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Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Eleven score and 20 years ago, our great, great, great, great, great, great. great grandfathers put their butts on the line to create a new nation and, to follow Abe’s words more precisely, the new nation was “…conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Although he was dedicating the […]
Super-size Special Ops Heli

Super-size Special Ops Heli

You’ve got to see the detail on this electric-powered model of the Sikorsky CH-53 Pave Low helicopter to believe it! Built and flown by Reto Marbach, this aircraft is powered by a Pyro 850 Kontronik motor and 200-amp speed Cosmik high-voltage speed control. It weighs in at 37.5 pounds and flies like a dream. Thanks to RCHeliJet for sharing this […]
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Build a Nick Ziroli Plans’ Zero — Giant Scale Warbird performance at its best!

Build a Nick Ziroli Plans’ Zero — Giant Scale Warbird performance at its best!

The popularity of giant scale WW2 RC warbirds is basically off the charts, and everyone views them as the top of the “Wow Factor” ladder. And when it comes to building and flying great performing giant scale warbirds, none come close to the well proven designs drawn and test flown by Nick Ziroli, (ziroligiantscaleplans.com) the […]
Stall & Spin Recovery Tips

Stall & Spin Recovery Tips

The stall, or more accurately the inadvertent stall, has probably caused more RC planes to crash than any other cause. The safety of your airplane depends on your knowledge of its slow-speed handling and stall characteristics. To minimize the number of crashes due to stalls, the pilot must understand the principles of what makes a […]
Hitec Vektor 280 Multirotor

Hitec Vektor 280 Multirotor

Check out this cool little racer from Hitec: Our swift and fearless Vektor 280 is a high performance FPV racer built with a compact, integrated circuit board system for reduced weight and a sturdy, resilient carbon fiber frame for durable flight. Completely assembled for your convenience, this speedy flier only requires a 5-channel transmitter, a 5.8GHz […]
Smoke Systems Explained–How to be an RC Skywriter!

Smoke Systems Explained–How to be an RC Skywriter!

If you have ever been to an RC airshow, then you’ve seen aerobatic airplanes using smoke during their flight routines. When used properly, smoke systems can add a great deal to your flight presentation. The uniqueness it gives to specific segments of your flight routine will increase their appeal and pizzazz to both the spectators […]
Life-Like Pilot Painting — Scale Flying Helmet and Goggles Detailing

Life-Like Pilot Painting — Scale Flying Helmet and Goggles Detailing

I put a huge amount of detail in the helmets of my Best Pilots pilot figures because its the topmost thing that’s viewed when your pilot is sitting in the cockpit. Most flight helmets are leather and that’s what’s shown in the December 2011 issue of MAN. The following technique works like magic in replicating […]
Flight of the Pterodactyl

Flight of the Pterodactyl

And now for something completely different: a 4-foot-span “scale” Pterodactyl ornithopter. Powered by a 3-cell, 1300mAh LiPo, the dinosaur’s webbed feet act as rudders. The pilot notes, “When you stop her flapping her wings, she flies like a brick.” We dare you to watch this video without cracking a smile!  Happy Friday, and our thanks to […]
Spicing up the Loop with Two Quarter Rolls

Spicing up the Loop with Two Quarter Rolls

Over the past several years, precision indoor RC aerobatics has become extremely popular. My first indoor competition was at the Electric Tournament of Champions (ETOC) at the Toledo show. Pilots performed routines choreographed to music, which is often referred to as aerobatic freestyle. In 2006, in addition to the indoor RC freestyle, U.S. pilots began […]
Keep it cool: 10 steps to control air flow

Keep it cool: 10 steps to control air flow

When working with an internal combustion engine, we always have to deal with the heat that is created by this process. In many cases, the opening in the cowl will allow enough air to flow over the engine to maintain a cool temperature. But when performing extended 3D maneuvers, we have only the air produced by […]
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