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Getting Started in Scale

Oct 28, 2013 1 Comment

A well done and nicely detailed scale RC helicopter model is a rare sight at most flying fields. One reason is that most scale models are complex and time consuming to build and can be costly. A great way to get started in scale modeling is with one of the 450-size electric conversion kits.  This [...]

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Alien Aircraft Taylorcraft 72 — A Great First Scale Project with Video

Oct 23, 2013 1 Comment

With trainer-like stability, and a very easy to build airframe, the new sport scale Taylorcraft from Alien Aircraft is a great choice for someone wanting an easy to fly project, that can also be modified to become an excellent scale project ideal for a first time competition flyer. Featured in the January 2014 issue of [...]

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Send your Well Wishes to RC Legend Henry Haffke

Oct 21, 2013 5 Comments

Just about everyone who reads Model Airplane News and is interested in RC model airplanes, specifically Golden Age scale, has heard of Henry “Mr. Gee Bee” Haffke. The editors at MAN have been working with our good friend, magazine contributor and flying buddy for many years, most recently with his newest article for his 1/3-scale Howard Ike “Miss Chevrolet” race plane. Just about [...]

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FLY THE ROLLING CIRCLE

Oct 21, 2013 1 Comment

One of the most challenging and admired maneuvers in all of aerobatics is the rolling circle. As a rule, you can achieve early success learning most maneuvers as long as you first understand the proper control inputs, and hand-eye coordination adds the final touches to perform the maneuver nearly perfectly. The rolling circle, however, is even [...]

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Fly the Rolling Tailslide

Oct 20, 2013 No Comments

There are some maneuvers that are truly unique to RC helicopters, and the rolling tailslide is one of them. Performing what appears to be a suicidal maneuver and turning it into a controlled and graceful 3D move is always a crowd-pleaser, and while there are many maneuvers that are similar between airplanes and helis, this [...]

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ABCs of Ball Links

Oct 17, 2013 1 Comment

Improvements in RC helicopter design and performance have resulted in the almost universal use of the ball link in all modern helicopter control systems. Most major manufacturers make their own ball links to their specifications, with their name, logo or other such mark on the body of the link. Although these links are slightly different, [...]

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MAN Construction Details — Precious Metal P-51 Reno Racer

Oct 15, 2013 2 Comments

Designed and built by MAN contributor Mark Rittinger, this exclusive online article is the complete and detailed construction article that will be featured in the upcoming December issue of Model Airplane News. Plans available September 1. at: www.airagestore.com I know what you’re thinking….”ANOTHER P51?!” Well yes, fellow modelers! However, this is no ordinary D model [...]

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MASTER A 3-ROLL, 270-DEGREE ROLLING CIRCLE

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

      Recently, I took a look at a few known International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) programs and came across an interesting maneuver that serves as a great building block for other, more intricate, maneuvers. The 3-roll 270-degree rolling circle is maneuver four in the 2011 Advanced Class program. Many pilots claim to perform [...]

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