Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

Magnificent Micro Mustang!

Dec 02, 2014 27 Comments

Giant RC planes turn heads, but we’ll bet this mini Mustang will stop you in your tracks. With a 4.6-inch wingspan, this impressive RC model is just 1/96-scale and weighs in at 3 grams — that’s less than a nickel! The brainchild of Martin Newell, the P-51D is outfitted with the usual throttle, rudder and elevator controls but also [...]

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Fantastic Old-Timer RC Video

Nov 13, 2014 16 Comments

Inspired by the life of Maynard Hill, who set dozens of RC records and even flew a model plane across the Atlantic ocean, Jascha Hoffman wrote the song “The Little Airplane.”  It’s featured in this video that showcases archival video of old-timer RC planes, and both the song and the video are a delight. You deserve this [...]

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GForce Aerobatics: Full-size & RC Extra Team!

Nov 06, 2014 4 Comments

What’s better than two Extras putting on a formation airshow? A full-size Extra and a 41% RC model putting on an airshow together! The Extra Duo G-Force Aerobatics team of Mike Williams (RC pilot) and Chris Burkett (full-size pilot) perform at airshows around the world, flying Chris’ 300S and Mike’s Krill Aircraft 330SC, which is [...]

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Ready for Halloween?

Oct 30, 2014 2 Comments

This quadcopter ghost is guaranteed to spook trick-or-treaters! Whoever made this costume did a great job: nice head, arms and lightweight flowing shroud combine nicely. We hope this inspires you to come up with your own quad costume for Halloween and that you’ll send videos to us at man@airage.com! Thanks to Alton Porter for posting this to YouTube.

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1/4-Scale Twin Turbine

Oct 30, 2014 2 Comments

This 88-pound twin turbine can reach speeds of up to 150mph! The 7-foot, 6-inch-span jet was designed and built by Ted Allison over a 4 year span and in this video is expertly flown by the UK’s Dave Johnson at the Large Model Association show at Elvington. The 1/4-scale F Mk6 aircraft is powered by two [...]

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OK Go’s new video — a one-take multirotor shot!

Oct 27, 2014 15 Comments

We love OK Go’s  new video, “I Won’t Let You Down,” shot in one take by a multirotor! Watch to the very end as the octocopter goes above the clouds for a panoramic view of the city.

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3D printed UAV with integrated motors!

Oct 16, 2014 1 Comment

3D printing technology can create some amazing things, but how about a UAV that includes integrated electric ducted fans? Designed and built by a Boeing-assisted team at the University of Sheffield, this aircraft weighs 7.7 pounds and can fly at 45mph using its integrated motor. It is made up of modules that are bolted together, [...]

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Video: Drone Racing, Star Wars Style!

Oct 10, 2014 5 Comments

Inspired by the air race scene in The Phantom Menace, 24 FPV drone pilots sped through a forest in the French Alps, weaving around trees and low-hanging branches to reach speeds of 31mph! The brainchild of the Airgonay drone club, the event pitted four pilots at a time, flying three laps of the nearly 500-foot [...]

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Model Airplane News 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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