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First-Flight Checklist

Apr 01, 2014 No Comments

• Initial test flights should be limited to hovering and very mild maneuvering. During this time check for proper blade tracking and any signs of vibration. Minor changes to the control linkages will bring the blades in track. Foam in the fuel tank could be an indication of an engine misalignment, while vibration in the [...]

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Can you name this plane?

Apr 01, 2014 67 Comments

This incredible video comes to us from our friend Tbobborap1, who filmed the giant-scale model at an RC event at the Royal Air Force Barkston Heath base in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. Our mystery plane is of late WW II vintage, was carrier-based and flew for the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. It was especially prized as a [...]

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Farewell to Hobie Alter, creator of the Hobie Hawk

Mar 31, 2014 6 Comments

Hobie Alter, famous for his sailboats and surfboards, was equally well-known in the RC glider arena for his high-performance Hobie Hawk, released in 1974. In the feature photo, he’s on the August 1974 issue! The Hobie Model Company sold over 10,000 of the high-performance gliders. Here’s a great interview with Hobie from the HobieHawk.com website’s [...]

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Inverted Harrier Into a Torque Roll

Mar 31, 2014 2 Comments

Here’s a really fun maneuver that’s generally performed low to the ground.  After all, aerobatic pilots enjoy the adrenaline rush of performing close to the ground and in this maneuver you get the added rush of performing it inverted.  Jason Benson will give you the walkthrough on performing the inverted harrier into a torque roll. With these [...]

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Installing Hinges Made Easy

Mar 31, 2014 6 Comments

The subject of one of my buildalongs, the Florio Flyer 60 has remained very popular on the MAN website. I started by opening the box and building the plane, eventually covering it and flying it to show all the techniques required to build a model airplane from a kit. When it comes to hinges, I used DuBro [...]

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Choosing Heli Servos: Analog vs. Digital

Mar 28, 2014 No Comments

  (Opener) Flybarless helis like this large Robinson R22 are rapidly taking over, but these impressive machines impose heavier demands on the servos. Let’s address a question that seems to cause a good deal of confusion (or at least misunderstanding) among helicopter fliers—whether digital servos are really better than analog, and whether they’re worth the [...]

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The Stall Turn

Mar 26, 2014 5 Comments

The stall turn is one of those maneuvers that can be flown with just about any airplane. When performed correctly and with control, the stall turn will get attention every time it is performed.  But how do you master it? The short answer is lots of practice. But learning the correct stick movements during the [...]

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40 Days of Top Gun Photos

Mar 25, 2014 No Comments

Top Gun 2014 starts April 30th.  Last year I attended taking many photos of the event, over the next 40 days I will post (& tweet @carllayden) a new photo from last years event.  

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