Super-size Skyraider

Jan 21, 2016 33 Comments

Custom-built by Phil Clarke of Fighter Aces for world-class pilot Ali Machinchy, this¬†30% scale Skyraider is based on an 80% enlargement of the 100-inch span Nick Ziroli plan. Phil notes, “The structure has been heavily modified to cater for the weight and size increase to allow the model to be successfully passed through the Large [...]

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Jeffery Fiscus’s Museum-Scale Butcher Bird

Jan 21, 2016 11 Comments

It’s not every day an RC model builder designs and builds a classic WW II fighter from scratch and then brings it to a contest and wins the big Best in Show award. But that’s exactly what Jeffery Fiscus of Bridgeport, WV did with his amazing Focke Wulf Fw 190A3 when he walked away with [...]

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Tips from the Workshop

Jan 21, 2016 4 Comments

We have the best readers around! You guys are always coming up with clever ways to make building and flying easier, and we love when you share your tips with us. Here are a few of our recent favorites. A SHARP IDEA Most model airplanes use dowels to secure the leading edge of the wing [...]

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Fly a Positive Snap Roll

Jan 21, 2016 4 Comments

At the start of their flying careers, some pilots can only perform certain maneuvers from a particular direction. The proficient pilot, though, must be able to execute figures in all directions. Being able to apply corrective inputs in all directions, no matter what orientation the aircraft is in, is a critical skill. The positive snap [...]

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Register with the FAA by January 21st to Save $5

Jan 19, 2016 No Comments

AMA members are now required by regulation to register their aircraft with the FAA to avoid federal enforcement and potential penalties. All Radio Control modelers must register aircraft weighing greater than 0.55 pounds online no later than February 19, 2016. The registration fee is $5. However, FAA is offering free registration when registering on or [...]

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Supersonic Scale Starfighter

Jan 14, 2016 12 Comments

Flown at the Jet World Masters competition, this 1/5-scale F-104N was built and piloted by Christophe Regnier. The 52.6-inch-span jet is built from a Skymaster kit, is powered by a Merlin 200 turbine and uses a Futaba radio for control. We especially like the touch-and-go and the drag chute that deployed on landing! Thanks to [...]

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News from the AMA Expo

Jan 11, 2016 7 Comments

We are back from attending the AMA Expo this weekend and we can say that we had a great time. Here are some snapshots we made over the weekend of some of the products that we thought were rather cool. If you didn’t attend this year, make plans for 2017 to be there.  

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Top Gun Free Flight Scale — A new competition category!

Jan 11, 2016 1 Comment

Well, we all have come to expect surprises from Frank Tiano, AKA the Father of the Top Gun Scale Invitational held each year at Lakeland, FL, and this year is no exception. For the 2016 event, Frank has added a serious Free Flight competition for anyone attending the event. These aren’t your every day Free [...]

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