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How to: Get the Stars-and-Bars right

How to: Get the Stars-and-Bars right

If you are one of many modelers who acquired an ARF-type model of an American airplane, the chance that its star-and-bar markings is correct is about one in 10. It’s sad but true. Among models built by usually careful modelers and displayed at meets, like the Toledo Show and Joe Nall, the situation is somewhat […]
John Glezellis Flies SUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

John Glezellis Flies SUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

“THE MAIN GOAL IS TO TAKE THE RISK OF A HUMAN LIFE OUT OF THE EQUATION.” I have always been interested in aviation, even from an early age. In fact, my father taught me how to fly when I was only six years old! I have been flying RC for the past 22 years, and […]
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SHOCK ABSORBING LANDING GEAR MADE EASY — The solderless technique

SHOCK ABSORBING LANDING GEAR MADE EASY — The solderless technique

I have always admired early aircraft, especially those flown during WW I. The evolution of aircraft from 1914 to 1918 is simply amazing. I have built and flown several WW I airplanes built from Balsa USA kits. Well designed, they fly great but sometimes my landings can be less than perfect. I wanted to design […]
4D Aerobatics — Giant Scale Thrust Vectoring!

4D Aerobatics — Giant Scale Thrust Vectoring!

Wait, what!!  A Nose-Down Hover? Yes, indeed. this 40% scale aerobatic model is pointing straight down, frozen in a vertical hover.We caught up with German pilot and Hacker team member Markus Rummer to get an inside look at this RC black magic!. Markus, a seasoned pilot, designer, and fabricator, was strutting his stuff with a thrust-vectored, […]
Crash Repair: 5 Quick & Easy Fixes

Crash Repair: 5 Quick & Easy Fixes

One of the apprehensions all pilots experience is knowing our planes are at risk every time they take to the air. Then there is a real sense of accomplishment when the plane makes it safely back to terra firma. As our confidence builds, we start doing maneuvers closer to the ground and thereby increase the […]
It’s Showtime! RC Wing Walkers

It’s Showtime! RC Wing Walkers

This video of Richard Rawle’s twin 1/3-scale showplanes outfitted with RC wing walkers will make your day! The formation flight of the Breitling Boeing Stearmans features Richard and Steve Holland on the sticks, with Sharon Stiles operating the animated 30% wing walkers. Each wing walker is fully operational, with five servos that allow them to move […]
Stuka Ju 87 — Dastardly Dive Bomber

Stuka Ju 87 — Dastardly Dive Bomber

Some of the most impressive giant-scale aircraft can be seen at fly in and competitions held at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. One of several “over the top” RC events (promoted by Frank Tiano, the father of the top Gun scale invitational), 12 O’clock High has been known to draw amazing aircraft -some of which are […]
How to: Make a Cooling Baffle for a Radial Engine

How to: Make a Cooling Baffle for a Radial Engine

Warbirds with powerful engines usually develop high operating temps unless they are carefully integrated into the airframe. Therefore, they really need a custom designed cooling baffle to keep temps down. Those that think the big round hole in the cowl is going to cool that engine, as is, are usually in for a surprise after […]
Massive MiG-29 Fulcrum

Massive MiG-29 Fulcrum

This nearly 1/4-scale MiG-29 is the handiwork of Harold Dowbekin and flown here by Neil Hyde. Neil says, “Harold designed and built the airframe using light ply, cypress and G10 covering, with foam core wings again covered in G10 (pro skin).  The gear is all home built, including the cylinders. The legs are gas struts with coil spring assistance. I […]
Long Island Dawn Patrol — WW1 RC Giant Scale Event Starts Today!

Long Island Dawn Patrol — WW1 RC Giant Scale Event Starts Today!

Today starts one of the best WW1 giant scale events in the Northeast. The Long Island Skyhawks know how to have fun, and this RC vintage event is a must-attend for anyone’s RC bucket list. Just a hint of what’s to come. This was taken today from the trenches by Michael C. Gross! (above) Mike’s […]
Sullivan Products’ SkySmoke Smoke Fluid — with Video

Sullivan Products’ SkySmoke Smoke Fluid — with Video

Just tested at the recent Dawn Patrol giant scale event is the new Sullivan Products’ S760 SkySmoke Smoke Fluid. In a joint partnership with SuperDri, the leader in full-scale smoke oil, Sullivan Products has developed SkySmoke, made with 100% paraffinic oils and no additives. SkySmoke is compatible with all common RC materials including glues, foams and iron on coverings. SkySmoke is also safe for use […]
5 Budget Tips & Tricks

5 Budget Tips & Tricks

These five easy tips are sure to make your modeling life easier, and they don’t cost a dime! TIE UP THOSE LOOSE ENDS If one of your model’s control servo connectors become unplugged during flight, at best, you’re going to have a really tough time getting it back on the ground in one piece. At worst, […]
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