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Top Notch Products Models Cessna 195: Scale buildalong, part 1

Top Notch Products Models Cessna 195: Scale buildalong, part 1

The Scale Squadron of Southern California, a club devoted to scale modeling and RC airplane fun have embarked on a new product review, the Cessna 195 from Top Notch Kits. The review is a group effort of several club members and is built, finished, and flown as a group. So the ideas expressed here are […]

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Big attendence for the Prado IMAC contest!

Big attendence for the Prado IMAC contest!

Over the 4 of July weekend the Prado IMAC contest kicked off with a record 46 registered pilots this year, which is a great turnout for a contest that is only in its second year.  To give you a comparison consider this, the U.S. Nats “IMAC” portion had 35 pilots and an average throughout the […]
Flyzone Sensei Trainer

Flyzone Sensei Trainer

With this new trainer, you can be flight-ready in minutes! Because it’s made of AeroCell foam, Sensei is lightweight and durable, and it’s easy to repair in case of a not-so-gentle landing. It comes with everything you need to get airborne, including an installed brushless motor, 30A speed control and 5 installed microservos. The 58-inch-span […]
Wheel pants: how to line it up

Wheel pants: how to line it up

By Brian Lewis  We very seldom give much thought to the wheel pants, but they add a very distinctive look to any aircraft and the minute they break off, we realize just how great they looked. Here are some tips to keep them in place and looking good. ■ If you have to drill out […]
Flying Scale Maneuvers

Flying Scale Maneuvers

For example, loops must be perfectly round and centered, and precision is the key to achieving the highest score. In scale competition, however, you have to execute a loop just like the full-size aircraft would have performed it. For example, a loop done by an old vintage biplane would be more egg-shaped, and that’s the […]
House of Balsa Electric Commander

House of Balsa Electric Commander

When I think of or see an Aero Commander, I can’t help thinking of Bob Hoover. He did an incredible airshow routine with this rather large twin-piston engine corporate airplane. Deadstick loop, 8-point roll and landing, one wheel and then the other was his finale. He was also well known for his exciting display with […]
Give us your best idea

Give us your best idea

Do you have a great idea that can save your fellow modelers some time and money? Send it in, and we may use it in “Tips and Tricks.” We’ll award you a Model Airplane News baseball cap and an Alien Aircraft kit for every idea used in Tips & Tricks. Send a rough sketch and […]
The JR G370A Aircraft Gyro, All-New

The JR G370A Aircraft Gyro, All-New

With the change of scale rules allowing gyros in aircraft at Top Gun, the need for an aircraft gyro has become apparent. Now there is no reason not to use gyros in our planes because we don’t have to disable them in competition.  And if you ask scale builder (or modelers in general) have they […]
Hitec’s new High Voltage, Coreless, Premium Mini Servos

Hitec’s new High Voltage, Coreless, Premium Mini Servos

Hitec has announced their new high voltage, coreless HS-7235MH and HS-7245MH servos.  These new servos deliver outstanding speed and torque in a relative compact package. Built with an efficient coreless motor optimized for 7.4V operation and heavy-duty metal gear train with dual ball bearings, delivering great performance.  These servos are designed to be a perfect […]
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