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Ares Advantage Optim 300 CP

Jun 26, 2015 No Comments by

If you’ve always been intrigued by RC helicopters but thought they were too hard to fly, you need to check out the Ares Advantage Optim 300 CP!  Equipped with Aegis Natural Flight Progression (NFP) technology, it has a breakthrough six-axis sensor system that automatically stabilizes the heli if you let go of the sticks. That [...]

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An RC Jumbo Jet’s First Flight

Jun 18, 2015 51 Comments by

An RC plane’s first flight is usually a nerve-racking experience, but what if you’re flying a 16-foot-span, four-turbine-powered scale airliner? Earlier this month in Oppingen, Germany, Adi Pitz’s 747-400 scale model took off with pilot Rainer Kamitz at the controls. The largest plane Adi has ever built, it has over 2,000 hours of work into it, [...]

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Top Gun 2015: Model Airplane News Team is on location!

Apr 30, 2015 No Comments by

Model Airplane News followed the Road to Top Gun and we are excited to finally be here at Paradise Field! One of the first planes to catch our eye was this impressive 45% Spad VII. Designed and built by David James of Fairfield, Texas, the 138-inch-span warbird weighs 60 pounds and is powered by a [...]

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400cc Chinese Air Force Yak

Apr 29, 2015 4 Comments by

This Yak 11 is powered by a Moki 400cc radial and 38 x 18 prop! The 50-pound aerobat is an Airworld model that’s designed for 250cc power, but strengthened to handle the 400cc Moki. Pilot and owner Ali Machinchy notes that the plane was built and painted by Phil Noel at Pinnacle Aviation and has a scale paint scheme from [...]

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The Oceanmaker

Apr 28, 2015 42 Comments by

You deserve a nice coffee break , and this fantastic, 10-minute animated video is a no-cal treat you’ll love. “After the seas have disappeared, a courageous female pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds.” Don’t miss it! The OceanMaker from Mighty Coconut on Vimeo.

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REALLY Big Blackbird!

Apr 23, 2015 22 Comments by

You don’t often see models of the SR-71 Blackbird, one of the most advanced spy planes used by the CIA. And you definitely don’t see 18-foot-long model jets!  In Israel last week, the world’s largest scale-model of a SR-71 Blackbird took flight. Built over 5 years by Gilad Olinki and flown by Ofir Babish, the 1/6-scale [...]

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Monster DC-10 — Robert Pannell’s Best Electric Jet Performance Winner

Mar 23, 2015 14 Comments

Florida Jets is an annual event in Lakeland, FL that has grown dramatically over the past few years—mostly due to site improvements and the huge, growing interest in jet RC flying. Adding impetus is the availability and accessibility of a wide variety of jet models and accessories. In general, the models are large, highly pre-fabricated [...]

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Thunderous Tempest

Feb 05, 2015 22 Comments

You won’t believe how low the pilot of this 1/4-scale Hawker Tempest will fly! Henning Schlömer scratch-built this 125-inch-span, 51.8-pound beauty and powers it with a King 140cc two-cylinder in-line engine. Thanks to Rcscaleairplanes for taking this great video at the Warbird Meet MFC-Oberhausen 2014.

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Executive editor About me: I’m a publishing professional who has a passion for aviation and RC, and I love creating issues, books and a website that help RC pilots to enjoy this sport even more. I admire scale aircraft and enjoy the convenience of flying smaller electrics.
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