Editors Blogs

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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Spray Painting Made Easy

Mar 25, 2014 6 Comments

Here’s a great workshop technique from editor Gerry Yarrish’s workshop. The products may have changed but today, painting your model airplane with “rattle can” spray paint is a less expensive alternative than using an air compressor and an automotive touch-up gun or a HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) rig. When you start building models that have formed [...]

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Crazy Slope Aerobatics

Mar 25, 2014 4 Comments

Slope aerobatics are in a category all their own, and the tricks this plane can do will blow your mind! It features a JGAF’s Custom Aerobats Buzz Evo using nothing but gravity and the wind to perform some incredible stunts. Even the music is perfect for this seaside romp! Thanks to Surfimp for taking this great video and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Free Flight Avro Lancaster Bomber

Mar 25, 2014 4 Comments

Many of you may not know this, but each year at the Top Gun Scale Invitational at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL, several of the contestants as well as the staff and press, get together and have a mass-launch for scale rubber powered model airplanes. Most are built using stick and tissue construction and many [...]

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