Movie Makeover: Creating Disney’s “Bulldog”

Aug 14, 2013 10 Comments

By Rich Uravitch. You’ve probably either seen, or plan on seeing, the new Disney/Pixar movie “Planes.” I stumbled across information on this production over a year ago when the studio was discussing release plans which had the movie heading directly for DVD, bypassing the theater circuit entirely. This plan has thankfully, and probably profitably, changed [...]

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Very (very!) big Vulcan

Aug 14, 2013 4 Comments

Check out this gorgeous, 20-foot-span Avro Vulcan XH558! Built by Dave Johnson, the 1/7-scale model is powered by four (!) 160 turbines. The plane has sheeted wings with black Depron ribs, about which Dave notes, “The ribs essentially just keep the skins apart, and so [they] needed very little in the way of strength laterally. [...]

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WW1 Dawn Patrol on Long Island

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

  Some of the best RC modelers in the country have a soft spot for vintage WW1 aeroplanes. This year, was the second annual Dawn Patrol event hosted by the Long Island Sky Hawks club and a grand time was had by all. One thing that is very noticeable is that 1/3-scale is the new [...]

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Fighting Fires with UAVs

Aug 08, 2013 No Comments

Here’s a nice twist on the video-equipped quad copter: Chris Geiger and his UAV are helping firefighters in Fresno avoid danger! Here’s the scoop from CBS 47, and be sure to watch the video below. Hovering above the Scottsmen Apartments the dangers become clear. Charred beams and collapsed rooftops provide a maze of obstacles that [...]

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A Swiss Masterpiece

Aug 08, 2013 5 Comments

While the IRCHA Jamboree is best known for incredible 3D flying, there are also some outstanding scale models to be seen in the dedicated scale area.  This year there were some big and impressive scale models on display, but my personal favorite was a truly amazing Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King that was the handiwork of [...]

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Exclusive! Hangar 9′s Giant Corsair

Aug 08, 2013 19 Comments

We got the exclusive on the  Hangar 9 F4U-1D Corsair.  This plane is a giant-scale 60cc size aircraft that delivers scale details worthy of being called competition grade, I have to say that it is impressive.  The construction is primarily wood with fully balsa-sheeted areas, but the outer wing panels and control surfaces (except the [...]

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Easy New Trim Scheme

Aug 07, 2013 2 Comments

After: The new color scheme makes the Proud Bird really stand out from all the other race planes. Before The Great Planes Proud Bird EF1 Racer is one of the few ARFs that comes in an all-white color scheme so the owner can put his own custom design on it. Having a blank canvas is [...]

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Niagara Falls: a new perspective

Aug 07, 2013 5 Comments

Combine a GoPro camera with a stable, maneuverable quadcopter and you can see the world from a brand-new perspective. This great video has footage of Niagara Falls captured by a DJI Phantom and GoPro Here 3, and it is breathtaking, mesmerizing and will take your stress level from level 10 to at least a 4. [...]

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