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An RC Jumbo Jet’s First Flight

Jun 18, 2015 58 Comments

An RC plane’s first flight is usually a nerve-racking experience, but what if you’re flying a 16-foot-span, four-turbine-powered scale airliner? Earlier this month in Oppingen, Germany, Adi Pitz’s 747-400 scale model took off with pilot Rainer Kamitz at the controls. The largest plane Adi has ever built, it has over 2,000 hours of work into it, [...]

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Huge, 14-foot-span Heinkel 111

Jun 11, 2015 13 Comments

Carl Bachhuber is a master when it comes to building really big, nicely detailed, and seldom-modeled RC planes, and his latest is no exception! The third Heinkel he has built in the last 20 year, this one is the biggest 1/5 scale. The 178-inch plane and is powered by two Desert Aircraft 60cc gas engines, and [...]

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Father’s Day Sale!

Jun 09, 2015 No Comments

Looking for a Father’s Day gift? Books, DVDs, and even subscriptions are on sale at! (Feel free to forward this to your kids, too … we’ll bet they’d love a hint from you!)

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12-foot-span DeHavilland Vampire

May 28, 2015 7 Comments

We love the Canadian trainer scheme on this 12-foot, 3-inch-span turbine-powered jet! Built by Andy Johnson from a Falcon Aviation kit, the 60-pound aircraft is powered by a Wren 160. Thanks to the father and son videographer team of Pete and Dean Coxon for filming this at a Large Model Association event in East Kirby, UK. Note: contributor [...]

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A Day to Remember and to Honor

May 22, 2015 No Comments

This Memorial Day essay comes to us from Flight Journal editor-in-chief Budd Davisson. This is going to sound trite, because it IS trite. It is me, representing the old fashioned, hardcore America, once again reminding the Nation that Memorial Day is not about hot dogs, baseball games, or making cannonball splashes in the pool. Memorial [...]

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Giant DC-3 Dakota – 18 years old and still flying!

May 20, 2015 9 Comments

Owner and pilot Dave Johnson notes that his 1/5-scale Dakota is 18 years old, with a white polystyrene foam fuselage and outer wing panels sheeted with balsa, then covered with Solartex and sprayed with automotive paint. The center wing section is all wood for strength. Powered by two Zenoah 62cc gas engines, the giant airliner has [...]

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RCX: One day left to join the fun!

May 17, 2015 1 Comment

RCX was off to a great start this Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA, and there’s still time to get in on the action! Doors open Sunday at 10 and we’ll be flying, driving, and buying until 4. Saturday was filled with RC demos of planes, multirotors and cars [...]

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RCX: This Weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center!

May 14, 2015 No Comments

Join us Saturday and Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California! You’ll see the hottest new planes and drones in action and it’s a perfect opportunity to stock up on new aircraft, radios, batteries and the other gear you need. The Academy of Model Aeronautics will be there flying Burt Rutan’s [...]

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