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Master the Elevator Flip

Aug 22, 2012 1 Comment

Although flips seem easy, doing them correctly and smoothly can be quite challenging. Flips and tumbles are a critical element of many 3D maneuvers. Start by very slowly flying the heli forward. Push forward or backward on the elevator as you smoothly and slowly reduce pitch. As the heli goes thorugh vertical (nose straight up [...]

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RC to the rescue!

Aug 22, 2012 7 Comments

Meet EMILY, an RC lifeguard! It looks like a buoy but is actually a small watercraft fitted with a flotation device. It can travel at speeds of up to 22mph and reach swimmers in distress more quickly, and sometimes more safely, than a human lifeguard. Check out the video!  

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Monster Scale: 87% Pitts Python

Aug 21, 2012 109 Comments

Get out of the way, ’cause that plane wants to FLY! The handiwork of father-and-son team Dave and Greg Hayfield, this monster 300+ (!) pound aircraft is powered by a 650cc Hirth engine spinning a 68-inch, 3-blade carbon-fiber prop. Hitec 805BB, 25kg servos are used throughout: 8 on the ailerons, 4 on the elevators, 2 [...]

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5 ways to dress up your cockpit

Aug 10, 2012 1 Comment

With so many great-looking scale model ARFs to choose from today, one of the neatest ways you can make your particular Pitts Special or P-51 Mustang stand apart from the rest is to install a great-looking instrument panel for your pilot figure to look at. (You did install a scale pilot figure, didn’t you?) There’s [...]

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Watch this RC plane fly by itself!

Aug 09, 2012 2 Comments

Robotics engineers at MIT were able to program this plane to fly by itself in a parking garage, at speeds of up to 22mph, for almost 3 miles while it came within centimeters of obstacles! Anyone who’s ever flown in a tight space indoors will appreciate this amazing video. From the MIT news office: For decades, academic [...]

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Desert Aircraft engine powers new Raytheon UAV

Aug 09, 2012 6 Comments

Did you ever imagine that the DA engine that you use on your latest project is also being used by military drones? Check out this story from David Whichner for the Arizona Daily Star. The story doesn’t mention the power system, but our friends at Desert Aircraft have confirmed that the Pyros uses a DA [...]

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Sneak peek: Align T-Rex 450+ Sport

Aug 09, 2012 No Comments

The Align T-Rex 450 Sport Plus is one of the latest releases in the Align T-Rex family of great machines distributed through Assurance RC. Align has brought this hobby many different helicopters, ranging from their small 100-class, fixed-pitch RTF machine all the way up to their 700-size, full-collective, flybarless models. Align has become one of the [...]

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Lockheed Martin’s new high-tech quad rotor

Aug 09, 2012 7 Comments

This new recon quad can go from box to flight in just a few minutes and can fly for over 40 minutes! It even has built-in autopilot so the pilot doesn’t need to have previous RC experience. Watch the video and check out the controller with built-in screen … very cool! Thanks to AzoRobotics.com’s Nick [...]

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