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Fire-Breathing RC Flying Dragon

Apr 14, 2012 16 Comments

Inspired by an animated movie, Rick Hamel’s fire-breathing, turbine powered dragon was the standout in the static display contest at the Toledo Weak Signals show. Yes, it actually breathes fire and it flies while powered by a turbine engine. It features composite construction, with over 62 individually molded parts, and an amazing “scale” paint job. No wonder [...]

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1/3-Scale Fokker Dr.1 Triplane — Balsa USA

Apr 14, 2012 No Comments

I have been waiting for this one for years! Finally, Balsa USA showed off its 33% Triplane at the Toledo show. A nicely enlarged version of their popular 1/4-scale Kit, this one is going to be very popular WW1 multi-wing warrior!    

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Giant Carbon Cub from Aeroworks

Apr 14, 2012 1 Comment

If you have ever built a 1/3-scale Cub you know how big the classic Piper can become. But this new 40% 168-inch span Carbon Cub eats 1/3-scale J-3 Cubs for lunch! Ideal for 100cc or larger gas engines! Dominating the Aeroworks booth at the Toledo show, the Carbon Cun has all the awesome quality that [...]

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New 160cc Radial Engine from Evolution

Apr 14, 2012 3 Comments

Filling a gap in the Evolution round engine line, the new 7-cylinder 160 was shown off at the Toledo show in the Horizon Hobby booth. Ideal for many 1/3 scale WW1 and vintage airplane designs

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Exclusive! Killer 50cc Corsair

Apr 14, 2012 1 Comment

  video platform video management video solutions video player With a 50cc engine, 86-inch span, fully sheeted and covered with flat finish MonoKote, this F4U dominated the Hobbico/Great Planes booth at the Toledo show. This ARF has a over-built center wing section with a double sheeting of balsa with cross grain sheeting that is factory formed and fitted for [...]

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MAN at the 58th Toledo Show!

Apr 11, 2012 2 Comments

If it’s April it must be Toledo Ohio! The MAN crew will again be attending the 58th Weak Signal’s Toledo RC Hobby Expo at the Seagate Convention Center, Toledo OH. We’ll be there April 13 – 15 and we are looking forward to seeing many of our readers at the MAN Booth! Be sure to stop by [...]

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Full-Contact RC Combat?

Apr 10, 2012 15 Comments

Just when we think you’ve seen it all, all sorts of crazy video footage surfaces that grabs the editor’s attention. This event has it all! The sWARmFall Fly includes full-contact RC Combat, Kill the Stryker, High Speed Limbo and our favorite, RC Tabletop bowling!      What really caught our eye was the combination of exciting flying [...]

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Workshop Tips: Secure Servos

Apr 09, 2012 7 Comments

Model Airplane News readers are an innovative bunch, and they’re always coming up with ways to make their models better while saving time and money. Here are a few two workshop secrets for ensuring secure servos, every time! Secure servo connections When you install servos in a wing or fuselage and use long servo extension leads, the connector [...]

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