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AMA Expo Photo Highlights

Jan 14, 2013 2 Comments

The annual AMA Expo in Ontario, California, is always a great place to see the latest planes and products, meet up with flying friends and see some amazing scale aircraft on display. This photo essay shares highlights from this year’s event.  

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Alaskan UAVs inspect BP pipeline [VIDEO]

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

In Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, BP conducted pilot testing of a UAV to enhance pipeline inspection and safety. Equipped with high-resolution cameras, the Aeryon Scout VTOL UAV provides visual inspections of equipment, helping crews assess and respond to maintenance needs. The small rotor-wing aircraft is flown from a hand-held tablet computer. Check it out!

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Is it a UFO or RC?

Jan 08, 2013 2 Comments

Check out this aircraft! Made by UAV manufacturer Aesir and called “Vidar,” this portable craft is designed to provide surveillance and situational awareness inside buildings and in confined spaces. It’s LiPo batteries provide up to 15 minutes of flight time. It weighs 400g and is capable of carrying a 100g payload.

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Super Constellation: Biggest ARF ever?

Jan 08, 2013 18 Comments

It’s a new year; don’t you deserve a new plane? How about a giant-scale airliner ARF that’s guaranteed to wow the crowd? This 4-engine, 169-inch-span plane comes covered in Oracover and has a bolt-on, two-piece wing for easier transport and field setup. Don’t think you can fit the 157-inch-long fuselage in your trailer? No worries: it comes in [...]

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Build an RC Model Storage System — Do it yourself organization!

Jan 08, 2013 16 Comments

Airplanes on the workshop floor always seem to catch “Hangar Rash.” Organizations is a great way to keep the our of harm’s way. Aviation modelers are an eclectic group coming from all walks of life.  Once we conquer the basics of flight we tend to acquire a variety of aircraft varying in type or style as [...]

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Workshop Update: Gerry’s Fokker Triplane

Jan 06, 2013 3 Comments

It had been a while since I updated you all with my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane project so here we go. This 1/3-scale project really is an easy build, when you break everything down to it basic assembly tasks. I started roughly in October and I began the project by building the tail surfaces including [...]

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ProTek R/C Prodigy “TakeCharge” USB Charging Adaptor

Jan 03, 2013 No Comments

A very handy device to keep in your field box, the ProTek R/C Prodigy “Takecharge” USB charging adaptor allows you to power up or charge a variety of USB powered products using a 2S to 4S LiPo/LiFe/LiIon battery, regardless of whether or not you have access to AC power! The TakeCharge accepts 2S, 3S or 4S [...]

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Supersonic Scale: RC Concorde

Jan 03, 2013 16 Comments

The full-size Concorde set world speed records, flying from New York to Paris in less than half the time of conventional airliners. This huge twin-turbine version was recently flown at Panoramaflugtag 2012 in Ohlsdorf, Germany, where it impressed onlookers with its speed and performance. Thanks to YouTube’s Klaus Enser for posting this video!

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