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Old school pattern in Bakersfield

May 01, 2013 3 Comments

This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend a 2nd Annual Bakersfield Pattern Bash event in California.  This event had three big things to it.  The first was that it was organized and ran by none other than Chip Hyde, TOC Champion, World team member and all around good guy.   Second, this contest attracted [...]

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Blade 500 3D

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

The new Blade 500 3D heli is a Bind-N-Fly model that is truly ready to rock right out of the box.  This is a great for someone wanting to step up from a 450-size bird without having to shell out a tone of money for a larger 600- to 700-class model. Watch our contributor Aaron [...]

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Double your fun: two consecutive inside loops

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

Executing one perfect loop can be difficult: it must be round, start and exit at the same altitude, without any drift in heading and the maneuver must be centered on the pilot.  Once you have that, now try doing two of them one right after the other! Check out the video and see what it [...]

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E-flite UMX Sbach 342 3D

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

With the release of Horizon’s UMX technology we have seen some very cool looking new planes, and the latest release is also one of the coolest.  the new Sbach 342 from E-flite/Horizon Hobby is one fun flying micro plane.  Watch and see what our contributor Mike Gantt has to say about this great little aerobat. [...]

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The Death Spiral

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

Yeah, that’s right, we’ve got the hottest heli move right here: the Death Spiral! I mean with a name like that, what could go wrong? This is really a cool-looking maneuver and our own Aaron Strietzel will show you how to pull it off without any ill side effects (aka, “crash”).  Watch the video and be [...]

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Skyartec Wasp Nano

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

This great micro flybarless 3D machine is ready to fly out of the box, which  is good because the box is also the carrying case.  We got one of the first releases of this helicopter and our contributor Aaron Strietzel gives you his thoughts on this little 3D machine.  Be sure to check it out in [...]

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VQ Models Voodoo

Feb 01, 2013 3 Comments

VQ Models has released a great looking Voodoo modified P-51  based on the full-size Reno racer and constructed of balsa and ply.  Our reviewer Jason Benson was among the first to try out this great model. You can see what he has to say  about the plane in his full review in the May issue of [...]

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Belly landing of an Australian F-111

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

This is a cool video, but first a little history: The Australians flew the F-111 a lot longer than our Air Force. The airplane was originally designed to land on a carrier deck so the gear structure is very strong. Even landing on a long runway you just maintain 10 degrees angle of attack until [...]

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