Editors Blogs

Bee-lieve it or Not: 13-foot Bulldog Racer!

Oct 01, 2014 6 Comments

We’ve always thought that Golden Age racers had a lot of personality, with their enormous radial engines and interesting wing designs, but Harald Jezek’s sport scale version of a Springfield Bulldog racer has personality plus! The 13.8-foot-span gull-wing flyer is powered by a Vallach 420cc gas engine and weighs in at 127 pounds. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes [...]

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Bracelet Camera Quad?

Oct 01, 2014 2 Comments

That’s right; Nixie is small quadcopter with a camera that can be worn like a wristband when not in use. With a flick of your wrist, Nixie can autonomously fly and shoot video, allowing you to record aerial video and photos hands-free. Nixie is currently being developed by Christoph Kohstall, Jelena Jovanovic, and Michael Niedermayr. It [...]

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Only a few Weekends Left – Get out there and Fly Something!

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments

Wow, only a few days and it will be October! So be sure to take advantage of the great flying weather forecast for this weekend! When it comes to creating RC aviation, it doesn’t matter what you fly, as long as you fly something. And be sure to do it safely with the help of [...]

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Flying James Bond’s Ride!

Sep 25, 2014 9 Comments

Gernot Bruckmann flew his latest scratch-built project, this 66% Bede BD-5 J at Jet Power last week, and here’s the video to prove it! This large scale model of the worlďs smallest jet takes advantage of its low weight (53 pounds!) to really put on a show. The 136-inch-span turbine-powered jet is 100 inches long. We think [...]

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Paper Airplane Breaks Altitude Record

Sep 24, 2014 3 Comments

The U.S. Fox Valley Composite Squadron, Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol, has just made history with a paper airplane that reached the highest altitude ever! Launched via helium balloon from Kankakee, Illinois, the camera-equipped paper plane landed 82 miles away, southwest of Rochester, IN and was airborne for 2 hours and 7 minutes. The 14.5-inch-span paper airplane, [...]

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RC jet or personal aircraft?

Sep 17, 2014 10 Comments

Which do you think it is? Believe it or not, this is an ARF jet! Just announced at JetPower by U.S. distributor Elite Aerosports, no word yet on how big a turbine the Rebel Pro requires or its price. Would you want to fly a jet this big? We think it probably burns a lot of A-1 but watching [...]

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Easy Workshop Tips

Sep 17, 2014 1 Comment

Hatch Leash A great way to ensure your canopy arrives attached to your plane, rather than flying off one way and the plane going the other, is to use two small pieces of wood from a matchstick or a wooden BBQ skewer. I epoxy one for the inside of the foam canopy and the other [...]

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Sopwith Camel Build-Along Part 14 — Cabane Struts and Top Wing

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments

After finishing up the top wing by making and installing the laminated center cutaway bow, it’s time to mate top wing to the fuselage. The struts that support the center of the wing (and set the wing incidence), are called the cabane struts. These work together with the outer interplane struts near the wing tips [...]

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