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Hot Wire Foam Factory Styroplast

Feb 21, 2012 No Comments

Hot Wire Foam Factory recently introduced their new Styroplast two-part coating for all foams.  When mixed you have about 12-15 minutes of working time and when cured the coating becomes fire-proof, water-proof, and hardens to protect all foam surfaces without adding a lot of weight to the foam.  The possibilities for use are extensive and [...]

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Cool video of the week: Jet-Powered Ultralight

Jan 01, 2012 11 Comments

 Have you ever heard of a jet-powered ultralight? Dean Arnold recently uploaded this amazing footage of the maiden flight of the his Sirocket, the first twin engine jet-powered “microlight” in the UK. Filmed at the Damyn’s Hall Airfield, the Sirocket is a composite monoplane design normally powered by a 40hp gasoline engine and pusher propeller. [...]

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Traffic a pain? Buy a ’54 Aerocar One!

Dec 17, 2011 1 Comment

That’s right: you can own a unique piece of aviation history! This rare, fully standard, certified Aerocar One has folding wings that it can tow while it’s driving on the road, and it even has a horn and rear-view mirror! One of only five Aerocars that exist, it has a cruise speed of 100mph, takeoff [...]

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How Big is Your Fuel Tank?

Dec 15, 2011 1 Comment

I see this often and that is a kit with a fuel tank that is not labeled or identified in the instructions as to the size in ounces.  There is an easy way to resolve this simply by weighing the tank both empty and full.  Fuel (15%) is typically about 20 grams/ounce.  Be sure to [...]

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Deadly Delivery: 12-pound guided bomb

Dec 13, 2011 43 Comments

Sure, it may be close to the ugliest RC airplane you’ve ever seen, but it wasn’t built for looks … or to last! Designed by Raytheon, the Small Tactical Munition Phase II seen here is on one of its first flights carrying a payload. The 22-inch-long aircraft is designed to be dropped from manned and unmanned [...]

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Thunder Tiger Flybarless Head

Dec 10, 2011 No Comments

Thunder Tiger has recently released their new flybarless rotor head conversion kit for the Titan X 50 and Raptor 30/50 helicopters, both of which are available from TowerHobbies. However, be careful when ordering because each has their own stock number. Use LXBMDZ for the Titan X 50 and LXBMEA for the raptor 30/50. Each head [...]

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Hangar 9 E-conversions: P-47, F4U Corsair & F6F Hellcat

Dec 07, 2011 1 Comment

I have had the good fortune to assemble many  Hangar 9 models and have found that they have enough scale details to satisfy any pilot without compromising the performance of the airframe. They are also some of the easiest planes to do e-conversions on because the airframe is light for its size and allows for a great [...]

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Personalizing your ARF add Colour

Nov 20, 2011 No Comments

Some modelers are like sport-stars with superstitions and idiosyncrasies that are followed for every flight or build.  A friend once told me he makes every airplane the same colour that way his wife never notices the new ones.  A successful pattern pilot gave me a tip for competition; always cover the bottom of the plane to look [...]

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