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Tora, Tora, Tora! A Japanese A6M3 Zero you can build

Jan 06, 2014 3 Comments

Featured as a construction article in the March 2014 issue of MAN, this A6M3 Model 22 “Zero” is a great sport scale electric powered warbird that’s easy to build and fly. Designed and built by Mark Rittinger the Zero construction article hit the highlights of the project, but here are all of the details and photos not [...]

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RealFlight 7 Flight Sim – Are you up to the Challenge?

Jan 06, 2014 1 Comment

Reviewed in the upcoming April 2014 issue of MAN, RealFlight 7 offers six exciting fun fly Challenges for you to choose from. As well as being a great learning and teaching tool for beginner and advanced RC pilots, these flight challenges are more than just video games. Being able to practice these popular real life Fun Fly tasks with [...]

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New Disney “Planes” Movie for 2014 — Fire and Rescue

Jan 02, 2014 No Comments

They did it again! Watch for this exciting new “Planes” movie in 2014 “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that [...]

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The Inverted Circle

Dec 30, 2013 No Comments

Most aerobatic figures contain multiple combinations of various individual maneuvers. Becoming an expert aerobatic pilot requires that you practice these individual elements before trying to conquer a more complex stunt, and one great individual maneuver to become proficient at is the “inverted circle.” Flying an aircraft upside down can be challenging at times. Typically, this [...]

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Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch

Dec 26, 2013 6 Comments

When it comes to RC Golden Age racers, no one does  flying models better than the world recognized  guru of scale Gee Bees - Henry Haffke. When I teamed up with Henry to build the 1/3-scale version of his Howard DGA-5 “Ike” Golden Age racer, I added several  details that a racer this size needed to look right. One [...]

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A Metal Finish Made Easy

Dec 18, 2013 16 Comments

I can hear it now, “Oh great, not another Mustang”, from readers everywhere!  Truth be known, I found myself saying the exact same thing at almost every Warbird event I attended, despite the fact that I actually like the Mustang as an aircraft. When this sleek American airframe was outfitted with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin, it [...]

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7 tips for helicopter flight success!

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

Micro RC helicopters are fascinating. For many, they are the ultimate flying machines. To master a miniature helicopter so you can fly it in your living room or from your back porch and turn your picnic table into a heli pad is amazingly satisfying. Micro helis are great for someone wanting to learn to fly [...]

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Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 — Workshop Build-Along Part 1

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments

Designed by Tom Herr, owner/operator of Alien Aircraft, the FunMaster 72 is his newest laser-cut 6-foot span kit plane. Designed to be a multi-role RC airplane, it is great for use as a trainer, fun fly plane or a flying experimenter test bed.  MAN contributor Jerry Smith is building a FunMaster 72 for a future [...]

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