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Pearl Harbor’s Historic Runway to be Covered with Solar Panels

Pearl Harbor’s Historic Runway to be Covered with Solar Panels

We recently learned of the U.S. Navy’s plan to cover Ford Runway with solar panels and surround it with a 7-foot-high-fence. Please read the position paper from the indepently operated Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor and, if you agree with us, I hope you’ll add your voice to the outcry by signing the petition here. Ford Island […]
$65 million Raven contract

$65 million Raven contract

If you have stock in AeroVironment, you’ll be happy to hear this news: the company  just announced that it received $16.4 million in funding from the U.S. Army for a projected $65.8 million contract to include RQ-11B Raven systems, new miniature gimballed payloads and spare parts packages. The  Raven is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor […]
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Pilot Projects: PBM Martin Mariner [October 2012]

Pilot Projects: PBM Martin Mariner [October 2012]

PBM Martin Mariner: This was a six-month, built-from-scratch project from plans by Keith Sparks.  The fuselage and wings are foam construction and are covered with fiberglass.  The plane is powered by two 4-stroke Magnum .52 engines and weighs approximately 20 pounds.  Roger writes, “This is my second scratch-build, and I have been able to learn […]
Tips & Tricks: Easy Epoxy Remover [October 2012]

Tips & Tricks: Easy Epoxy Remover [October 2012]

Easy Epoxy Remover: Sometimes there is a real need to separate two parts that are epoxied together such as after a crash when you need to glue them back together.  One of the easiest ways to separate the epoxy from the wood is to use a heat gun like the one used for shrink covering. […]
HOW DO YOU MAKE WING-TO-FUSELAGE FILLETS?

HOW DO YOU MAKE WING-TO-FUSELAGE FILLETS?

Expert scale designer and builder Nick Ziroli answers: Instead of adding the fillet after the wing and fuselage are built, I make the shape of the fillet areas as part of the fuselage formers themselves. This requires having at least the wing center section built and attached to the fuselage, but to make sure the […]
Master the Elevator Flip

Master the Elevator Flip

Although flips seem easy, doing them correctly and smoothly can be quite challenging. Flips and tumbles are a critical element of many 3D maneuvers. Start by very slowly flying the heli forward. Push forward or backward on the elevator as you smoothly and slowly reduce pitch. As the heli goes thorugh vertical (nose straight up […]
Super scale monster helicopter

Super scale monster helicopter

The IRCHA Jamboree is the place to be if you love RC helicopters, and rotor-craft of all types and sizes were in abundance at this year’s event. One standout is this 40-pound monster, the handiwork of  Joel Rosenzweig from Marlborough, NH. His IRCHA Scale winning Erickson Air Crane S64F weighs in at 40 pounds, has a […]

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Many New Products at IRCHA

Many New Products at IRCHA

Mike Jankowski and Lyle Jagger are from Nankin Hobbies out of Farmington, Mi and are the US distributors for Compass Model helicopters. Here they are showing off their new Warp 360, which is their 450 size entry helicopter. This is a shot inside the HeliProz tent. They carry a full line of helicopters and associated […]
IRCHA Scale – Joe’s Agusta 109

IRCHA Scale – Joe’s Agusta 109

Joe Sauers Sr. is from Kingston, NY, and has been flying scale since 1978 with a Kavan Jet Ranger. He is his Agusta 109 using a Skookum 720 for control and 2 X 5000mah 6s battery packs. Joe loves scale, but admits it’s a labor of love for all the work involved. First he had […]
IRCHA – JR NEX E8

IRCHA – JR NEX E8

This is Hiroki Ito (on the right) from Japan with his JR NEX E8 with new 3-blade rotor head. He is the 4 time World F3C Champion, and is experimenting with the 3D capabilities of multi blade rotors. And from I can see from the performance of the E8, we are going to see a […]
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