Old school pattern in Bakersfield

May 01, 2013 3 Comments

This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend a 2nd Annual Bakersfield Pattern Bash event in California.  This event had three big things to it.  The first was that it was organized and ran by none other than Chip Hyde, TOC Champion, World team member and all around good guy.   Second, this contest attracted [...]

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Amazing 1/3-scale LAMA

May 01, 2013 No Comments

Harald Endisch and Gerhard Muller only spent six months building this incredible scale machine! Powered by a Jakubowsky 5.1 KW turbine engine spinning 134-inch rotor blades, this flybarless RC LAMA SA 315B looks just like the full-scale machine in flight. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for posting this video on YouTube.

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A BEAST of a B-17!

May 01, 2013 17 Comments

This monster B-17 is the handiwork of Peter Pfeffer of Austria and just completed its first flight. The 19-foot-span bomber is powered by four Armin DeVries 42cc gas 4-strokes and controlled by a Weatronic radio. It weighs in at 187 pounds. Our thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for posting this  impressive video on YouTube. For photos of the build, check out [...]

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Fly the Waterfall

May 01, 2013 1 Comment

When you’re flying a stable elevator, you can perform an inside “waterfall” (micro loop) by maintaining full up-elevator, and applying full power and a little right rudder to correct for increased propwash and P-factor. On the back side of the loop, quickly cut the power and neutralize the rudder. Then, at the instant the fuselage [...]

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Top Gun: live from the flightline!

May 01, 2013 2 Comments

The 25th annual Top Gun Scale Invitational is underway, and Model Airplane News will posting live from the flight line all weekend! Gerry and I couldn’t be more excited to be here, together with more than a hundred of the best builders and pilots in the world. We talked with Stephen Thomas who is breaking [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Brazilian Thunderbolt

Apr 30, 2013 No Comments

Yes, that’s right … this P-47D is outfitted in true Brazilian livery! Our friend Rogerio Ribeiro de Arjaujo  (left) sent these photos of the P-47D Thunderbolt that Dino DiGiorgio will be flying in the Pro Am Pro (prop) class this year. He writes, “This very unique model is a Meister Scale Platinum Series P-47D bubble canopy [...]

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Salute to Scale Free-Flight

Apr 30, 2013 7 Comments

Here’s a reminder of something extra special. As part of the 25th Annual Scale Invitational, Top Gun promotor/founder Frank Tiano has included a scale Rubber-Powered Free Flight “Mass Launch” to the activities for the Top Gun Silver Anniversary. And, to make it even better, this special event is goin go be open to everyone to [...]

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A birds-eye-view of Hungary!

Apr 29, 2013 No Comments

The season has eventually started. After a long cold winter it is always a great feeling to  spend afternoons again on the field. It’s time to rehash the planes, make the necessary maintenance, recharge the batteries and all get started. Once we are there we can exercise our favourite type. Doesn’t matter it is 3D, scale, [...]

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