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 […]
It happens all too often, unfortunately: Someone with a brand new airplane shows up at the field and has everything working perfectly. The radio checks out, and all the controls move in the correct directions; the engine runs reliably and provides plenty of power. The model taxis out and runs down the field and becomes […]
Check out this beautiful Vought F4U Corsair with a wingspan of 7 feet, 10 inches. It weighs in at 35 pounds and is powered by a four stroke radial UMS 5-125cc gas engine. The video starts out with a walk-around and ends with a crash. The damage doesn’t look too bad but what do you […]
Model Airplane News contributor Tim McKay gives us the inside scoop on how RC modelers can get their own FRIA. If you have some land, or know someone who has land, you can become FRIA-approved where no remote ID equipment is needed to fly. Check out the video from Tim.
Check out this video where Jeff Peterson tells us all about his impressive and one-of-a-kind nitro ducted-fan F-15. This amazing RC plane is fast, loud and surprisingly easy to fly. We haven’t seen a nitro ducted-fan jet in awhile, always good to see this power system at the field!