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Debra Cleghorn

The Rivet King: Dave Ribbe’s MiG-15

The Rivet King: Dave Ribbe’s MiG-15

Congratulations to David Ribbe for placing 6th in the 20kg category while flying for the U.S. team at the Jet World Masters in Meiringen, Switzerland! His gorgeously detailed,  88.9-inch-span MiG-15bis is outfitted with a sliding canopy, speed brakes, flaps, sequenced retracts and doors, and it’s even more astounding when you learn that David designed this jet […]
Catch me if you can!

Catch me if you can!

This video from our old friend CrazyHorst is just plain fun: a compilation of dozens of RC plane “catches” he has made in some interesting places. (After watching, take a trip down memory lane and watch his beautifully compiled FPV video here: “Cool Video or Dangerous Stunt“)  
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Giant Warbird Gaggle at Horizon Air Meet

Giant Warbird Gaggle at Horizon Air Meet

By all accounts, the Horizon Air Meet in Germany earlier this month was an incredible show, and judging from what we’ve seen it’s definitely one to add to your bucket list! This video, taken and posted by RCScaleAirplanes, shows the 19-foot-span B-17 we featured a few months ago flying alongside six more gorgeous, giant-scale warbirds. Enjoy! (For background […]
Hybrid Quadcopter UAV

Hybrid Quadcopter UAV

What has the long-distance capability of a Predator and can take off and land like a helicopter?  Meet Latitude Engineering’s Hybrid Quadcopter. This 25-pound, electric-powered prototype UAV looks like a twin-boom drone but has four multi-rotor blades.  Bayani Birkinbine, a design engineer on the project, says that flying it was a challenge. “There are  autopilots […]
Incredible Orange F-16

Incredible Orange F-16

The biannual Jet World Masters is taking place now in Meringen, Switzerland, and you can bet there are some amazing models in the air! One of them is Gerald Rutten’s F-16, featured in his video below. Gerald notes that he placed second in static judging with this jet at the 2011 event, and the model wasn’t […]
Quadcopter as companion (and more!)

Quadcopter as companion (and more!)

A new project unveiled on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com named “Spiri” is a pretty little flyer that can be anything you want it to be! Inventor Patrick Edwards-Daugherty writes, “Meet Spiri, the programmable, autonomous flying robot. Designed for you and your projects. Spiri is a versatile, airborne Linux device with sensors, cameras, wifi, cloud support, development […]
Niagara Falls: a new perspective

Niagara Falls: a new perspective

Combine a GoPro camera with a stable, maneuverable quadcopter and you can see the world from a brand-new perspective. This great video has footage of Niagara Falls captured by a DJI Phantom and GoPro Here 3, and it is breathtaking, mesmerizing and will take your stress level from level 10 to at least a 4. […]
Wing walking (really!)

Wing walking (really!)

This flying robot can use its wings to navigate on the ground, even over rough terrain! Its creator, the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, notes, “The robot is capable of walking with different gaits, it can move on different surfaces, it can overcome high obstacles, and can also navigate in rough terrains. The robot presented in […]
Incredible Scratch-Built Rotary Engine

Incredible Scratch-Built Rotary Engine

Andy Johnston must take his RC modeling very seriously … why else would he spend over 3 years building a true-to-scale, rotary Bentley engine spending another 2 years building an Avro 504K from plans, specifically for the engine?  The 9-cylinder powerplant has cast-iron liners that are 1mm thick, aluminum finned barrels and a total of […]
Self-assembling Multi-Rotors!

Self-assembling Multi-Rotors!

Researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated an amazing capability for small robots to self-assemble and take to the air as a multi-rotor helicopter. Maximilian Kriegleder and Raymond Oung worked with Professor Raffaello D’Andrea at his research lab to develop the small hexagonal pods that assemble into flying rafts. The true accomplishment of this research is […]
Take a ride in the electric eSpyder!

Take a ride in the electric eSpyder!

Electric power isn’t just for RC models and drones anymore! The German government just announced its certification of eSpyder, an all-electric ultralight that carries a single pilot, and this makes eSpyder the first certified, all-electric man-carrying plane!  Developed and soon to be produced by Yuneec International, based in Kunshan, China, a U.S.-based company called GreenWing Intl. will market, sell and support the line. The […]
FPV Heron Crash

FPV Heron Crash

  Even remotely piloted vehicles can have a bad day at the field. In this YouTube video posted by German tabloid The Bild, an Australian RQ 7 Heron offers a first person view of a 2010 taxi accident with a C-130 in Afghanistan.  According to Bild a junior officer put the Heron into auto start and then was unable […]
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