John Reid’s Blog

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 3 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 2 Comments

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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Hangar 9 Christen Eagle

Mar 08, 2012 8 Comments

Aerobatic biplanes are always a favorite of any pilot, and the bright color scheme of the Christen Eagle puts it right up at the top of favorite planes.  The new Christen Eagle from Hangar 9 is sure to be winner.  This great looking color scheme is already done up and add to that, a quick [...]

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Behind the Scenes: How speed controllers are made

Mar 02, 2012 4 Comments

Recently I got to take a tour through the Castle Creations factory in Olathe, KS.  I really enjoyed my visit there and I found that making speed controls was a much bigger production than I had imagined.  In this video Lee Estingoy takes us through the assembly line at the Castle factory to see how [...]

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Can you tell which one is the pilot?

Feb 27, 2012 No Comments

Here is a great photo of a plane that was hung up on a wire. I think the person in the back is the rescuer worker and the person in front is the pilot, but I could be wrong.  Does anyone want to take a guess, or even better, does anyone know the story behind this photo.

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Great Planes Shoestring, the classic pylon racer

Feb 21, 2012 No Comments

Race planes have to be some of the coolest looking aircraft around.  Very few have as much history as the Shoestring racer.  If you ever want to try out a pylon racer, Great planes offer a nice looking Shoestring that is sure to please.   Check out what John Reid and Michael York have to [...]

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