Editors Blogs

Trouble Shooting Gasoline Engines — 11 Tips for Reliable Performance

Jun 16, 2014 3 Comments

OK, so you’ve installed your gasoline engine properly, and made sure that the fuel tank is properly installed and the fuel lines and fuel filter are all hooked up correctly, but you still can’t get any fire in the hole—the engine just won’t start. As a safety note here, we always recommend using a properly sized heavy [...]

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Turbine-powered EC135

Jun 16, 2014 4 Comments

You have to see this helicopter next to its pilot to believe that it isn’t the real deal! YouTube’s Flynlyons notes, “Most people who see the EC135 are stuck by her beautiful lines and that fenestron tail, however once you see this amazing aircraft in the air you’ll understand why so many RC helicopter pilots [...]

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Steve Mosher and his Amazing Canadian Coast Guard Bell 212

Jun 14, 2014 3 Comments

By Carl Layden Atlantic Canada has several prolific modellers and one such person I have had the privilege of meeting is Steve Mosher of Halifax NS,  Canada.  Steve has been a airplane modeler for most of his life and right from the beginning as he learned about what works and what doesn’t he has been [...]

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Home-made Goggles — Vacuum-forming Made Easy.

Jun 13, 2014 1 Comment

One of the older workshop tips for scale modelers is home-made vacuum formed plastic parts. For many, Vac-forming is an advanced modeling technique, and it is great for making all sorts of scale accessories. These include small panels, fairings and cowlings, scale bombs and drop tanks, and even smaller items like scale goggles for your pilot figure. One [...]

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Super Constellation Flies Again!

Jun 11, 2014 19 Comments

You don’t see large prop-powered commercial aircraft anymore, so this model of the 1950s Super Constellation L-1049C  is a special treat. Max Ulrich built the all-wood plane from enlarged Don Smith plans and in this video is flying it at the Oldtimer Meeting in Switzerland. It’s powered by four 4-strokes. Thanks to RCHeliJet for posting this to YouTube.

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FAA approves drone flights over U.S.

Jun 10, 2014 2 Comments

This week, the FAA approved the very first commercial flight of an unmanned aircraft over U.S. soil! BP has approval to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE over its pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the largest oilfield in the U.S. The 9-foot-span Puma AE is an electric aircraft that’s waterproof and equipped with [...]

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Soldering Wire Landing Gear — The easy way!

Jun 10, 2014 9 Comments

While building sport airplanes from kits, often the airplane will have landing gear made from formed and bent music wire that you will have to solder together. For Fun Fly airplanes like the Florio Flyer 60, the music wire are a little extra long to provide plenty of ground clearance for the propeller, very important [...]

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Ground effect: is it real?

Jun 09, 2014 4 Comments

When a helicopter is hovering at a height that’s approximately less than the diameter of one rotor disc, it really does encounter “ground effect.” This is because the downwash velocity created by the rotor blades can’t be fully developed because the helicopter is so close to the ground, so the helicopter rests on a “bubble” [...]

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