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HeliCommand HC3-SX

Sep 05, 2012 No Comments

Flybarless stabilization has exploded in recent years, and the latest units offer some amazing features.  Captron, best known for their HeliCommand stabilization systems, now has the X-series, a line of 3D-capable FBL units.  The top of the line HC3-SX not only offers outstanding 3D performance, it adds two remarkable flight modes that make it a [...]

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Unbelievable Quadcopter Light Show

Sep 05, 2012 3 Comments

A world-record swarm of 50 quadcopters put on this nighttime air show in Linz, Austria as part of an open-air, multi-media concert, and you really have to see it to believe it! Gizmag‘s Darren Quick writes, “The aerial display was put together by a team from Austria’s Ars Electronica Futurelab and Germany’s Ascending Technologies GmbH. [...]

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Easy Add-on Details for your Warbird

Sep 05, 2012 12 Comments

While I was building my giant scale Top Flite F4U Corsair, I wanted to add just a touch of detail to help break up it’s all blue paint scheme. This is very easy to do with some basic techniques and supplies. Here’s how I did it…   The technique for adding panel lines with a [...]

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MAN Covers the Horizon Hobby Air Meet

Sep 05, 2012 3 Comments

Join the Model Airplane News crew this weekend as we get the inside scoop on this brand-new RC event! Held at the Sanford Sea Coast Regional Airport in Sanford, Maine, the Air Meet will be one of the most exciting RC experiences of the year, with noon demo shows by pro pilots as well as open jet and helicopter flying, [...]

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Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

Sep 05, 2012 12 Comments

When we last reported on the University of Maryland students and their impressive Gamera II machine, they had only managed to get few feet off the ground. In this latest video, Gamera II gains 8 feet in altitude using just its pedaling passenger for power! Here’s the scoop, as reported by Claudine Zap of Yahoo’s [...]

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B-17 makes it home – some great photos

Aug 30, 2012 5 Comments

a very cool story even though it may not be completely true.   The story that comes with this is inaccurate since the Tunis docks were in North Africa and were not bombed by B-17s that returned to England.  The pictures on the ground definitely were not taken in England, and there were no P-51s [...]

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Fantastic F-84 ‘Flash

Aug 29, 2012 10 Comments

This 9-foot-long F-84F Thunderflash is Brian O’Meara’s latest creation, and it’s the only RC model F-84F flying in the world! Brian spent two years building the jet from a made-to-order Phantasy in Blue kit from the Netherlands and modeled it after Foto Fanny, a photo-reconn aircraft that had six cameras in its nose. The model is powered by [...]

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Marines add an “RC” class to Camp Lejeune

Aug 29, 2012 15 Comments

Camp Lejeune, NC, is adding a new class to its roster: learning to launch, pilot and recover Group 1 assets, which are aircraft that weigh less than 20 pounds, typically fly below 1,200 feet and have missions that last from 45 minutes to 2 hours. They include  RQ-11B Raven, Wasp, RQ-20A Puma and RQ-16B T-Hawk. [...]

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