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Cat vs. helicopter

Jul 11, 2012 27 Comments

In this video pick of the week, a cat KOs a ‘copter (no animals or aircraft are harmed!). Watch it … it’s funny!  

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Become a Flightline Reporter!

Jul 03, 2012 14 Comments

Add your unique perspective to the Model Airplane News content mix! We’re looking for flightline reporters to share news and happenings from local RC clubs and events. If you enjoy attending RC fun-flys and competitions, taking photos and getting the inside story on planes and pilots, we hope you’ll consider joining us. Team members will [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish, part 2

Jul 03, 2012 14 Comments

Last week, Rick Michelena shared the steps to prep your aircraft for a perfect fiberglass finish. In the second part of his three-part series, he begins the fiberglass work and gets the model ready for paint. Here are the simple items needed to produce a fiber-glass finish that will last for many years. You will [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish, part 3

Jul 01, 2012 20 Comments

A fiberglass finish not only looks scale, it’s wear-resistant and a great way to protect your model. In his first two articles, Rick Michelena detailed the steps to prep and fiberglass his warbird. In this third and final installment, he adds paint and details, including rivets, panel lines and even navigation lights. After spraying the [...]

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Flying a “heli bike”!

Jun 28, 2012 20 Comments

Here’s an amazing video of students at the University of Maryland and their human-powered helicopter.  This guy is really pedaling hard … guess that’s a natural “safety limiter”!   “Gammera II” currently holds the world record of 50 seconds for human-powered heli flight. The students designed and built it in an effort to capture the Sikorsky [...]

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The Marines’ new full-size, pilot-less helicopter

Jun 28, 2012 2 Comments

In this news story, Alex Healey of Flight International shares news of a new unmanned helicopter that will be used for delivery operations: Perhaps because purpose-built unmanned air vehicles have become a fact of life in the skies over Afghanistan, the introduction last December of a full-size helicopter, converted into an “optionally piloted” airborne delivery [...]

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Interview with a UAV Pilot

Jun 27, 2012 11 Comments

Model Airplane News contributor and full-scale pilot Kyle Matthew has an interesting job as a department head for the Navy’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Directorate. We caught up with him to ask him what it’s like to fly UAVs, from the small Shadow he’s standing in front of to the big Predator. What types of [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish

Jun 27, 2012 13 Comments

Here’s another how-to from veteran builder Rick Michelena. Enjoy! Do you have the desire to build a warbird or other scale project but desire something more than an iron-on finish? Are you unsure of the steps required in the process of finishing a radio-controlled airplane in fiberglass and paint? This article will give you the knowledge required [...]

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