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Scenic flight or dangerous stunt?

Feb 23, 2012 88 Comments

One pilot’s creativity and innovation is another’s idea of a accident waiting to happen. Do you think this video is entertaining and fun, or a terrible idea that will eventually get RC airplanes banned? Watch it and then join the discussion!  

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Sneak Peek: BVM T-33 converted to e-power

Feb 23, 2012 1 Comment

For almost as long as serious scale RC competitions have been around, jet aircraft have been popular subjects often only attempted by the more experienced. Such was the case of Team Malcione: otherwise known as Dave, Dave Jr. and Pete Malcione. This serious scale team has been on the competition scene for years and you [...]

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Why you should keep a toothbrush in your workshop & other tips!

Feb 23, 2012 4 Comments

Is there a building step that always gives you trouble? Have you wondered whether there’s a better way to accomplish a particular modeling task? If so, perhaps one of these 10 helpful workshop hints will help you solve the problem or simply lead you in the right direction. You might have heard about a better [...]

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Pro tips to a perfect 4-point roll!

Feb 23, 2012 3 Comments

The four-point roll (hesitation roll) is a horizontal roll with a brief hesitation at 90, 180 and 270 degrees. Before you attempt this maneuver, I recommend that you perfect the standard aileron roll by using down-elevator when the plane is inverted. You should be able to do a roll without any altitude loss or heading [...]

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20 Things Every Pilot Needs to know

Feb 16, 2012 3 Comments

One great thing about this hobby is that there’s almost always a better and quicker way to make the process easier on the modeler, pilot or builder. We asked some pros in the industry and our contributors for their advice on easier approaches to building or flying. Here are the top 20 tips (listed in [...]

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GIANT Electric Airbus A400M, with parachutists!

Feb 12, 2012 16 Comments

They don’t get much bigger than this! Check out this huge, 13.5-foot-span Airbus at a European airshow. The 92.5-pound RC model uses four Hacker motors producting 6000 watts and has two radio systems with 18 total servos. Build time was 6 years. Watch the entire video and you’ll see an in-flight view of the parachute release, and the landing [...]

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5 EASY STEPS TO FLYING THE KNIFE-EDGE SPIN

Feb 09, 2012 2 Comments

The knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. First, I’ll describe the maneuver. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using ìtopî rudder. When the maneuver is complete, the pilot [...]

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