Editors Blogs

Video Workshop How To: Installing RC Fuel Tanks

May 14, 2014 4 Comments

For an RC airplane to fly properly and safely, its engine needs a consistent supply of fuel. Whether you are flying a glow powered or gasoline burning airplane, the fuel tank needs to be assembled and installed correctly. Here’s MAN editor Gerry Yarrish with some shop tech tips for you that will help you with [...]

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Small-Block RC Gas Engine Guide — A New Generation of compact Power!

May 14, 2014 22 Comments

Lately, there has been a noticeable shift toward smaller displacement single-cylinder, gasoline engines and there are now many of these little gas-burning powerhouses on the market. Years ago, when you talked about gas engines, the smaller end was owned by the 25cc engines and the average size was roughly between 40cc and 60cc with a few [...]

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Fly the Blender

May 13, 2014 1 Comment

Although I enjoy all aspects of RC aircraft, I truly enjoy aerobatics. Often, people who are just getting into aerobatics ask me how to perform some of the most difficult maneuvers out there and become discouraged when they can’t succeed. I tell them that one aerobatic maneuver builds on another. For example, you can’t build [...]

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This isn’t an RC model: it’s full-size!

May 13, 2014 3 Comments

When you’re watching this video of Red Bull helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron perform, you may think that it’s an RC model … what full-size heli do you know of that can do tricks like this? Believe it or not, he’s flying in the cockpit of his modified full-size machine. He’s one of only three licensed [...]

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Blade 600X: a 12-cell competition beauty raises the bar

May 13, 2014 No Comments

Over the last couple of years, Blade RC, long a major presence in mini and micro helicopters, has released a series of larger helis ranging up to 550 class. With the Blade 600X they have raised the ante with a competition-grade 12-cell flybarless 600, and I couldn’t wait to build one. The Blade 600X Pro [...]

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Thunderbird 2 — Fantasy Slope Soarer

May 13, 2014 1 Comment

When Stephen Ryan was a kid, he was hooked on the Thunderbirds kid show produced using marionettes! We all loved this show and especially all the cool flying craft that were for many of us, the try stars of the show. For Stephen, he was impressed with Thunderbird 2 the mother ship that could fly and [...]

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Futaba T10J Radio

May 12, 2014 1 Comment

The T10J radio is the latest from Futaba and features a full 10 channels with 30 model memory, and is fully programmable and updateable by the user. Real time telemetry data for transmitter and onboard voltage, temperature, RPM and GPS location can be viewed on the backlit LCD screen, and audibly reported through headphones when [...]

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The Nine Eagles Solo Pro 290 Lama Helicopter

May 09, 2014 No Comments

The Nine Eagles Solo Pro 290 Lama from Tower Hobbies is a highly detailed, and ready to fly, replica of the Aérospatiale SA-315 Lama, a French utility helicopter for both civilian and military uses. Available in both a ready-to-fly and TR (Transmitter-Ready) version, great care was taken to recreate many of the full-scale features, such [...]

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