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Master’s Workshop #52: Guillow’s Hellcat RC Conversion Part 3

By Bob Benjamin – bob@rcmodel.com Let’s talk about that different technique of sheet balsa covering an open/stringered model airplane structure to create a better scale representation of a full scale sheet metal aircraft surface. I touched on the subject in my first Guillow’s Series article while describing the two Kit. No. 403 Spitfires you saw there, and I’ve given you plenty of hints earlier in this Hellcat feature, as well. What it comes down to is this. The best combination of improved str

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Tower Hobbies Ryan STA EP ARF

It is hard to beat the look of the aircraft from the golden age. During this time the airplanes were just as much form as they were function. Tower Hobbies is bringing us back to he Golden Age of flight with their new release with the Ryan STA EP ARF. With a 53″ wingspan this plane bridges the gap between parkflyer and giant scale. Anyone can enjoy this model. Using a Rimfire .32 motor and a 3s 3200mah lipo battery the setup is affordable but looks to provide ample power for this scale aerobatic

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Only Human – An Unabashed Recount Of What It Is To Be An Aeromodeler: Part 1

Foreword By Matt Maziarz Main Body and Story By Scott Copeland We’ve all been there, right. You know; sitting at the field or on the bench looking at a model that you poured your blood, seat and tears into … after it’s been swept into a dust bin after a yard sale crash. Perhaps it was a mechanical failure. Perhaps it was an improperly setup radio. Perhaps it was just plain dumb thumbs. Perhaps it was all of the above, but that’s not really the point. What matters is that it happens to all of u

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NEW RELEASE: E-flite Carbon Z Cessna 150 BNF And PNP

Horizon Hobby has been releasing a bunch of cool new scale foam models in the past year or two, but most of them have been of the park flyer or mini size variety. Not this one though! The all new Cessna 150 spans nearly seven feet across the wing and is almost five feet long. Don’t fret if you have a smaller car or vehicle to transport this beautiful beast as it has a two-piece wing that is “plug and play” … that means no fussing with servo leads into the fuse. Also, the nose gear is strut equi

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What’s Your Favorite Model To Fly?

We all have our favorites, right? Some of us might be fond of a model that holds heavy sentimental value, passed down from an earlier generation. Some others might cherish a scale model that’s built-up, having spent hours upon hours detailing and making it as realistic as possible. Perhaps some model pilots will pick an aircraft not unlike one they actually flew while in Civilian or Military service. That’s not what we’re talking about in this instance though. Basically, imagine you’re relegate

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Getting Into Gas Powered Models For The First Time?

If you’re like most of the new generation of RC pilots, you probably got your start with electric powered models propelled by torque monster brushless power plants fed by LiPo cells. That’s definitely not a bad thing, but if you’ve got a hankering for more realism, gas is the way to go. The look, sound and smell of a two stroke gas engine is sure to satisfy that “Scale” need you’ve been hunting for, but how do you go about getting into it without destroying your engine and plane or harming yours

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RC Scholarship for College Students

So, did you ever think that your love for RC could be translated into monetary assistance for your higher education? Of course, we at Fly RC often dreamed of such glorious acts of altruism for our fondness of flying models, but this is now and this is real. RCJugde is offering a $1000 scholarship to the winning essay writer for their first ever contest of this kind. The folks over at RCJudge have been reviewing models for a while now, but being RC enthusiasts themselves, they have also seen the

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Master’s Workshop #51: Guillow’s Hellcat RC Conversion Part 2

By Bob Benjamin – bob@rcmodel.com Last month we ran out of page space with all panels of the wing framed up, ready to be joined at the correct dihedral angles to prepare for a sheet balsa covering job that might be a little different from what you are used to. We finished off with a view of the bottom surface of the center section to serve as an example of the way all ribs, edges, etc. have got to blend together without any bumps or discontinuities that would spoil the final surface. Sanding is

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Tower Hobbies Uproar V2 GP/EP ARF 47.6 Inch

It might look like an old school design, but this Uproar is all about extreme 3D performance, excelling at post-stall flight. This V2 incarnation of the Uproar features design enhancements by Gary Wright, comes complete with Oracover film and the power to weight ratio, whether using glow or electric will offer nearly unlimited vertical performance. Features include a symmetrical wing for neutral flight handling whether upright or inverted, side force generators for extreme knife edge flight and

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Spektrum DX-20 Recall Info

As some of you may have heard by now, Spektrum RC and Horizon Hobby are recalling certain DX-20 transmitters for a problem that “was found not to meet Horizon Hobby’s quality expectations.” While we at Fly RC are not prvy to exactly what the issue is with these transmitters, we would advise all owners of them to check the link below to see if your DX-20 is among those with a PID number designating it recall worthy. Follow the instructions as to how you can get your radio serviced so you can get

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Video: Deluxe Materials Fix N’ Flex: The Flexible Wonder Glue For Foamies

Got an EPP (or other foamie) aircraft that needs to stay flexible after a damaging crash? Already tried certain CA glues, but the joint keeps cracking because it gets too brittle? Check out this cool new glue from the wizards at Deluxe Materials. The Fix N’ Flex works awesome on foam models of all sorts, but really shines with the super flexible stuff such as EPP. It cures in around 2-3 hours per millimeter of adhesive (give or take per the relative humidity and temperature), but is best suited

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RC WORKS Hobby Shop Online Auction, McKinney, TX

Rosen Systems has contacted us to let our readers know of the bankruptcy sale of RC WORKS. The hobby shop will be sold at Online Auction. Bidding Closes Tuesday, April 18. Preview is Monday, April 17, from 9 AM – 3 PM at 4100 S. Lake Forest Dr., Suite 330, McKinney, TX 75070 HUGE INVENTORY OF RADIO CONTROLLED PHONES, CARS, BOATS, DRONES, PARTS, ACCESSORIES & SUPPLIES LISTED AT $100,000 Features Manufacturers such as: FMS * Horizon * Multiplex * BNF * TRAXXAS * Atomik RC * RTF * and More!

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Phoenix Model Westland Lysander 1:4 ¾-Scale 50-61cc/EP ARF

You won’t have any problems attracting attention when you show up at the field with the Phoenix Model 1:4 ¾ Scale Westland Lysander. The wing spans 126” — that’s 10-1/2 feet — and separates into two sections for easier transport. It delivers scale flight with gas or electric power. The pre-fabricated wood airframe, pre-applied film covering and painted fiberglass parts speed up final assembly. Features ?Flies well with a gas engine or brushless electric motor ?Top-notch balsa/ply constructio

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Phoenix Model 1/7 P-51 Mustang .46-.55/EP ARF

Sometimes, legends are made. With the P-51, North American Aviation gave the Greatest Generation the tool it needed to be truly great. Phoenix Model’s radio controlled version is designed with reverent accuracy in mind—and ease for the builder. It’s packed with both scale detail and flying hardware. Retracts, pilot, fuel tank, spinner… all you need is the power system of your choice and the radio gear. Fly the Mustang, feel the glory. Features ?GP/EP compatible ?Pre-covered in high-quality,

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Deluxe Materials Fix ‘n’ Flex Adhesive

Don’t throw away that broken wing just yet. Deluxe Materials has released Fix “n” Flex, a clear, tough, resilient, gap-filling adhesive. It bonds foam, plastic and metal. This adhesive produces flexible bonds in ways that other glues cannot. Fix ‘n’ Flex is a 1 part, clear, air drying, flexible adhesive with gap filling properties. It has exceptional surface grip and is safe to use, curing at 1-2 mm /hour. Joints that are both waterproof & heatproof. It is especially effective where joints

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Master’s Workshop #50: Guillow’s Hellcat RC Conversion

In the last print issue of Fly RC (April 2017), we got to talk about the Paul K. Guillow Company, examining what they have done as part of the history of American aeromodelling and what they have to offer you today if you are interested in building model airplanes using balsa and various other materials that work well with it. Building model airplanes is what Master’s Workshop has been about since the beginning and that’s the way it’s going to remain. I have chosen to concentrate on Guillow’s ki

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RC Kits: The Great Planes Ultra Sport 60 … Building The Turtle Deck

By Gary A. Ritchie In this column we will build the turtledeck – the portion of the upper fuselage that lies behind the cockpit. That will set the stage for designing and building a removable battery hatch that contains the canopy. After the glue dried on the turtledeck formers, the ¼” balsa stringers were positioned in the notches at the upper corners of the former, glued into place with Deluxe Speed Bond and clamped to dry.Ignore the section in the instruction manual called “Fit Fuel Tank an

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Quadcopter (Drone) Common Sense Flying

You often hear on the news or seeing a video on youtube about someone doing something unsafe with a quadcopter (note, I say quadcopter instead of drone, all radio controlled aircraft are drones regardless of the amount of props or whether it is fixed wing). Anyone can fly a quad safely if they follow the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), AMA (Acadamy of Model Aeronautics) and some common sense guidelines. I would like to share some of the guidelines with some no so safe videos. Wh

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E-flite Sukhoi 29mm Flight Review and Video

Pilot Josh Bernstein says: For beginning to intermediate pilots, the SU29mm 1.1 provides a wide flight envelope encompassing excellent sport and traditional aerobatic mannerisms. The plane is capable of many of the more popular 3D maneuvers, though it would be a stretch to call it a “3D trainer.” Like many 3D aerobatic planes of its size, low-n-slow post-stall (hovers, harriers) should probably be left to pilots towards the advanced end of the spectrum, as some wing-rock was noticeable. However,

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Joe Nall 2016 revisited

JUST PLANE FUN! By Andrew Griffith The new 30cc Edge V3 prototype from Red Wing RC made its public debut on the 3D flightline. Each year, in the middle of May, a migration of cars and trucks, campers and airplane trailers and RC modelers and their families from everywhere start their trek to the sleepy town of Woodruff, South Carolina. Such is the popularity of Joe Nall Week at the Triple Tree Aerodrome that people get in line just so they can get in line. This year was no different as people

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Fan Fold Foam Stand- Off Scale P-38

YIPPEE! By Glenn Smith Jr, Bentprop Hobby Shop, ggsmithjr@gmail.com SPECS MODEL TYPE: Fan Fold Foam SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate WING SPAN: 54 in. (1372mm) LENGTH: 48 in. (1219mm) WEIGHT: 2 lbs. 15 oz (1332g) AUW MOTORS: (2) AX 2850Q 750Kv PROPS: (2) 3-blade FMS 9×6 counter rotation ESC: (2) Turnigy AE-30 Brushless BEC BATTERY: Turnigy 4S 2200mAh RADIO SYSTEM: HobbyKing HK – T6A 2.4Ghz transmitter and receiver SERVOS: (5) HXT 500 9-gram micro FLIGHT TIMES: 5 to 6 minutes with th

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Warbirds Over the Rockies

AN EPIC GATHERING! Story And Photos By Sean Curry A nice action shot of Brian O’Meara’s new F-104. Ali Machinchy had the honor of piloting the model on its maiden flights before handing the sticks over to Brian.Arguably the most picturesque Warbird Rally in the country, Warbirds Over The Rockies (WOTR) 2016 has been another epic adventure. Set in Arvada, Colorado, the event has the beautiful backdrop of the Flatiron rock formations with Boulder and the Rocky Mountains just beyond them. I alway

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Watts Over Owatonna

An electric event in more ways than one! By Glenn Mitchell Photos By Carla Mills & Glenn Mitchell I had been thinking of attending WATTS for a few years and everything lined up nicely this year so off to Minnesota I went. I only fly electric aircraft, so this was an event that was perfect for me. It runs from Thursday to Saturday, with open flying on the Sunday if you’re still there. The location is Karen’s Field, just south of Owatonna and home of the South Minnesota Model Aircraft Club (

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