Editors Blogs

Linkage Safety

May 23, 2011 No Comments

Now, let’s talk about proper linkage setup. Many advanced airplanes take advantage of ball-links to attach given pushrods to a servo arm, control horn, etc. Using ball-links in these areas guarantees to improve linkage geometry and allows a given surface to move freely.  While using a clevis works if servo and linkage geometry are correct, [...]

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Coming attraction, E-Flite Habu 32 Flight Test

May 23, 2011 No Comments

I just got the new Habu 32 EDF jet from EFlite and will be presenting my findings on the pages of Model Airplane News. First impression? Impressively high quality components, very slippery looking and attractively priced. Way more than a step up from the smaller foamies!

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Inverted issues

May 22, 2011 2 Comments

Clarence,     I have a OS BGX-1 mounted inverted in a one-fifth scale Pica P-40. I am using a J-Tec muffler.This engine is very hard to start. I usually have to turn the plane over, place in a cradle, then it starts, by hand, easily. I then shut it down, put the plane back on its [...]

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Red Black RC Swashplate from HeliFlightCenter

May 21, 2011 No Comments

For all the years I’ve been flying helicopters (which is longer than I care to admit) all swashplates have had the same basic design. They all use a center ball which rotates in all directions. Although this has always worked well some slop could develop over time with a lot of use.  Some companies such [...]

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You will soon see the Rhapsody in Electric Flight

May 20, 2011 No Comments

This review will soon be in the new issue of Electric Flgiht, going to newsstands soon. SPECIFICATIONS Name of plane:  E-flite Rhapsody 25 Manufacturer:  E-flite (e-fliterc.com) Distributor: Horizon Hobby Type: Sport Biplane Length: 39 in. Wingspan: 47 in. Wing area: 530 Sq. In. Weight: 4lbs 13.5 oz. Wing loading: 21 oz. sq./ft. Motor req’d: Power [...]

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Stryker F-27Q from ParkZone

May 20, 2011 No Comments

With a span of 37 inces and powered by a 480-size brushless outrunner power system, this newest version of the popular Stryker swept delta wing design is a hot ticket! We just got our test sample of the “Q” version and will be test flying it next week! Watch for a review in the next issue of Electric [...]

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Video Outtakes, sometimes it is hard to keep a straight face

May 19, 2011 3 Comments

Sometimes when you are shooting a video the unexpected giggles happens, I’m not saying it is pretty, it just happens.  When your crew is cracking up behind the cameras, it is very hard to keep a straight face. A brief history on the subject: <iframe width=”425″ height=”349″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/D1xqrdtJs8w” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

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The new AeroWorks Edge 30cc

May 19, 2011 No Comments

You will see this beauty in the next issue of Model Airplane News, but now you can get a glimpse of it.  Here are some Specs on it. Name of plane: Edge 540 Distributor: Aeroworks Type: 30cc Aerobatic plane Length: 70 in. Wingspan: 74 in. Wing area: 980 sq. in. Weight: 177 oz. Wing loading: [...]

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