MUST HAVE GEAR! — TOP 50 FIELD & BENCH EDITOR’S FAVORITES

Feb 17, 2017 No Comments by

With the weather finally getting warmer, modelers of all types are getting ready for a new flying season, and with that being said, it is also a good time to check on some new gear to make our time at the flying field just that much more enjoyable. There are a lot of tasks involved […]

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The Flat Spin to a Blender — Master this move in four easy steps

Feb 16, 2017 No Comments by

We recently discussed uniting upright and inverted spins. This month, let’s build on this type of maneuver and take it one step further. Advanced aerobatic pilots are always looking for combinations of elements that, together, can form new and innovative aerobatic moves. Years ago, during the freestyle event at the Tournament of Champions in Las […]

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WW2 War Paint — Heavy-metal warbird makeover techniques

Feb 15, 2017 No Comments by

I’ve always loved airplanes. My interest has always been with scale models, particularly around warbirds. It wasn’t long after I started building and flying RC warbirds that I was drawn to scale competition. While I was competing, I started measuring my work against other scale modelers and friends, and over time, I learned techniques to […]

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Engine Clinic — Vintage Power Questions Answered

Feb 13, 2017 No Comments by

Before we get to our letters this month, I would like to bring to your attention two websites that I am sure readers who are interested in engine technicalities will find interesting. One is on compression ratio and the other on combustion chamber shapes. Both sites have been written by my good friend Randy Linsalato, […]

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T-28 Trojan Makeover — The easy way to add scale details to a foam warbird

Feb 10, 2017 No Comments by

Ten years ago, who would have thought that we would have scale molded-foam airplanes with retracts, flaps, lights, and even movable canopies? It is amazing and fun to see how the technology in the hobby has improved for us. But still, one thing remains the same. Once a great airplane like the E-flite Carbon-Z T-28 […]

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PAINTING AND PASTELS — Adding Life to Scale RC Pilot Figures

Feb 08, 2017 No Comments by

Scale pilot figures are an important part of any scale RC aircraft. In many competitions, they are required, and showing up with a plane that has an empty cockpit will cost you points. Lyle Vasser, longtime MAN contributor and owner/operator of Best Pilots, has brought detailing and painting pilot figures to a true art form. […]

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Landing Made Easy — Finding the Optimal Approach Speed

Feb 07, 2017 No Comments

There are a handful of mistakes that nearly all recreational RC pilots make that stem from not having a plan before flying. This article is aimed at addressing the two bad habits that probably lead to more damage during landings than any others. Indeed, most pilots will immediately experience improved landings if they can correct […]

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WARBIRDS OVER DELAWARE — 25th anniversary of this East Coast scale event

Feb 06, 2017 No Comments

How do you successfully host a premier giant-scale RC event like Warbirds over Delaware for 25 years? Well, a good way to find out is to see the contest directors and club members of the Delaware R/C Club busy at work. Like a gourmet chef, the club starts with just the right amount of flying, […]

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ParaGliders — A new RC Thrill ride!

Feb 03, 2017 No Comments

At an alpine ski resort in Damüls in the northwest corner of Austria, the sky is dotted with RC aircraft that, at first glance, look as if they are colorful balloons. With giant, parachute-like “wings,” powered RC paragliders have multiple lines that join their wings to pusher propeller systems and frames, while servos on the […]

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Seasonal RC Airplane Checklist — Know your airplane before you fly!

Feb 02, 2017 No Comments

When it comes to a new airplane, or an airplane that you are taking out of storage, it is a good idea to go over it with a fine tooth comb and make sure it is in tip top shape. What you need to do is treat it like with the same interest that a […]

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