20-foot Catalina Takes Off

Jun 26, 2013 11 Comments

After nearly four years (3000 hours!) of building, Australian RC pilot Stephen Thomas had the thrill of seeing his giant-scale project take off at the Darling Downs Soaring Club in Queensland. This 1/5-scale plane is powered by two Desert Aircraft 150s spinning 28×12 Metz props and it has 25kg-rated Hitec servos and custom Century Jet [...]

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Master the Elevator

Jun 25, 2013 1 Comment

One of the easiest first 3D moves to master is the elevator.  All you need to do is lower the throttle and let the plane come down, keeping it level by holding in some up-elevator. While it seems easy enough to do, it will take some practice to get it right. Check out the video and [...]

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New World Heli Speed Record!

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

The Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter has opened the frontiers of aviation by attaining a speed milestone of 255 knots (472 km/h) in level flight on June 7 2013. Several days before this accomplishment, the X3 reached a speed of 263 knots (487 km/h) during a descent. With these two successes, the X3 surpasses the unofficial [...]

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Servo Saver! – The Radio Control Show [Episode 216]

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

In this week’s Radio Control Show, John Reid shares an easy tip to save your throttle servo from wear and tear, and we get an up-close look at a very large AT-6 Texan on its first flight.

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Avoiding Crashes — 5 tips to save your RC airplane!

Jun 21, 2013 9 Comments

We’ve all been here, done that! The life expectancy of your RC airplane is directly proportional to how well you follow directions. That is to say, you’ve built and setup your plane properly as explained by the instructions. This article is intended to give the first time model builders some helpful tips for being successful [...]

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Sherpa: RC heli that’s full of hot air (really!)

Jun 19, 2013 1 Comment

On display at this year’s Paris Air Show, the ultralight Sherpa by Belgian startup Sagita aims to make the helicopter simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more affordable. The helicopter’s contra-rotating rotors are directly driven by turbines that are themselves powered by hot air and fumes from the helicopter’s powerplant. Sagita claims that this makes [...]

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Gas engine review: DLA-64 Twin

Jun 19, 2013 5 Comments

 Xi’an Feiao Model, home to the DLA engine series, released a new twin cylinder engine, answering the need for a 60cc class powerplant. When I learned of the twin, I had to have one. If it was anything like its predecessors, it has to be the prime ticket for the 90-110″ inch class machines. As [...]

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Twin-turbine English Electric Lightning

Jun 19, 2013 14 Comments

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but compared to today’s modern, colorless fighters, classic jets had some panache. Take the English Electric Lightning, a supersonic interceptor of the ’60s and ’70s that reached double the speed of sound as the first British jet fighter. With twin stacked turbine engines, it even looked fast! In [...]

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