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ParkZone SE5a

May 27, 2011 No Comments

This WW I fighter features Z-Foam construction and comes with machine gun, exhaust and cockpit details. And because its 480 brushless motor, speed control, servos and receivers are all installed, you can be on the flightline in a matter of minutes. A 3S 1800mAh LiPo and DC variable-rate charger are included; you only need a [...]

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Wall Street Journal Top Gun Story

May 24, 2011 1 Comment

The provocative title, ”Earthbound Jet Jockeys Caught in Dogfight with FAA: Hobbyists flying fastest model planes resist rules aimed at drones,” will certainly get a lot of attention! Susan Carey, who writes about aviation issues for the Wall Street Journal, was at the Lakeland, Florida event to get the inside scoop on how elite modelers were [...]

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Area 51: fake planes kept the Soviets guessing

May 24, 2011 1 Comment

Recently declassified documents and photos from the infamous Area 51 in the Nevada desert show that the U.S. built fake prototype planes out of cardboard and even put heaters near the models to mimic the heat from a just-landed afterburner engine! The U.S. military knew that shadows from the planes could be detected by Soviet [...]

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Chief Aircraft has a brand-new website!

May 24, 2011 No Comments

Check out Chief Aircraft’s redesigned website at www.chiefaircraft.us! The new site is easy to navigate, and all of Chief’s radio-control products are listed under that heading (they also sell items for pilots of full-size aircraft!). Head over to their site and see what’s new, shop by brand or just check out the latest planes, helicopters [...]

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DHC-1 Chipmunk turns 65!

May 23, 2011 No Comments

This weekend, the North London Flying Club celebrated the 65th anniversary of the first flight of the DCH-1 Chipmunk! This full-size aircraft association is based out of the Panshanger Aerodrome in the UK.  The DCH-1 trainer was actually designed by the Canadian branch of deHavilland, and 1283 Chipmunks were produced in total. The next celebration [...]

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Hitec Digital Servo Programmer & Tester

May 20, 2011 No Comments

We love Hitec’s older programmer, so we’re looking forward to getting one of these new & improved units! The new HFP-25 has a lightweight, streamlined case and comes with a rechargeable NiMH battery pack. It also has an easy-to-read LDC screen. low-battery warning and both automatic and manual testing capabilities. It costs $74.99.

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Tower Hobbies Razor

May 19, 2011 No Comments

Check out this new aerobat! With all-wood construction and painted fiberglass cowl and wheel pants, this 52-inch-span flyer is ready for action. It can be powered by a .46 to .52 2-stroke, equivalent 4-stroke or a RimFire .55 brushless motor, and it requires just a 4-channel radio and 4 to 5 servos. The Razor’s short, direct [...]

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IMAA “Build a Big Bird” Winners!

May 18, 2011 1 Comment

The winners of the IMAA’s “Build a Big Bird” contest were announced at Joe Nall last week; congratulations not only to the winners but to everyone who participated. The IMAA (International Miniature Aircraft Association) is an AMA special interest group dedicated to flying and promoting gian-scale aircraft, and this contest was open to new and [...]

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