LET’S TALK GIANT SCALE — Measure Twice, Cut Once — Making Safe Modification

Oct 26, 2016 No Comments by

AS I WAS WRITING THIS POST, I was finishing up a 40% Thunder Tiger Extra 260. I decided to use the Desert Aircraft DA-170 engine for this model, and for added performance, I chose the included KS 1090 tuned pipes. If you are new to the world of giant-scale aerobatic models, I strongly urge you to […]

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Eyes in the Sky — A miniature Guardian border-patrol UAV

Oct 21, 2016 No Comments by

Henry Castellanos is a pilot for the Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine, one of the major components of the Department of Homeland Security’s border strategy. He’s also a talented RC model builder and flier, so when the agency acquired the Guardian, a 66-foot-span, one-of-a-kind unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV), Henry knew he […]

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How to Fly the Knife-Edge Pass — Smooth and Precise!

Oct 19, 2016 No Comments by

For the aerobatic pilot, being able to perform a traditional knife-edge pass is beneficial for many reasons. To begin with, it is a fun maneuver to perform and serves as a prerequisite for other figures, like the popular four- and eight-point rolls. Moreover, it teaches that success in completing a figure with utmost consistency is […]

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ENGINE CLINIC — Glow-plug Power in a Gas Engine

Oct 19, 2016 No Comments by

As regular followers of the “Engine Clinic” column will know, the January issue always marks a milestone with the very first column having appeared in the January 1969 issue of R/C Modeler magazine. With the January 2012 issue, I will be starting my 44th year of column writing; Thirty-six years with RCM before they ceased […]

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AEROBATICS MADE EASY — Fly a Reverse Cuban-8 with Half Rolls

Oct 17, 2016 No Comments by

When I first started aerobatic competition, symmetrical maneuvers that combined various elements were of the most complex to perform both precisely and consistently. Let’s take the loop, for example. While it may be fairly straightforward to perform a single loop, try flying a vertical 8, which is an inside loop followed by an outside loop. […]

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Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome — RC gives this pilot new wings

Oct 14, 2016 No Comments by

I have been very fortunate over a 32-year flying career, starting as a Naval aviator, to fly well over 80 types of aircraft, mostly warbirds. On July 29, 1999, I was involved in a very bad accident that left me paralyzed from the neck down. That certainly ended my wonderful flying adventures, or at least […]

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ENGINE CLINIC — RC Engine Fix-ups

Oct 12, 2016 No Comments

This month, I would like to bring to our readers’ attention an engine manufactured by Saito that I am sure very few are aware of—the Saito 57cc 4-stroke gas twin. This is the only 4-stroke gasoline twin cylinder present in the hobby of which I am aware. Saito has given the engine very little mention […]

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Oct 10, 2016 No Comments

There’s an old saying that suggests, “If in doubt, add power!” And we have to admit, there are some Model Airplane News editors who do believe there’s just no substitute for horsepower. But when it comes to selecting which kind of power system to use, many RC modelers can use a little help. Model Airplane […]

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A VIEW FROM ABOVE: Your Guide to FPV Flight

Oct 07, 2016 No Comments

One of the most thrilling experiences in flying RC aircraft might be the ability to see the world from a bird’s-eye view. First-person view (FPV) is a method used to operate a remote-control aircraft using an onboard camera and a video-downlink system, with the video signal transmitted through goggles or a video monitor. Goggles offer […]

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GEAR UP FOR SUCCESS — 12 editor picks for the shop and flying field

Oct 05, 2016 No Comments

Our hobby is a lot of fun, and whether you like spending your time at the workbench or out at the flying field, the entire experience can be very satisfying. This guide includes several of our editors’ favorite field and bench gadgets and accessories that make the hobby so enjoyable. Whatever you fly—fixed-wing aircraft, rotor […]

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