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Unusual RC: Swiss Army Knife Takes Flight

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments by

The ingenuity of RC plane modelers never ends, and this sharp-flying aircraft is definitely one of a kind. Check it out!

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1951 Movie of Free-Flight Helicopter

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments by

Check out this vintage helicopter model, powered by two ”jet” engines mounted at right angles to the propellers! It takes off and flies, but does it land safely? Watch this great video and find out.

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Can You Name That Plane?

Apr 16, 2014 16 Comments by

Powered by a Moki 250cc 5-cylinder radial gas engine with a 32×12 Biela 3-blade prop, this 1/4-scale model weighs in at 74 pounds and has a 115-inch wingspan. Can you identify this plane before you watch the video? Thanks to our friend across the pond, Tbobborap1 for taking and this video of this gorgeous warbird [...]

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U.S. Navy fuels RC plane with SEAWATER!

Apr 10, 2014 4 Comments by

The P-51 in the photo above looks like a typical RC model, with a huge exception: it is powered by seawater! The U.S. Naval Research Lab has been working on ways to turn seawater into fuel, using a Carbon Capture Skid to remove carbon dioxide from the water while producing hydrogen. A metal catalyst in [...]

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Amazing first flight: 20-foot-span B-25!

Apr 07, 2014 38 Comments by

Just when you think you’ve seen a really giant, giant-scale plane, here comes a 1/3.3-scale B-25 Mitchell! Weighing in at 326 pounds, with a wingspan of 20 feet, this behemoth is powered by two 400cc Moki 5-cylinder radials and 35×13 carbon-fiber propellers. The big bomber has wood construction with fiberglass reinforcements and uses handmade retracts and 30 servos. Three Emcotec [...]

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Can two 700-class RC helis lift a woman off the ground?

Apr 01, 2014 7 Comments by

This video from HeliGraphix may blow your mind. In it, a very brave (and strong!) woman is lifted off the ground by two Gaui X7 Megatron helis, each of which is powered by a Scorpion/Powercroco system running on a 4000mAh, 16S LiPo pack. According to HeliGraphix, maximum flight time at full power is just over [...]

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Can you name this plane?

Apr 01, 2014 66 Comments

This incredible video comes to us from our friend Tbobborap1, who filmed the giant-scale model at an RC event at the Royal Air Force Barkston Heath base in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. Our mystery plane is of late WW II vintage, was carrier-based and flew for the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. It was especially prized as a [...]

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Farewell to Hobie Alter, creator of the Hobie Hawk

Mar 31, 2014 6 Comments

Hobie Alter, famous for his sailboats and surfboards, was equally well-known in the RC glider arena for his high-performance Hobie Hawk, released in 1974. In the feature photo, he’s on the August 1974 issue! The Hobie Model Company sold over 10,000 of the high-performance gliders. Here’s a great interview with Hobie from the HobieHawk.com website’s [...]

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