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John Reid


Model Airplane Covering Tips: 3-color fuselage

Model Airplane Covering Tips: 3-color fuselage

The fuselage adds some complexity to our covering procedures because of the compound curves and the overall shape of the fuselage. Plus we have three different colors that have to be added on to different parts of the fuselage. The placement of the color seams will have to match up from one side of the […]
RC Prop Balancing Made Easy

RC Prop Balancing Made Easy

I have been often asked, “Do I need to balance my prop?” and the quick answer is always “Yes!” A properly balanced prop will give you more rpm from gas, glow and electric engines. A balanced prop will reduce the wear and tear on your aircraft by greatly reducing vibration, which leads to reducing premature […]
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Ease your pilot load — Easy programming for 3D maneuvers

Ease your pilot load — Easy programming for 3D maneuvers

We always learn how to perform new maneuvers by watching the stick movements of a top notch pilot, but what the pilot knows is that there computer mixes is what makes their life easier when controlling the aircraft.  Now we are going to present a few tips that will make it easier for you to perform those […]
Detailing a Ziroli Beechcraft Staggerwing — Functional scale parts

Detailing a Ziroli Beechcraft Staggerwing — Functional scale parts

There  are few 1/4-scale models of the Beechcraft Staggerwing, and the most popular RC design is the one from Nick Ziroli. It’s outline is very close to scale and it produces a great looking scale airplane. When it comes to making them look real, you need to use some scale parts and techniques. Here are […]
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Rudder Trimming

Rudder Trimming

There is a certain order to trimming a plane and that can vary a little from pilot to pilot. Most pilots will concentrate on the elevator trimming first to keep the plane flying a level path. This is especially important if the plane wants to dive, then elevator trimming becomes the primary important trim for […]
AMA Expo

AMA Expo

Rapidly approaching is the first trade show of the year, the AMA expo. This event is going to be held in Ontario, California and the Model Airplane News crew will be there all three days.  We are going to find out all that you need to know from this show including new products, early releases […]
The LA Drone Show is a Big Success

The LA Drone Show is a Big Success

The first ever Drone Expo in Los Angeles was a huge success this past weekend. Attendees flock to the LA sports Arena to check out the latest Intel on unmanned aerial vehicles.  With over 3000 people attending the arena was full of people looking for their next new multirotor aircraft. In addition there were a […]
RC Drones come to LA!

RC Drones come to LA!

If you are even a little interested in multi-rotors and RotorDrones, the UAVSA (Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Systems Association) show is the place to be today, Saturday December 13, 2014. This is the first ever commercial Drone Expo in the country and it will be at the LA Sports Arena. Come on down and say hi to the RotorDrone […]
Best in the West Jet Rally

Best in the West Jet Rally

Over this last weekend the Best in the West Jet Rally had its 25th event in Buttonwillow, CA.  This event drew in over 130 Pilots from all over the country and the world.  One of the many outstanding jets at this event was Barry Hou’s (Pasadena, CA) outstanding Skymaster F-14.  This great looking warbird had […]
Easy Custom Pushrods

Easy Custom Pushrods

Many kits are made to precise standards, and this includes the pushrods. They are perfect for the recommend servos, but when using servos that have the output arms in a different location, those included pushrods may not work as well. This happened to me, and it meant that I needed to make up my own […]
What telemetry can do for you

What telemetry can do for you

Receiving real-time information about the state and functioning of your airplane during flight enables the RC pilot to make informed decisions therefore contributing to overall safety and peace of mind. The current generations of radios provide various sorts of telemetry information such as speed, RF Quality, battery capacity, RPM altitude and much more depending on […]
Where should you put a smoke tank?

Where should you put a smoke tank?

This tip comes from my friend Albert Tejera who owns TME. Albert is an enthusiastic flyer and just an all-around good guy. Many new RC smoke users wonder if they should balance their airplane with the oil tank filled or empty? Generally we recommend that the tank be placed as close as possible to the […]
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