Get ready for fun-fly season!

Apr 26, 2016 5 Comments

For almost forever, RC model clubs have cooked up all sorts of ideas to keep their members interested in attending flying-field events. These outings bring the members and their families together and promote the growth of the hobby—and the club—while offering some weekend summertime fun! Thus, the fun-fly was born. (Above) Typical Sportsman and Intermediate [...]

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RC Math: 1 Mustang + 1 Mustang = 1 F-82

Apr 25, 2016 17 Comments

Here’s another great project from veteran builder Rick Michelena. This time, Rick does some fun ARF math: P-51 + P-51 = F-82! He writes: The great element of R/C modeling is this: using your imagination allows for any subject to be modeled. Over the past 30 years, I have witnessed the tremendous change that has occurred in our hobby with [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Focke-Wulf Butcher Bird — Back from the Ashes!

Apr 21, 2016 2 Comments

Regular Top Gun contestant, Matt Lupri from Hyde Park, MA., is again coming to compete in the Expert class. This time he will be flying his nicely rebuilt Focke-Wulf FW 190A-8. After crashing it at the 2012 Top Gun, Matt rebuilt his all-wood warbird, originally built from Roy Vaillancourt plans, and it now has a new DLE-120 gas [...]

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Soviet Space Duo

Apr 21, 2016 5 Comments

Check out this one of a kind duo! Modeled after the full-size Russian Antonov AN-225 and the Buran spaceship it airlifted for takeoff, these jet models can really put on a show. After takeoff, the Buran launch gets a little interesting but both aircraft make it back safely to terra firma. Thanks to RCHeliJet for taking this [...]

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Pick Your Power — Gas, Glow, or Electric

Apr 20, 2016 5 Comments

There’s an old saying that suggests, “If in doubt, add power!” And we have to admit, there are some Model Airplane News editors who do believe there’s just no substitute for horsepower. But when it comes to selecting which kind of power system to use, many RC modelers can use a little help. Whether you [...]

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Paving the Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano on TV!

Apr 20, 2016 2 Comments

We just heard from the Top Gun man himself, Frank Tiano, that he and chief static judge Bob Curry  were invited to the NBC Tampa Channel 8 studio to film a segment they will air about Top Gun. Its a great opportunity to let everyone know what this Top Gun event is all about and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Brazilian Razorback

Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment

Competing in the Expert class, Fernando Bellegarde from Bellegarde, São Paulo, Brazil, will be flying a totally modified Meister Scale P-47 Thunderbolt. With more than 30 modifications to make it closer to full scale, Fernando’s Razorback is powered with a Moki 180cc radial engine and controlled with a Futaba radio system using 14 servos. The total building [...]

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Big Blast from the Past — Bücker Jungmeister

Apr 20, 2016 24 Comments

Who remembers this one? If you like giant scale, check out Helmut Müller’s 85% scratch-built Bücker, it looks like it could carry a small person! Without FAA restrictions, this European Biplane has a 17.5-foot-span, weighs in at 286 pounds and is powered by a Hirth 521cc 2-stroke (ultralight engine) turning a Fiala 60 x 20 wood propeller. The model uses industrial-quality Tonegawa Seiko servos, [...]

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