Editors Blogs

The astounding athletic power of quadcopters

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

  In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.

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How to exercise a dog with your RC plane

Jul 02, 2013 11 Comments

Two of my favorite things: RC planes and dogs! This incredibly fun video showcases Chusty, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever with energy to burn, and a Precision Aerobatics Addiction. It looks like everyone is having a good time, and I’ll bet you can’t watch Chusty’s unbridled enthusiasm for RC without smiling. When asked if [...]

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Install a Servo-less Bomb Drop

Jun 29, 2013 8 Comments

OK, it’s really called a payload release mechanism, and it plugs directly into your receiver. It is the perfect solution for scale modelers who want mechanical options like drop tank and bomb drop function on your scale plane. For less than $25, the unit plugs directly into the receiver using standard servo connectors, and you [...]

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Workshop Secrets — Working with Fiberglass and Resin

Jun 28, 2013 1 Comment

The newest task for my ongoing giant scale Fokker Triplane build, now that it is all covered, is to seal and finish all the wood parts like the Strut fairings and the landing gear’s Sub-Wing structures. Fiberglass cloth and Finishing resin provides a smooth sub surface for primer and painted finishes and it greatly increases the durability of [...]

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Improve Your Hovering – Continued

Jun 27, 2013 2 Comments

The final area to improve your hovering is to make corrections immediately when you see a need for them, which will require a control correction by you before the helicopter ever moves out of the desired hover position. As an example, to transition from a hover to forward flight the nose of the helicopter must [...]

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20-foot Catalina Takes Off

Jun 26, 2013 11 Comments

After nearly four years (3000 hours!) of building, Australian RC pilot Stephen Thomas had the thrill of seeing his giant-scale project take off at the Darling Downs Soaring Club in Queensland. This 1/5-scale plane is powered by two Desert Aircraft 150s spinning 28×12 Metz props and it has 25kg-rated Hitec servos and custom Century Jet [...]

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Master the Elevator

Jun 25, 2013 1 Comment

One of the easiest first 3D moves to master is the elevator.  All you need to do is lower the throttle and let the plane come down, keeping it level by holding in some up-elevator. While it seems easy enough to do, it will take some practice to get it right. Check out the video and [...]

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Avoiding Crashes — 5 tips to save your RC airplane!

Jun 21, 2013 11 Comments

We’ve all been here, done that! The life expectancy of your RC airplane is directly proportional to how well you follow directions. That is to say, you’ve built and setup your plane properly as explained by the instructions. This article is intended to give the first time model builders some helpful tips for being successful [...]

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