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Top Gun! Huge P-47 Thunderbolt

May 04, 2012 No Comments

Brian O’Meara built this amazing P-47 from an RCSAC kit (RC Scale All Composite) and is flying it in Pro Am-Pro at Top Gun. A Frank Tiano original design, this 116-pound warbird is powered by a ZDZ 420 gas engine and has Sierra gear. The 143-in-span plane looks HUGE on the flightline and looks fantastic in the air; it’s hard [...]

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Top Gun! Beechcraft preflight

May 04, 2012 No Comments

MAN columnist John Glezellis is here at Top Gun flying Mark Frankel’s 1/4-scale Beechcraft T-34B in team scale. On a flight yesterday the plane had an issue with its nose gear because the muffler had burned through the line. After a quick fix last night, John and Mark were ready for a practice flight this [...]

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RCX: Nonstop Action & the Hottest Attractions

May 02, 2012 No Comments

Two days of nonstop action … thousands of excited RC fans packed the sidelines of the tracks, flightlines and boat pond … the sounds of motors roaring and engines gunning filled the Long Beach Convention Center … this was RCX 2012! The dust is settling in Long Beach, but everyone is still talking about last [...]

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Secrets to Flying a Precision Roll

May 02, 2012 10 Comments

Because it’s used in so many other maneuvers, it’s important to perfect this one and add it to your foundation repertoire. High-speed rolls are generally easier to start with because inertia is a tremendous help. Long, graceful rolls are usually done at medium to high speed to allow inertia to help keep the maneuver axial. [...]

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3 Must-Know Assembly Tips

May 02, 2012 No Comments

Gyro Mounting The helicopter’s tail rotor performance is directly related to the gyro’s performance. Improper mounting and vibration reduce the gyro’s ability to provide tail rotor corrections resulting in a tail that is less responsive and decreased yaw corrections. A gyro that has come loose will make the model uncontrollable, invariably resulting in a crash. [...]

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Huge thank you to RCX sponsors!

May 01, 2012 No Comments

This year’s RCX sponsors gave away over $20,000 in prizes to lucky attendees! They deserve a big round of applause for their support of the show and our hobby. GOLD SPONSORS Horizon, Hobbico, HP, Sunshine Systems, Banana Hobby, HobbyTron, NitroRCX, Hitec, Losi, Great Planes, Airtronics, Multiplex & HobbyPartz SILVER SPONSORS Byron, Thunder Power, Pacific Coast Hobbies, [...]

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Indoor hover fest!

May 01, 2012 No Comments

A pilot from DW Foamies takes center stage while hovering his flat-foam aerobat. The indoor area hosted flying from beginning to end of the show and was about the size of a basketball court — big enough that interpid micro jet pilots even flew the circuit! (To do that, you really need fast thumbs … 1 second-turn!, [...]

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Horizon Hobby Micros!

May 01, 2012 2 Comments

Horizon Hobby had their entire lineup of micro aircraft on display, including many that are now equipped with the new AS3X flight stabilization system. In the middle of the table, note the newer Spitfire on display — great to see micro warbirds that are easier to fly! The Icon seaplane is at top.

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