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Road to Top Gun Update: Steve Thomas — Lavochkin LA7

Apr 28, 2012 8 Comments

As the Top Gun competition draws near, we continue to get updates from pilots on their incredible scale aircraft. Here’s the latest Steve Thomas, who will be campaigning his unusual Lavochkin LA7. His 58-pound warbird is painted in Czechloslovakian colors and is powered by a 260cc (!) 7-cylinder Evolution engine.  Steve will be competing in [...]

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Road to Top Gun Update — Jack Buckley, Reed Clipped-Wing Cub

Apr 27, 2012 3 Comments

  We just got another update from a regular Top Gun contestant, Jack Buckley. Jack is planning on flying a brand new 1/3 scale Reed Clipped-Wing Cub. Right now it is still in bones but almost ready to cover. It has all full-size ribs,  (no half ribs), and Jack is presently setting up the wing attachment to the [...]

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Exclusive Sneak Peek — E-flite UMX Micro Gee Bee R1 — with Video

Apr 27, 2012 2 Comments

From the first test flight flown by MAN contributor Greg Gimlick, here’s the new micro Gee Bee doing its thing. Watch for a full review in the August issue of MAN! The new UMX Gee Bee also has the AS3X Stabilization system so it is a real joy to fly! Check out the video!   [...]

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Scale 3-Blade propellers — Building a Ziroli Static Scale Kit — Part 1

Apr 26, 2012 No Comments

Any scale warbird benefits dramatically with a scale prop added to the engine. Though you can’t fly with it, a scale propeller makes the whole plane look more realistic as it sits on the flightline. For scale competition, one is absolutely required for maximum static judging points! Whether you are a scale competitor or a [...]

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Exclusive Sneak Peek — Spektrum DX 18

Apr 20, 2012 4 Comments

Wow! I am working on my review of the new DX18 radio system from Spektrum. Featuring 10 channels and expandable to 18, this radio system is pretty impressive. Here’s a short-list of functions and features! Getting acquainted  When you first take grab hold of the DX18 transmitter you’ll notice its nice No-Slip Rubber Grips making the [...]

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Sky Limit Monitor from Winged Shadow Systems

Apr 19, 2012 No Comments

The “Sky Limit” module monitors altitude and/or flight times of  RC planes. When the plane reaches a user-specified altitude or time limit, it automatically reduces the throttle to a preset level. Applications include: altitude-limited electric soaring (ALES) competition, altitude limiting to meet Club/AMA rules and regulations, keeping planes within visual range, fun-fly and club contests, or just having [...]

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Keep your Engine Happy

Apr 17, 2012 7 Comments

Our readers are constantly coming up with great ways to maximize their enjoyment of the RC  hobby. Whether it is a simpler way to solve a recurring problem, or a better way to save some cash, our Shop Tips mailbag is always full. Here are a few tips for keeping your RC engine happy. Clean [...]

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Now this is a Big RC Triplane!

Apr 17, 2012 No Comments

Well, I just bought a 1/3-scale Balsa USA Fokker Triplane Kit at the Toledo show and when I posted that on my FaceBook page, I got a comment from that “Mr Giant” RC guy Bill Hemple! Can you believe he is working on a super duper giant scale Triplane. it is 65% scale and has [...]

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