish’s 1/4-scale Fokker Dr. I Triplane on its last flight. Gerry had setup a remote video camera in the c*ckpit so he could film a dogfight between him and his flying buddy Sal Calvagna. The flight took place at the Central Connecticut Big Biplane Bash 11 years ago. In the video you can just see Sal’s aircraft just before Gerry’s Triplane heads for the ground. Built from a Balsa USA kit, Gerry’s triplane was powered by a Zenoah G-26. And up until this last fl

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