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Tips for Getting Started with Electric Airplanes

Tips for Getting Started with Electric Airplanes

Today, more than ever we are enjoying a literal “Golden Age” of RC electric flight. The amount of quality motors, batteries, controllers and connectors is just about limitless as are the types and sizes of airplanes you can fly with E-power. Even though there are plenty of plug n play packages out there where you […]
Synchronized Aerobatics Video

Synchronized Aerobatics Video

What’s more exciting than aerobatics, complete with wingtip smoke? Adding another aircraft, of course! Father and son team Andi and Tim Schaerer perform precision aerobatics with large Fox S1 Swift gliders in Red Bull colors. Tow pilot Thomas Hoffmann gets the gliders to altitude, and then the team puts on a fantastic show. Our thanks to RCScaleAirplanes […]
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Build-Along Part 8 Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster biplane — Covering

Build-Along Part 8 Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster biplane — Covering

Now that the ArrowMaster has been completely built and final sanded, the really fun part begins–covering the plane and making it look truly unique. For this project, I used UltraCote as it’s very easy to work with and produces outstanding results. To do this job, you need a covering iron, a straight edged ruler (36 inches,) a razor […]
Video: Drone Racing, Star Wars Style!

Video: Drone Racing, Star Wars Style!

Inspired by the air race scene in The Phantom Menace, 24 FPV drone pilots sped through a forest in the French Alps, weaving around trees and low-hanging branches to reach speeds of 31mph! The brainchild of the Airgonay drone club, the event pitted four pilots at a time, flying three laps of the nearly 500-foot […]
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Must-see mini quad commercial

Must-see mini quad commercial

Just when you thought that the dozens of mini quads available were all pretty much the same, here comes a unique commercial from Kyosho that will totally change your mind. [Spoiler alert: we guarantee you’ve never seen a karate move like the one the performed at around 2:02!]   Here’s the full press release from Kyosho: Feeling of […]
Flak Damage –The Ultimate in Scale Detail, or Weathering Gone Wild?

Flak Damage –The Ultimate in Scale Detail, or Weathering Gone Wild?

While searching for intel at the recent Warbirds over the Rockies event, MAN contributor Rich Uravitch found something extraordinary. Here’s what his report revealed. Since the theme of the event was Warbirds, the models entered were scale replicas, some of them in the “sport” scale, fly-it-every-day category, while others were clearly competition-capable. They had all […]
1/3-scale Stormbird Flies Again

1/3-scale Stormbird Flies Again

Ali Machinchy recently took his Me 262 jet out of storage to fly at  the RAF Jets event at Abingdon field in the U.K., and we’re glad he did! Ali tells us, “The wing joiner is actually a steel section. The design and build of the model was done by a very experienced  engineer with […]
Easy Custom Pushrods

Easy Custom Pushrods

Many kits are made to precise standards, and this includes the pushrods. They are perfect for the recommend servos, but when using servos that have the output arms in a different location, those included pushrods may not work as well. This happened to me, and it meant that I needed to make up my own […]
Workshop Build-Along – Part 7 – ArrowMaster Final Assembly

Workshop Build-Along – Part 7 – ArrowMaster Final Assembly

Coming up on the conclusion of our exclusive, Build-Along series on the ArrowMaster biplane from Alien Aircraft, Model Airplane News contributor Rick Bell add the finishing details to the airplane making it just about ready to finish and cover. Here’s what Rick has to say so far. Ahh, there’s nothing like a model assembled without the […]
Weathering Tricks to Bring Your Plane to Life

Weathering Tricks to Bring Your Plane to Life

After you’ve painted your model, add some weathering to really bring a scale plane to life. Each technique by itself is very effective and, added together, really produce astonishing realism.  My friend Dave Reid commissioned me to paint his giant-scale SNJ Texan, and it has been the example for these ongoing how-to articles. I weathered and […]
Bee-lieve it or Not: 13-foot Bulldog Racer!

Bee-lieve it or Not: 13-foot Bulldog Racer!

We’ve always thought that Golden Age racers had a lot of personality, with their enormous radial engines and interesting wing designs, but Harald Jezek’s sport scale version of a Springfield Bulldog racer has personality plus! The 13.8-foot-span gull-wing flyer is powered by a Vallach 420cc gas engine and weighs in at 127 pounds. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes […]
Bracelet Camera Quad?

Bracelet Camera Quad?

That’s right; Nixie is small quadcopter with a camera that can be worn like a wristband when not in use. With a flick of your wrist, Nixie can autonomously fly and shoot video, allowing you to record aerial video and photos hands-free. Nixie is currently being developed by Christoph Kohstall, Jelena Jovanovic, and Michael Niedermayr. It […]
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