Put on a show! Tapping an engine for smoke

Apr 17, 2013 7 Comments

Rick Michelena shared a technique he recently used to add a smoke tap to a HobbyKing 52cc Turnigy engine. As he notes, why not try something new this weekend? This project can be accomplished by anyone with reasonable mechanical skills. I crawled into the shop today after receiving a new engine from UPS. Below is a picture [...]

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Rare B-17 Gun Turret on eBay

Apr 17, 2013 2 Comments

We’ve heard of a lot of interesting items for sale on eBay, but this one’s a first: a piece of a WW II B-17, in its original paint! If you’ve got the space for it, what a great conversation piece this would make! With a reserve set at $6,100, the auction is ending Sunday; click here to go to the [...]

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Revolutionary Quad Design: Circle Wing

Apr 17, 2013 No Comments

  Check this out! Insitu’s new South American partner Santos Labs unveiled its multirotor  at LAAD 2013. A fish-eyed 360 degree camera is fitted to the 1.5kg  quadrocopter. It uses an annular wing to provide lift and prop guard. Named Orbis, the platform is waterproof and is intended to meet a Brazilian Navy requirement. The [...]

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Harlem Shake: RC Heli Style!

Apr 17, 2013 2 Comments

Even if, like me, you’re Harlem-Shaked-Out, this video of dancing helicopters at the Las Vegas  Fun Fly will make you smile. And with pilots like Bobby Watts, Kyle Dahl, Alan Szabo performing, you know it has to be great! Check it out:  

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Dehogiflier: pig-hunting drone

Apr 15, 2013 1 Comment

It is well past 8 p.m. on a Thursday, and engineers James Palmer and Cy Brown are a long way from their day jobs at Raven Research and Development in Lafayette. Palmer and Brown are in the middle of an expansive rice field in rural St. Landry Parish. It is pitch dark and mostly quiet. [...]

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.40-size P-51D Mustang ARF from Hangar 9

Apr 12, 2013 1 Comment

We just saw this impressive ARF at the Toledo show and it is all decked out in an Authentic 8th Air Force, 357th Fighter Squadron trim scheme. With a moderated wing span of 56 inches, this beauty comes with lots of details and is covered with UltraCote covering. Features include Balsa and      lightweight plywood [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Grumman F7F Tigercat

Apr 12, 2013 9 Comments

If you are a fan of serious scale and love seeing giant scale beauties on the flightline, then the name Dennis Crooks won’t be new to you. Dennis is a VP at Robart Manufacturing and his newest project is rapidly coming to a finish for competition at the 25th annual Top Gun Scale Invitational. Here’s [...]

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F-104 motorcycle?

Apr 11, 2013 2 Comments

An  interesting motorcycle was spotted in Indianapolis. He has chocks for it too.  His hat suggests he was an F-86 driver although the bike says it’s an F-104. Very cool.

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