Editors Blogs

Build a Stand for your RC Model

Sep 18, 2012 5 Comments

During the spring I designed & built an RC model stand for a friend.  The idea was to build a stand that would make it easier to assemble and disassemble the aircraft.  This stand should work for most 40-60 size airplanes, modelers may want to create/change to suit their own tastes too.  The construction is [...]

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Spirit of Ob: The Rest of the Story

Aug 20, 2012 No Comments

Those over 40 probably know who Paul Harvey is and the significance of “The Rest of the Story”.  Bringing this project to conclusion and completing that first test flight reminded me of those wonderful stories on radio.  I did it, completed the build in time to have the first test flight on Father’s Day.  The [...]

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Masterpiece in the Making: 35% Model D Bristol Scout

Aug 08, 2012 17 Comments

During my recent trip to the Father’s Day Fun Fly in Kingston Ontario, I ran into my good friend Brian Perkins. One thing I have learned is that, whenever you see Brian on the flightline, chances are you’ll see an RC Bristol Scout in the air. Brian has been a scale modeler for most of [...]

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Bird on your six!

Jul 16, 2012 27 Comments

The video camera onboard this RC aircraft captured some extremely unusual aerial interaction. We’re not sure whether this bird just wants to take a ride or whether he wants to take the plane OUT! Watch this clip and decide for yourself.  (Extra credit if you can tell us what type of bird is in the video!)  

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Cat vs. helicopter

Jul 11, 2012 27 Comments

In this video pick of the week, a cat KOs a ‘copter (no animals or aircraft are harmed!). Watch it … it’s funny!  

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Ground effect: is it real?

Jul 09, 2012 4 Comments

When a helicopter is hovering at a height that’s approximately less than the diameter of one rotor disc, it really does encounter “ground effect.” This is because the downwash velocity created by the rotor blades can’t be fully developed because the helicopter is so close to the ground, so the helicopter rests on a “bubble” [...]

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Taming the Shakes: Vibration Cures

Jun 28, 2012 2 Comments

My first flight attempts with my Huey OH-6 were not successful because minor vibrations in the mechanics resonated in the scale body –particularly the T-tail—making it shake so badly it would literally eject the canopy. These vibrations had been present all along, but they weren’t a problem in the heli’s previous pod and boom incarnation. [...]

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What about those “beauty” contests?

Jun 21, 2012 1 Comment

It’s kinda neat, the varied competitions available to the R/C’er these days. There are flying events with a host of sub-sets like scale, electric, seaplanes, jets, sport, vintage, gliders and other classes. Something for everyone it would seem. There are also local shows of a different type, usually held at the shopping mall where passers-by, [...]

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