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RCX: It’s back and better than ever!

Jan 22, 2014 No Comments

The ultimate Radio Control Expo is back, and this year it’s headed to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California! Held the weekend of May 17th and 18th, RCX features the latest helicopters, multi-rotors and gear along with RC planes, trucks, robots and more! This year’s attractions include outdoor and indoor fly zones, drift [...]

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Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie

Jan 15, 2014 26 Comments

When Ralph Kayser saw the science fiction movie “Avatar,” he knew he had to try and build one of the high-tech aircraft that were featured in it. The result is this 33-inch-long Samson, which features Ralph homemade molded part and RC helicopter equipment. Ralph powers it with two Dymond AL 3530 motors on a 3S 2100mAh LiPo for 4-minute [...]

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It’s a truck … it’s an octocopter … it’s the Black Knight Transformer!

Jan 14, 2014 1 Comment

Yes, this real, and yes, it has flown (using four of its eight motors). Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California, has created this rolling, flying VTOL aircraft capable of unmanned, autonomous operations. They call it, “The world’s first roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that’s capable of landing close to where it’s needed, then driving the [...]

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60% Bucker Jungmeister

Jan 08, 2014 20 Comments

Wolfgang Rossegger’s 60% scale “Liesel Bach” is a scratch-built project that’s powered by a Moki 400cc engine. The 13-foot-span model weighs around 138 pounds.  This great video combines a picture perfect flight with footage taken from the plane’s wing; thanks to RCGiantScalePlanes for posting this on YouTube. You may notice a “knocking” sound from the engine at [...]

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AirMule: Flying Tank of the Future?

Jan 01, 2014 4 Comments

We’ve never seen an air vehicle that looks like this! Reminiscent of something from the Batman movies, AirMule is the creation of Israel’s Tactical Robotics Inc., and it can fly by remote control or using autonomous control. Internal rotor blades allow this unusual aircraft to land in small and uneven areas, so it can evacuate [...]

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Rocky flies again!

Dec 30, 2013 9 Comments

Need a good laugh? Watch what happens when an unsuspecting squirrel gets into the cockpit of an RC plane! Thanks to YouTube’s Hobbywars for producing and posting this nicely done piece, complete with in-air footage of Rocky in flight.                            

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Doctor Who’s “TARDIS” takes flight

Dec 18, 2013 3 Comments

Check out this life-size Doctor Who flying TARDIS, build, flown and filmed by Flyonix.com to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. (A Tardis is a ”Time and Relative Dimension In Space” time machine and spacecraft piloted by the show’s hero.) Videotaped on its maiden, transition to forward flight is interesting to say the least, but this creative flyer gets two [...]

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Georgia Model Aviators featured on PBS

Dec 18, 2013 5 Comments

This must-watch video about the Georgia Model Aviators includes Model Airplane News contributors Jerry Smith and Pedro Sanchez! Atlanta’s PBS station, PBA30,  did a wonderful job  of showcasing what RC airplanes are all about, from ARFs to scale scratch-building, flying and even new technology like multi-rotors, First Person View and flight simulators. The club members were [...]

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