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Quick and Easy ARF Landing Gear Repair

Oct 29, 2013 6 Comments

It happens all the time and I think, damaged landing gear from landing “Off Field” is probably the single most common repair needed sometime during a RC model’s lifespan. We recently were test flying the new 30cc Ultimate Biplane from Aeroworks and an Engine Out on the downwind gave us a great case of Landing [...]

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Getting Started in Scale

Oct 28, 2013 1 Comment

A well done and nicely detailed scale RC helicopter model is a rare sight at most flying fields. One reason is that most scale models are complex and time consuming to build and can be costly. A great way to get started in scale modeling is with one of the 450-size electric conversion kits.  This [...]

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Clear Vision with Extreme Glare Sunglasses

Oct 18, 2013 2 Comments

It happens all the time. Most of the planes I have lost or damaged were because I could not see them clearly. Sometimes you have to fly through the glare of the sun, or at the end of the day, the plane becomes a dark silhouette when flying far away from yourself. If you don’t have [...]

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Drone developers working with farmers to harvest grapes

Oct 10, 2013 No Comments

This is a story that comes right out of my own backyard, well sort of, it is in California.  Developers at 3D Robotics are working with the Kunde Family Vineyards in Kenwood, CA to test a project using photos from drones in the sky that give on-demand aerial images of their farm.  These images allow [...]

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Review: DJI S800 Spreading Wings Hexacopter

Oct 03, 2013 No Comments

Are you interested in aerial photography?  Do you seek out the latest and greatest in technology?  Does the idea of soaring effortless through the sky like a bird intrigue you?  If the answer to these questions is yes then look no further than the DJI S800.  DJI’s Spreading Wings S800 is a hexacopter aircraft developed [...]

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY

Oct 02, 2013 7 Comments

Why not customize your aircraft so that night flying will be as simple to do as flying during the day? (That is, for those of you who find it easy to fly during the day!) For me, flying at night has a couple of benefits. I live in the desert and it is hot and [...]

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MASTER A 3-ROLL, 270-DEGREE ROLLING CIRCLE

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

      Recently, I took a look at a few known International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) programs and came across an interesting maneuver that serves as a great building block for other, more intricate, maneuvers. The 3-roll 270-degree rolling circle is maneuver four in the 2011 Advanced Class program. Many pilots claim to perform [...]

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How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

Sep 27, 2013 4 Comments

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood for making 3-panel frames to hold clear windshield panes. The opening photo is of my older Stearman and it shows how the finished frames look when finished. Come back often as I will be updating this post as the project goes along. Let’s get started. [...]

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