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Tantalizing Tinker Toy

Sep 23, 2009 No Comments

Yes sir, sports fans, there I was, blasting along over the beach, indicating 500 knots. I tweaked back on the stick, the VSI zipped past 6000 fpm and the needle buried itself in the peg. In seconds, seconds mind you, we were rocketing through 10,000 ft, my hand quivering and my mind suitably boggled. I’ll [...]

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Designing a Fiesler Storch

Sep 23, 2009 1 Comment

Interview with Rob Caso, continued

 Is the paint scheme scale?

I covered the model with SIG Koverall and, except for the cockpit area and the vertical fin that are skinned, the covering is scale. I employed a bit of “modeler’s license” with the paint scheme. While the scheme itself is correct, only a few Storchs were flown by the Regia Aeronautica during WW II, so I have no definitive evidence to support my selection. I just liked the scheme and light colors are better for small models!

How did first flight go? Were there any major or minor adjustments needed?

The model seemed a bit touchy in roll when I first flew it and, despite adding nose weight, nothing seemed to help. I then tried removing the LE slats and that seemed to cure the problem. I determined that the slats were too wide in chord and were acting as spoilers. I skinnied them down, spaced them further from the LE and now the model flies a lot better and still looks the part. With about 30 flights on the model, I kept the original “all you can get” control throw setup and used expo to calm things down.

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The Iron Butterfly

Aug 27, 2009 No Comments

Pilot Project of the Month, November 2009 By Peter Donk (see photos below) I’m a member of the Genesee Valley Aero Modelers RC club in Honeoye, NY. I joined GVAM and the AMA in 2008 when I got back into the hobby after many years away from it. I got my feet wet again that [...]

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The First RC Transatlantic Crossing

Aug 27, 2009 No Comments

In the January 2004 issue of Model Airplane News, we featured this article about Maynard Hill and his record setting transatlantic crossing. His TAM 5 (Trans Atlaantic Model) flew 1,882 miles on less than a gallon of fuel. Click HERE to download the full article.

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XFC 2009

Aug 04, 2009 No Comments

PODCASTS: Click on the link to listen through your browser. To download the mp3 right-click the link and save the file.

From the 2009 Extreme Flight Championships (XFC)

Interview with Chris Fry

Interview with Chris Haas

Interview with Gabriel Altuz

Interview with Ido Segev

Interview with Jamie Hicks

Interview with Jamie Robertson

Interview with Jason Noll

Interview with Jason Danhakle

Interview with Mark Schneider

Interview with Matt Botos

Interview with Paul Westrich

Interview with RJ Gritter

Interview with Sean McMurtry

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The 41% Shoestring

Jul 24, 2009 No Comments

By Joe Beshar Photos by Cindy Toth (see photos below) I always felt that the Shoestring in my model hangar was the best of all my models, having worn out at least six that were usually powered with a .91 4-stroke engine. They all flew with character, had a beautiful appearance and were a lot [...]

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