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First Flight! DC-3 Masterpiece

Jun 25, 2014 14 Comments

This stunning DC-3 done up in Flugfélag Íslands (Air Iceland) colors is the handiwork of Icelandic modeler Sturla Snorrason. A completely scratch-built project, the model features traditional wood construction and true aluminum parts, like the wing fairings made from aluminum plate. Two RCG 26cc gas engines power the 36-pound DC-3, while Best Pilots figures occupy the cockpit. [...]

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Improve your Reaction Time

Jun 19, 2014 3 Comments

Veteran heli pilot Curtis Youngblood is always happy to share his pointers with other fliers. Here’s his secret to improving his reaction time. “Try to fly the helicopter relative to itself. For example, back cyclic stick movement always makes the canopy move toward the blades (not really, but this is how I think of it). [...]

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Big, Bad, Bomber! 1/3-scale B-25

Jun 19, 2014 3 Comments

Last weekend, spectators and attendees at the Weston Park RC Show in England were treated to an amazing flight of a 326-pound B-25 Mitchell, flown by Roland Sabatschus, one of three brothers who spent more than 5 years building it. The 20-foot-span bomber is powered by two 400cc Moki 4-strokes and controlled by six receivers and [...]

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Turbine-powered EC135

Jun 16, 2014 4 Comments

You have to see this helicopter next to its pilot to believe that it isn’t the real deal! YouTube’s Flynlyons notes, “Most people who see the EC135 are stuck by her beautiful lines and that fenestron tail, however once you see this amazing aircraft in the air you’ll understand why so many RC helicopter pilots [...]

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Fly the Tumble

Jun 12, 2014 No Comments

This 3D maneuver can only be performed by a fully aerobatic-capable RC helicopter.The maneuver is a series of flips, during which the heli slowly travels forward to create the sense of an athlete performing tumbles in a gymnastic routine. This maneuver can be done forward, backward and even in circles. STEPS TO SUCCESS Step 1. [...]

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Making helicopter pushrods: a fast & easy solution!

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

Charlie Hynes has a lot of helicopters, and he found an easier way to assemble pushrods and ball links, using his cordless drill. Check out his how to! A lot of helicopters come with ball links and pushrods that need to be assembled by hand. Here’s how you can use a drill motor instead of pliers [...]

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Super Constellation Flies Again!

Jun 11, 2014 20 Comments

You don’t see large prop-powered commercial aircraft anymore, so this model of the 1950s Super Constellation L-1049C  is a special treat. Max Ulrich built the all-wood plane from enlarged Don Smith plans and in this video is flying it at the Oldtimer Meeting in Switzerland. It’s powered by four 4-strokes. Thanks to RCHeliJet for posting this to YouTube.

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Engine out? Better know how to do an auto!

Jun 10, 2014 No Comments

Every helicopter pilot should be proficient in performing autorotations to cope with engine or motor failure. They are demanding and should be practiced periodically. The model should have sufficient pitch range before you attempt this maneuver. A steady breeze of about 10mph will make initial attempts easier. The engine should be running at a fast [...]

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