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First Person View (FPV) & RC flying — What do you think?

Apr 04, 2012 51 Comments

First Person View (FPV) RC flying is one of the hottest new interests in our RC  hobby today. Live feed video instantly transmitted from the aircraft down to the pilot who wears video goggles or glasses provides a unique window on the world. It is as if you were in the model’s cockpit. This development is so [...]

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Hobby Lobby B-17 Update

Apr 03, 2012 2 Comments

Well, we finally did it. The weather finally cooperated and we were able to commit aviation with the new B-17 and wow is it a blast ! It has gobs of power and it handles mild to moderate wind gusts pretty well. It seems to have momentum and it penetrates nicely. Flaps are good but [...]

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Quick Shop Tips — Transmitter Tricks

Apr 02, 2012 36 Comments

Readers of our magazines are always coming up with useful tricks of the trades to get the most out of the hobby. Maximizing safety and convenience is often very easy. Check these out. Throttle Safety When you fire up your radio and then turn on your model’s receiver, you always want to have the throttle [...]

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New 1/4-Scale WWI Pilot Figure

Apr 02, 2012 1 Comment

Another masterpiece from BEST PILOTS! LOTHAR VON RICTHOFEN the younger brother of the infamous “The Red baron” (Manfred  Von Ricthofen) is an ideal subject for the cockpit of your next 1/4-scale WW1 German Aeroplane.  This full-figure, lightweight pilot not only raises the bar in authentic scale realism – it blows it away! Lothar,  is chocked full [...]

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Get ready for fun-fly season!

Apr 01, 2012 4 Comments

For almost forever, RC model clubs have cooked up all sorts of ideas to keep their members interested in attending flying-field events. These outings bring the members and their families together and promote the growth of the hobby—and the club—while offering some weekend summertime fun! Thus, the fun-fly was born. (Above) Typical Sportsman and Intermediate [...]

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Road to Top Gun Update — Jeff Foley Messerschmitt Me-109

Mar 28, 2012 No Comments

Jeff Foley is no stranger to Scale competition having taken two Mr. Top Gun titles, winning the Masters class five times and the Top Gun Pro-am pro once.  His Messerschmitt Me-109E is still the only “single engined, WW 2 fighter” to win Mr. Top Gun!  It also a 5 time winner of the AMA Nats in the Designer Class [...]

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Covering & Finishing — Tips for High-Vis Trim Schemes

Mar 28, 2012 12 Comments

 It is really a great feeling to finish a model airplane you’ve built with your own two hands. An added benefit is that your model will be completely unique and won’t look like every other plane on the flightline. Yes it takes a little more effort, but the end result truly reflects your own tastes. [...]

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Will this fearsome fighter win Top Gun again?

Mar 28, 2012 4 Comments

Jeff Foley is no stranger to the winners’ circle, taking two Mr. Top Gun titles, winning the Masters class five times and the Top Gun Pro-am pro once.  His Messerschmitt Me-109E is still the only “single engined, WW 2 fighter” to win Mr. Top Gun!  It also a 5 time winner of the AMA Nats in the [...]

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