Easy Custom Pushrods

Oct 01, 2014 7 Comments

Many kits are made to precise standards, and this includes the pushrods. They are perfect for the recommend servos, but when using servos that have the output arms in a different location, those included pushrods may not work as well. This happened to me, and it meant that I needed to make up my own [...]

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Workshop Build-Along – Part 7 – ArrowMaster Final Assembly

Oct 01, 2014 No Comments

Coming up on the conclusion of our exclusive, Build-Along series on the ArrowMaster biplane from Alien Aircraft, Model Airplane News contributor Rick Bell add the finishing details to the airplane making it just about ready to finish and cover. Here’s what Rick has to say so far. Ahh, there’s nothing like a model assembled without the [...]

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Weathering Tricks to Bring Your Plane to Life

Oct 01, 2014 4 Comments

After you’ve painted your model, add some weathering to really bring a scale plane to life. Each technique by itself is very effective and, added together, really produce astonishing realism.  My friend Dave Reid commissioned me to paint his giant-scale SNJ Texan, and it has been the example for these ongoing how-to articles. I weathered and [...]

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Bee-lieve it or Not: 13-foot Bulldog Racer!

Oct 01, 2014 6 Comments

We’ve always thought that Golden Age racers had a lot of personality, with their enormous radial engines and interesting wing designs, but Harald Jezek’s sport scale version of a Springfield Bulldog racer has personality plus! The 13.8-foot-span gull-wing flyer is powered by a Vallach 420cc gas engine and weighs in at 127 pounds. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes [...]

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Bracelet Camera Quad?

Oct 01, 2014 2 Comments

That’s right; Nixie is small quadcopter with a camera that can be worn like a wristband when not in use. With a flick of your wrist, Nixie can autonomously fly and shoot video, allowing you to record aerial video and photos hands-free. Nixie is currently being developed by Christoph Kohstall, Jelena Jovanovic, and Michael Niedermayr. It [...]

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Heli-Max 200 FP V-Cam EP RTF

Sep 30, 2014 No Comments

Aerial photography just got easier! This little heli is just the ticket for getting those birds-eye-view photos of the next family backyard bash! Here’s the press release from the folks at Heli-Cam: With its stable, fixed-pitch design, you can pilot the 200 FP V-Cam successfully — indoors or out — even with no previous flying [...]

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Only a few Weekends Left – Get out there and Fly Something!

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments

Wow, only a few days and it will be October! So be sure to take advantage of the great flying weather forecast for this weekend! When it comes to creating RC aviation, it doesn’t matter what you fly, as long as you fly something. And be sure to do it safely with the help of [...]

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Flying James Bond’s Ride!

Sep 25, 2014 9 Comments

Gernot Bruckmann flew his latest scratch-built project, this 66% Bede BD-5 J at Jet Power last week, and here’s the video to prove it! This large scale model of the worlďs smallest jet takes advantage of its low weight (53 pounds!) to really put on a show. The 136-inch-span turbine-powered jet is 100 inches long. We think [...]

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