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Top 10 Heavy-Metal Warbirds

Nov 16, 2014 14 Comments

There’s something special about RC warbirds, because they remind us of a time in history when pilots risked everything to protect their homelands. We also love them because they look great on the flightline, in the air and are a blast to fly! Here at Model Airplane News we are fortunate to be able to [...]

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Giant Airbus A400M

Nov 13, 2014 11 Comments

Powered by four electric motors, this 12-foot-span  RC Airbus was built by  Hannes Heppe and flown at its first airshow at Flugtag in Grenchen, Switzerland. The 83-pound aircraft uses a 6000mAh 6-cell pack per motor and can fly for 7 minutes. Thanks to Markus Nussbaumer for taking this great video and sharing it on YouTube.

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Fantastic Old-Timer RC Video

Nov 13, 2014 16 Comments

Inspired by the life of Maynard Hill, who set dozens of RC records and even flew a model plane across the Atlantic ocean, Jascha Hoffman wrote the song “The Little Airplane.”  It’s featured in this video that showcases archival video of old-timer RC planes, and both the song and the video are a delight. You deserve this [...]

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GForce Aerobatics: Full-size & RC Extra Team!

Nov 06, 2014 4 Comments

What’s better than two Extras putting on a formation airshow? A full-size Extra and a 41% RC model putting on an airshow together! The Extra Duo G-Force Aerobatics team of Mike Williams (RC pilot) and Chris Burkett (full-size pilot) perform at airshows around the world, flying Chris’ 300S and Mike’s Krill Aircraft 330SC, which is [...]

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Easy Shop Tips

Nov 05, 2014 3 Comments

BOX REMIX One organizational aid I use in my shop is a system for keeping unused servo arms matched to the servos they fit. I use or re-label the servo box by using the label that came with the box or make a new one with my label maker. You can tape one side of [...]

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Super Scale Radial Engine

Nov 01, 2014 6 Comments

With electric motors now being used more frequently in scale models, we have new possibilities for enhancing the model’s appearance. Because they’re virtually vibration free and run cleanly, they allow any dummy engine and motor mount to be constructed around them and all from readily available home workshop materials. I needed such a dummy engine for my [...]

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Ready for Halloween?

Oct 30, 2014 2 Comments

This quadcopter ghost is guaranteed to spook trick-or-treaters! Whoever made this costume did a great job: nice head, arms and lightweight flowing shroud combine nicely. We hope this inspires you to come up with your own quad costume for Halloween and that you’ll send videos to us at man@airage.com! Thanks to Alton Porter for posting this to YouTube.

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1/4-Scale Twin Turbine

Oct 30, 2014 2 Comments

This 88-pound twin turbine can reach speeds of up to 150mph! The 7-foot, 6-inch-span jet was designed and built by Ted Allison over a 4 year span and in this video is expertly flown by the UK’s Dave Johnson at the Large Model Association show at Elvington. The 1/4-scale F Mk6 aircraft is powered by two [...]

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