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E-flite UMX Carbon Cub and ASK-21

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

These two new E-flite UMX planes are sold separately but you will find that you need to have them both.  Our writer Michael York found that the Cub had ample power to quickly get both planes airborne and skyward.  He states, “After a very scale-like liftoff, we climbed in a large circular pattern up to [...]

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Innov8tive Next Level Quad Copter

Jan 22, 2013 2 Comments

Innov8tive designs have always carried top quality Scorpion and Cobra motors and ESCs, but recently they started adding some top-quality multi-rotors from Next Level.  Here at Model Airplane News we are always looking for a new way to bring information to our readers and when we got the chance to review this good size quad [...]

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Great Planes Avistar Elite RTF

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

“The Great Planes Avistar Elite is one of the best trainers I have ever had the chance to fly,” said Evan Reid, our reviewer. The construction of this plane is one of the easiest out there to assemble. In a little less than an hour, this plane can be put together and ready to fly with only a [...]

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Seagull Glasair Sportsman

Jan 21, 2013 7 Comments

With the new Seagull ARF, distributed by Horizon Hobby, you can enjoy quick-build assembly time with this sport-scale ARF. Top-quality balsa and light-ply are used to make the structure, which is covered beautifully with Hangar 9 UltraCote in a winning color combo of yellow, white, and black.  Seagull’s Glasair is a well-engineered ARF and has a very quick build [...]

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ParkZone/Horizon Hobby Albatros D.Va

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

We got a chance to checkout and fly the ParkZone/Horizon Albatros D.Va, our own Michael York took this great looking biplane and put it through its paces. Watch the video to see what our contributor has to say about this fun aircraft. Be sure to check out his last landing.

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AeroWorks 30cc LC-126 Video

Dec 06, 2012 4 Comments

AeroWorks has released a great looking LC-126 ARF-QB model based on their C-195.  Constructed of balsa and ply, the roughly 1/5-scale plane is covered in genuine Ultracote and mimics the livery of its full-size counterpart on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH.  Our reviewer Michael York was [...]

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Flyzone DHC-2 Beaver, first look

Dec 05, 2012 1 Comment

We got a chance to checkout and fly the Flyzone DHC-2 Beaver, our own Jason Benson put this plane through it paces and we found it performs especially well. Remove a few bolts and you can install a pair of good quality floats for some off-the-water fun. Watch the video to see what our contributor [...]

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Flying Fw 190A-5; Saga of a survivor

Dec 05, 2012 10 Comments

In this video you see the Flying Heritage Collection’s (FHC) Fw 190A-5 Focke-Wulf, Based  in Everett, Washington. On July 19, 1943 the FHC FW 190 was being flown by Paul Ratz, flight leader, and his wingmen were on a “free hunt” mission over the “corridor of death”. The details Luftwaffe loss report indicated that the [...]

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