Winning Wildcat

Feb 04, 2016 10 Comments by

This 1/4-scale model of a Grumman Wildcat F4F is the handiwork of Nigel I’anson, who built it from a Modell Einer kit. The 50-pound fighter has a wingspan of 114 inches and is powered by a 250cc Moki five-cylinder radial engine spinning a 32×18 three-blade prop. Its unique landing gear is retracted by an air [...]

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Charging Multiple Packs

Feb 03, 2016 8 Comments by

Lithium-polymer cells have revolutionized electric flight, but as any e-flier knows, LiPo charging and maintenance can be time consuming. For optimum service life, LiPos should be stored around 3.8 volts per cell, which creates a bottleneck for spur-of-the-moment flying, and recharging batteries at the field can be a chore when you’d rather be in the [...]

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Stall Recovery 101

Feb 02, 2016 5 Comments by

One of the hardest things to learn when you see a stall starting on a straight-ahead landing is that you should push on the elevator stick. This is difficult because all your instincts tell you to pull up! But to save the plane, you need a lower angle of attack, and you can get that [...]

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How To Make a Scale Prop

Feb 01, 2016 8 Comments by

The propeller plays a significant role in the realistic appearance of a scale model aircraft, especially if it’s laminated wood.  With a little effort, you can capture the effect of wood laminations by using any ordinary wood prop.  First, refer to a 3-view drawing and scale-up the prop to the right size for your model. Note: [...]

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The Premiere FPV Drone Racing League!

Jan 28, 2016 5 Comments by

Race Drones is now the hottest thing in the world of FPV quadcopter flying. After many street level match ups the sport has matured and the new Drone Racing League is taking the excitement to the next level. But this is not your local brew of RC bashers. The sport has grown up. Get ready for [...]

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A-Class Alpha Jet

Jan 28, 2016 4 Comments by

Done up in the colors of the Patrouille Acrobatique de France (the French Acrobatic Patrol, the precision aerobatic team of the French Air Force), this 6-foot-span Alpha Jet is a miniature version of the full size, from its detailed cockpit to its incredible scale landing gear. In this video, pilot Stéphan Laurens flies the model for [...]

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Amazing Hand-made Walnut RC Field Box

Jan 26, 2016 4 Comments

Michael Brent of Pilot-Portraits is a perfectionist and when he wanted a long lasting and beautiful field box, he went to his friend Nathaniel Brewster who admittedly has an addiction to hand-tool woodworking. All of his projects are constructed almost entirely by hand, from preparing the rough stock to finishing the final product, (though he does admit to [...]

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Top Gun Free Flight Projects

Jan 22, 2016 11 Comments

As we mentioned a little while ago, the 2016 Top Gun event in Lakeland, FL will be including a serious free flight rubber power airplane class. Of course these lightweight stick and tissue airplanes will have to be scale and the competition is open to all event participants. There are some basic rules but Frank [...]

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