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Great Find! Guide Book to over 900 Aircraft Museums!

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments

We have to admit it, the editors here at MAN love full-size aircraft almost as much as RC models. When ever we travel to a big RC event, we usually check out the old GPS for local points of interest and hit the “Museums” selection. Aircraft museums are across the country and make a great [...]

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Shop Tip: Balancing your Propeller

Jun 25, 2014 3 Comments

When operating RC airplanes (or quadcopters), properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following [...]

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Master the Basics: Straight & Level Flight

Jun 20, 2014 No Comments

You should practice straight and level as much as you do any other maneuver. It is also where new precision aerobatics pilots  should begin. It may seem like the most boring thing to do, but in reality, straight and level flight is one of the most difficult maneuvers to master. Sure, rolling circles, tail slides [...]

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Video Flight Test — Top Flite Gold Edition Giant Spitfire

Jun 18, 2014 4 Comments

One of our more popular Flight Tests from MAN has been for the impressive 55cc Gold Edition Giant scale Spitfire from Top Flite. Long time contributor and test pilot Rick Bell puts the “Spit” through its paces and offers his comments in this “from the flying field” video interview. Check it out! video platform video management video solutions video [...]

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Freestyle Roller Coaster

Jun 10, 2014 2 Comments

To do the Roller Coaster, start by flying downwind, straight and level at about 1/3 of your model’s top speed. Pull up the elevator to full deflection. The model will execute a big pitch change: its nose will go up past vertical to about 130 degrees, and at the same time, the model will slide backward so its tail is in [...]

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Diamond Hobby Sweepstakes Rules

Jun 04, 2014 No Comments

OFFICIAL RULES. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ENTRANTS MUST BE 18 AND OLDER. BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, ENTRANTS AGREE TO ACCEPT AND BE BOUND BY ALL TERMS OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES (“OFFICIAL RULES”). WINNERS THAT HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED MUST RESPOND [...]

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Painting Scale Pilot Helmets

May 28, 2014 No Comments

I put a huge amount of detail in the helmets of my Best Pilots pilot figures because its the topmost thing that’s viewed when your pilot is sitting in the cockpit. Most flight helmets are leather and that’s what’s shown in the December 2011 issue of MAN. The following technique works like magic in replicating [...]

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Wow the Crowd with a Slow Roll!

May 28, 2014 No Comments

Want to spice up this weekend’s flying? The slow roll is a challenging classic maneuver that’s actually much harder to perform than it looks. With a little practice, though, you’ll be ready to put on a show!  Enter straight and level, full-power roll left Slowly add right rudder Maximum right rudder Smoothly release right rudder [...]

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