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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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Pick your power: electric, gas or glow!

There’s an old saying that suggests, “If in doubt, add power!” And we have to admit, there are some Model Airplane News editors who do believe there’s just no substitute for horsepower. But when it comes to selecting which kind of power system to use, many RC modelers can use a little help. Model Airplane News has published many articles on various power systems, and so we thought we’d round up some of the setup and operation tips and techniques used for gasoline, glow, and electric power system

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Pick your power: electric, gas or glow!

There’s an old saying that suggests, “If in doubt, add power!” And we have to admit, there are some Model Airplane News editors who do believe there’s just no substitute for horsepower. But when it comes to selecting which kind of power system to use, many RC modelers can use a little help. Model Airplane News has published many articles on various power systems, and so we thought we’d round up some of the setup and operation tips and techniques used for gasoline, glow, and electric power system

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2020 EJets International

It’s getting to be that time again! If you are an electric jet pilot and want to attend an amazing event! Look not further. The same club that helps host the Top Gun Scale Invitation, is putting together a great all electric jet event you simply can not miss!   Mark your calanders! For more information, CLICK HERE   The post 2020 EJets International appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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RC Aerobatics: Pro tips to a perfect 4-point roll!

The four-point roll (hesitation roll) is a horizontal roll with a brief hesitation at 90, 180 and 270 degrees. Before you attempt this maneuver, I recommend that you perfect the standard aileron roll by using down-elevator when the plane is inverted. You should be able to do a roll without any altitude loss or heading deviation. It will also help if you can fly knife-edge in both directions. The roll rate is the same as that of a standard aileron roll. The roll should take roughly five seconds

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Alibre Atom3D – Easy 3D Modeling

I have been using 2D CAD programs for more than 20 years and I have always wanted to take the next step to using a 3D CAD program. I have tried some in the past but the learning curve always got in the way and I never really mastered their use. What’s needed is an easy to use program that you can jump into and not get discouraged with. Enter Alibre Atom3D. (Above) This JR servo was modeled with Atom3D. Alibre Atom3D is a 3D CAD program designed to make concept and production modeling for you

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Alibre Atom3D – Easy 3D Modeling

I have been using 2D CAD programs for more than 20 years and I have always wanted to take the next step to using a 3D CAD program. I have tried some in the past but the learning curve always got in the way and I never really mastered their use. What’s needed is an easy to use program that you can jump into and not get discouraged with. Enter Alibre Atom3D. (Above) This JR servo was modeled with Atom3D. Alibre Atom3D is a 3D CAD program designed to make concept and production modeling for you

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Alibre Atom3D – Easy 3D Modeling

I have been using 2D CAD programs for more than 20 years and I have always wanted to take the next step to using a 3D CAD program. I have tried some in the past but the learning curve always got in the way and I never really mastered their use. What’s needed is an easy to use program that you can jump into and not get discouraged with. Enter Alibre Atom3D. (Above) This JR servo was modeled with Atom3D. Alibre Atom3D is a 3D CAD program designed to make concept and production modeling for you

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Stop the Vibration!

RC Prop Balancing Made Easy I have been often asked, “Do I need to balance my prop?” and the quick answer is always “Yes!” A properly balanced prop will give you more rpm from gas, glow and electric engines. A balanced prop will reduce the wear and tear on your aircraft by greatly reducing vibration, which leads to reducing premature failure to all the components and thereby giving your aircraft a longer life. You need to do it on every prop, every single one. There are several types of balance

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AMA Expo West to Kick Off National Drone Safety Awareness Week

POMONA, Calif. – The 2019 Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Expo West will take place at the Fairplex Exposition Complex in Pomona, California, on November 1-3. The event will kick off the inaugural National Drone Safety Awareness Week, a national campaign to educate the public about drone safety led by the Federal Aviation Administration. AMA clubs across the country will be participating in Safety Awareness Week by hosting events and discussing safety with their communities. AMA Expo West wi

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VQ Warbirds at Bomber Field

East Coast and West Coast VQ B-24 Pilots meet at Bomber Field in Monaville Texas for the 31st Annual B-17 Gathering & Big Bird Fly In! Mark Glanville of California and Mike Bost of NC flew several sorties together with their VQ Warbirds 110-inch B-24 Liberators and they looked amazing in flight. (Above) Mark Glanville added custom 90th Bomber Group Jolly Roger markings to his VQ B-24 as a tribute to his uncle, Paul Glanville, his crew and all the men of the 90th BG. At 25 years old, Ca

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Historical Accuracy — Scale Planes & Correct Insignia

One of the things we like best about MAN readers is that they’re sticklers for accuracy: if we publish a photo of a plane that has incorrect markings, the letters pour in! A few years back, a reviewer followed the box art and placed the stars and bars insignia upside-down and reversed the upper and lower wing markings, and the poor guy is still hearing about his “crime”. Lately, it seems ARFs often come with inaccurate insignia already attached, and that’s a shame–especially when it’s a nice-loo

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Historical Artwork Cover

For many years, Model Airplane News used amazing artwork produced by Jo Katula on the magazine’s covers. Katula was a historical aviation expert as well as a draftsman and a very talented artist using various mediums. One of our most popular was a Douglas SBD Dive Bomber, that Jo painted using a famous wartime photograph taken in the South Pacific during WW II. The cover was used on the October 1959 issue of MAN. Here’s some photos of the artwork, cover and photograph. The black and white pho

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AT-6 Texan Formation Flight

This past weekend, editor Gerry Yarrish flew backseat in Nick Ziroli Jr.’s beautiful AT-6 Texan during formation flight training. Based at the American Airpower Museum at the Republic Airport in Farmingdale, the flight was flown over the Long Island Sound. Nick flew with Craig Sampson during the training. Nick Gets Gerry all tucked into the backseat. There is a certain way you get into a Texan, and it takes some time. Nick puts on his flotation ring . Since the flight would be over Long Is

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Friday Fractured Flyers!

Here’s a fun way to end the work week! We found several great RC airplane crash videos from a fun loving club who’s not afraid to show the darker side of our hobby. We all know watching airplanes losing the aerodynamic argument with gravity is painful, unless of course it’s someone else’s airplane doing the ground penetr*tion t*sting. Watch this light-hearted video and see if you agree with us, that the guy trying to fly his Mustang in the corn field has a lot of the Right Stuff! Thanks go to

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Friday Fractured Flyers!

Here’s a fun way to end the work week! We found several great RC airplane crash videos from a fun loving club who’s not afraid to show the darker side of our hobby. We all know watching airplanes losing the aerodynamic argument with gravity is painful, unless of course it’s someone else’s airplane doing the ground penetr*tion t*sting. Watch this light-hearted video and see if you agree with us, that the guy trying to fly his Mustang in the corn field has a lot of the Right Stuff! Thanks go to

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Turboprop Thursday! Jeff Holsinger’s Turbine Model-12 Pitts

I think if you are going to invest in a turbo-prop aircraft, it should be a biplane! Well, that what Jeff Holsinger must think also. Here’s his beautiful Turbine turbo prop powered model-12 Pitts and did it have some awesome performmance. Wow! The post Turboprop Thursday! Jeff Holsinger’s Turbine Model-12 Pitts appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

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Secrets for How To Fly Scale

Model Airplane News has devoted many articles and columns to the improving of static scores in scale compet*tion. This score however, only represents 50 percent of your total, and taking the time to improve your model’s doc*mentation material between events can definitely help you maximize overall score. But for this article, let’s talk about improving your flight scores and how to help both the pilot and the flight judges do their jobs correctly. When you fly your model at a scale event, you w

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LAND NOW! 9-11, A Date Worth Remembering

We at Flight Journal consider it to be an honor to present stories of those who were directly involved in the events of 9/11 as pilots or flight crew. This is yet another view of the event that has shaped our present and our future. “Our plane has been hij*cked. Flight attendant #1 stabbed. Flight attendant #5 stabbed. A business class passenger’s throat has been slashed and he is bleeding severely and may be dead. The captain is not flying the aircraft. Som*thing’s terribly wrong. I see the wa

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Giant Scale Fokker D.VII

Built from the 1/3-scale Balsa USA kit, Mike Gross Sr.’s aircraft has a ready to fly weight of 46 pounds, including the 3 pounds of lead ballast added to the firewall. Its 3W-85xi-CS engine, equipped with a 3W header pipe and canister m*ffler system, easily turns a Xoar 28×8 propeller. Mike’s radio is a Gen 2 Spektrum DX18 transmitter and receiver with Savox SA1231SG and SC0251MG servos. Mike also has aboard three A123 2500mAh LiFe battery packs and switches from NoBS Batteries. The 9.3-inch vin

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WW I RC Jamboree is Here!

It’s almost that time again! This coming weekend September 6 – 8, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will again be the venue for the Mid-Hudson RC Society’s WW I RC Jamboree. This amazing Fun Fly and Mission compet*tion will be drawing modelers from as far away as Canada and Florida, as well as all across the country. If you like World War One aircraft and amazing scale RC airplanes, be sure to stop by the Aerodrome in Rhinebeck New York. At this event there will be lots of Mission flying and the reg

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Casa Grande RC Flyers Winter Season

Expecting the return of the club’s winter membership and the area’s winter guests, the Casa Grande RC Flyers club is preparing for this coming season. Also, to facilitate the hundreds of visitors who attend the club’s many events, the city of Casa Grande installed informational directional signs at the intersections of Trekell and Arica roads and Arica and Isom roads to assist attendees and new members in finding the club’s airfield. The club just finished selecting a fifth charitable org*nizat

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Hangar 9 Tiger 30cc ARF

The new Hangar 9 Tiger 30cc delivers the classic looks and performance of the popular Tiger series in a larger 30cc platform for common gas engines and electric power systems. Taking its cues from the Tigers of old, this sport plane is streamlined with a complete fiberglass cowl requiring no additional work to get ready for the runway. A smart red, white, and blue color scheme highlights the modern sport plane’s looks with nods to its rich past. Bigger than the Tigers of yesterday, it only need

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