Hand-Painted Scale Details — When Pigs Fly!

Jul 30, 2013 1 Comment

I am coming to the conclusion of my Giant Scale Fokker Triplane Build-Along and there are only a few things to left to take care of. I recently commissioned my daughter Rebecca to add the final touches on the paint job with the addition of the “Pig’s Butt” side badge, that Cole Palen’s Triplane is [...]

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Must-Know Soldering Tips

Jul 29, 2013 5 Comments

There is always that occasional opportunity to do some soldering. When you need to add some connectors to a battery pack, or to make a set of wiring adapters for your battery charger, using heat and molten metal to join wires together is one of the oldest do-it-yourself tasks for RC hobbyists. The task is [...]

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Wing walking (really!)

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

This flying robot can use its wings to navigate on the ground, even over rough terrain! Its creator, the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, notes, “The robot is capable of walking with different gaits, it can move on different surfaces, it can overcome high obstacles, and can also navigate in rough terrains. The robot presented in [...]

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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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