Secrets to Inverted Flight

Sep 10, 2014 16 Comments

Nearly all aerobatic maneuvers involve some segment(s) of inverted flight, so to keep progressing, you need to develop proficiency with inverted flight. To start, let’s do away with the often repeated reference to the elevator being reversed when the plane is upside-down. It is that kind of thinking that causes people to become confused and [...]

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Full-size Flight Action at the US Air Meet!

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments

And of course, there were the full size airplanes performing over the same flightline that the RC airplanes were operating off of. A well known name in both RC and world class full-size aerobatics is Matt Chapman with his impressive CAP 580. And joining Matt this year was Dan Marcotte with the classic Ultimate Biplane!

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On the Flightline at the Horizon Hobby US Air Meet

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments

It’s always great to walk down the flightline at any RC airshow, but when it comes the US Air Meet, the action stars are all the RC jets. With the big lens out, here are some of the flight shots we got from the flightline! Whether you like scale or sport jets or Giant scale [...]

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MAN at Work at US AirMeet

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments

This Airshow hosted at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport is an amazing Turbine Jet Meet with lots to offer. Put together by Ray Labonte and sponsored by Horizon Hobby, this meet is like World’s Fair for the RC hobby. Not only are turbine jets flown all day, but the airport is divided up with several flight areas. [...]

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Question of the Week: Aerobatics — Who’s the Best?

Sep 04, 2014 10 Comments

As we pack up to head to the US Air Meet sponsored by Horizon Hobby and hosted at the Seacoast Regional Airport in Sanford, ME., we getting excited to see all the great RC and full-size airshow planes. One of our good friends who’ll be at the airshow, pilots both RC and full-size aerobatic planes and [...]

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Throw Back Thursday — Betty Skelton and the Lil’ Stinker Pitts

Sep 04, 2014 No Comments

Throw Back Thursday, this past Sunday we remembered one of the great Pitts Special Pilots, Betty Skelton who passed away three years ago, (June 28, 1926 – August 31, 2011).  She was known as The First Lady of Firsts, and helped create opportunities for women in aviation, auto racing, astronautics and advertising. Betty soloed in [...]

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Workshop Build-Along – Part 6 – Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster – From nose to tail!

Sep 04, 2014 2 Comments

Now that most of the fuselage construction has been completed, it’s time to tackle the nose section of the ArrowMaster. This is accomplished by using several pieces of 1/4 inch thick balsa glued between the firewall and the model’s spinner backplate. This is a tried and true modeling technique that works very well and makes for [...]

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Workshop Tips — Working with Laminated Parts

Sep 03, 2014 3 Comments

So, last night I finished the center cutout bow for the Camel’s top wing. In all, it took about 48 hours for the laminated balsa strips to fully dry and lock into a ridged lamination. Here’s how I incorporated the new formed part into the Sopwith’s wing structure. Last time, we left off with the [...]

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