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Hobby Lobby B-17 Flying Fortress — Exclusive Sneak Peek!

Mar 26, 2012 7 Comments

One of the most anticipated RC releases has been this new 4-engine heavy bomber from FreeWing Model, distributed by Hobby Lobby International. Model Airplane News has an exclusive review planned for the B-17 Flying Fortress in the next issue and we’re very excited to provide a sneak peek of this impressive electric-powered warbird to our readers. [...]

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Road to Top Gun Update: John Boyko, Cessna Skymaster

Mar 23, 2012 4 Comments

John’s Cessna Skymaster is 26% scale and has a 120″ wingspan. The inline twin aircraft is built from his own plans and has all-wood construction and fiberglass engine cowls. John built and molded the fiberglass parts with his own plug and mold work. The Retracts are a custom made and are a one-off set.  The [...]

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Birdman! Hoax or Real?

Mar 23, 2012 1 Comment

Have you seen this guy on the web and YouTube??? It looks so cool and the video looks real, but now there are a bunch of people saying its all a scam! What do you think? I want to hear what you have to say! leave a comment! What ever it turns out to be, [...]

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Great Plane Shoestring Racer — MAN FaceBook Give-away!

Mar 22, 2012 8 Comments

There’s still time left! You could win this Great Planes Shoestring racer complete with everything needed including radio and flight gear. We are giving away the actual cover plane from the May 2012 issue of our sister publication Electric Flight No subscription or purchase necessary. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59:59 PM EDT on March 26, 2012. Enter the [...]

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Setting Model Incidence — Digitally

Mar 18, 2012 5 Comments

With our Build-along of the Florio Flyer 60 completed, all that’s left is to break in the engine and to double check all the flight surfaces for proper incidence. This being the angle of the horizontal stabilizer and the wing relative to the fuselage centerline or datum line. (This is not the centerline of the of [...]

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Florio Flyer 60 Engine Break-in and Tuning

Mar 17, 2012 No Comments

So, my girls (Anita and Rebecca) took off tospend the day looking for some new school and work cloths, so I had the day all to myself to break in the new O.S. 75AX  and fine tune my propeller selection. I used a tachometer to get some engine numbers…   Talking about numbers: Displacement: 0.75 cu [...]

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Video Update: Top Gun A-6E Intruder

Mar 15, 2012 32 Comments

  The  Team of Mike  Selby  and General Raymond Johns of the USAF (Pilot) will be competing at the 2012 Top Gun event with Mike’s amazing Team Scale entry a completely original Grumman A-6E Intruder. The A-6E is made from a composite vacuum layup of aired carbon and fiberglass. Practice Flights A6-E model jet, 14 March [...]

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Are ARFs Good for the Hobby?

Mar 13, 2012 80 Comments

For years now, the passions have soared and tempers have flared over one hot topic—Are ARFs (Almost Ready to Fly) planes good for the RC Hobby? For many, they have been a godsend and with today’s limited amount of free time, they make becoming an experienced pilot quick and easy. For dyed-in-the-wool model building veterans, [...]

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