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An RC pilot’s guide to flying off water When most RC modelers decide to try flying off water the question arises, “So which is better: a floatplane or a flying boat?” A floatplane, where the fuselage is sitting up on two floats, is probably easier to control during takeoff, but a flying boat, where the […]
Helping our Hobby Grow

Helping our Hobby Grow

Start a New RC Event If you have ever attended and flown at an RC national or regional event, then you know there’s a lot involved to be successful. Many of our flying buddies, have yet to travel past their local flying field and for many of them, they see our hobby and interest in […]
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Award Winning SR-71 Blackbird

Award Winning SR-71 Blackbird

First flown at the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational, Top Gun competitor Lance Campbell of Columbia, Missouri, competed with his amazing SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, which scored an impressive 99.167 static points. At the Top Gun awards banquet, Lance also received the Engineering Excellence award, as well as the Critic’s Choice award. Lance returned in […]
Model Airplane Fuel Systems Explained

Model Airplane Fuel Systems Explained

Radio control model airplanes rely on two basic systems to fly, the radio system and the power system (excluding gliders). When you have a nitro-burning glow engine if your engine loses its fuel supply, you’ll find yourself in a dead-stick situation with a plane that wasn’t designed to be a glider. To prevent dead-stick landings, […]
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Fiberglassing Wings Made Easy

Fiberglassing Wings Made Easy

There are many ways to apply fiberglass cloth to a structure. The most common methods use either polyester or epoxy resin and catalysts. Some of the resins require unequal mix ratios, like 1 part epoxy to 2 parts hardener, which is difficult to measure accurately. I also dislike polyester resin because it really smells foul. […]
Vintage RC Scale Triplane

Vintage RC Scale Triplane

MAN editor Gerry Yarrish is what many would call a “Triplane Addict”. He’s built so many Fokker Dr.1s that he can’t even remember them all. From his most recent 1/3-scale giant, to several ARF electric versions and even a few rubber powered free flight Triplanes, Gerry must really love building wings. Here are a few […]
National Model Aviation Day – August 11, 2018

National Model Aviation Day – August 11, 2018

So, will you be flying this weekend?   Join the Academy of Model Aeronautics Foundation in celebrating model aviation for the sixth annual National Model Aviation Day, August 11, 2018. National Model Aviation Day was created to encourage clubs to celebrate the hobby and share it with the public. AMA chartered clubs have also been […]
Indoor 8-foot-span A-10

Indoor 8-foot-span A-10

You wouldn’t think an 8-foot-span aircraft could easily navigate an indoor flying venue, but pilot Daniel Hör makes it look easy with this A-10 Thunderbolt II! Powered by two Electro Accu ducted fans using a 4S 1200mAh LiPo pack, the Depron foam plane uses 12 servos and is equipped with an onboard camera. At 1:30 into the […]
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Fly the Inverted Circle — Always a showstopper Flying an aerobatic aircraft inverted can be challenging. Typically, this is because you need to push on the elevator stick to apply down-elevator to maintain altitude, which may seem odd at first. Depending on the bank angle that is established at the start of the maneuver, rudder […]
10 Biggest RC Planes in the World

10 Biggest RC Planes in the World

When it comes to flying the really big stuff, our RC flying buddies across the pond in the UK have it in spades. From half-scale Fokker triplanes, and a Howard Hughes Racer, and even Russian Space Shuttle and it airborne launch vehicle this video has lots of great footage to satisfy anyone afflicted with the […]
DIY Wood Model Stand

DIY Wood Model Stand

While some RC’ers like to use PVC pipe and fittings to make stands to transport their planes, I prefer to use my carpentry skills to make them out of wood. I have made several of these stands out of thin plywood and yellow pine boards and they hold up very well. I suppose the PVC […]
Undated Airbus handout photo of the Zephyr S, a solar-powered drone to be used by the British military, as its developer Airbus said it has set a new flight record.

Solar-Powered Flight Record

A solar-powered drone to be used by the British military has set a new flight record, its developer Airbus said. The Zephyr S broke the endurance record for an un-refuelled aircraft at 1.53pm (GMT) on Wednesday afternoon, surpassing the 14 days, 22 minutes and 8 seconds set by an older model in 2010. The plane, […]
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