Editors Blogs

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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Twas the Night before an R/C Christmas Poem

Nov 18, 2011 No Comments

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the workshop Not a creature was stirring or sanding, the work had all stopped. The airplanes were hung from the ceiling with care, In hopes that new ARFS soon would hang there. The R/C Modelers nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of IMAC gold danced [...]

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Personalizing your ARF with a Movable Pilot Head

Nov 09, 2011 5 Comments

Every flightline has many ARFs sometimes several of the same plane.  Many aviation modelers like their aircraft to stand out, be a little different than all the other ARF clones.   In the ‘olden days’ of the 80′s & 90′s when aircraft were built from kits or scratch, models were unique and personalized.  This will be [...]

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John Worth – A sad farewell

Oct 25, 2011 6 Comments

 I am sad to report that John Worth, dedicated AMA pioneer and microflight promoter, passed away Sunday evening. I was privileged to work with John in early 2000 on Air Age’s RC MicroFlight newsletter and recall his infectious enthusiasm for RC aviation and his warm, generous personality. John’s life was deeply entrenched with model aviation, and many [...]

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Using mufflers during break-in

Oct 25, 2011 No Comments

 Clarence, Is it safe to use a muffler when breaking in a lapped piston engine? I have some nostalgia-legal K&B Greenheads and Johnsons (.15 to .32) that I plan to use in NOS free flight. A couple of them (the Johnsons) are still a little tight and may need additional running with castor-based fuel before mounting but [...]

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