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11 Ways to Crash Your RC Plane!

11 Ways to Crash Your RC Plane!

One of our favorite YouTubers Tim McKay is at it again with fun, tongue-in-cheek video on how to to crash your plane. If you want to guarantee a ground collision, Tim recommends skipping the pre-flight checklist, don’t worry about the weather, and never check your batteries. Plus several other “tips.” But as usual, there’s some […]
Can you fly RC in your backyard? Yes and no.

Can you fly RC in your backyard? Yes and no.

One of our favorite YouTubers explains controlled vs uncontrolled airspace, temporary flight restrictions, the B4UFly app, and everything else you need to know. Check out Tim McKay’s video before you take off in your backyard!

4 Favorite Shop Tips

4 Favorite Shop Tips

              SOAPY THREADS If you are trying to thread a screw into a plywood or hardwood block—for example, for a landing-gear strap—it is often hard to thread the screw into place without wearing out the screw head. The best way to make the screw go into the tight-fitting hole […]
Favorite Workbench Tips

Favorite Workbench Tips

90-DEGREE DRIVER Sooner or later, there will come a time when you cannot fit a regular Phillips screwdriver or a hex driver into your airplane to tighten a screw. Did you know that the small driver bits for your electric screwdriver also fit into a common box-end wrench? Simply find the mating-size wrench and insert […]

RC Pre-flight Checklist!

RC Pre-flight Checklist!

Responsible pilots always walk the four corners of their aircraft prior to takeoff. Check out one of our favorite YouTubers, Dag214, going though his RC pre-flight checklist in full detail. Guaranteed to reduce your crash risk!
LAND LIKE A PRO

LAND LIKE A PRO

We’ve all heard the old adage: takeoffs are optional; landings are mandatory. Bringing a plane back to the ground safely is a pilot’s top goal. Unfortunately, one of the hardest maneuvers for an RC airplane to perform is the landing, and it is the first one that we pilots must learn to perfect to keep […]

Easy Foam Airplane Repair Tips

Easy Foam Airplane Repair Tips

Now that we’re well into the flying season, chances are you have at least one plane that has been “benched” because of a not-so-gentle landing. Why not take a few minutes this weekend and repair it? Here’s what you need to know. Let’s face it! Accidents are bound happen, and when it comes to flying […]
Master the Basics: Straight & Level Flight

Master the Basics: Straight & Level Flight

You should practice straight and level as much as you do any other maneuver. It is also where new precision aerobatics pilots  should begin. It may seem like the most boring thing to do, but in reality, straight and level flight is one of the most difficult maneuvers to master. Sure, rolling circles, tail slides […]

Unexpected Engine Problems & Solutions

Unexpected Engine Problems & Solutions

After building a Balsa USA Fokker D7 1/4-scale biplane and doing the final setting up on the engine prior to taking to the field, I discovered a violent vibration problem with not one but TWO brand new engines! Good Results on the Test Stand I first ran my original engine choice for the D7, a […]
Your First Workshop

Your First Workshop

From our friends at RTL Fasteners: Like anything else, learning what’s involved in a new hobby is the first step to taking it on. From figuring out what tools you’ll need, finding a place to store essentials and creating an organized place to work and play, it’s always important to do some preparation. That is […]
Stay in Control  10 Top Radio Programming Secrets

Stay in Control 10 Top Radio Programming Secrets

The devil is in the details. After installing your servos according the manufacturer’s directions, you might find that when the servo arm is placed on the spline, it isn’t at a perfect right angle to the servo casing. Or, after you’ve hooked up the various linkages, you discover there is too much or not enough travel […]
Pro Tips for First Flight Success

Pro Tips for First Flight Success

  Learning to fly is always easier and more fun with the aid of an experienced instructor. He will help you avoid those first few beginner mistakes and will help your airplane live a lot longer. The Sportsman S+ RTF with SAFE Technology from Hobby Zone is one of the new generation trainer/sport fliers that […]
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