Making Strong Wood Splices

Oct 06, 2013 12 Comments

I was sitting under a shade tent at a giant-scale fun fly recently when someone asked me where I got the longer-than-standard-size materials I use to build my big airplanes. I didn’t know what the fellow meant. He told me that his local hobby shop carried only 36-inch lengths of balsa and spruce, and that [...]

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Disney Inspired Build-Along Balsa Dusty

Oct 04, 2013 9 Comments

What is a ‘kit-bash’? This is the question asked when my latest project was described to a modeler friend. The popularity of ARF and RTF aircraft necessitates the a little more explanation. It’s part way between building from scratch and building a traditional kit. Using an existing kit as the basis it is modified to [...]

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Micro Lightning–Test Flying the new P-38 from Flyzone

Oct 03, 2013 1 Comment

I just got back from the flying field here in Wilton, CT after test flying the neat little P-38 Lightning from Flyzone. I remember growing up building Revell plastic scale models and one was a P-38 and it was not very much smaller than this all-foam RC park flyer. With great molded in details and [...]

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54-foot-span Paper Airplane Breaks Record!

Oct 03, 2013 7 Comments

What do you get when you combine 500 bottles of glue, 753 square feet of paper and 200 bottles of superglue? A flight-worthy 54-foot-span paper airplane that’s breaks the world record! The 24-pound aircraft was launched off a 7.2-foot platform and flew for 54 feet, longer than the distance flown by the previous record holder. [...]

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Real or RC? (It’s both!)

Oct 01, 2013 3 Comments

The F-16 is familiar to airplane enthusiasts as the nimble American jet fighter, in service since the 1970s, with a nose like a heron with a severe underbite. Last week saw the maiden flight of the QF-16, which is just an F-16 with one modification: no pilot inside. Drones are everywhere these days, from battlefields [...]

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Flyzone Tiger Moth Sneak Peek

Sep 26, 2013 2 Comments

Here’s a sneak peek of the Flyzone de Havilland Tiger Moth review from the upcoming January 2014 issue of Electric Flight magazine which will be on the newsstands shortly. Some behind the scenes pix of our test flight. The Tiger Moth performs nicely at my RC club’s flying field with calm conditions, like many other [...]

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Fearless 7-year-old flier

Sep 24, 2013 14 Comments

This video of a second-grader flying a 120cc aerobat will blow your mind! Here’s the scoop from TripleThreatRC’s Bob Thomson, who took the video and posted it on YouTube. So, you’re seven years old and just going into Grade 2. “What did you do yesterday Oliver?” asks one of his little buddies.  Oliver replies, “I flew [...]

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Giant Stunning Stearman

Sep 24, 2013 19 Comments

  Pedro Sanchez is a master scale modeler and a member of the Georgia Model Aviators in Ballground. He has many large scale models in his hanger and prides himself with absolute detail on his models.  His latest, as seen here, is a Balsa USA Stearman. Pedro is relentless when it comes to detail and [...]

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