A-Class Alpha Jet

Jan 28, 2016 4 Comments

Done up in the colors of the Patrouille Acrobatique de France (the French Acrobatic Patrol, the precision aerobatic team of the French Air Force), this 6-foot-span Alpha Jet is a miniature version of the full size, from its detailed cockpit to its incredible scale landing gear. In this video, pilot Stéphan Laurens flies the model for [...]

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Amazing Hand-made Walnut RC Field Box

Jan 26, 2016 4 Comments

Michael Brent of Pilot-Portraits is a perfectionist and when he wanted a long lasting and beautiful field box, he went to his friend Nathaniel Brewster who admittedly has an addiction to hand-tool woodworking. All of his projects are constructed almost entirely by hand, from preparing the rough stock to finishing the final product, (though he does admit to [...]

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Top Gun Free Flight Projects

Jan 22, 2016 12 Comments

As we mentioned a little while ago, the 2016 Top Gun event in Lakeland, FL will be including a serious free flight rubber power airplane class. Of course these lightweight stick and tissue airplanes will have to be scale and the competition is open to all event participants. There are some basic rules but Frank [...]

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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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