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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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New unmanned aircraft: Boeing Phantom Ray

May 17, 2011 10 Comments

The latest in Boeing’s lineup of unmanned airborne systems, the Phantom Ray completed its first flight at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. During the 17-minute test flight, the Phantom Ray reached speeds of 178 knots. Craig Brown, program manager for Phantom Ray, notes, “The first flight moves us farther into [...]

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Building a Scale Hughes MD500 Helicopter

May 17, 2011 1 Comment

In this article, Tony Iannucelli shows how to turn your Thunder Tiger Raptor 60 or 90 helicopter into a gorgeous scale military machine using Thunder Tiger’s scale body. Check it out! Flight photos are by Martin Cohen. Thunder Tiger’s scale line of fuselage kits includes the E325 Titan Cobra, the beautiful Ecureuil, four versions of [...]

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Hitec High-Voltage, Digital Metal-Gear Micro Servo

May 16, 2011 No Comments

This HS-5087MH servo is perfect for .15- to .40-size planes as well as 500-size helicopters. It’s a high-voltage version of Hitec’s popular HS-508MG, and it has a 3-pole ferrite motor, heavy-duty metal gears. It costs $47.29.

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A great aviation read

May 16, 2011 No Comments

Unbroken: A WW II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand There’s not much better than being in the middle of a great book: it’s a treat meant to be savored but one that I sometimes end up gobbling in just a few sessions. At the moment, I’m just a few chapters into Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, and [...]

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Kyosho Macchi M33

May 13, 2011 6 Comments

The summer is just starting to heat up, so what better time to head out to the water with a floatplane? This Macchi from Kyosho makes it easy with this scale 1925 racer. Intended for a .40 to .46 2-stroke or .52 to .56 4-stroke, this full-house model has a 57-inch wingspan and has a [...]

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Stevens AeroModel 1928 Pietenpol

May 12, 2011 No Comments

This one’s cute as a button! This indoor/outdoor electric scale flyer uses 3-channel control can can accept ParkZone and E-flite ultra micro DSM2 electronics. The kit includes wheels, windscreens, dummy engine, radiator, flying struts and profile pilot figures. It’s a quick build and features interlocking, laser-cut parts. It costs $47.99.    

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