Editors Blogs

Roll Out Party

May 09, 2011 No Comments

I get a lot of requests from clubs for donations and am always happy to send some free subscription cards and hats to add to the event raffle or for prizes. Not so long ago we sent a care package out to the High Sierra Radio Control Club for their Roll Out Party, and club [...]

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4-Stroke: to vent or not to vent?

May 09, 2011 No Comments

I am a long time reader of your column, first time writer. I have learned a lot from your column, and I appreciate the service you provide with your engine wisdom.  I have been running four stroke model engines since my first OS FS 40 in about 1983. I have always “vented” the crankcase out [...]

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Why replace cam bearings?

May 05, 2011 1 Comment

I want to replace the cam bearings in my OS 120 4-stroke engine.  I have replaced the crank shaft bearings but can’t get the cam bearings out.  Your help would be appreciated. Thanks, Greg Dear Greg, Unless it is absolutely necessary I would recommend leaving the cam bearings alone. If you do want to go [...]

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Back from Top Gun

May 02, 2011 No Comments

It was a spectacular show of scale building and piloting and a wonderful time to see friends and make new ones. A new friend Gerry and I have talked to over email and finally met this weekend is Alex Samour, who took this photo of me, Nick Ziroli and Yvonne DeFrancesco, our publisher. Do I [...]

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Top Gun Bound!

Apr 27, 2011 No Comments

When could I possibly be excited about a 6am flight? Only when it’s taking me to sunny Florida for Top Gun! The RC planes that compete there are, in a word, exquisite, but I really look forward to seeing the people. I don’t get to see some of these folks very often, but when I do it’s the best kind of family reunion. [...]

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Helicopter Buyer’s Guide – available soon!

Apr 25, 2011 No Comments

We just sent this issue off to the printer, and it will soon be available at hobby stores, newsstands and bookstores everywhere! This magazine is the result of a lot of teamwork with our helicopter contributors and reviewers, and especially our “Rotor Speed” columnist Paul Tradelius, and I think it’s something our rotary readers will [...]

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Pantera P6 Build and Review

Apr 25, 2011 3 Comments

Audacity Models  (genesishobby.com) has just released their new Pantera P6 50 size nitro helicopter, which I will be building and reviewing here as well as in Model Airplane News magazine. Here are a couple of pics of the new helicopter still in the box just so you can get a quick idea of what it [...]

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Tuning a radial

Apr 22, 2011 No Comments

After reading the latest Engine Clinic column regarding the Fox flat twin flameout problem, I decided to ask you about a Laser V200 four-stroke V-twin that I bought last year.  It has a dual carb setup (each cylinder has its own carb), and during break-in I noticed a tendency for one cylinder to flameout at [...]

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