Editors Blogs

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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Futaba T10J Radio

May 12, 2014 1 Comment

The T10J radio is the latest from Futaba and features a full 10 channels with 30 model memory, and is fully programmable and updateable by the user. Real time telemetry data for transmitter and onboard voltage, temperature, RPM and GPS location can be viewed on the backlit LCD screen, and audibly reported through headphones when [...]

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The Nine Eagles Solo Pro 290 Lama Helicopter

May 09, 2014 No Comments

The Nine Eagles Solo Pro 290 Lama from Tower Hobbies is a highly detailed, and ready to fly, replica of the Aérospatiale SA-315 Lama, a French utility helicopter for both civilian and military uses. Available in both a ready-to-fly and TR (Transmitter-Ready) version, great care was taken to recreate many of the full-scale features, such [...]

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Throw Back Thursday — Jet Blast from the Past!

May 08, 2014 No Comments

Throw Back Thursday is a lot of fun here at the MAN office! We get to poke around the archives and see what we can find. Here’s something that should grab the jet jock’s attention. Anyone want to venture a guess as to what year this was? The Jet man himself, Bob Violett with ducted [...]

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Mastering the Hover – Pro Tips

May 07, 2014 No Comments

Everyone enjoys either hovering or watching somebody hover their aircraft, it’s one of those moves that is done close to the ground and is impressive to watch.  But if you never hovered a plane before it can be quite intimidating to figure out how to do it.  But fear not, we have our ace pilot, [...]

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Top Gun — Final Standings.

May 07, 2014 3 Comments

Wow! Top Gun 2014 was certainly one for the record books! Fighting the weather and a compressed flight order, the pilots of Top Gun were truly in a “Fly or Go Home” situation! Very exciting! Here are the final stats showing the winners and placers of each category down to 5th place. Did your favorite [...]

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