Fly The Blender

May 28, 2011 No Comments

Although the blender is one of the most dramatic 3D maneuvers, it actually predates 3D flight. I remember seeing variations of it done more than a dozen years ago, and it was even described in the manuals of some aerobatic-model kits that I designed for Midwest Products back in the mid-’90s. The basic maneuver existed [...]

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A123 Battery ABC’s

May 28, 2011 3 Comments

If you haven’t tried the relatively new chemistry A213 cells to power your airborne system, you should read about Dick Pettit’s tests and the surprising results! After doing some experimenting with several battery chemistries over the years, I decided to convert all my airborne batteries to the popular Lithium NanoPhosphate technology.  They are manufactured by [...]

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Drill and Tap Guide for your RC Workbench

May 28, 2011 No Comments

The first few “serious” tasks you learn when you get more involved in the hobby is drilling holes and cutting threads in these holes to accept screws, bolts and other threaded fixtures. Using a tap of the correct “thread-per-inch” is easy enough simply by placing your screw or bolt against the tap. If the threads of [...]

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ParkZone SE5a

May 27, 2011 No Comments

This WW I fighter features Z-Foam construction and comes with machine gun, exhaust and cockpit details. And because its 480 brushless motor, speed control, servos and receivers are all installed, you can be on the flightline in a matter of minutes. A 3S 1800mAh LiPo and DC variable-rate charger are included; you only need a [...]

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Memorial Day Tribute: Hometown America Goes to War

May 27, 2011 No Comments

 Some photos speak to you in ways that others don’t, and for me, this is one of those. In fact, it haunts me. For whatever reason, the sight of so many fresh young faces smiling into the camera, every one of them knowing they were about to experience the horrors of war, seemed to drive [...]

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Wall Street Journal Top Gun Story

May 24, 2011 1 Comment

The provocative title, ”Earthbound Jet Jockeys Caught in Dogfight with FAA: Hobbyists flying fastest model planes resist rules aimed at drones,” will certainly get a lot of attention! Susan Carey, who writes about aviation issues for the Wall Street Journal, was at the Lakeland, Florida event to get the inside scoop on how elite modelers were [...]

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Area 51: fake planes kept the Soviets guessing

May 24, 2011 1 Comment

Recently declassified documents and photos from the infamous Area 51 in the Nevada desert show that the U.S. built fake prototype planes out of cardboard and even put heaters near the models to mimic the heat from a just-landed afterburner engine! The U.S. military knew that shadows from the planes could be detected by Soviet [...]

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Chief Aircraft has a brand-new website!

May 24, 2011 No Comments

Check out Chief Aircraft’s redesigned website at www.chiefaircraft.us! The new site is easy to navigate, and all of Chief’s radio-control products are listed under that heading (they also sell items for pilots of full-size aircraft!). Head over to their site and see what’s new, shop by brand or just check out the latest planes, helicopters [...]

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