British Bombers & Fighters Airshow

Dec 17, 2015 5 Comments

In this video, two giant-scale Avro Lancasters, two Spitfires and a Douglas Boston take flight at a Large Model Association airshow at the Cosford Royal Air Force base in Shropshire, UK. Those Brits do love their big bombers and fighters, and we love ‘em, too. Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for taking this great [...]

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Durafly Spitfire Mk1a

Dec 16, 2015 No Comments

We love Spitfires in all shapes and sizes, and this electric 3S or 4S receiver-ready version just made it to the top of our holiday wish list. It has retracts, flaps, steerable tailwheel and even landing lights and comes with two sets of scale decals. Here’s what HobbyKing had to say about this beautiful warbird: [...]

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Hovering: Master this 3D Move

Dec 15, 2015 3 Comments

Of all 3D maneuvers, it’s possible that none represent 3D flying more than hovering. While learning to hover can be extremely challenging, you can make it easier for yourself by knowing the primary forces involved. Control while hovering is maintained solely by the propeller thrust or “prop-wash” over the tail surfaces and the inboard portions [...]

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FAA Announces all RC Pilots Must Register

Dec 14, 2015 56 Comments

CLICK HERE FOR AN IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM THE ACADEMY OF MODEL AERONAUTICS! The FAA has just announced that all small unmanned aircraft operators (read: model planes pilots) must register with the FAA by February 19th to avoid a $5 registration fee. The registration is good for three years, and you will be given a unique [...]

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On this Day in Aviation History — December 14.

Dec 14, 2015 No Comments

2006 – The classified U.S. spy satellite known only as USA-193 is launched atop a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It would fail after reaching orbit, and rather than risk allowing its sensitive data falling into the wrong hands and/or crashing into a populated area, in 2008 the Pentagon would [...]

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Giant-Scale Junkers

Dec 09, 2015 8 Comments

This plane is from the days when air travel was a treat! Filmed by RCHeliJet at the Hausen Flugtag in Switzerland, this trimotor transport of the 1930s and ’40s is nicely detailed and has the characteristic Ju-52 Doppelflügel, or double wing aileron/flap arrangement. If anyone has details on this beauty or its builder, please share!  

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Working Locally with Drones — Developing good PR

Dec 09, 2015 No Comments

Recently, I was asked to use my camera equipped quad copter to help my town document construction being done at our local high school. I live in New Milford, CT and being a fairly small town (population wise) so, when someone saw a facebook page asking for camera drone help, a friend of my wife, who [...]

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Making Strong Wood Splices

Dec 09, 2015 24 Comments

I was sitting under a shade tent at a giant-scale fun fly recently when someone asked me where I got the longer-than-standard-size materials I use to build my big airplanes. I didn’t know what the fellow meant. He told me that his local hobby shop carried only 36-inch lengths of balsa and spruce, and that [...]

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