Top Gun Live from the Flightline!

Apr 26, 2016 1 Comment

Model Airplane News followed the Road to Top Gun and we are excited to finally be here at Paradise Field! Now celebrating its 28th year, this scale invitational brings the best builders and pilots from around the world together for a weekend of friendly scale competition. Early War triplanes, modern jets, South Pacific fighters … [...]

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Indoor Antonov AN-225

Apr 26, 2016 2 Comments

Just last week we shared a video of a turbine-powered AN-225 model, and now here’s a much smaller, “micro” version that flies indoors! Made of Depron, the model is powered by six Hobbico micro ducted-fan units with two, 2S 1000mAh batteries. Built and piloted by Daniel Hör, it’s seen here flying at the Intermodellbau Fair in [...]

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Flight Technique: Nail the Landing!

Apr 26, 2016 No Comments

Since the early days of RC flying, pilots have been giving landing advice, particularly if there is any sort of wind involved. However, some have recently been getting it backward when they state that during a normal landing, the ailerons should be used to keep the wings level and the rudder should be used to [...]

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Get ready for fun-fly season!

Apr 26, 2016 6 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 18 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 6 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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