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Mild to wild! Align’s new Trex 600

Apr 03, 2012 1 Comment

I always look forward to Align’s new kit introductions and am excited to review their new flybarless T-Rex 600EFL Pro kit, which includes the brushless motor and 600 3G carbon-fiber rotor blades. It is also available in various combo packages. The aerodynamics of the new 600EFL is vastly improved over the flybar-equipped version, and this [...]

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Throttle Setup Secrets

Apr 02, 2012 1 Comment

Proper mechanical setup is a very important factor in how well an RC helicopter will perform. With all the low-cost and very capable computer transmitters available it’s easy to lose sight of the basics of mechanical setup and rely on programming to overcome issues that should have been addressed mechanically. Many heli pilots I know [...]

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Dave Scott: a passion for planes!

Apr 02, 2012 2 Comments

Dave writes many flight technique articles for Model Airplane News, he also runs the 1st U.S. R/C Flight School (rcflightschool.com), has published numerous books on RC flight and aerobatics, and in his spare time, he competes in full-size aerobatic contests. We got a chance to ask Dave a few questions about his airplane-rich life. Which came [...]

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Quick Shop Tips — Transmitter Tricks

Apr 02, 2012 36 Comments

Readers of our magazines are always coming up with useful tricks of the trades to get the most out of the hobby. Maximizing safety and convenience is often very easy. Check these out. Throttle Safety When you fire up your radio and then turn on your model’s receiver, you always want to have the throttle [...]

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Road to Top Gun Update — Jeff Foley Messerschmitt Me-109

Mar 28, 2012 No Comments

Jeff Foley is no stranger to Scale competition having taken two Mr. Top Gun titles, winning the Masters class five times and the Top Gun Pro-am pro once.  His Messerschmitt Me-109E is still the only “single engined, WW 2 fighter” to win Mr. Top Gun!  It also a 5 time winner of the AMA Nats in the Designer Class [...]

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A Ride to Space & Back: video from a booster engine

Mar 28, 2012 18 Comments

In this mesmerizing video, experience a ride to space and back as cameras on the Space Shuttle’s booster engines capture the experience–from blastoff to splashdown. This fantastic footage is part of the upcoming DVD, “Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle.” All of the sounds are real, and seeing the Earth from the point of view [...]

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Helicopter Flying Safety

Mar 23, 2012 4 Comments

Helicopter flying safety is a subject that is important to all of us, but is also a subject we rarely discuss either at the flying field or in magazine articles. Although helicopters have a large spinning rotor disk, this does not mean that helicopters are more dangerous than airplanes, or any other form of R/C, [...]

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Aileron Differential: Why it’s so important and how to set it up

Mar 21, 2012 12 Comments

For years, depending on the model setup, modelers often used offset servo output arms and bellcranks to achieve differential aileron movement. Today, however, using separate aileron servos and the aileron differential program menu in your computer radio has greatly simplified the task. But before we take a closer look, let’s first check out the mechanics [...]

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