Editors Blogs

What telemetry can do for you

Sep 02, 2014 No Comments

Receiving real-time information about the state and functioning of your airplane during flight enables the RC pilot to make informed decisions therefore contributing to overall safety and peace of mind. The current generations of radios provide various sorts of telemetry information such as speed, RF Quality, battery capacity, RPM altitude and much more depending on [...]

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Workshop Tips — Laminating Balsa Parts

Sep 02, 2014 3 Comments

As my online Build-Along for the Sopwith Camel continues, I recently did some lamination work on the top wing, and thought it would make a good How To. This technique has been used for decades but to a new generation of RC model builders might be worth explaining in detail. Here’s how I did. There’s [...]

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Dusty Crophopper – Kit Bashing an Animated Disney Superstar

Aug 29, 2014 2 Comments

Kit Bashing is always fun and entertaining, for both Logan (my 12 year old son) and me. What is ‘kit-bashing? This is the question asked when my latest project was described to a modeler friend. Well, It’s part way between building from scratch and building a traditional kit. Using an existing kit as a basic [...]

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12-Engine Flying Boat!

Aug 29, 2014 29 Comments

A true scratch-built project, this 1/10-scale Dornier DO X1a was designed, built and piloted by Michael Bräuer. This impressive built-up plane has a 16-foot wingspan and weighs in at 132 pounds, and it’s powered by twelve (12!) O.S. .62 4-strokes. Michael notes that he spent one year building this giant plane and that it has Futaba [...]

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Really Cool stuff that flies! RC Paper Airplanes

Aug 28, 2014 6 Comments

Check this out. This guys a is genius and has developed a paper airplane that, with his kit, can be controlled with your iPhone. Way cool and you get to fold the paper airplane all by yourself so it is a DIY project for the person who has never built or flown a model airplane, [...]

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Incredible 40%-Scale Eindecker

Aug 27, 2014 3 Comments

Sleek, sophisticated WW II fighters usually get more props than earlier era warbirds, but this 40-percent-scale Fokker E.1 may change your mind. Made famous by none other than Max Immelmann himself, the Eindecker had wing warping instead of ailerons, and the model demonstrates just how well they worked! Built by Gerhard Reinsch and flown at [...]

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Greased Lightning: 10 electric motors, 10-foot wing!

Aug 21, 2014 4 Comments

Check out this prototype! Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center hope unmanned aerial systems like this GL-10 Greased Lightning will be able to fly like a plane and hover like a multirotor. The GL-10 recently flew successfully while tethered; full flight tests are planned in the fall of 2014.

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Soldering Made Easy — Dealing with Printed Circuits

Aug 21, 2014 4 Comments

Soldering things together takes all forms and sizes relative to our RC hobby. Back in the day, you needed to have the steady hands of an electronic tech guy to assemble entire RC transmitters from kits. Today most of the soldering chores deal with batteries and ESCs. One of the easiest ways to deal with [...]

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