Half-Scale Christen Eagle

Nov 20, 2014 11 Comments

With its distinctive multi-color feather motif, the Christen Eagle has been impressing airshow attendees for over 40 years. But when’s the last time you saw a 55% RC model perform? Lucky for us, the father and son team of Pete and Dean Coxon took this video of Robbie Skipton’s giant aircraft at the Large Model Association [...]

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FAA can regulate RC aircraft

Nov 18, 2014 40 Comments

In a much anticipated decision, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the FAA has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate remote-control aircraft recklessly. In 2011, the FAA had fined aerial photographer Raphael Pirker $10,000 for operating his Ritewing Zephyr in a reckless manner on the University of Virginia campus. An [...]

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Custom Vinyl Graphics

Nov 18, 2014 1 Comment

The opportunities, tools, and techniques to finish, customize, and personalize your aircraft have never been better. Whether your model is scratch-built, kit-built, or an ARF, your creativity combined with a computer, a local sign shop, and vinyl material can provide you with many colorful new options. The vinyl has been cut. With a careful look, [...]

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E-flite FJ-2 Fury

Nov 18, 2014 No Comments

It’s a great time to be an RC jet jock: F-16s, MiGs and Super Sabres are a dime a dozen, giving us easy an adrenaline hookup. But what if you’re looking for something a little different?  This micro fighter is just the ticket! When’s the last time you saw a FJ-2 Fury on the flightline? That’s [...]

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Top 10 Heavy-Metal Warbirds

Nov 16, 2014 12 Comments

There’s something special about RC warbirds, because they remind us of a time in history when pilots risked everything to protect their homelands. We also love them because they look great on the flightline, in the air and are a blast to fly! Here at Model Airplane News we are fortunate to be able to [...]

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Giant Airbus A400M

Nov 13, 2014 11 Comments

Powered by four electric motors, this 12-foot-span  RC Airbus was built by  Hannes Heppe and flown at its first airshow at Flugtag in Grenchen, Switzerland. The 83-pound aircraft uses a 6000mAh 6-cell pack per motor and can fly for 7 minutes. Thanks to Markus Nussbaumer for taking this great video and sharing it on YouTube.

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Fantastic Old-Timer RC Video

Nov 13, 2014 16 Comments

Inspired by the life of Maynard Hill, who set dozens of RC records and even flew a model plane across the Atlantic ocean, Jascha Hoffman wrote the song “The Little Airplane.”  It’s featured in this video that showcases archival video of old-timer RC planes, and both the song and the video are a delight. You deserve this [...]

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Can you name four types of flaps?

Nov 11, 2014 16 Comments

Don’t feel bad if you can’t; you are not alone.  And did you know that your plane will react to the flap deployment differently depending on the type of flap you have on your plane.  For a quick rundown on these all important features, read on and see what Klaus Ronge has to say about how [...]

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