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And YOU think it’s too cold to fly?

Jan 28, 2014 6 Comments

Check out this team of researchers in Antarctica, flying a 100-pound aircraft to use radar to measure the ice-bed of sub-glacial Lake Whillans. Fielded by the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), this National Science Foundation project is studying ice melt and potential sea-level rise. The autopilot and ground control software for the [...]

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Super-detailed Dauntless

Jan 23, 2014 15 Comments

At the AMA Expo last weekend, we were blown away by this SBD Dauntless in the static competition. Built by Frank Harris from Jerry Bates plans, the 85-inch-span model is powered by a Saito twin 57 gas engine and has Robart retracts, a handmade cockpit and numerous scale additions. The fantastic detail on this warbird earned it an [...]

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Amazing flight demo by scale NH90

Jan 22, 2014 No Comments

You can admire a scale machine on the ground, but when it takes off it’s a thing of beauty. In this video, the pilot demonstrates Drop-N-Goes, Evacs, Recon Maneuvers, Skimming, Air Assaults & Flying Below Radar techniques in strong winds at Markham Park [Australia] with his Graupner Scale NH90 Combat Helicopter. Note the retract action during Touch & Go’s! Thanks [...]

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RCX: It’s back and better than ever!

Jan 22, 2014 No Comments

The ultimate Radio Control Expo is back, and this year it’s headed to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California! Held the weekend of May 17th and 18th, RCX features the latest helicopters, multi-rotors and gear along with RC planes, trucks, robots and more! This year’s attractions include outdoor and indoor fly zones, drift [...]

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Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie

Jan 15, 2014 28 Comments

When Ralph Kayser saw the science fiction movie “Avatar,” he knew he had to try and build one of the high-tech aircraft that were featured in it. The result is this 33-inch-long Samson, which features Ralph homemade molded part and RC helicopter equipment. Ralph powers it with two Dymond AL 3530 motors on a 3S 2100mAh LiPo for 4-minute [...]

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It’s a truck … it’s an octocopter … it’s the Black Knight Transformer!

Jan 14, 2014 1 Comment

Yes, this real, and yes, it has flown (using four of its eight motors). Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California, has created this rolling, flying VTOL aircraft capable of unmanned, autonomous operations. They call it, “The world’s first roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that’s capable of landing close to where it’s needed, then driving the [...]

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60% Bucker Jungmeister

Jan 08, 2014 20 Comments

Wolfgang Rossegger’s 60% scale “Liesel Bach” is a scratch-built project that’s powered by a Moki 400cc engine. The 13-foot-span model weighs around 138 pounds.  This great video combines a picture perfect flight with footage taken from the plane’s wing; thanks to RCGiantScalePlanes for posting this on YouTube. You may notice a “knocking” sound from the engine at [...]

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AirMule: Flying Tank of the Future?

Jan 01, 2014 4 Comments

We’ve never seen an air vehicle that looks like this! Reminiscent of something from the Batman movies, AirMule is the creation of Israel’s Tactical Robotics Inc., and it can fly by remote control or using autonomous control. Internal rotor blades allow this unusual aircraft to land in small and uneven areas, so it can evacuate [...]

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