Editors Blogs

Spiffing up a Spitfire

Jul 07, 2011 7 Comments

Tony Iannucelli was thrilled with the looks of his Hangar 9 .60-size Spitfire, but he wanted to personalize it with invasion stripes and electric retracts. Check out his ARF adventure here:  Growing up in the hobby, the warbird I wanted to model most was the iconic P-51 Mustang.  Second on my list was a Spitfire.  I’ve [...]

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E-flite Rhapsody from our photo shoot

Jul 07, 2011 No Comments

Here is a photo from our latest photo shoot.  This is the E-flite Rhapsody that will have a full review in the November Issue of Electric Flight, be sure to look for it.  This plane is a great little flyer and has a great flight envelope.  Our author Larry Cooper has this to say about [...]

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Engine cleaning: DON’T use this product!

Jul 07, 2011 1 Comment

Q: I have a 180 Saito that I ran for a 1/2 gallon of fuel and decided to go with a larger engine. It had some brown residue around the muffler port, thinking I would clean it up I sprayed oven cleaner on it. Now it is a dull gray and looks 100 years old. My [...]

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Props & Power for Big Birds

Jul 07, 2011 No Comments

—Proper Power-loading for Giant-Scale RC Pilots By Gerry Yarrish (opening photo by Jerry Smith) (Above) Designed by Gary Allen, this 1/3-scale Bucker Bu-133 Jungmeister is powered by a Zenoah G-45. It turns a 22×8 prop at a modest 6,400rpm and powers the big, 86-inch biplane beautifully. Once you start flying bigger airplanes with 80-inch-plus wingspans [...]

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ModelAvionics Link Maker 9000

Jul 07, 2011 No Comments

Although I certainly enjoy building helicopters, I have to admit that installing ball links on threaded rods is not my idea of having a good time. After both ball links are started on the rod they get harder and harder to turn as I try to get to the desired length. However, Model Avionics has [...]

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Model Repair, 10-Steps to a Fast Fix

Jul 06, 2011 2 Comments

We’ve all done it. That one dumb thumb move, the very brief moment when our brain wanted to go right and our thumb decided to go left. There’s nothing you can do but pick up the pieces and take them back to the shop. Some professional aircraft impact testers even have a trash bag in [...]

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Frank Tiano’s Monster Thunderbolt

Jul 05, 2011 1 Comment

Everyone who is active in scale and Giant scale RC aircraft, certainly knows the name Frank Tiano. The promoter of Top Gun and Florida Jets as well as the Monster Planes fly in. I just got an email from Frank showing off his latest project.  If you’re curious about how big the P-47s he and the [...]

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Sport 180, first look at Hobby People’s new plane.

Jul 05, 2011 No Comments

Last Thursday I spent some time with Mike Greenshields at Hobby People’s main office in Fountain Valley California.  While I was there, Mike showed me their brand new prototype aircraft, the new Sport 180.  This great looking park flyer resembles a Cessna and is one sweet flyer.  It will come with its own transmitter and [...]

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