Editors Blogs

Mike Whitelaw– Avid Modeler and Exceptional Son

Sep 15, 2011 No Comments

Father and son teams are the very glue that helps our hobby of aero-modeling remain strong. Many activities and sports bring family members together, but RC family ties often last a lifetime. Mike Whitelaw is an RC modeler like many of us reaching our later 40s, thirty years of experience in a hobby with a [...]

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Mass Electric Flight at Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Sep 15, 2011 No Comments

The 45th RC Jamboree was a lot of fun on several levels! One really fun event was the Saturday Mass launch and flight for 36 inch and smaller electric powered airplanes. I got so caught up in the excitement, I donated my own MAN hat to the last man down, for having the longest flight! [...]

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Kondor Model Products L-4 Grasshopper–Exclusive Online Flight Test and Review

Sep 15, 2011 2 Comments

This Exclusive Sneak Peek will be published in the February 2012 issue of Model Airplane News. Reviewer and Test Pilot Aaron Ham, reports that: “makes a great trainer thatr just happens to be legal for warbird events–A J-3 Cub in military dress.”   Built between 1937 and 1947 by Piper Aircraft. The Piper Cub was [...]

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Seagull Models PC-6 Porter becomes AU-23 Peacemaker

Sep 14, 2011 1 Comment

I recently mentioned that I had a Seagull Models PC-6 Turbo Porter in the paint shop with the plan of converting it to a Fairchild AU-23 Peacemaker. Well, it’s out of the shop and back in the air and looks like this! The gun blast/tracer path was done with PhotoShop. The conversion, beyond the paint [...]

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Hotwire Foam Cutting

Sep 13, 2011 1 Comment

If you have ever wanted to make your own foam flyer you have to check out Hotwire Foam Factory’s bow cutters.  They come in lengths from 24″ to 48″ and make quick work of hot wire foam cutting.  I actually made a 3D plane from scratch using their stuff and it was a blast to [...]

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Not all screw drivers are the same – Try a JIS

Sep 13, 2011 No Comments

If you have ever put together a European or Asian model you have probably experienced the need to have access to a “Phillips” head screw driver.  I do a lot of mechanic work on my farm and I am a big fan of Craftsman tools.  But even if you do use quality tools these American [...]

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A Favorite Mom and Pop Hobby Shop – Mark Twain Hobby

Sep 13, 2011 No Comments

I live in the midwest and have experienced a loss of local hobby shops.  I love walking through brick and mortar hobby stores.  One of my favorite hobby shops in the St. Louis area is Mark Twain Hobby located in historic Saint Charles, just west of St. Louis.  They opened in 1976 and have a [...]

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Hobby People’s new Superfly X

Sep 13, 2011 No Comments

Just got my hands on one of these so be looking for my review soon.  I have the receiver ready brushless version so I know this will be a great performer.  I will couple it with my Airtronics RDS 8000 transmitter and a RX600 receiver.  My first impression is the Superfly is big and comes [...]

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