I’ve always liked scale models and building unique aircraft and the Bellanca Cruisemaster is one of those classic general aviation airplanes that’s seldom modeled. To develop my plans I used a 3-view drawing from Bob Banka. My particular model is of a 1951 example I found on Aircraft Shopper Online. I loved the classic turquoise […]
I knew at the moment I received the Legend Hobby A-1 Skyraider 86”, that it needed the full treatment. It’s such an impressive looking and flying model and there’s just something about the A-1 Skyraider that I love. So, in my research of the A-1 Skyraider, I came across a specific scheme I liked and […]
This is one cool RC plane–a giant 1:2.7 scale jet with turbine and smoke effect with detailed weathering–plus a scorpion! It’s a big fella with a wingspan of 10 and half feet, a length of almost 13 feet, and it weighs in at 108 pounds. We can all agree this jet looks pretty badass, but […]
Check out Tim McKay, YouTuber and Model Airplane News Contributor, as he goes through what every recreational RC pilot needs to know–everything from FAA paperwork to flying rules at the field. It never hurts to go over the basics. This is also a great video to send to any burgeoning RC pilot!
The first successful radio-controlled airplane is widely considered to be the Big Guff, built and flown by twin brothers Walter and Bill Good in 1938. It had a wingspan of eight feet, weighed eight and a half pounds, and was powered by a small gas engine. Lead-acid batteries provided the power to the control surface […]
Regardless of your model’s color, adding some visual surface detail helps your plane gain depth and realism. Here’s how I added a touch of detail to the all-blue scheme of a giant-scale Top Flite F4U Corsair ARF with some basic techniques and supplies. The technique for applying panel lines with a pen has been around […]
Enjoy a look back at our review of the RCGF 20cc rear exhaust engine! The 20cc rear-exhaust, rear-intake engine from RCGF USA is a compact powerhouse. It can be readily installed in a .60- to .90-size sport flier. The RCGF rear exhaust (20RE) is a new 20cc gas engine just added to the RCGF USA […]
We all know that lights on RC planes look cool. But they of course also have a practical application as they help with visibility and orientation. Check out this creative video from the workshop of SteffenRC as he installs an LED light and even creates a lens cover. It’s a fun and easy upgrade for […]
Check out this video of an impressive 1/6-scale MiG-29. This Russian jet sounds good and looks even better between the detailed weathering and the smoke and afterburner effects. Don’t miss the realistic speed and sharp handling.
With Top Gun a part of history we decided to take a look back and occasionally feature some of our favorite “Road to Top Gun” featured aircraft, this one from 2018. Our latest Road to Top Gun post highlights John Welcome, who will be competing in Pro-AM Prop class, with his P-47 Thunderbolt “Bell of […]
This great video of Warbirds Over the Glades comes to us from YouTuber Chris Seiler. This military RC fly-in was hosted by the Palm Beach RC club and benefited U.S. veterans. From WW I biplanes to WW II fighters, bombers and modern jets, this event had it all. Check it out!
Along with being an outstanding show maneuver, knife-edge flight will help take your flying to a new level of satisfaction and accomplishment. While opinions vary about the best techniques for learning how to perform a knife-edge maneuver, you’ll quickly discover, after trying out a few, that certain methods are more effective than others. The crawl-walk-run […]