Model Jet Makeover — A face-lift for an old Favorite

Jan 16, 2014 1 Comment

In this current age of modern ARFs and painted-in-the-mold airframes, it’s common to see shiny new models at the field every weekend.  In most cases however, in the process this leads us to neglect tried-and-true airframes in the corner of our workshop.  What happens to these models that were once the star of our fleet?  [...]

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Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie

Jan 15, 2014 32 Comments

When Ralph Kayser saw the science fiction movie “Avatar,” he knew he had to try and build one of the high-tech aircraft that were featured in it. The result is this 33-inch-long Samson, which features Ralph homemade molded part and RC helicopter equipment. Ralph powers it with two Dymond AL 3530 motors on a 3S 2100mAh LiPo for 4-minute [...]

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Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 Build-along Part 4 — Final Assembly

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

The Alien Aircraft Funmaster 72 build has been very enjoyable.  Here is Part 4 of the workshop build-along. I spent considerable time sanding the airframe so the final application of the covering material (Top Flight Monokote,) would look good. I used Opaque White with a Red trim to make it highly visible in the air. The final [...]

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It’s a truck … it’s an octocopter … it’s the Black Knight Transformer!

Jan 14, 2014 1 Comment

Yes, this real, and yes, it has flown (using four of its eight motors). Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California, has created this rolling, flying VTOL aircraft capable of unmanned, autonomous operations. They call it, “The world’s first roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that’s capable of landing close to where it’s needed, then driving the [...]

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MAN at the AMA Expo

Jan 13, 2014 2 Comments

This past weekend some of  the Model Airplane News crew was lucky enough to attend the AMA expo in Ontario, California. The AMA show is typically the first RC show of the year and it starts the show season off for all of those who are in the model industry. We had a great time [...]

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Question of the Week — What type of plane do you fly the most

Jan 10, 2014 25 Comments

Model Airplane News is always looking to improve our content to meet our reader’s interests. Whether you are a beginner or an old pro, once you earn your wings, there are certain types of planes that really push the RC flying button. Tell us what turns you on. What type of plane do you like [...]

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Throw-back Thursday — Early FPV Gear

Jan 09, 2014 No Comments

A great “From the Cockpit” video point of view! This great looking Head’s Up Display visor allows you to see from your RC airplane’s point of view! With the onboard video camera equipment (sold seperately) the HeadPlay visor gives you an amazing visual experience. With two seperate and adjustable eye screens you get a 3D [...]

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60% Bucker Jungmeister

Jan 08, 2014 20 Comments

Wolfgang Rossegger’s 60% scale “Liesel Bach” is a scratch-built project that’s powered by a Moki 400cc engine. The 13-foot-span model weighs around 138 pounds.  This great video combines a picture perfect flight with footage taken from the plane’s wing; thanks to RCGiantScalePlanes for posting this on YouTube. You may notice a “knocking” sound from the engine at [...]

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