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Mr. Top Gun: David Ribbe & his MiG-15bis

May 04, 2014 7 Comments

Congratulations to David Ribbe for winning the coveted “Mr. Top Gun” title at this year’s invitational competition! This was David’s first year flying this MiG at Top Gun, after flying it at the Jet World Masters in Switzerland earlier this year. David’s 88.9-inch-span jet is packed with scale details, like a sliding canopy, speed brakes, [...]

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Top Gun: Live from the Flightline

Apr 29, 2014 4 Comments

The 26th annual Top Gun Scale Invitational is underway, and Model Airplane News will posting live from the flight line all weekend! Gerry and I are thrilled to be here with more than a hundred of the best builders and pilots in the world. We’ll be updating the MAN site throughout the event, and for the [...]

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The snap roll: do it right!

Apr 28, 2014 2 Comments

The snap roll is an advanced maneuver that you’ll first encounter in the IMAC Sportsman sequence. It evolves into more difficult variations in the upper classes of competition. It is one of the most difficult maneuvers in which to consistently achieve a high score because it requires a keen sense of timing, throttle management and [...]

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Hexacopter Rock!

Apr 25, 2014 No Comments

Prepare to be amazed by these hexacopters from KMel Robotics! In the nearly 4-minute video, they work in concert to play a variety of songs. Love this!! Watch to the end for a surprise “note” that is guaranteed to make you smile.

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Incredible Electric EC-135

Apr 23, 2014 2 Comments

This 42-pound machine is powered by 14S 10,000mAh LiPos (that’s four 7S 5000mAh packs!) turning a Leomotion L110/230 motor for a whopping 1150rpm. The fuselage and mechanics are from Helicoptertechnik Schwing and a turbine sound module provides that extra realism. Futaba radio gear and a Futaba GY750 gyro allow this scale beauty to perform beautiful [...]

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Fireworks: a drone’s-eye-view

Apr 23, 2014 No Comments

This fun clip gives us an entirely new perspective on fireworks, as a DJI Phantom weaves in and out of the action! It’s definitely worth a look (Note: amazingly enough, no rotordrones were harmed during filming!)

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Unusual RC: Swiss Army Knife Takes Flight

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

The ingenuity of RC plane modelers never ends, and this sharp-flying aircraft is definitely one of a kind. Check it out!

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1951 Movie of Free-Flight Helicopter

Apr 17, 2014 1 Comment

Check out this vintage helicopter model, powered by two ”jet” engines mounted at right angles to the propellers! It takes off and flies, but does it land safely? Watch this great video and find out.

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