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Taming a Camel – Bavarian Demon Flight Stabilization System

Mar 18, 2016 1 Comment

I had an interesting time at last year’s Warbirds over Delaware giant scale event. I was flying my newly completed 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel and was having some difficulty landing the short nosed WW1 biplane. I made three flights each ending by flipping over on its nose and I broke three propellers. Not my best showing. It just so [...]

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Road to Top Gun — USAF Thunderbird #5 — F-16 Falcon

Mar 16, 2016 3 Comments

This year Boli Muentes of Lakeworth, FL., will be flying in the Pro-AM Jet category with his 1/6-scale BVM F-16 PNP painted in the USAF #5 Thunderbirds Demonstration Team jet. It is powered by the new Jetcat P-140RXi turbine. It is controlled by the new JR28X transmitter, dual JR Infinity receivers hooked to a JR [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Heavy-Metal Razorback!

Mar 15, 2016 1 Comment

We just heard from Greg “Growler” Thomas of Las Vegas, NV who has teamed up as pilot with builder, Phil Smith of Montgomery, TX to compete this at Top Gun in the Team Scale category. The team earned their Top Gun spot by placing second the class at the U.S. Scale Masters in 2015. Phil Smith who is the builder and [...]

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5 STEPS TO A PERFECT HAND LAUNCH

Mar 10, 2016 9 Comments

Don’t have a perfectly manicured runway for your backyard flyer? Don’t sweat it, you can easily hand launch your plane to get it in the air. Here are five easy steps to perfecting the technique. Remember to always launch your model straight into the wind. Don’t throw your model downwind (with wind at your back) [...]

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Editor’s Picks — 8 Giant Scale Accessories

Mar 09, 2016 No Comments

We all have heard of Nick Ziroli Plans and their amazing collection of giant scale building plans for just about any warbird you can name, but there’s a lot more to the company when it comes to RC builder supplies. Nick Ziroli also sells top quality molded fiberglass fuselage sets and lots of other supplies and [...]

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Balsa USA Vintage 3-Point WW 1 Floats

Feb 12, 2016 No Comments

If like our editors, you like WW 1 scale airplanes, and are looking for a way to spice up your vintage flying! Try adding water! Flying your Fokker or Sopwith off of water with scale-like 3-Point Floats adds a whole new dimension to the sport. Featuring Balsa, Basswood, and Plywood construction, the new Balsa USA 3-Point [...]

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15 Building Tips To Maximize Your Workshop Time

Feb 11, 2016 9 Comments

Regardless of the type of model you want to create, there are many similar building tasks and assembly techniques. Here are some of basics that I’ve used over the years, which will help you speed up your builds and improve your skills. And remember, a workshop is what you make it: A basic folding table [...]

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Amazing Hand-made Walnut RC Field Box

Jan 26, 2016 4 Comments

Michael Brent of Pilot-Portraits is a perfectionist and when he wanted a long lasting and beautiful field box, he went to his friend Nathaniel Brewster who admittedly has an addiction to hand-tool woodworking. All of his projects are constructed almost entirely by hand, from preparing the rough stock to finishing the final product, (though he does admit to [...]

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