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Wing walking (really!)

Wing walking (really!)

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 […]
Incredible Scratch-Built Rotary Engine

Incredible Scratch-Built Rotary Engine

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

Back to Basics–Free Flight Rubber Power

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, […]
Throwback Thursday: RC Show Episode 181

Throwback Thursday: RC Show Episode 181

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 […]
Alien Aircraft Taylorcraft Build-Along Part-5

Alien Aircraft Taylorcraft Build-Along Part-5

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 […]
Super-Scale Aerospatiale Ecureuil

Super-Scale Aerospatiale Ecureuil

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!  
Workshop Build-Along — Triplane Painting and Masking

Workshop Build-Along — Triplane Painting and Masking

The Exclusive MAN Workshop Build-Along series is just about complete with just a few detail left to finish up. I have been working on my giant Fokker Dr.1 Triplane since last October and we’ve posted lots of helpful building and covering tips along the way. Several of you have asked if I could show some details […]
Editors’ Picks: Top 10 Under $20

Editors’ Picks: Top 10 Under $20

No matter how experienced you are, everyone wants the most for their RC money, so the editors got together to compare notes about their favorite tools and gadgets. We limited our choices to $20 or less and came up with this collection of very useful products and tools that increase our hobby enjoyment. If value […]
Flying Upside-Down

Flying Upside-Down

Learning new maneuvers is something that many pilots enjoy and is one of the reasons we like flying.  Perfecting our craft and getting that aerobatic move down can take some time and will have a rather high learning curve. To simplify that learning curve and speed things along we have solicited the help of Jason […]
Review: DJI S800 Spreading Wings Hexacopter

Review: DJI S800 Spreading Wings Hexacopter

Are you interested in aerial photography?  Do you seek out the latest and greatest in technology?  Does the idea of soaring effortless through the sky like a bird intrigue you?  If the answer to these questions is yes then look no further than the DJI S800.  DJI’s Spreading Wings S800 is a hexacopter aircraft developed […]
Blast from Top Gun’s Past

Blast from Top Gun’s Past

The very first Top Gun, hosted by the Condors R/C Club, was held in Coral Springs, FL. It attracted 30 of the country’s best scale contestants and was sponsored by Model Airplane News and Pacer Technology/ZAP Glue. MAN covered the inaugural event in the August 1989 issue. Moved to Mesa, Arizona the following year, the […]
Self-assembling Multi-Rotors!

Self-assembling Multi-Rotors!

Researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated an amazing capability for small robots to self-assemble and take to the air as a multi-rotor helicopter. Maximilian Kriegleder and Raymond Oung worked with Professor Raffaello D’Andrea at his research lab to develop the small hexagonal pods that assemble into flying rafts. The true accomplishment of this research is […]
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