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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 1 Comment

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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Conquer the Three-turn Negative Spin

Sep 30, 2013 1 Comment

  In the early days of aviation,  spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since [...]

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Learn the Inverted Approach with a Half Roll

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

  For the extreme aerobatic enthusiast, there is nothing like performing hotshot maneuvers inches off the ground. One unexpected way to take the crowd by surprise is to add aerobatic moves to your landing. During a normal landing approach, the airplane is in upright level flight and flies downwind parallel to the runway, turns 90 degrees [...]

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Don’t cook your speed control!

Sep 24, 2013 4 Comments

Avoid these common power system mistakes Electric fliers all have one thing in common regardless of the size or type of models they fly—the electronic speed control (ESC). It doesn’t matter if you fly helicopters, airplanes, giant-scale, indoor, or micro models; at the heart of your power system is the speed control, and if it’s [...]

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Giant Stunning Stearman

Sep 24, 2013 19 Comments

  Pedro Sanchez is a master scale modeler and a member of the Georgia Model Aviators in Ballground. He has many large scale models in his hanger and prides himself with absolute detail on his models.  His latest, as seen here, is a Balsa USA Stearman. Pedro is relentless when it comes to detail and [...]

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