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MAN Crew at US Air Meet

MAN Crew at US Air Meet

It’s not often that a really big, really new event springs onto the scene, but when it happens, the Model Airplane News crew takes notice. For this first time event, Horizon Hobby pulled all the stops and the US Air Meet held at the Sanford Sea Coast Airport in Sanford, ME was a huge extravaganza […]
US Air Meet Flightline

US Air Meet Flightline

    Model Airplane News is here in Sanford, Maine and we’ve set up camp just off the main flightline here at the US Air Meet. We shot some photos walking the large flightline and ran into some of our friends including Mike McConville, Matt Chapman and even the Guys from Warbirds over Delaware, Dave and […]
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HeliCommand HC3-SX

HeliCommand HC3-SX

Flybarless stabilization has exploded in recent years, and the latest units offer some amazing features.  Captron, best known for their HeliCommand stabilization systems, now has the X-series, a line of 3D-capable FBL units.  The top of the line HC3-SX not only offers outstanding 3D performance, it adds two remarkable flight modes that make it a […]
Unbelievable Quadcopter Light Show

Unbelievable Quadcopter Light Show

A world-record swarm of 50 quadcopters put on this nighttime air show in Linz, Austria as part of an open-air, multi-media concert, and you really have to see it to believe it! Gizmag‘s Darren Quick writes, “The aerial display was put together by a team from Austria’s Ars Electronica Futurelab and Germany’s Ascending Technologies GmbH. […]
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Easy Add-on Details for your Warbird

Easy Add-on Details for your Warbird

While I was building my giant scale Top Flite F4U Corsair, I wanted to add just a touch of detail to help break up it’s all blue paint scheme. This is very easy to do with some basic techniques and supplies. Here’s how I did it…   The technique for adding panel lines with a […]
MAN Covers the Horizon Hobby Air Meet

MAN Covers the Horizon Hobby Air Meet

Join the Model Airplane News crew this weekend as we get the inside scoop on this brand-new RC event! Held at the Sanford Sea Coast Regional Airport in Sanford, Maine, the Air Meet will be one of the most exciting RC experiences of the year, with noon demo shows by pro pilots as well as open jet and helicopter flying, […]
Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

When we last reported on the University of Maryland students and their impressive Gamera II machine, they had only managed to get few feet off the ground. In this latest video, Gamera II gains 8 feet in altitude using just its pedaling passenger for power! Here’s the scoop, as reported by Claudine Zap of Yahoo’s […]
B-17 makes it home – some great photos

B-17 makes it home – some great photos

a very cool story even though it may not be completely true.   The story that comes with this is inaccurate since the Tunis docks were in North Africa and were not bombed by B-17s that returned to England.  The pictures on the ground definitely were not taken in England, and there were no P-51s […]
Fantastic F-84 ‘Flash

Fantastic F-84 ‘Flash

This 9-foot-long F-84F Thunderflash is Brian O’Meara’s latest creation, and it’s the only RC model F-84F flying in the world! Brian spent two years building the jet from a made-to-order Phantasy in Blue kit from the Netherlands and modeled it after Foto Fanny, a photo-reconn aircraft that had six cameras in its nose. The model is powered by […]
Marines add an “RC” class to Camp Lejeune

Marines add an “RC” class to Camp Lejeune

Camp Lejeune, NC, is adding a new class to its roster: learning to launch, pilot and recover Group 1 assets, which are aircraft that weigh less than 20 pounds, typically fly below 1,200 feet and have missions that last from 45 minutes to 2 hours. They include  RQ-11B Raven, Wasp, RQ-20A Puma and RQ-16B T-Hawk. […]
Really BIG RC planes, part 2

Really BIG RC planes, part 2

My post on Greg Hayfield’s 87% Pitts Python generated nearly 100 comments last week, from admiration to disbelief that someone would build and fly such a huge RC plane. Dave’s father Greg added to the discussion and shared that in the UK, large-scale RC aircraft  (over 20kg, or 44 pounds) are subject to stringent inspections during the build […]
How to run a great event

How to run a great event

We asked different people at the IMAC Scale Aerobatics & Freestyle Challenge what makes this contest such a great event to attend.  In only its third year it has become one of the largest attended IMAC competitions in the country.  This event is held at the Prado airfield in Chino, CA every year in May […]
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