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 11 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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Pilot Projects: Bower’s Fly Baby Bipe [February 2012]

Feb 01, 2012 No Comments

Bower’s Fly Baby Bipe: Built from a Pat’s Custom Models short kit, this 1/8-scale aircraft has a 33-inch wingspan and is powered by a 370-size motor.  The 15-ounce plane is covered with Coverite Microlite film and sports Callie Graphics decals. Bob writes, “The airplane is a superb flyer with plenty of power for scale-like flight [...]

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New OS-105HZ Helicopter Engine

Jan 27, 2012 No Comments

This is the new OS-105HZ Helicopter Engine, with  DRS (Demand Regulator System), that was designed for precision aerobatic and 3D heli pilots to provide more power for their 90 size helicopters. As you know from my previous blogs, I’m running the OS90HZ in my Raptor 90G4, and it’s doing a great job. But I guess you [...]

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Sneak Peek: FlyZone Dr.1 Triplane

Jan 26, 2012 2 Comments

  If you’ve ever read the newspaper comics, then you know that “Peanuts” ace pilot Snoopy had a real issue with the Red Baron. While flying his Sopwith “Doghouse” Snoopy would battle Red Baron and then later ease his imaginary, bullet-hole-ridden WW I fighter back onto the ground. Personally, I really like Snoopy, but I [...]

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Red Tails! The Men, the Movie, the Models

Jan 26, 2012 3 Comments

THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN: The Red Tails of WW II Hollywood has a way of rediscovering important historical events, wrapping them up and presenting them in a way that educates the general movie-going public that no amount of history classes ever could. Though few non-modeling folk know the real story, if you simply ask any RC [...]

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It’s SWAP meet time!

Jan 26, 2012 No Comments

I have said this before, but I love swap meets.  It is a blast seeing all the planes people have put there heart and sole into as well as the all the stuff people no longer feel they need.  I have found some great deals and always appreciate those active hobby shops and vendors that [...]

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