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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
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, [...]
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!, [...]
Align showed off their high-performance machines, which not only look great with blue anodized parts and great-looking painted canopies, but they also can perform amazing aerobatic stunts. Align has everything from ready-to-fly micro models to 700 and bigger kits and even a 450 ready-to-fly machine!