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Mastering the Rolling Loop

Kick up your aerobatic performance with this deceivingly-easy-looking maneuver, the Rolling Loop. A challenging maneuver, the pilot, needs to utilize all the control inputs while performing it smoothly. A basic loop can also be described as a 360-degree circle. When you perform a loop with one integrated roll, you need to match the quadrant points. For example, you must have 1/4 of the roll complete by the time you are at the 90-degree point of your loop (see diagram). You will then need to have

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Warbird Retracts Installation

With the wing finally assembled and joined to the fuselage, we can get to the best part of heavy metal warbirds —  installing the landing gear. For the 85 inch Skyraider we started the planning early for the retracts installation. With most ARF warbirds, the wing and the attachment points for the recommended retracts will already be worked out, but with all plans built airplanes, you got to make sure things are going to fit. Earlier in the build-along we covered the part where were actually used

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Throwback Thursday: RC WW1 Scout!

When it comes to WW I events and biplanes, one popular design remains the British R.A.F. SE 5a. Here are some older pix of some popular MAN plans built airplanes. This collection of popular RC biplanes comes from our own, Rich Uravitch who was very much involved with the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s WW I RC Jamboree and mission events back in its hay day. A member of the original Dawn Patrol troop, Rich designed and built several WW1 sport scale flyers including this great flying SE5a. Published

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Horizon Hobby RC Flight School

AMA has partnered with Horizon Hobby to offer an RC pilot training program for those new to the hobby. The Horizon Hobby RC Flight School has a team of coaches across the country who have volunteered to help teach the fundamentals of flight. Anyone who wants to learn how to fly and has an eligible model can register to attend one of the classes. RC experience is not required. The free classes will take place at AMA clubs and will be taught by qualified instructors. New pilots will learn how to

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Thunderbolt Tuesday

Our good friend Eduardo Esteves back in 2011 shows off his amazing P-47 Razorback. Eduardo’s CARF-Models P-47 was built at Frank Tiano’s shop by Denny DeWesse with the help of Octo de Paula developing the very first functional engine cowl fl*ps and scale exhaust. Landing gear were supplied by Scale Sierra and a complete c*ckpit interior by Propag from East Europe. Powered by a MOKI 250cc radial engine, it was originally equipped with a Xoar 2-blade 32X18 prop, which was then replaced with a S

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WW I Award Winner: Brian Perkins’ Bristol Scout

Close up or on the wing, Brian’s Bristol Scout is an amazing scale masterpiece There were so many great models and talented RC builders and pilots at the Annual WW1 RC Jamboree, it was impossible to check out all of them at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. One excellent flyer there was Brian Perkins from Kingston, Ontario Canada with his 35% scale Bristol Scout. Brian scratch built his Model-D and it is a true masterpiece. Brian always flies up a storm during the Jamboree and he has won many awar

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AMA and EAA Young Eagles Build and Fly

For many of today’s experienced modelers, their early years of aeromodeling included building. Aircraft did not come out of the box ready to fly, and there was no such thing as a foamie. Building aircraft taught them how to use tools, which glues worked best, and how to cover their models. Now a new generation will be introduced to the world of building, thanks to a partnership between AMA and the EAA. The new Young Eagles Build and Fly program will introduce youth to aircraft construction and

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Shock-Absorbing Landing Gear

I have always admired early aircraft, especially those flown during WW I. The evolution of aircraft from 1914 to 1918 is simply amazing. I have built and flown several WW I airplanes built from Balsa USA kits. Well designed, they fly great but sometimes my landings can be less than perfect. I wanted to design a way to increase the shock-absorbing capability of the kit landing gear. What I came up with not only reduces stress on the airframe, but can also be fabricated without having to solder

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Tremendous P-47 Thunderbolt

Powered by a DLE 170cc flat twin cylinder gas engine, this amazing ¼-scale P-47 Thunderbolt weighs in at 86 pounds and has a wingspan of 132 inches. The Thunderbolt was custom built by Nigel`i Ansen using enlarged Meister Scale plans and uses Futaba radio gear and servos. Nigel`i also custom painted the Thunderbolt for the owner John Mason of TJD Models UK. The custom retracts were manufactured by Kingfisher Aviation. John is part of the TJD Display Team and he really stole the show at the He

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Tremendous P-47 Thunderbolt

Powered by a DLE 170cc flat twin cylinder gas engine, this amazing ¼-scale P-47 Thunderbolt weighs in at 86 pounds and has a wingspan of 132 inches. The Thunderbolt was custom built by Nigel`i Ansen using enlarged Meister Scale plans and uses Futaba radio gear and servos. Nigel`i also custom painted the Thunderbolt for the owner John Mason of TJD Models UK. The custom retracts were manufactured by Kingfisher Aviation. John is part of the TJD Display Team and he really stole the show at the He

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Flying Like Iron Man

We’ll bet most of us have dreamed of flying like, but how many have what it takes to actually take off? Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, is a pioneer in manned flight and in this video he’s flying in his exoskeleton suit powered by four JetCat P220 and one JetCat P550 jet turbine engines in Müllheim Germany. We thank Markus Nussbaumer for taking this incredible video and sharing it! The post Flying Like Iron Man appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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Flying Like Iron Man

We’ll bet most of us have dreamed of flying like, but how many have what it takes to actually take off? Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, is a pioneer in manned flight and in this video he’s flying in his exoskeleton suit powered by four JetCat P220 and one JetCat P550 jet turbine engines in Müllheim Germany. We thank Markus Nussbaumer for taking this incredible video and sharing it! The post Flying Like Iron Man appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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Peter Goldsmith Designs 1/3-Scale L-19

Just in time for your winter building project, this Bird Dog kit is just the ticket for all your club tow plane needs! The finished model has a 143-inch wingspan and is intended to use a DA 150 engine spinning a Falcon 30×12 prop. It weighs in at 47.2 pounds. The kit costs $1,300. For more info, click here. 6ch  9 servos Recommended receiver: SPMAR12310 Recommended Gyro Spektrum AS3000 Servos Spektrum 6320’s Recommended Batteries: Spektrum Li-Po Smart batteries 2 x 5000 Spektrum 4000mah Lif

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12 Aerobatic Setup Secrets

Once you master basic RC flight and start progressing to bigger, faster and more maneuverable airplanes, aerobatics start to enter your aviation mindset. Sure, anyone can pull back on the stick to perform a loop, but what’s really needed to become a skilled pilot is understanding how to execute maneuvers properly and how to fly them smoothly. Here are some flight and setup tips to make your learning curve less steep and more enjoyable. No one is born an expert, but it doesn’t take long to start

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12 Aerobatic Setup Secrets

Once you master basic RC flight and start progressing to bigger, faster and more maneuverable airplanes, aerobatics start to enter your aviation mindset. Sure, anyone can pull back on the stick to perform a loop, but what’s really needed to become a skilled pilot is understanding how to execute maneuvers properly and how to fly them smoothly. Here are some flight and setup tips to make your learning curve less steep and more enjoyable. No one is born an expert, but it doesn’t take long to start

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Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Although Veterans Day has the stated purpose of remembering the vets and those in uniform, in reality it means different things to different people. For some it is the half-off sales that surround us. For me, it reminds me of one of those could-of-should-ofs that will always haunt me: I never served in the armed forces. Like so many others, some part of me is sorry that I didn’t. However, another part of me is deeply ashamed because somewhere in a far corner of my mind, I’m just a little glad th

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The Lomcevak: The Classic RC Manuver

As aerobatic RC pilots develop their skills, it’s natural to try different control inputs while flying. And quite often new aerobatic maneuvers are discovered by pushing the envelope. The classic ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership! The post The Lomcevak: The Classic RC Manuver appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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E-flite Su-30 Twin 70mm

This Russian Falcons jet will certainly turn heads at the flying field! Here are the details from Horizon Hobby: The E-flite Su-30 Twin 70mm EDF is an impressively large scale replica of the multirole fighter that delivers incredible performance combined with Extra Scale details and functional features to offer a truly incomparable flying experience! The E-flite® Su-30 Twin 70mm EDF jet replicates the seldom-modeled Sukhoi fighter with power, maneuverability, and Extra Scale details that all c

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E-flite F-18 Hornet 80mm EDF BNF Basic / PNP   

Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop, the F/A-18 Hornet is used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as both a fighter and an attack platform. Air forces of several other nations fly the F-18 as well. This replica has been modeled after the F/A-18D two-seat variant, operated primarily by the U.S. Marine Corps in night attack and Forward Air Controller (Airborne) [FAC(A)] roles. The trim and color scheme are taken from the U.S. Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 – the

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Monster Bronco’s First Flight

Talk about first-flight jitters! Watch as Jörg Albrecht takes his slightly smaller than half-scale OV-10 Bronco out for its first flight and technical inspection.The 192-inch-span, built-up model weighs 210 pounds and is powered by two JetCat SPT 10 Turboprop turbines. Jörg designed the plane as well as its gears and brakes. Special thanks to Matthias Kerstan for making the video and to RCScaleAirplanes for posting it. The post Monster Bronco’s First Flight appeared first on Model Airplan

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Spektrum iX20 Smart Transmitter

For the pilot who wants the best of everything, there’s a new Spektrum radio! Here’s the scoop from Horizon: The Spektrum iX20 Smart transmitter integrates the power of touch and voice interface capabilities with broad connectivity for control that goes beyond the luxury of its smooth hall-effect gimbals and the feel of a perfectly balanced ergonomic platform. The Spektrum iX20 smart radio is our most powerful, feature-packed 20-channel air transmitter to date and host to a wide array of innov

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Arrows RC Bigfoot

When it comes to flying off rough sod runways, nothing beats the ground handling of a bish plane with big, fat tundra tires. The new 1300mm Bigfoot from Arrows RC is a great example of a “fly out of anywhere” RC sport plane. Resembling a Cessna 150 with a Texas Taildragger modification, this ARF is molded from EPO foam for great durability and light weight. All you have to include is a receiver and transmitter, and a flight battery pack. We text flew our Bigfoot using a Spektrum DX9 and an AR

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Spectacular Spitfire

¼-scale Battle of Britain Superstar George Shone stunned the crowds at the Woodspring Wings Show in Bristol UK, with his Flying Legends ¼-scale Supermarine Spitfire. Modeled from one of the Spitfires for the 601 Fighter Squadron, George’s amazing warbird has a 110.24 inch wingspan, is powered by an Evolution 80cc gas engine turning a 26×10 carbon fiber propeller and weighs 48.5 pounds. The Spitfire is equipped with two Futaba receivers controlling futaba servos. It is equipped with Unitracts re

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