Editors Blogs

Top Gun Video Interview — Pedro Sanchez — P-47 Thunderbolt

May 15, 2014 No Comments

One of our good friends Pedro Sanchez showed up at Top Gun this year with a beautifully detailed Warbird in the form of a CARF-Models P-47 Thunderbolt. Powered by a Moki 5-cylinder 250cc radial engine, the 1/4-scale “Jug” has a 110 inch span and weighs in at 54 pounds! Pedro only started with a CARF-Models [...]

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Top Gun Video Interview — Dino DiGiorgio — F4U Corsair

May 15, 2014 2 Comments

After all the dust had settled at Top Gun this year, we had a chance to grab some of the contestants and get the back story about their aircraft. One of the more interesting tales was that of the F4U Corsair flown by Dino DiGiorgio. This beautifully executed aircraft carrier based WW2 fighter was all [...]

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Video Workshop How To: Installing RC Fuel Tanks

May 14, 2014 5 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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