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1/3-scale Electric Pitts

Sep 08, 2011 1 Comment

Converting a 1/3-scale aerobat from glow to electric comes with a host of considerations: which motor and mount to use? What voltage and amperage battery packs? What size prop works best? And last but not least, does it need a safety arming switch? In this article, Joe Ziomek of Islamorada, Florida shares how he converted [...]

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BP Hobbies Me 163 Komet: online extras

Aug 19, 2011 2 Comments

The BP Hobbies Me 163B-1a Komet, reviewed in the October issue of Model Airplane News, is a unique aircraft with many interesting features. Here, reviewer Klaus Ronge explains some additional features of the aircraft and some of his modifications. There is a removable hatch to access the stock tailwheel assembly which I did not use [...]

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E-flite Super Cub 25e: EXCLUSIVE REVIEW!

Aug 18, 2011 No Comments

  With a span of 68 inches, the Super Cub comes in just slightly larger than 1/6-scale and it is ideally suited for someone’s first “fun scale” competition flyer. It has all sorts of top-shelf features including a functional, shock-absorbing landing gear and leaf-spring tailwheel assembly, aluminum wing and jury struts, and two wing panels [...]

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ParkZone Stryker F-27Q Sneak Peek!

Jun 14, 2011 1 Comment

Check out this sneak peek of Gerry Yarrish’s exclusive review of the new Stryker from the September issue of Electric Flight, on sale now! For years, one of the most successful elevon-equipped delta-wing designs has been the speedy Stryker F-27C from ParkZone. This twinfinned, swept-wing speedster introduced a whole generation of RC pilots to the [...]

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Top Gun 2011: World Class Standard for Scale Excellence

May 23, 2011 1 Comment

Top Gun 2011 marked the 23rd year for this amazing world-class scale competition. This was the first year the scale invitational was hosted at Frank Tiano’s new Paradise Field flying site near the Lakeland Linder Airport. This field features a beautifully maintained grass runway and flightline set up specifically for the needs of the RC [...]

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Awesome aerobat! ElectriFly Yak 55

Apr 20, 2011 No Comments

Pilot Report by Mike Gantt The first time I viewed a Yak and a Sukhoi, I knew that they were obviously something special. Most pilots I’ve come across have had Yak-54s in the pits, on the flightline, or in the air. That’s cool and all, but a championship RC pilot Gernot Bruckman, really caught my [...]

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See it here first! Great Planes Waco YMF-5D

Apr 20, 2011 3 Comments

Flight Test by Michael York I have long been a huge fan of the Waco YMF and was honored to review this absolutely gorgeous version by Great Planes. Starting from a clean sheet of paper, they wanted to ensure that their 1⁄5-scale version not only looked stunning, but would have outstanding flight characteristics and not [...]

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Hobby People Dash One

Apr 15, 2011 6 Comments

By David R. Vaught    Photographs by Dawn L. Vaught The one-meter Dash available from Hobby People is a durable powered glider, perfect for the AMA Park Pilot Program.  Constructed using an injection molded plastic fuselage, a one-piece covered foam under-chambered reinforced wing, bolt-on tail and powered by a brushed direct drive motor, the Dash is [...]

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