Editors Blogs

Great Planes Avistar Elite RTF

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

“The Great Planes Avistar Elite is one of the best trainers I have ever had the chance to fly,” said Evan Reid, our reviewer. The construction of this plane is one of the easiest out there to assemble. In a little less than an hour, this plane can be put together and ready to fly with only a [...]

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Seagull Glasair Sportsman

Jan 21, 2013 7 Comments

With the new Seagull ARF, distributed by Horizon Hobby, you can enjoy quick-build assembly time with this sport-scale ARF. Top-quality balsa and light-ply are used to make the structure, which is covered beautifully with Hangar 9 UltraCote in a winning color combo of yellow, white, and black.  Seagull’s Glasair is a well-engineered ARF and has a very quick build [...]

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Nothing so sad as an empty workshop bench!!!

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

I am now officially finished building wings for my Fokker Triplane! Yippee! Now, on to the Ailerons and then the final assembly of the model in the workshop in the basement! Tech note: I have found that one aileron drawing is 1/4 inch longer than the other on the plans! Hmmm! Will make them fit!!!

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ParkZone/Horizon Hobby Albatros D.Va

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

We got a chance to checkout and fly the ParkZone/Horizon Albatros D.Va, our own Michael York took this great looking biplane and put it through its paces. Watch the video to see what our contributor has to say about this fun aircraft. Be sure to check out his last landing.

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Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project

Jan 16, 2013 7 Comments

As Kilo Foxtrot Films writes, “WW II veteran, prisoner of war, accomplished test pilot, pace plane for the Unlimited Reno races, air show pilot … Bob Hoover is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of modern aerobatics. Jimmy Doolittle called him ‘…the greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived.’ Flying [...]

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DIY Balsa Rack

Jan 16, 2013 4 Comments

Wayne McNab writes, “I am an organizing kind of guy. I hate messes even though I seem to be very good at generating them. Up until four years ago, I had been out of model aircraft for about 20 years. My memory was of a time when if you wanted to fly, you had to [...]

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F-86 Sabre: SUPER-SIZED!

Jan 16, 2013 11 Comments

Flown by Henri Wild at the Icare-Airmeet in France, this 14-foot-span F-86 weighs in at 145 pounds and uses two JetCat 160 turbines for power. We’ve learned that the plane experienced an air leak in its retracts during this flight; at minute 2:59 the pilot starts to retract the gear but due to lack of [...]

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More Tail Rotor Stabilization

Jan 14, 2013 No Comments

How It All Works – This now results in two opposing forces acting on the tail rotor system. The aerodynamic force wants to streamline the blades to zero pitch while the centrifugal force wants to rotate the blades to their maximum pitch. These tail rotor weights produce a centrifugal restoring moment (CRM) because they act [...]

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