Model Airplane News http://www.modelairplanenews.com The #1 resource for RC plane and helicopter enthusiasts featuring news, videos, product releases and tech tips. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:35:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thunder Tiger Raptor E300 http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/thunder-tiger-raptor-e300/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/thunder-tiger-raptor-e300/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:35:28 +0000 Trevor "Chilly" Duncan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231620

With fresh new look, the famous military scale helicopter is now back on stage. The Raptor E300 has both great scale looking and easy-open fuselage for quick battery change and maintenance. The same as other 400 class helicopter, the model is also a factory fully assembled and compatible with any DSM2 radio. GT5.2 3-axis Gyro [...]

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With fresh new look, the famous military scale helicopter is now back on stage. The Raptor E300 has both great scale looking and easy-open fuselage for quick battery change and maintenance.

The same as other 400 class helicopter, the model is also a factory fully assembled and compatible with any DSM2 radio.

GT5.2 3-axis Gyro

  • OLED Display with icon-based user interface
  • Touch-Pad’ for easy programming without the need of additional hardware
  • High-quality aluminum case for optimal heat dissipation
  • Brand new easy menu, more user friendly
  • Supports Receiver type: normal PPM , Spektrum & JR satellite, Futaba S-Bus , HOTT, SRXL, SPPM
  • Updater support-firmware can be updated as well as the parameter can be modified on your PC

Thunder Tiger Outrunner Brushless Standard 3800KV

Brushless Motor Obl29/38L-10H:

  • Dual ball bearing supported shaft
  • Leight weight, high torque and high temperature rated
  • Efficient RPM value

Micro Digital Servo DC1122MG

Control speed , power and responsiveness make the perfect ACE RC digital servos the first choice – and in all sizes for different applications opportunities. The DC1122MG is ideal when maximum performance is required in a small space and with minimum weight , and its stable metal-gear ensures the necessary stability under harder use.

Ace R/C BLC-40 40A Speed Controller

Thunder Tiger introduces their brand NEW speed controls for brushless motors. The BLC-40 is designed for the mini-sized electric aero-vehicle.

Capable of supplying up to 40 Amps of continuous motor current. Small and lightweight, with a large heat sink surface area. Perfect for the Thunder Tiger OBL series brushless motors. And for safety consideration. there are built-in safety features to prevent accidental motor startup when powering on.

Carbon Blades

High efficiency symmetrical airfoil is exceptional for 3D flying and the new design delivers controllable and yet very aggressive blades.

Features:

  • 100% Factory Assembled ARF Scale Heli w/ Military Camouflage Scheme
  • Easy-Open Canopy w/ Quick-Remove Battery Tray
  • DSM2 Compatible Receiver Included
  • Flybarless System for Realistic Looking
  • Scale 3D Performance

Specs:

Rotor Head     Flybarless
Width     135 mm
Fully Equip. Weight w/o Batt.     840 g
Tail Rotor Diameter     150 mm
Item No.     4725-A11
Length     650 mm
Height     265 mm
Main Rotor Diameter     712 mm
Gear Ratio(E:M:T)     11 : 1 : 4.95

#4725-A11

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Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 Kit With New Fuselage http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/thunder-tiger-raptor-e550-kit-with-new-fuselage/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/thunder-tiger-raptor-e550-kit-with-new-fuselage/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:29:10 +0000 Trevor "Chilly" Duncan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231614

Raptor E550 is now available in Kit version! Approved by Thunder Tiger Team International Pilot Nick Maxwell and Alon Barak. The Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 series is the best choice for pilots at any level. The excellent Raptor E550 is now available in Kit version. Customize the Raptor E550 with your favorite radio system and [...]

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Raptor E550 is now available in Kit version!

Approved by Thunder Tiger Team International Pilot Nick Maxwell and Alon Barak. The Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 series is the best choice for pilots at any level. The excellent Raptor E550 is now available in Kit version. Customize the Raptor E550 with your favorite radio system and feel the precision flying. Also, the new sleek fuselage makes it more beautiful than before.

Engineered for outstanding performance:

  • Two-piece lower carbon fiber airframe with several options for easy receiver mounting
  • ABS canopy with decals already applied
  • Requires one battery — accepts the same size as E700 and E720 machines
  • High-torque,metal gear cyclic servos(Optional Part)
  • DS0606n digital tail servo(Optional Part)

Recommended Optional Part: 3-blade Main Rotor

With 3-blade 550 carbon blades you can feel the more direct and sensitive handling, better buoyancy even at low rpm, and more stable flight.

Recommended Optional Part: GT5.2 3-axis Gyro

  • OLED Display with icon-based user interface
  • Touch-Pad’ for easy programming without the need of additional hardware
  • High-quality aluminum case for optimal heat dissipation
  • Brand new easy menu, more user friendly
  • Supports Receiver type: normal PPM , Spektrum & JR satellite, Futaba S-Bus , HOTT, SRXL, SPPM
  • Updater support-firmware can be updated as well as the parameter can be modified on your PC

Recommended Optional Part: Ripper OBL 44/11-30H 1150KV Brushless Motor

The 1150kV Ace R/C Ripper brushless motor supplies ample power to fly with confidence, whether you’re learning how to hover or tackling aggressive 3D maneuvers.
Recommended Optional Part :Talon 90 speed controller

Castle Creations electronics have a reputation for quality and dependability — which makes the Raptor E550′s Talon 90A ESC a welcome feature. It also features a robust 9A continuous, 20A peak BEC to supply power to the radio system.

Recommended Optional Part: DS1510MG Swash Plate Servos

DS1510MG does not only provide more precise control sensitivity, but also keeps your vehicles working very smoothly in all water terrains, and the best choice of combination of performance and economy.

Features:

  • Easy-Install Fiberglass Fuselage
  • Latest Sleek Body Scheme Design
  • CNC Machined Metal Rotor Head for precision flying
  • Great for 3D Maneuver & Aerobatic flying

Specs:

Rotor Head:     Flybarless
Width:     180 mm
Fully Equip. Weight w/o Batt:     2370 g
Tail Rotor Diameter:     237 mm
Item No:    4732-K10
Length:     1100 mm
Height:     363 mm
Main Rotor Diameter:     1245 mm
Gear Ratio(E:M:T):     10.1 : 1 : 4.56

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Thunder Tiger Raptor E700 V3 http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/thunder-tiger-raptor-e700-v3/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/thunder-tiger-raptor-e700-v3/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:23:05 +0000 Trevor "Chilly" Duncan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231609

The Raptor E700 V3 is now available with sleek fuselage! With the colorful body scheme designed by Miss Simone Zunterer, this fiberglass made fuselage has great visibility in the air. The two-piece fuselage is easy to install and maintain. The battery could be replaced within seconds without remove the fuselage. Catch up with this beautiful [...]

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The Raptor E700 V3 is now available with sleek fuselage!

With the colorful body scheme designed by Miss Simone Zunterer, this fiberglass made fuselage has great visibility in the air. The two-piece fuselage is easy to install and maintain.

The battery could be replaced within seconds without remove the fuselage. Catch up with this beautiful beast now!

Major aluminum parts are packed in box

The mainly contents as below:

  • CNC milled aluminum flybarless main rotor head.
  • CNC milled aluminum swashplate is also designed for flybarless, and same 135 degree as E720 and E800 for eCCPM. 140 degree setting is available.
  • CNC milled alumium 12mm main shaft bearing block with care of light weighted.
  • Main shaft is 12mm in diameter, with heat treatment, and hollowing for weight reducing.

Quick-release Battery Tray allows two 6 cells LiPo battery packs

Quick-release battery holder could take two 6-cell or one 12-cell LiPo battery. Also, from its design, you don’t have to remove the shell while you changing the battery. U-shape landing skids are good for battery exchange and installation. Also, its lower frame structure makes the centre of gravity close to head grips, which means that E700 could be more stable when it starts doing some flips and rolls.

One-piece Tail Case with Efficient Helical Bevel Tail Gears

Tail drive gears are made of nylon material, and the structure use Helical bevel gear which is carried over from E720’s structure. Also, aluminum tail boom with lengthened supports for additional rigidity and mounted rudder servo for improved performance. Optimized tail rotor for wide range of head speeds; accommodates 105-116mm tail blades.

Recommended Optional Part: E700 Power Pack

No need to experiment with different brushless motor and ESC combinations — the Power Pack delivers the best of both in a single, powerful package. It pairs the performance of an ACE R/C OBL 50/05-50H brushless outrunner motor to the precision control of a Castle Creations Phoenix Edge HV120 ESC. The Edge HV120 arrives with basic performance parameters already programmed in, but modelers can also fine-tune performance using the optional Castle Field Link Programming card or Castle Link USB adapter (both available separately) and free downloadable Castle Link software.

Recommended Optional Part : GT5.2 3-axis Gyro

  • OLED Display with icon-based user interface
  • Touch-Pad’ for easy programming without the need of additional hardware
  • High-quality aluminum case for optimal heat dissipation
  • Brand new easy menu, more user friendly
  • Supports Receiver type: normal PPM , Spektrum & JR satellite, Futaba S-Bus , HOTT, SRXL, SPPM
  • Updater support-firmware can be updated as well as the parameter can be modified on your PC

Recommended Optional Part: DSHV0507nT Servo

DSHV0507nT is well equipped with high performance coreless motor, super narrow pulse (760us) drive system and high speed processing boosts gyro response. DSHV0507nt working on 2S Lipo/LiFe battery without any regulator, the combination of Titanium and alloy aluminum gears also enhance strength for continuous Slop-Free Operation and reduce weight.

Recommended Optional Part: DSHV0818T Servo

DSHV0818T is high voltage standard size servos that deliver unparalleled performance, equipped with high performance coreless motor, work on 2S Lipo/LiFe battery without any regulator. The combination of Titanium and alloy aluminum gears enhance strength for continuous Stop-Free Operation as well as reducing weight.

Features:

  • 4.71 Speed Gear with Reinforced Ribs
  • Easy Installation Fiberglass Fuselage
  • Latest Colorful Scheme Design for Great Visibility
  • Innovative Quick Calibration System
  • CNC Metal Rotor Head and Carbon Side Frames
  • Advanced Herringbone 128T Main Gear V.S. 13T Pinion
  • One-piece Tail Case with Efficient Helical Bevel Tail Gears
  • Quick-release Battery Tray Holds Two 6 Cells LiPo Battery Packs

Specs:

Rotor Head:     Flybarless
Width:     191 mm
Fully Equip. Weight w/o Batt:     2917 g
Tail Rotor Diameter:     280 mm
Item No:     4761-K30
Length:     1273 mm
Height:     385 mm
Main Rotor Diameter:     1538~1558 mm
Gear Ratio(E:M:T):     9.85 : 1 : 4.71

#4761-K30

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RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone — Part 20 — Covering Begins http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/rc-sopwith-camel-workshop-build-alone-part-20-covering-begins/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/rc-sopwith-camel-workshop-build-alone-part-20-covering-begins/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:06:26 +0000 Gerry Yarrish http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231564

Now that the Sopwith Camel’s fuselage and the rest of the project has been all buttoned up, and the engine cowling’s magnetic attachment arrangement taken care off, we can how move on to the covering process of the project. For this model, I am using Scale Stits and Polytone paint and adhesive. The fabric is specially produced [...]

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Now that the Sopwith Camel’s fuselage and the rest of the project has been all buttoned up, and the engine cowling’s magnetic attachment arrangement taken care off, we can how move on to the covering process of the project. For this model, I am using Scale Stits and Polytone paint and adhesive. The fabric is specially produced for RC airplanes and it is the same material (just lighter), that is used to cover full-size aircraft.

The first thing to do, is to remove all the hardware from the model and give it a good going over with sandpaper and make sure it is nice and smooth. Also I use a tack cloth to pick up any dust on the surfaces being covered.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

MEK and Poly Tak adhesive are used to attach the fabric to the airframe. MEK is a solvent that’s used to thin the glue as well as clean the brushes.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

You also need a lot of sharp #11 X-Acto blades. They dull quickly.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

I use bowls with ceramic surfaces for the glue and the MEK. This helps speed the process instead of dipping the brush in the small opening of the glue can.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

I like to start with the tail surfaces and work my way up to larger parts like the fuselage and then the wings. Make sure you have a clean surface to work on.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

I find that quality Sable hair brushes from the craft store work best and last a long time.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

I covered the exact technique of applying Scale Stits fabric in MAN magazine and in my older Balsa USA Fokker Triplane posts. You basically apply the adhesive to the outer edges of the parts you are covering and then lay the cloth in place over it. Start gluing in the center of the part and when the adhesive dries, (in several seconds), start smoothing out the cloth and tack glue it to the outer edges while pulling it slightly to remove the wrinkles. Let the glue dry and move the opposite side of the part and tack the edges there. Continue around the part until it is sealed all along the outer edges.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

Once the material is all glued in place, you can brush the MEK through the cloth to reactivate the adhesive if necessary to remove wrinkles and reposition the fabric.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

Do one side of the part at a time and make sure it is wrinkle free before moving on to the other side. No heat is used at this point to remove wrinkles.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

Once the parts are completely covered, set your covering iron to 225 degree F. and start shrinking the fabric from the center and work you way out to the edges.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

The fuselage is done in the same way. I start on the bottom first so when the sides are covered the seams fall on the bottom surface and are out of sight.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

Where there is a large opening, like here at the tail skid post, I first treat the covering where the opening will be cut with a coating of glue and let it dry. This prevents the cloth from fraying when the cloth is cut, before it is applied to the fuselage.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

The front section where the muffler will fit is simply covered over and cut open after the fabric has been applied and tightened into place.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

Here the bottom is covered and the edges are glued and sealed down smooth.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

The same techniques is done for the sides. Start at the tail and work forward applying glue and pulling the wrinkles out.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

I cover over the bottom wing panel mounting faces and shrink the fabric tightly into place so it is wrinkle free when I cut along the panel edges.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

Here you see the wing are and the aft edge of the balsa sheeting is cut through so the fabric can be glued down smoothly into place.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

At the tail the pushrod exit slots are covered over until the cloth is smooth and tightly sealed into place.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

The a small slit is cut in the center of the slots so the pushrod ends can be pushed out through the slots. The final slit length will be determined after the tail surfaces and control horns are in place and the linkages re installed.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

Next the top of the fuselage is covered working from the aft former forward to the cockpit area.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

The cloth is pull tight alone the outer edges and then glued with a 3/8 inch overlap to the sides.

RC Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-alone -- Part 20 -- Covering Begins

That completes the fuselage and tail surfaces. Of course the surface takes still have to be added but that comes later when we seal and prepare the model for painting.

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 5 – Tail Controls http://www.modelairplanenews.com/Cheyenne_Tail_Control http://www.modelairplanenews.com/Cheyenne_Tail_Control#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:35:14 +0000 Jim Ryan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231553

This installment continues construction of my 700-size AH-56 Cheyenne.  The project begins here. Since the Cheyenne’s tail rotor is mounted at the end of a long extension shaft, I needed to fabricate a control linkage with a bellcrank,.  I’ve just gotten into having parts 3D printed by Shapeways.com, and this was a perfect application for their [...]

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This installment continues construction of my 700-size AH-56 Cheyenne.  The project begins here.

Since the Cheyenne’s tail rotor is mounted at the end of a long extension shaft, I needed to fabricate a control linkage with a bellcrank,.  I’ve just gotten into having parts 3D printed by Shapeways.com, and this was a perfect application for their laser-sintered nylon process (this will be featured in the June issue of Model Airplane News).

I used Rhino 3D to design the pitch control arm, bellcrank and bellcrank mount, then I saved the drawings as stereolithography (STL) files and uploaded them to the Shapeways website.  Within a couple of weeks my parts arrived, and I could complete the pitch control assembly.

Rhino 3D view of pitch control arm. Bellcrank and mount. Pitch control assembly mounted on tail unit.

The 3D parts worked out perfectly, and in just a few minutes I had them installed on the tail unit.  The mechanics are now nearly ready for flight testing.  All that remains is installing the pusher prop pitch control rod and final ground checks.  I can’t wait!

 

 

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Drilling and Tapping — Workshop tips for the RC Modeler http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/drilling-and-tapping-workshop-tips-for-the-rc-modeler/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/30/drilling-and-tapping-workshop-tips-for-the-rc-modeler/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:19:29 +0000 Gerry Yarrish http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231547

One of the first non-wood building tasks that will present itself to RC modelers is “Drilling and Tapping” holes in metal parts.  Mainly this is required for attaching your glow engine to you aluminum motor mounts, but the same process is used when drilling and tapping hardwood blocks for nylon wing hold-down bolts. Knowing the [...]

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One of the first non-wood building tasks that will present itself to RC modelers is “Drilling and Tapping” holes in metal parts.  Mainly this is required for attaching your glow engine to you aluminum motor mounts, but the same process is used when drilling and tapping hardwood blocks for nylon wing hold-down bolts. Knowing the proper technique is key to making this task quick and easy, but the biggest rule not to break is to take nice and slow. if you rush you will break the tap inside the intended hole and that pretty much ruins the part and it will have to be replaced.

Drilling and Tapping -- Workshop tips for the RC Modeler

Tips for threading holes

1. Use the proper size bit to drill the hole. Most taps come in common sizes and are packaged with the proper size drill bit to drill the tap’s minor diameter, (the holes that will be threaded).

2. After drilling the hole, place the tap in a Tap holder tool and tighten into place. Apply a little oil in the hole and bear down a little bit on the tap. Keep the tap in line with the drilled hole, and while pressing downward, turn the tap about a full turn until you feel the cutting teeth grab into the material. When you feel the grab stop turning the tap.

3. Now back the tap out slightly (about a quarter turn), to “break” the chip that is formed in the hole as the threads are cut.

4. Repeat this process all the time keeping the tap aligned with the hole.

5. When the tap has fully threaded the hole, remove the tap and clean out any chips from the hole with a disposable acid brush.

Below are typical drill and tap sets along with a DuBro T-handle tap holder tool.
Drilling and Tapping -- Workshop tips for the RC Modeler

Below are guides for the proper size drills for various size Taps.

Drilling and Tapping -- Workshop tips for the RC Modeler

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Big — REALLY BIG! — British Planes http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/29/big-really-big-british-planes/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/29/big-really-big-british-planes/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:37:38 +0000 Debra Cleghorn http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231535

Our friends across the pond love their (really) giant-scale models, and this video compilation from a recent show is a treat to watch. Videotaped by the father and son team of Pete and Dean Coxon at the Large Model Association fly-in at Cosford, this shows some fantastic models flying in quite a crosswind.

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Our friends across the pond love their (really) giant-scale models, and this video compilation from a recent show is a treat to watch. Videotaped by the father and son team of Pete and Dean Coxon at the Large Model Association fly-in at Cosford, this shows some fantastic models flying in quite a crosswind.

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Enter the M.A.N. Plans Photo Contest! http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/29/enter-the-m-a-n-plans-photo-contest/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/29/enter-the-m-a-n-plans-photo-contest/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:06:33 +0000 Debra Cleghorn http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231526

Show of hands: how many of you have built a model from Model Airplane News plans?  Enter our photo contest and show off your creation! We don’t care how old your plane is, or even if it’s still flying … we just want to see your photos! There’s just one rule: the plane must have [...]

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Show of hands: how many of you have built a model from Model Airplane News plans?  Enter our photo contest and show off your creation! We don’t care how old your plane is, or even if it’s still flying … we just want to see your photos! There’s just one rule: the plane must have been built from a Model Airplane News, Electric Flight or Backyard Flyer plan. That’s it! This is your chance to get some cash and MAN “swag,” so find those photos (or scan in those prints!) and enter today. You can enter as many planes as you’d like, and the editors will choose the winners from the planes with the most votes. The contest will run through February.

Click HERE to enter! http://modelairplanenews.pgtb.me/n2T9x6

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Horizon Hobby Wins 1st Place At Nuremberg Toy Fair http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/29/horizon-hobby-wins-1st-place-at-nuremberg-toy-fair/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/29/horizon-hobby-wins-1st-place-at-nuremberg-toy-fair/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:47:36 +0000 Trevor "Chilly" Duncan http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231527

The HobbyZone Sport Cub S wins the internationally recognized ToyAward in the Teenager & Family category at the 2015 Nuremberg Toy Fair.  According to the Toy Fair Jurors: “Hobbyzone Sport Cub SAFE is the ideal introduction to model aeroplanes for inexperienced pilots as well as toy retailers: this beautifully designed aeroplane practically flies by itself [...]

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The HobbyZone Sport Cub S wins the internationally recognized ToyAward in the Teenager & Family category at the 2015 Nuremberg Toy Fair.  According to the Toy Fair Jurors:

“Hobbyzone Sport Cub SAFE is the ideal introduction to model aeroplanes for inexperienced pilots as well as toy retailers: this beautifully designed aeroplane practically flies by itself in safe mode. Flight by flight, the owners – whether young or old, man or woman – can improve their skills and learn to control the device themselves. And if the aeroplane encounters turbulence, just pressing the panic button is enough to put the model back into safe mode. A concept that also inspired the jury: it awarded the model aircraft from Horizon Hobby first place in the Teenager&Family category.”

For complete information about the ToyAwards please go here

http://www.toyaward.de/en/2015

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E-Fest: electrics raise the roof (literally!) http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/28/e-fest-electrics-raise-the-roof-literally/ http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2015/01/28/e-fest-electrics-raise-the-roof-literally/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:54:15 +0000 Debra Cleghorn http://www.modelairplanenews.com/?p=231515

What’s the best way to shake the mid-winter blues? The E-Fest indoor fly-in in the University of Illinois armory in Champaign, IL! Contributor Jim Ryan was on hand, and he sent us this photo highlight reel, including some brand-new releases!                

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What’s the best way to shake the mid-winter blues? The E-Fest indoor fly-in in the University of Illinois armory in Champaign, IL! Contributor Jim Ryan was on hand, and he sent us this photo highlight reel, including some brand-new releases!

Estes' tiny Proto-X quadcopter has been joined by the slightly larger Proto-X FPV.  This nifty little drone streams full-color video to a display in the transmitter.  Performance and video range are ideal for large indoor spaces and back yard flying.

Estes’ tiny Proto-X quadcopter has been joined by the slightly larger Proto-X FPV. This nifty little drone streams full-color video to a display in the transmitter. Performance and video range are ideal for large indoor spaces and back yard flying.

 

 

 

Terry Nitsch brought the "Prize Blimp" all the way from Columbus, OH.  The blimp flew regular sorties all weekend, dropping prize certificates, cash and other goodies.  Here you can see the extremely high ceiling in the 100 year old Armory building.

The huge main floor is large enough to accommodate three distinct flying areas - the main area at show-center, helis and 3D at the west end, and a micro area at the east end.

The huge main floor is large enough to accommodate three distinct flying areas – the main area at show-center, helis and 3D at the west end, and a micro area at the east end.

Hobbico's booth was busy all weekend, particularly with young pilots trying out RealFlight 7.5, the latest version of Great Planes' outstanding flight sim.

Hobbico’s booth was busy all weekend, particularly with young pilots trying out RealFlight 7.5, the latest version of Great Planes’ outstanding flight sim.

Tim Lavender traveled from Nashville, TN to win the eFest Scale competition with this nifty stick and tissue Curtiss Robin.  Tim is a fixture in Flying Aces (FAC) free flight and brings a bunch of R/C conversions to indoor events like eFest.

Tim Lavender traveled from Nashville, TN to win the eFest Scale competition with this nifty stick and tissue Curtiss Robin. Tim is a fixture in Flying Aces (FAC) free flight and brings a bunch of R/C conversions to indoor events like eFest.

JR's booth featured their brand-new 3-bladed version of the outstanding Forza 450.  The rigid damperless head brings the advantages of the larger 3-bladed NEX to a 450-size package.  This heli is a beauty.

JR’s booth featured their brand-new 3-bladed version of the outstanding Forza 450. The rigid damperless head brings the advantages of the larger 3-bladed NEX to a 450-size package. This heli is a beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

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