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Mini Mustang: Is it scale?

Jul 29, 2015 14 Comments

This 80% scale Mustang, built in the U.S., puts on a show at the Willis Warbirds Fighter Meet in Little Gransden, UK. Love that V8 engine and 4-blade prop! The pilot is eerily lifelike.

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Russian Racer: Yak-11 “Steadfast”

Jul 22, 2015 7 Comments

We love the sound of this 1/3-scale model of the Unlimited Racer as it makes those high-speed passes! Powered by a 400cc Moki, the 110-inch-span model put on a show at the Oldtimer Meet in Frauenfeld, Switzerland earlier this year. No word on the pilot or builder of this beauty, but they sure did a [...]

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Unusual Electric Venom

Jul 16, 2015 5 Comments

John Ranson’s 1/6-scale jet proves that you don’t have to build ‘em big to impress the crowd! With more than 1,000 building hours in it, this gorgeous Venom is from the Mick Reeves plan and has an epoxy glass fuselage. The 21-pound plane is powered by a Schubeler ducted fan on two Thunder Power 6S 6600mAh LiPos. [...]

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Stall & Spin Recovery Tips

Jul 08, 2015 7 Comments

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 [...]

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Super-Size Bipes!

Jul 02, 2015 37 Comments

This pair of impressive biplanes put on quite a show at the North Weald Airfield in Essex last weekend! The 55% Stearman is powered by a Valach 800cc 7-cylinder radial, and the 85% Pitts is powered by a Hirth gas engine turning a 69-inch, 3-blade prop. This must-watch video is an incredible show (although our nerves could [...]

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Really BIG Bücker Jungmeister

Jun 25, 2015 24 Comments

Who wants to take a ride? Helmut Müller’s 85% scratch-built Bücker looks like it could carry a small person, and it flies well enough that some of us might be willing to take it for a spin! The 17.5-foot-span aircraft weighs in at 286 pounds and is powered by a Hirth 521cc 2-stroke (intended for an ultralight) turning a Fiala 60 x 20 [...]

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An RC Jumbo Jet’s First Flight

Jun 18, 2015 52 Comments

An RC plane’s first flight is usually a nerve-racking experience, but what if you’re flying a 16-foot-span, four-turbine-powered scale airliner? Earlier this month in Oppingen, Germany, Adi Pitz’s 747-400 scale model took off with pilot Rainer Kamitz at the controls. The largest plane Adi has ever built, it has over 2,000 hours of work into it, [...]

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Huge, 14-foot-span Heinkel 111

Jun 11, 2015 13 Comments

Carl Bachhuber is a master when it comes to building really big, nicely detailed, and seldom-modeled RC planes, and his latest is no exception! The third Heinkel he has built in the last 20 year, this one is the biggest 1/5 scale. The 178-inch plane and is powered by two Desert Aircraft 60cc gas engines, and [...]

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