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Top Gun 2015: Model Airplane News Team is on location!

Apr 30, 2015 No Comments

Model Airplane News followed the Road to Top Gun and we are excited to finally be here at Paradise Field! One of the first planes to catch our eye was this impressive 45% Spad VII. Designed and built by David James of Fairfield, Texas, the 138-inch-span warbird weighs 60 pounds and is powered by a [...]

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Mixing Custom Colors for Scale RC Airplanes

Apr 08, 2015 1 Comment

Mixing custom colors for scale airplanes can be a tricky job, and the difference between accurate and “pretty close” can be the difference between winning and not even placing at a scale contest. For those who are considering going the next step in scale accuracy, this article digs a little deeper into this “colorful” and [...]

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Tipsy S2 — An electric sport scale vintage airplane you can build

Apr 07, 2015 1 Comment

Designer Dennis Sumner has build several excellent flying model and his newest is the Tipsy S2, plans now available at the AirAgeStore website. Featured in the July 2015 issue of Electric Flight, the construction plans are at: Here’s Dennis’ take on this attractive vintage flyer. Scale and unique airplanes always appeal to me and [...]

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RC Aerobatics: Take off with a Snap!

Mar 30, 2015 4 Comments

A takeoff with a 1 1/2 positive snap roll will get everyone’s attention on your flight right from the start! Before attempting this move, you should be proficient with performing positive snap rolls in general. When you execute this move, you must be in complete control and exit the maneuver at a safe altitude. Do not drop [...]

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Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

Mar 24, 2015 1 Comment

I am always looking for things I can use in my scale modeling projects. So when I was finishing up my latest project I needed something to duplicate the leather coaming that protects the pilot from the cockpit opening edges. I found that an easy way to make good looking coaming right at a local [...]

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Monster DC-10 — Robert Pannell’s Best Electric Jet Performance Winner

Mar 23, 2015 14 Comments

Florida Jets is an annual event in Lakeland, FL that has grown dramatically over the past few years—mostly due to site improvements and the huge, growing interest in jet RC flying. Adding impetus is the availability and accessibility of a wide variety of jet models and accessories. In general, the models are large, highly pre-fabricated [...]

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RC Aerobatics – Master the Stall Turn

Mar 20, 2015 6 Comments

The stall turn (sometimes also referred to as the “hammer-head”) can be broken down into five steps. While this maneuver may seem fairly easy, it can be rather difficult to perform time and time again. Let’s begin!   ILLUSTRATION BY FX MODELS & CHROME CITY STUDIOS The basic stall turn is performed by pulling the model [...]

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SkyEye Pusher

Mar 18, 2015 No Comments

Fourteen years ago, my original SkyCrawler design was published in Model Aviation. At that time, neither LiPo batteries nor brushless outrunner motors were available, and video cameras were still pretty big and bulky. As these technologies developed and affordable versions became available, I decided to update my old SkyCrawler. With a name change and a [...]

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