Debra Cleghorn

Top Gun: Live from the Flightline

Apr 29, 2014 4 Comments

The 26th annual Top Gun Scale Invitational is underway, and Model Airplane News will posting live from the flight line all weekend! Gerry and I are thrilled to be here with more than a hundred of the best builders and pilots in the world. We’ll be updating the MAN site throughout the event, and for the [...]

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Hexacopter Rock!

Apr 25, 2014 No Comments

Prepare to be amazed by these hexacopters from KMel Robotics! In the nearly 4-minute video, they work in concert to play a variety of songs. Love this!! Watch to the end for a surprise “note” that is guaranteed to make you smile.

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Incredible Electric EC-135

Apr 23, 2014 2 Comments

This 42-pound machine is powered by 14S 10,000mAh LiPos (that’s four 7S 5000mAh packs!) turning a Leomotion L110/230 motor for a whopping 1150rpm. The fuselage and mechanics are from Helicoptertechnik Schwing and a turbine sound module provides that extra realism. Futaba radio gear and a Futaba GY750 gyro allow this scale beauty to perform beautiful [...]

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Unusual RC: Swiss Army Knife Takes Flight

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

The ingenuity of RC plane modelers never ends, and this sharp-flying aircraft is definitely one of a kind. Check it out!

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1951 Movie of Free-Flight Helicopter

Apr 17, 2014 1 Comment

Check out this vintage helicopter model, powered by two ”jet” engines mounted at right angles to the propellers! It takes off and flies, but does it land safely? Watch this great video and find out.

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Can You Name That Plane?

Apr 16, 2014 37 Comments

Powered by a Moki 250cc 5-cylinder radial gas engine with a 32×12 Biela 3-blade prop, this 1/4-scale model weighs in at 74 pounds and has a 115-inch wingspan. Can you identify this plane before you watch the video? Thanks to our friend across the pond, Tbobborap1 for taking and this video of this gorgeous warbird [...]

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U.S. Navy fuels RC plane with SEAWATER!

Apr 10, 2014 8 Comments

The P-51 in the photo above looks like a typical RC model, with a huge exception: it is powered by seawater! The U.S. Naval Research Lab has been working on ways to turn seawater into fuel, using a Carbon Capture Skid to remove carbon dioxide from the water while producing hydrogen. A metal catalyst in [...]

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Amazing first flight: 20-foot-span B-25!

Apr 07, 2014 38 Comments

Just when you think you’ve seen a really giant, giant-scale plane, here comes a 1/3.3-scale B-25 Mitchell! Weighing in at 326 pounds, with a wingspan of 20 feet, this behemoth is powered by two 400cc Moki 5-cylinder radials and 35×13 carbon-fiber propellers. The big bomber has wood construction with fiberglass reinforcements and uses handmade retracts and 30 servos. Three Emcotec [...]

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