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Top Gun: live from the flightline!

May 01, 2013 2 Comments

The 25th annual Top Gun Scale Invitational is underway, and Model Airplane News will posting live from the flight line all weekend! Gerry and I couldn’t be more excited to be here, together with more than a hundred of the best builders and pilots in the world. We talked with Stephen Thomas who is breaking [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Brazilian Thunderbolt

Apr 30, 2013 No Comments

Yes, that’s right … this P-47D is outfitted in true Brazilian livery! Our friend Rogerio Ribeiro de Arjaujo  (left) sent these photos of the P-47D Thunderbolt that Dino DiGiorgio will be flying in the Pro Am Pro (prop) class this year. He writes, “This very unique model is a Meister Scale Platinum Series P-47D bubble canopy [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Ground-Pounding P-47

Apr 24, 2013 1 Comment

Brian O’Meara has been practicing for his return to Pro Am Pro with his monstrous 1/3-scale P-47, and Tony Quist captured these action shots. This Thunderbolt has a 144-inch span and is powered by a ZDZ 420cc 4-cylinder engine spinning a Bold 38×13 prop. The bombs are 7 inches in diameter! Brian notes that he [...]

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New development in VTOL design

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

Combining the hovering capability of a helicopter with the high-speed, long-range flight capabilities of a fixed-wing aircraft has intrigued engineers for decades. The Australian company StopRotor Technology has a new approach: their Hybrid RotorWing design concept has a main rotor that switches from fixed rotor to fixed wing in mid air. According to Gizmag’s Jan Bellezina, “The Hybrid [...]

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Win $500 worth of servos!

Apr 18, 2013 4 Comments

Enter our Facebook sweepstakes for a chance to win this great prize! LHS is a new line of high-performance servos from Global Hobby, and you could win four each of the first six servos in the lineup. That’s 24 servos total, plus a Model Airplane News Membership and two digital books for a prize package [...]

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Rare B-17 Gun Turret on eBay

Apr 17, 2013 2 Comments

We’ve heard of a lot of interesting items for sale on eBay, but this one’s a first: a piece of a WW II B-17, in its original paint! If you’ve got the space for it, what a great conversation piece this would make! With a reserve set at $6,100, the auction is ending Sunday; click here to go to the [...]

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Revolutionary Quad Design: Circle Wing

Apr 17, 2013 No Comments

  Check this out! Insitu’s new South American partner Santos Labs unveiled its multirotor  at LAAD 2013. A fish-eyed 360 degree camera is fitted to the 1.5kg  quadrocopter. It uses an annular wing to provide lift and prop guard. Named Orbis, the platform is waterproof and is intended to meet a Brazilian Navy requirement. The [...]

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Harlem Shake: RC Heli Style!

Apr 17, 2013 2 Comments

Even if, like me, you’re Harlem-Shaked-Out, this video of dancing helicopters at the Las Vegas  Fun Fly will make you smile. And with pilots like Bobby Watts, Kyle Dahl, Alan Szabo performing, you know it has to be great! Check it out:  

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