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Top Notch Models Cessna 195: Scale Buildalong, part 4

Top Notch Models Cessna 195: Scale Buildalong, part 4

Our Cessna setup and ready for trim. The plane is covered in Solartex and primed and painted with Topflite Lusterkote white. This gave us a very good looking, even surface for trim and paint. Notice the wheel pants are now installed and the KMS motor is installed.                 […]
This week in aviation history: Gwinn car crashes

This week in aviation history: Gwinn car crashes

This week in 1938, famous pilot Frank Hawks & his mechanic are killed in crash of Gwinn Aircar. This unusual privat aircraft was designed to carry two people and was billed as a plane that was as safe and simple to operate as a car. Some of its features included a basic early tricyle undercarriage. After […]
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E-flite Carbon-Z Scimitar, with Vectored-Thrust

E-flite Carbon-Z Scimitar, with Vectored-Thrust

The E-flite Carbon-Z Scimitar is made for the RC pilot who desires flight performance and adrenaline-pounding excitement. Designed by world aerobatic champion Quique Somenzini, the new fantasy-scale Scimitar opens up the performance envelope with an evolutionary compound-delta flying wing. At the heart of the advanced Scimitar is a specially tuned Q-Power system inside a single-axis, […]
Thrust Vectoring, the inside scoop on advanced flight performance

Thrust Vectoring, the inside scoop on advanced flight performance

    Lately, there have been RC jet designs that perform amazing maneuvers and seem to have something extra. This new breed of agility owes its success to one thing— thrust vectoring. As with full-size aviation, model designers have been tweaking and experimenting with their planes to make them as maneuverable as possible. It’s little […]
Top Notch Cessna 195: Scale Build-along, part 3

Top Notch Cessna 195: Scale Build-along, part 3

In this installment, the Scale Squadron club members hinge the ailerons, glass the wheel pants and cover the wing.   Since we are painting the airplane, we decided to glass the wheel pants. This is a very easy process. Requires some 3/4oz glass cloth, Pacer Finishing Resin, and an old credit card or other piece of […]
BP Hobbies Me 163 Komet: online extras

BP Hobbies Me 163 Komet: online extras

The BP Hobbies Me 163B-1a Komet, reviewed in the October issue of Model Airplane News, is a unique aircraft with many interesting features. Here, reviewer Klaus Ronge explains some additional features of the aircraft and some of his modifications. There is a removable hatch to access the stock tailwheel assembly which I did not use […]
Get a degree in flying RC!

Get a degree in flying RC!

Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio is teaming up with Unmanned Applications Institute  to offer new and innovative unmanned aerial systems (USA) training and education courses! Now it’s easier than you might think to combine your love of flying RC planes and helicopters and a job in an emerging, billion-dollar industry. Where do we sign up?!
F/A-22 Raptor you can build!

F/A-22 Raptor you can build!

From our November 2011 issue of MAN, Steve Shumate’s great F/A-22 Raptor Pusher Jet is an awesome looking park flyer you can build from foam sheet. Plans are available at: http://www.airagestore.com/plans/f-a-22-raptor.html To download the 22-page PDF construction guide, Click Here. F/A-22 Raptor pusher jet–An easy-to-build pusher park jet with functional thrust vectoring Photos by Lawrence Dong […]
Today in Aviation History: F-86 sets a world speed record!

Today in Aviation History: F-86 sets a world speed record!

Today in 1951, Colonel Fred J Ascani set a 635.686mph world speed record in an F-86F Sabre. He received the Mackay Trophy for flight, an award established in 1911 for the most meritorious flight of the year by an Air Force person, persons or organization. One of our favorite F-86s is this $149.99 electric ducted fan […]
Electric helicopters: your guide to getting started

Electric helicopters: your guide to getting started

Today’s state-of-the-art power and control systems for electric helicopters allows for a wide range of size and performance, from models weighing about an ounce to 90-size nitro equivalents. There are models for all skill levels, from beginner to hardcore 3D pilot and everyone in between. It’s never been easier to get started in RC helicopters. […]
Last Shuttle launch, up close and personal

Last Shuttle launch, up close and personal

When I was young, I was swept up and inspired by the space program. I remember John Glenn’s first orbital Mercury flight (I was six years old). I grew older with Gemini and Apollo, my parents allowing me to stay home from school on most launch days. I was 13 when astronauts first walked on […]
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