Editors Blogs

eBee: a $12,000 Foamie (!)

Jan 23, 2013 9 Comments

Equipped with eMotion 2 software, this all-foam UAV from senseFLY can follow a preprogrammed flight path or switch over to live pilot navigation, and it can even land by itself thanks to its integrated ground sensor and the ability to run its motor in reverse. This 37.8-inch-span model sports detachable wings, so it and its gear will fit in a [...]

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E-flite UMX Carbon Cub and ASK-21

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

These two new E-flite UMX planes are sold separately but you will find that you need to have them both.  Our writer Michael York found that the Cub had ample power to quickly get both planes airborne and skyward.  He states, “After a very scale-like liftoff, we climbed in a large circular pattern up to [...]

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Tail Rotor Stabilization Experiments

Jan 22, 2013 1 Comment

First flight test your helicopter with its standard tail rotor configuration, and note the gyro sensitivity setting as well as the tail rotor response on specific maneuvers. Now replace the stock tail rotor mounting bolt with a longer one so weights can be added to each side of the tail rotor blade. I have found [...]

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Innov8tive Next Level Quad Copter

Jan 22, 2013 2 Comments

Innov8tive designs have always carried top quality Scorpion and Cobra motors and ESCs, but recently they started adding some top-quality multi-rotors from Next Level.  Here at Model Airplane News we are always looking for a new way to bring information to our readers and when we got the chance to review this good size quad [...]

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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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