Quadcopter as companion (and more!)

Aug 20, 2013 4 Comments

A new project unveiled on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com named “Spiri” is a pretty little flyer that can be anything you want it to be! Inventor Patrick Edwards-Daugherty writes, “Meet Spiri, the programmable, autonomous flying robot. Designed for you and your projects. Spiri is a versatile, airborne Linux device with sensors, cameras, wifi, cloud support, development [...]

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Blue Thunder Returns!

Aug 20, 2013 6 Comments

“He’s out there … flying the most lethal weapon ever made: the Blue Thunder Special.” Remember this early ’80s movie that starred Roy Scheider flying a highly modified Aerospatiale Gazelle? This RC 1/4-scale version is the handiwork of French builder Eric Meaux, who created it from a Heli Factory kit. The 24kg heli is powered [...]

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MAN at Kingston IMAA Rally in Canada

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments

The 26th annual IMAA giant Scale Rally sponsored by IMAA chapter 217 and hosted by the Kingston RC Modelers club in Kingston Ontario Canada was an amazing time. Weather was perfect and the wind was almost non existent. Well over 100 pilots and almost double that many IMAA legal giant scale planes showed up and [...]

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Giant Swing-Wing F-14

Aug 20, 2013 8 Comments

Rudolf Winter heavily modified a Fly Eagle kit to create this beautiful swing-wing F-14 Tomcat. Rudolf notes that he spent approximately 400 hours building the plane, and it shows! Weighing in at 77 pounds, the twin turbine jet looks like its full-scale brother in flight. Thanks to tbobborap1 for taking this video and sharing it [...]

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Like Us to Win!

Aug 15, 2013 No Comments

As we near 15,000 Likes on Facebook, we’d like to give back to our supporters with a giveaway! One of our lucky Facebook fans will win an ultimate prize pack from AirAgeStore.com, which will include an assortment of Model Airplane News gear, a subscription to Model Airplane News, and a book and DVD of the [...]

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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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