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

Sep 12, 2012 20 Comments

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 [...]

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$65 million Raven contract

Sep 11, 2012 3 Comments

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]

Sep 06, 2012 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Easy Epoxy Remover [October 2012]

Sep 06, 2012 No Comments

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. [...]

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Horizon Hobby Air Show video coverage

Sep 05, 2012 No Comments

Check out the action at the Horizon Hobby Air Show

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HOW DO YOU MAKE WING-TO-FUSELAGE FILLETS?

Sep 05, 2012 2 Comments

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 [...]

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Master the Elevator Flip

Aug 22, 2012 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Super scale monster helicopter

Aug 22, 2012 6 Comments

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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