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MAN at Work at US AirMeet

MAN at Work at US AirMeet

This Airshow hosted at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport is an amazing Turbine Jet Meet with lots to offer. Put together by Ray Labonte and sponsored by Horizon Hobby, this meet is like World’s Fair for the RC hobby. Not only are turbine jets flown all day, but the airport is divided up with several flight areas. […]
Question of the Week: Aerobatics — Who’s the Best?

Question of the Week: Aerobatics — Who’s the Best?

As we pack up to head to the US Air Meet sponsored by Horizon Hobby and hosted at the Seacoast Regional Airport in Sanford, ME., we getting excited to see all the great RC and full-size airshow planes. One of our good friends who’ll be at the airshow, pilots both RC and full-size aerobatic planes and […]
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Throw Back Thursday — Betty Skelton and the Lil’ Stinker Pitts

Throw Back Thursday — Betty Skelton and the Lil’ Stinker Pitts

Throw Back Thursday, this past Sunday we remembered one of the great Pitts Special Pilots, Betty Skelton who passed away three years ago, (June 28, 1926 – August 31, 2011).  She was known as The First Lady of Firsts, and helped create opportunities for women in aviation, auto racing, astronautics and advertising. Betty soloed in […]
Workshop Build-Along – Part 6 – Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster – From nose to tail!

Workshop Build-Along – Part 6 – Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster – From nose to tail!

Now that most of the fuselage construction has been completed, it’s time to tackle the nose section of the ArrowMaster. This is accomplished by using several pieces of 1/4 inch thick balsa glued between the firewall and the model’s spinner backplate. This is a tried and true modeling technique that works very well and makes for […]
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Workshop Tips — Working with Laminated Parts

Workshop Tips — Working with Laminated Parts

So, last night I finished the center cutout bow for the Camel’s top wing. In all, it took about 48 hours for the laminated balsa strips to fully dry and lock into a ridged lamination. Here’s how I incorporated the new formed part into the Sopwith’s wing structure. Last time, we left off with the […]
Workshop Tips — Laminating Balsa Parts

Workshop Tips — Laminating Balsa Parts

As my online Build-Along for the Sopwith Camel continues, I recently did some lamination work on the top wing, and thought it would make a good How To. This technique has been used for decades but to a new generation of RC model builders might be worth explaining in detail. Here’s how I did. There’s […]
12-Engine Flying Boat!

12-Engine Flying Boat!

A true scratch-built project, this 1/10-scale Dornier DO X1a was designed, built and piloted by Michael Bräuer. This impressive built-up plane has a 16-foot wingspan and weighs in at 132 pounds, and it’s powered by twelve (12!) O.S. .62 4-strokes. Michael notes that he spent one year building this giant plane and that it has Futaba […]
Really Cool stuff that flies! RC Paper Airplanes

Really Cool stuff that flies! RC Paper Airplanes

Check this out. This guys a is genius and has developed a paper airplane that, with his kit, can be controlled with your iPhone. Way cool and you get to fold the paper airplane all by yourself so it is a DIY project for the person who has never built or flown a model airplane, […]
Incredible 40%-Scale Eindecker

Incredible 40%-Scale Eindecker

Sleek, sophisticated WW II fighters usually get more props than earlier era warbirds, but this 40-percent-scale Fokker E.1 may change your mind. Made famous by none other than Max Immelmann himself, the Eindecker had wing warping instead of ailerons, and the model demonstrates just how well they worked! Built by Gerhard Reinsch and flown at […]
Workshop Build-Along Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster Bipe 5 — Fuselage

Workshop Build-Along Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster Bipe 5 — Fuselage

One of the nice things about building a kit, is that you can make changes to the construction to suit your own tastes. Two areas that I changed on the Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster Bipe, were the mounting of the landing gear and the cabane struts. If you followed the instructions, these are epoxied into place […]
Soldering Made Easy — Dealing with Printed Circuits

Soldering Made Easy — Dealing with Printed Circuits

Soldering things together takes all forms and sizes relative to our RC hobby. Back in the day, you needed to have the steady hands of an electronic tech guy to assemble entire RC transmitters from kits. Today most of the soldering chores deal with batteries and ESCs. One of the easiest ways to deal with […]
Half-Scale Bristol Bulldog Takes Flight

Half-Scale Bristol Bulldog Takes Flight

Would you believe this giant model has been flying for over 10 years? Ian Turney-White’s 177-pound, 161-inch-span Bristol Bulldog is powered by a 425cc JPX flat twin. This video was filmed by the father and son team of Dean and Pete Coxon at a Large Model Association aircraft show at the Yorkshire Air Museum in the UK earlier this month. Wow!
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