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Ground effect: is it real?

Jun 09, 2014 4 Comments by

When a helicopter is hovering at a height that’s approximately less than the diameter of one rotor disc, it really does encounter “ground effect.” This is because the downwash velocity created by the rotor blades can’t be fully developed because the helicopter is so close to the ground, so the helicopter rests on a “bubble” [...]

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Question of the Week — What type of plane do you fly the most

Jan 10, 2014 25 Comments by

Model Airplane News is always looking to improve our content to meet our reader’s interests. Whether you are a beginner or an old pro, once you earn your wings, there are certain types of planes that really push the RC flying button. Tell us what turns you on. What type of plane do you like [...]

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US to Send Drones to Iraq Forces to fight Terrorists

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments by

WASHINGTON — The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria. The move follows an appeal for help in battling the extremist group by [...]

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20 Field & Bench Tips

Dec 09, 2013 14 Comments by

With time, experience and lots of trial and error, we RC modelers all learn good way to do accomplish workshop tasks and/or flying field repairs. The simplest things can often make the biggest difference. Here’s 20 popular tips that will make your hobby time easier and more successful. Be sure to leave comments about your favorite field or bench [...]

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Ares Tiger Moth 75: A ready-to-fly nano-micro indoor flyer

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments by

When you open the box, you see what’s meant by nano micro! This nicely assembled 3-channel indoor flying Ares Tiger Moth 75 has a span of only 11.4 inches and a flying weight (with 1S 50mAh LiPo battery) of only 14 grams. As a molded sport scale model, the Tiger Moth, which is distributed by [...]

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MULTI ENGINE MAGIC—Expert Set Up & Flight Techniques for Twin-Engine Aircraft

Nov 04, 2013 5 Comments by

There’s just something special about twin-engine airplanes. Whenever a twin shows up at the flying field, most modelers stop what they’re doing and go over to check it out. Maybe it’s the sound of the engines as they sync into and out of phase while the model is in the air; or perhaps it’s the [...]

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Easy Repair Tricks

May 22, 2013 4 Comments

One of the apprehensions all pilots experience is knowing our planes are at risk every time they take to the air. Then there is a real sense of accomplishment when the plane makes it safely back to terra firma. As our confidence builds, we start doing maneuvers closer to the ground and thereby increase the [...]

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Workshop Build-Along: 6-foot Taylorcraft from Alien Aircraft

Apr 22, 2013 2 Comments

We continue with our from the workshop airplane build-along of the new laser-cut Taylorcraft kit from Alien Aircraft. Designed by Tom Herr, this glow powered sport scale classic has a 72 inch wingspan and easy to build lock-tab construction. Our contributor Mike Greenshields says: ” This airplane is built like a tank, yet it is light [...]

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