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Great Planes Shoestring, the classic pylon racer

Feb 21, 2012 No Comments

Race planes have to be some of the coolest looking aircraft around.  Very few have as much history as the Shoestring racer.  If you ever want to try out a pylon racer, Great planes offer a nice looking Shoestring that is sure to please.   Check out what John Reid and Michael York have to [...]

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MPI’s LiFe Charging Switch and LED

Feb 21, 2012 No Comments

If you fly LiFe battery packs, you will love the newest addition to the MPI’s lineup of charging switches.  These switches include an LED readout with green, amber and red lights to let you quickly know the condition of your flight pack.  Check out their complete lineup of charging switches for all types of batteries. [...]

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Hot Wire Foam Factory Styroplast

Feb 21, 2012 No Comments

Hot Wire Foam Factory recently introduced their new Styroplast two-part coating for all foams.  When mixed you have about 12-15 minutes of working time and when cured the coating becomes fire-proof, water-proof, and hardens to protect all foam surfaces without adding a lot of weight to the foam.  The possibilities for use are extensive and [...]

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Best in Show! 1/3-scale Sopwith Camel

Feb 18, 2012 19 Comments

  Perhaps one of the most highly sought after titles for serious RC Scale modelers is the “Best in Show” award from the annual WRAM Show. And this year’s winner of the title from the 2012 WRAM show was the talented Mike Gross Sr., with his amazing 1/3-scale Sopwith Camel. Held this year at the [...]

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20 Things Every Pilot Needs to know

Feb 16, 2012 3 Comments

One great thing about this hobby is that there’s almost always a better and quicker way to make the process easier on the modeler, pilot or builder. We asked some pros in the industry and our contributors for their advice on easier approaches to building or flying. Here are the top 20 tips (listed in [...]

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5 EASY STEPS TO FLYING THE KNIFE-EDGE SPIN

Feb 09, 2012 2 Comments

The knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. First, I’ll describe the maneuver. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using ìtopî rudder. When the maneuver is complete, the pilot [...]

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TOTAL CONTROL: The Right Way to Set Up Servos

Feb 09, 2012 8 Comments

Without smooth, non-binding control-surface movements, our planes would be nearly impossible to direct. Linkage systems, including the servo, servo arm, pushrod and control horn, are often overlooked, but they are the keys to smooth, strong, equal control-surface deflections. Take the time to install the linkages properly and securely to guarantee control surfaces that work properly [...]

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Master the Tailslide

Feb 01, 2012 No Comments

  A typical tailslide begins from upright level flight parallel to the runway. The pilot then applies throttle and performs a º loop to enter a vertical up-line. After the vertical line is established, the pilot gradually pulls the throttle back to idle. The aircraft will slow down and eventually will come to a stop. [...]

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