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Scale Russian Polikarpov I-16 WW II Fighter – Soviet Stunner

Jan 22, 2015 4 Comments

Check out this beautifully detailed model that’s as stunning as it is unusual! Built and flown by Jo Nüsseler, the 74-inch-span model of a Polikarpov I.16 is powered by a Saito 3-cylinder 450 and weighs 25 pounds. The fighter is painted in the scheme of the Soviet’s 4th Squadron, 72nd fighter regiment that helped to repel [...]

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1920s Handley Page Airliner – Travel in Style!

Jan 15, 2015 6 Comments

The next time you’re traveling by air, imagine what it must have been like to take a trip in the 1920s  in a 15-passenger plane like this!  This 15-foot-span Handley Page W.10 model is powered by two 60cc Laser twin-cylinder engines and weighs in at 86 pounds. Builder Neil Tidy spent 2000 hours on the model of [...]

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RC Aerobatics: Programming mixes for knife-edge flight

Jan 15, 2015 No Comments

Mixing out unwanted tendencies during knife-edge is widely practiced, but like most things in aviation, there are trade-offs to consider. Programmable mixes let you automatically mix another control with your primary input to reduce or eliminate some of the unwanted tendencies associated with certain inputs and maneuvers. For example, when you apply a lot of [...]

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RC Warbird covering tips: 3-color fuselage

Jan 13, 2015 6 Comments

Let’s begin our next installment to recovering your warbird from start to finish, using the Hangar 9 P-51D .60-size Mustang as an example. We’ve already finished covering the wing and stabilizer and all the smaller pieces in the kit. Now we are going to show you how to cover a fuselage with three different colors [...]

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RC Aircraft Scale Rivets & Screws

Jan 08, 2015 8 Comments

UK master modeler Phil Noel knows aircraft rivets and screws. After retiring from the full-size aviation industry, his company Pinnacle Aviation custom-builds composite model kits as well as offering painting, weathering and repair service. In this video, he shows how he creates rivets on and applies scale screws to a Comp-ARF Spitfire and a Jet Legends L-39 Albatross.  Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for filming [...]

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RC Aerobatics: Secrets to Flying a Precision Roll

Jan 08, 2015 6 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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Now THAT’S a scale pilot figure!

Jan 01, 2015 8 Comments

If you thought strapping a GI Joe into your plane looked awesome, you need to check this out. In addition to the eye-popping full RC articulation, his “face” is a Fat Shark first-person-view camera, with the emphasis on PERSON. Can’t wait to see the finished project!

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Top 10 RC Airplanes: Year in Review

Dec 31, 2014 2 Comments

It’s time for the top posts of the year! Here, in descending order, are the top stories from 2014, according to number of views each had. Missed one? Just click on the photo or title to go to the original post.  And as we send the last newsletter of 2014, we want to thank the [...]

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