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VQ Warbirds BeechT-42 Cochise

VQ Warbirds BeechT-42 Cochise

With great scale looks and a 69 inch wingspan, the new Beechcraft T-42 COCHISE is a twin engine  EP/GP ARF. It features fiberglass cowls, working flaps, painted pilot and a detailed cockpit. Optional VQ electric retracts with oleo strut will be available. With a generous sized battery hatch, you can easily set up the T-42 […]
New for Premium Members — Making Landings Easy

New for Premium Members — Making Landings Easy

Many pilots think that stick time and getting better at making corrections are the main requirements for better landings and, therefore, give little thought to how they land or whether they’re flying correctly. As a consequence of flying without a plan and reacting to the airplane, most pilots end up making four to five times […]
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Getting Started with E-Power

Getting Started with E-Power

Today, our hobby is 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 get everything […]
E-Powered Me 163 Komet

E-Powered Me 163 Komet

When you want to wow them with an RC scale model warbird, you can’t get any hotter than the Me 163 Komet. This electric powered version has true rocket plane performance. First encountered by U.S. Army Air Corps bombers in July 1944, the advanced speed and maneuverability of the Luftwaffe’s new Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket […]
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New P-47s from VQ Warbirds

New P-47s from VQ Warbirds

Know for their easy to build and fun to fly warbird ARFs, we’ve just received a new mission report from VQ Warbirds. Two new additions to the VQ Warbirds line up are the P-47B “TOUCH OF TEXAS” and the P-47D “HAIRLESS JOE” Both of these ARF warbirds are suitable for either electric or glow power […]
Scale RC Rivets & Screws Video

Scale RC Rivets & Screws Video

Master modeler Phil Noel knows aircraft rivets and screws. After retiring from the full-size aviation industry, his company Pinnacle Aviation custom-builds composite model kits as well as offering painting, weathering and repair service. In this video, he shows how he creates rivets on and applies scale screws to a Comp-ARF Spitfire and a Jet Legends L-39 Albatross.  Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for filming this […]
50% Scale Pfalz D.III Takes Flight

50% Scale Pfalz D.III Takes Flight

Today, giant scale has developed into a whole new sector of the RC modeling community and truly gigantic planes are being developed to fill this growing special interest group. This 1/2-scale Pfalz D.III WW 1 German fighter impresses everyone who sees it take to the air. The plane is a custom built model built from […]
Blast from the Past — Scale Masters Qualifier 2003

Blast from the Past — Scale Masters Qualifier 2003

A very popular event at the time, the 2003 U.S. Scale Masters Qualifier was hosted at the Gardener Airport in Gardener, MA. (Above) Local News Guy take a photo of my Piper L-4. While cleaning out a drawer at work I found some old event photos. Included in this find were several pix from my […]
Starting Gasoline Engines—Safely!

Starting Gasoline Engines—Safely!

To properly operate and maintain models, you need support equipment that is up to the task. Two of the most important concerns we have with giant-scale models are safely starting the engine and handling the fuel (gasoline). When we switch from glow engines to gasoline burners, we need to change some of our equipment; we […]
E-flite/Horizon Hobby Gee Bee R-2

E-flite/Horizon Hobby Gee Bee R-2

Ignore the Wind with this Golden Age Racer When it comes the air racers from the Golden Age of Aviation, nothing even comes close to the Gee Bee aircraft the Granville Brothers built. And, of all the Gee Bee racers, the awesome R-2 was by far the most famous. Years ahead of the competition, the […]
A Tribute to Our Veterans

A Tribute to Our Veterans

Living history has a shelf life, and the expiration date cannot be extended. I’ve been interviewing WW II veterans since the early 1970s when I got serious about writing history, and it’s been a bittersweet experience. Anyone who’s made a career documenting aviation (or anything else) will tell you the same thing: you make older […]
RC WW II Luftwaffe Flying Wing Takes Flight

RC WW II Luftwaffe Flying Wing Takes Flight

Erik van den Hoogen’s scratch-built, all-wood Gotha P.60A flies quite well, especially considering that the full-size interceptor it is modeled after was never completed! With a wingspan of 10 feet, 10 inches, this 1/4-scale, 77-pound model Is powered by two AMT Mercury turbine engines, each with 9.5kg of thrust. Our thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for taking this great video at […]
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