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Must-Know Fuel Facts

Oct 02, 2012 2 Comments

In today’s hobby industry, commercial fuel-blending companies are hard-pressed to make a profit, and stay in business. Nitromethane is no longer made in America; our only refinery dedicated to its production has been moved to India. We now import nitro from China and are subject to interruptions in supply, as demonstrated when refineries shut down to [...]

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From the Workshop — Building the Ultimate Thunderbolt

Sep 26, 2012 4 Comments

This exclusive “From the workshop” story is from Frank Tiano’s article published in the 2012 December “Scale Special Issue” of Model Airplane News. Not exactly a Flight Report or Product Review, it is Frank’s take on building one of the very best warbird kits he thinks is available today, the CARF-Models P-47 Thunderbolt. Let’s get [...]

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Workshop Tip — How to Drill a Cowl

Sep 26, 2012 No Comments

How To Drill a Cowl from Hidden Index Holes The Problem: You’re working on a model and you need to drill the cowl to match pre-drilled holes in the fuselage, but you can’t access that area once the cowl is in place. The Solution: Grab your masking tape, pin, marker, drill, cowl, and fuselage then follow [...]

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Horizon Hobby Air Show video coverage

Sep 05, 2012 No Comments

Check out the action at the Horizon Hobby Air Show

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HoverBike Breakthrough?

Aug 22, 2012 No Comments

Anyone who has grown up in the “Star Wars” generation knows there are all sorts of great flying vehicles planed for our intergalactic future. But what about now? Well, we caught wind of a very ambitious project called the “HoverBike”. The brainchild of  Chris Malloy, this could just be the answer to that old childhood [...]

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Phil Herrington’s Scale Slope Soaring Fire Bomber

Aug 20, 2012 8 Comments

Due to its steady winds, strong lift, and generous grass landing areas, we see some impressive slope gliders on the the slopes over Wilson Lake in Lucas, Kansas.  Phil flew his Neptune a couple days before the 19th annual Midwest Slope Challenge in May 2012. Phil saw the prototype airplane in action near his home [...]

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E-flite Habu 2

Aug 17, 2012 4 Comments

Made of tough Z-Foam, the new ParkZone Habu 2 BNF Basic sports a brighter trim scheme than its popular predecessor and can accommodate optional retracts and flaps. Getting this Bind-N-Fly snake airborne couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is attach the wing and tail assemblies, plug the servos into the proper receiver ports, [...]

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Laser Beaming Recharges UAV in Flight

Aug 11, 2012 No Comments

Fighter jets can refuel in the air, but what about small, electrically powered drones? LaserMotive built a system to charge drones via laser and keep them aloft indefinitely. Tom Nugent likes to call his company’s current project a “wireless extension cord.” Not a bad analogy for LaserMotive’s laser transmitter/receiver system, which recently beamed enough energy [...]

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