Incredible Scratch-Built Rotary Engine

Jul 29, 2013 16 Comments

Andy Johnston must take his RC modeling very seriously … why else would he spend over 3 years building a true-to-scale, rotary Bentley engine spending another 2 years building an Avro 504K from plans, specifically for the engine?  The 9-cylinder powerplant has cast-iron liners that are 1mm thick, aluminum finned barrels and a total of [...]

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Back to Basics–Free Flight Rubber Power

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

If you have never tried building and flying a rubber powered scale free flight model airplane, then you are really missing out on a lot of affordable fun. Each year, our buddy and Scale RC and WW1 aviation expert, Tom Polapink, hosts an annual free flight contest and this event is dedicated to Cole Palen, [...]

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Throwback Thursday: RC Show Episode 181

Jul 25, 2013 No Comments

For this week’s Throw-back Thursday we have episode 181 of the Radio Control Show. Included are a trade show interview by Executive Editor Debra Cleghorn getting the scoop on the new quarter scale Super Cub from Hangar 9 and, Sr. tech editor Gerry Yarrish offers advice on keeping your servo arms from coming loose during [...]

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Alien Aircraft Taylorcraft Build-Along Part-5

Jul 25, 2013 2 Comments

We continue with our building and detailing workshop Build-Along for the Alien Aircraft 72 inch span Taylorcraft kit. The laser-cut kit is a great place to start if you want to move from your basic worn out ARF trainer and want to try scale on for size. The plane is a classic from the early [...]

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Super-Scale Aerospatiale Ecureuil

Jul 25, 2013 No Comments

At the Swiss Heli Challenge, this turbine-powered  helicopter dressed in Air Zermatt livery flew to impress the crowd. The impressive machine looks about 1/3 scale and  sounds like its full-size counterpart. Thanks to RCHeliJet for posting this on YouTube!  

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Scale Painting and Masking Tricks for Cloth Covered Models

Jul 25, 2013 3 Comments

The Exclusive MAN Workshop Build-Along series is just about complete with just a few detail left to finish up. I have been working on my giant Fokker Dr.1 Triplane since last October and we’ve posted lots of helpful building and covering tips along the way. Several of you have asked if I could show some details [...]

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Editors’ Picks: Top 10 Under $20

Jul 25, 2013 5 Comments

No matter how experienced you are, everyone wants the most for their RC money, so the editors got together to compare notes about their favorite tools and gadgets. We limited our choices to $20 or less and came up with this collection of very useful products and tools that increase our hobby enjoyment. If value [...]

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Flying Upside-Down

Jul 24, 2013 No Comments

Learning new maneuvers is something that many pilots enjoy and is one of the reasons we like flying.  Perfecting our craft and getting that aerobatic move down can take some time and will have a rather high learning curve. To simplify that learning curve and speed things along we have solicited the help of Jason [...]

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