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Top Gun! Wondrous Waco

May 05, 2012 No Comments

A team scale entry, this Waco YMF-5 is the handiwork of Lonnie Johnston, who built it from the AMR kit. The 1/3-scale plane has a 120-inch wingspan and is powered by DA 220 gas engine spinning a 32×14 prop. Mitch Epstein piloted the big bipe Saturday morning, but the engine wasn’t performing properly so he [...]

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Top Gun! Gotha Bomber

May 04, 2012 4 Comments

Here’s a plane you don’t see every day! Jim Suchy is flying his own-design 1/4.5-scale Gotha G-IV in Pro-Am Sport. The 192-inch-span bipe is powered by two Zenoah G-38 engines turning 20×8 props and weighs in at 52 pounds. Look for flight video of this awesome bomber soon! The Gotha won the Best Biplane award.   [...]

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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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