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Scale Makeover Magic!

Apr 18, 2012 4 Comments

The F4U-1 50 Corsair from Hangar 9 is a medium size warbird that, like its other stablemates, looks great out of the box and flies well. There’s no mistaking the Corsair for any other airplane; its unique, inverted gull wing making it easily identifiable. While the model itself is well designed and of high quality, [...]

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New Titan: 50-size electric!

Apr 17, 2012 No Comments

Using the proven design of the Thunder Tiger Titan X50, this electric, flybarless machine is sure to be a leader in its class! The Titan X50E is ideal for 3D flying and should be the heli to beat at this summer’s competitions. It also features machined aluminum control arms, hardened main and feathering shafts, carbon fiber blades, [...]

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Sneak Peek: Flybarless Rotor Heads

Apr 17, 2012 No Comments

Flybarless helicopters and their electronic control systems continue to be the wave of the future in model helicopters and are showing up in ever-increasing numbers at our flying fields. New precision-made flybarless rotor heads and advanced stabilization electronics are being developed to make flybars and paddles a thing of the past. The complete removal of [...]

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5 Steps to Fly the Knife-Edge Spin

Apr 10, 2012 No Comments

In my opinion, 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 “top” rudder. When the maneuver is [...]

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Mild to wild! Align’s new Trex 600

Apr 03, 2012 1 Comment

I always look forward to Align’s new kit introductions and am excited to review their new flybarless T-Rex 600EFL Pro kit, which includes the brushless motor and 600 3G carbon-fiber rotor blades. It is also available in various combo packages. The aerodynamics of the new 600EFL is vastly improved over the flybar-equipped version, and this [...]

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Helicopter shakes itself apart

Apr 02, 2012 4 Comments

You’ve heard the old joke that a helicopter in flight is a “bunch of spare parts flying in close formation.” Well, this incredible video footage shows a rescue helicopter in Brazil literally shaking itself apart on landing. Thankfully no one was injured in this accident.

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Throttle Setup Secrets

Apr 02, 2012 1 Comment

Proper mechanical setup is a very important factor in how well an RC helicopter will perform. With all the low-cost and very capable computer transmitters available it’s easy to lose sight of the basics of mechanical setup and rely on programming to overcome issues that should have been addressed mechanically. Many heli pilots I know [...]

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RC drones in the news

Apr 02, 2012 9 Comments

We’ve been talking about drones, first-person-view (FPV) aircraft and other UAVs a lot recently. These discussions aren’t just limited to the hobby arena; this AP story by Marcus Wohlsen has been getting a lot of attention this week. It’s interesting to look at drones from the perspective of non-modelers. What do you think? Does it help or [...]

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