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Workshop Build-Along —  Fiberglassing the Sub-Wing

Workshop Build-Along — Fiberglassing the Sub-Wing

The newest task for my ongoing giant scale Fokker Triplane build, now that it is all covered, is to seal and finish all the wood parts like the Strut fairings and the landing gear’s Sub-Wing structures. Fiberglass cloth and Finishing resin provides a smooth sub surface for primer and painted finishes and it greatly increases the durability of […]
Light Up The Sky! – The Radio Control Show 217

Light Up The Sky! – The Radio Control Show 217

In this week’s show, John Reid shares how to easily add LED lights to your aircraft so you can extend your flying time into the night! We also get an up-close look at the new Hangar 9 Carden Extra 300, an exclusive review in the September issue of Model Airplane News.
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20-foot Catalina Takes Off

20-foot Catalina Takes Off

After nearly four years (3000 hours!) of building, Australian RC pilot Stephen Thomas had the thrill of seeing his giant-scale project take off at the Darling Downs Soaring Club in Queensland. This 1/5-scale plane is powered by two Desert Aircraft 150s spinning 28×12 Metz props and it has 25kg-rated Hitec servos and custom Century Jet […]
Master the Elevator

Master the Elevator

One of the easiest first 3D moves to master is the elevator.  All you need to do is lower the throttle and let the plane come down, keeping it level by holding in some up-elevator. While it seems easy enough to do, it will take some practice to get it right. Check out the video and […]
New World Heli Speed Record!

New World Heli Speed Record!

The Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter has opened the frontiers of aviation by attaining a speed milestone of 255 knots (472 km/h) in level flight on June 7 2013. Several days before this accomplishment, the X3 reached a speed of 263 knots (487 km/h) during a descent. With these two successes, the X3 surpasses the unofficial […]
Avoiding Crashes — 5 tips to save your RC airplane!

Avoiding Crashes — 5 tips to save your RC airplane!

We’ve all been here, done that! The life expectancy of your RC airplane is directly proportional to how well you follow directions. That is to say, you’ve built and setup your plane properly as explained by the instructions. This article is intended to give the first time model builders some helpful tips for being successful […]
Sherpa: RC heli that’s full of hot air (really!)

Sherpa: RC heli that’s full of hot air (really!)

On display at this year’s Paris Air Show, the ultralight Sherpa by Belgian startup Sagita aims to make the helicopter simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more affordable. The helicopter’s contra-rotating rotors are directly driven by turbines that are themselves powered by hot air and fumes from the helicopter’s powerplant. Sagita claims that this makes […]
Gas engine review: DLA-64 Twin

Gas engine review: DLA-64 Twin

 Xi’an Feiao Model, home to the DLA engine series, released a new twin cylinder engine, answering the need for a 60cc class powerplant. When I learned of the twin, I had to have one. If it was anything like its predecessors, it has to be the prime ticket for the 90-110″ inch class machines. As […]
Twin-turbine English Electric Lightning

Twin-turbine English Electric Lightning

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but compared to today’s modern, colorless fighters, classic jets had some panache. Take the English Electric Lightning, a supersonic interceptor of the ’60s and ’70s that reached double the speed of sound as the first British jet fighter. With twin stacked turbine engines, it even looked fast! In […]
XFC Winners Are Crowned!

XFC Winners Are Crowned!

The 2013 Extreme Flight Championship is in the books.  Taking place at the beautiful AMA headquarters in Muncie, Indiana and with great weather for most of the event, the best in the sport laid everything on the table to give the closest scoring competition in XFC history. In a true international event, organizer Frank Noll […]
The Radio Control Show [Episode 215]

The Radio Control Show [Episode 215]

One of the highlights of RCX every year is the awards banquet, where Model Airplane News present their Editors’ Choice Awards. In this week’s Radio Control Show, get the scoop on who won plane, helicopter, innovation and radio of the year.
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