ParkZone P-51D BL DSM RTF

May 29, 2011 No Comments

A favorite classic is back, now with a Spektrum radio system installed! This Z-foam fighter has three channels out of the box (adding rudder is easy) and with its brushless 480 outrunner and servos installed. Everything you need to fly is included—even a 4-channel DSM Spektrum radio, 3S 1300mAh LiPo battery and balancing charger! This [...]

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Onboard Glow Drivers: Convenient & Safe!

May 29, 2011 2 Comments

It’s no secret that we often have difficulty accessing the glow plug to start our engines. In scale models, the engine might be tightly enclosed and/or covered by a dummy scale engine, so connecting the glow-driver lead can be a problem. Multi-cylinder engines have two or more glow plugs, so easy glow plug accessibility is [...]

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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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