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Adrenaline Rush: Hangar 9 Katana 50

Mar 28, 2012 4 Comments

We just finished flight-testing the new Hangar 9 Katana 50, and it’s a rush! In this video, reviewer Aaron Strietzel tells us about this great looking plane and its breath-taking performance.  The looks of the Katana draw you in, and its flight characteristics will get your heart pumping! This 59-inch-span aerobat requires a .46 to .55 2-stroke or equivalent [...]

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Giant Electric Corsair Flies!

Mar 28, 2012 11 Comments

Our good friend Lee Estingoy from Castle Creations finished up his giant scale electrified CARF-Models F4U-1D Corsair and logged in his first flight on it.   Lee was happy to, as he put it, finally get this bird in the air. He goes on to say: Couldn’t have asked for a better flying plane or power [...]

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AS3X system with the Beast

Mar 23, 2012 1 Comment

See what our Senior Editor on the West Cost, John Reid has to say about the new Horizon AS3X system used in the Beast bi-plane.  This system makes it much easier to fly small micro planes and we were able to try it out first hand with all three aircrafts.  Right now, this system is [...]

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F-86 Micro Jet Video

Mar 20, 2012 2 Comments

Here is a small plane that packs quite a bit of power, the Great Planes F-86 Sabre Micro EDF.  This small plane has some great flying features and with AnyLink you can fly this plane with any transmitter.  Hear what Norm has to say about the F-86 and the AnyLink system.

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Extreme Flyers X350: an agile coaxial that can handle the wind

Mar 19, 2012 2 Comments

Traditionally, coaxial helis have been limited to flying in very calm conditions, limiting them to indoor flying or outdoors only on the most peaceful days. The other issue is that after mastering its basic flight envelope, you could get bored quickly. Well, neither of these is an issue with the new Extreme Flyers X350 high-performance [...]

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Charger RC Giant Fusion 3D

Mar 14, 2012 2 Comments

Here is something you don’t see every day, a giant 3D foamy slowly flying around.  Check out Mike Gantt’s interview as he tells you what he thinks of the Fusion 3D, a new giant foamy from Charger RC.  Then you can enjoy the flight video and see how this giant bird performs.  

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Race Day in 1-minute and 22-seconds

Mar 13, 2012 10 Comments

Sunday I got to fly around a few pylons with other guys at the Whittier Pylon Race.  I completed in the Electric EF1 class and there was also a quickie 500 class running that day.   The camera was set to take a photo every 5 second and this created a movie that is only 1:22 [...]

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Seagull Zlin

Mar 09, 2012 1 Comment

Aerobatic planes are always a favorite with modelers and one of them that is sure to stand out from the crowd, the Zlin.  Now Seagull has this great looking 67-inch wingspan Zlin ARF kit that not only looks great but can also perform.   The instructions include both glow and electric setup.  For the glow setup, [...]

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