Editors Blogs

Top Gun Aircraft Highlight–Can you name this plane?

May 02, 2013 12 Comments

Hint! It is not a North American P-51 Mustang. The full-size aircraft was powered by a Turbo-prop turbine engine and it was proposed as a ground attack aircraft for the USAF. Leave a comment if you know what it is.

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Model Airplane News at Top Gun

May 02, 2013 No Comments

Thursday May 2, the Top Gun flightline is a buzz with activities and there’s airplanes and pilots everywhere getting in flights. This is no easy task during any Top Gun event with the pressure and the excitement of such an impressive event. But add the threatening weather yesterday and today and you see everyone is [...]

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Old school pattern in Bakersfield

May 01, 2013 3 Comments

This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend a 2nd Annual Bakersfield Pattern Bash event in California.  This event had three big things to it.  The first was that it was organized and ran by none other than Chip Hyde, TOC Champion, World team member and all around good guy.   Second, this contest attracted [...]

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Color-code your transmitter

May 01, 2013 No Comments

Sometimes it’s difficult to remember which switch controls which function–especially when you have more than one brand or model of transmitter. Try placing fuel tubing of different colors on the switches to designate their function. I use “green for go” for idle-up, “red for stop”  for engine cut, purple for throttle hold and blue for [...]

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Amazing 1/3-scale LAMA

May 01, 2013 No Comments

Harald Endisch and Gerhard Muller only spent six months building this incredible scale machine! Powered by a Jakubowsky 5.1 KW turbine engine spinning 134-inch rotor blades, this flybarless RC LAMA SA 315B looks just like the full-scale machine in flight. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for posting this video on YouTube.

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Salute to Scale Free-Flight

Apr 30, 2013 7 Comments

Here’s a reminder of something extra special. As part of the 25th Annual Scale Invitational, Top Gun promotor/founder Frank Tiano has included a scale Rubber-Powered Free Flight “Mass Launch” to the activities for the Top Gun Silver Anniversary. And, to make it even better, this special event is goin go be open to everyone to [...]

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New development in VTOL design

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

Combining the hovering capability of a helicopter with the high-speed, long-range flight capabilities of a fixed-wing aircraft has intrigued engineers for decades. The Australian company StopRotor Technology has a new approach: their Hybrid RotorWing design concept has a main rotor that switches from fixed rotor to fixed wing in mid air. According to Gizmag’s Jan Bellezina, “The Hybrid [...]

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Aerobatic Icon Reborn from Aeroworks

Apr 20, 2013 1 Comment

If you have been around and involved in RC aerobatics for any length of time, then you know that the Laser 200 was one of the hottest tickets in the lats 70s and early 1980s. Well, Aeroworks is going to reignite that excitement with their new 30cc Laser 200 QB ARF. video platform video management [...]

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