The Golf Channel’s Octocopter

Mar 21, 2013 8 Comments

This octocopter image was captured by Vine user Chad Coleman filming golfers at the  Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill. While it’s a little noisy, the octocopter can get previously inaccessible shots, and word is that The Golf Channel was testing it at this tournament. Watch the video from YouTube’s Slim Boogie below and tell us what you think!

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Workshop Build-Along: 6-foot-span Taylorcraft

Mar 21, 2013 No Comments

Designed by Tom Herr, the new laser-cut 72-inch-span Taylorcraft is the first glow powered airplane kit from Alien Aircraft. Following the same precise and well engineered design process, the Taylorcraft features easy to assembly parts and produces a strong yet lightweight structure. The model is being build by Mike Greenshields and the Scale Squadron of Southern [...]

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EcoPower “Electron 65 AC Charger from A-Main Hobbies

Mar 21, 2013 No Comments

Available from A-Main Hobbies, the EcoPower “Electron 65 AC” LiPo/LiFe/NiMH AC/DC Battery Charger is a computer controlled, single port balance charger that features a built-in power supply, combined with a high performance microprocessor and specialized operating software that allows you to reliably charge batteries of varying chemistry’s and cell counts. Multiple charge modes, a 6S [...]

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Road to Top Gun: 36% T-34B Mentor

Mar 18, 2013 18 Comments

Mike Barbee is no stranger to scale competition. He has flown at Top Gun for the past 24 years, and along the way there were eight different airplanes. He is the president of NASA, (National Association of Scale Modelers) and the East Coast Chairman for the U.S. Scale Masters Association. Mike says: “I have always [...]

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Micro UAV that plays “catch”!

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

Researchers at UPenn’s GRASP Lab have created a micro UAV that can grab objects while in flight! Using the same physics as a bird of prey, the UAV has a 128-gram grasping claw that replicates a sweeping motion to catch and release an object while maintaining its flight path. Check out the video!

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New .91 Glow Engine from Evolution

Mar 15, 2013 No Comments

The new Evolution .91NX single-cylinder, 2-stroke glow engine is for modelers who demand the most from their engines. It provides the performance of a .91-size engine but in the case size of a .61 allowing you to enjoy a leap in power for smaller RC aircraft. The power of the .91NX engines makes it possible to add a [...]

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On a wing and a prayer …

Mar 13, 2013 13 Comments

Yes, you’re seeing that right. This inventor has strapped on a wooden, built-up wing and turbine jet and is taking a little test-flight to check things out. He appears to be using  an RC surface radio for control. You can see his wing and power pack in the taxi test video, and then the first [...]

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Navigation by “crash”

Mar 13, 2013 1 Comment

This UAV shows that there’s more than one way to get from point “A” to point “B”: it flies into objects and recovers until it finds a clear route! This actually makes sense when you hear that the AirBurr UAV is designed specifically to navigate close and dark spaces, like a collapsed mine or a [...]

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