Toledo Show Model Airplane Winners

Apr 05, 2016 11 Comments

This past weekend we had an amazing time at the Toledo show, and saw some top notch models in the static competition. Some of the models on display we had been keeping track of while others were a pleasant surprise to see. All the entries were of the highest caliber and in some classes, the competition [...]

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Airtronics: end of an era

Apr 02, 2016 10 Comments

Unfortunate news from a longtime U.S. Radio brand. Here is the official release from Global Hobby: Sanwa is restructuring their business. It involves changes in product, sales, pricing, and other elements. Based on all of this, we have chosen to stop doing business with them as it doesn’t fit our business schedule. What this means [...]

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Florida Jet Week — Special Award Winners

Mar 30, 2016 No Comments

Something new happened at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL this year that captured the attention of a lot of the RC jet modelers. It was a nearly week long gathering, at an excellent facility, of guys who just loved to build, fly and talk about, model jets of all shapes and sizes. It also clearly [...]

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Exceptional Aeronca Chief

Mar 30, 2016 8 Comments

This beautifully detailed 1/4-scale Aeronca Chief is the handiwork of Icelandic modeler Sturla Snorrason. A completely scratch-built project, the model features traditional wood construction. Sturla notes, “A lot of time went into the drawings along with study of my full size airplane.” A lot of time also went into the detailing, including the true to scale cockpit! [...]

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The snap roll: do it right!

Mar 30, 2016 7 Comments

The snap roll is an advanced maneuver that you’ll first encounter in the IMAC Sportsman sequence. It evolves into more difficult variations in the upper classes of competition. It is one of the most difficult maneuvers in which to consistently achieve a high score because it requires a keen sense of timing, throttle management and [...]

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5 Ways to Dress Up Your Cockpit

Mar 29, 2016 3 Comments

With so many great-looking scale model ARFs to choose from today, one of the neatest ways you can make your particular Pitts Special or P-51 Mustang stand apart from the rest is to install a great-looking instrument panel for your pilot figure to look at. (You did install a scale pilot figure, didn’t you?) There’s [...]

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Road to Top Gun — B-17 Flying Fortress

Mar 28, 2016 3 Comments

Dennis “Mike” Grady of Grand Rapids, MI is again competing this year with his amazing Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, with which he won third place in the 2015 Unlimited class. Mike also received the Best Multi Performance award, and for 2016, Mike says his World War II bomber has had a number of enhancements in [...]

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Flight Techniques: Secrets to Inverted Flight

Mar 28, 2016 No 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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