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RC Airplane ABCs

RC Airplane ABCs

If you’re new to model airplanes, there are some basic terms and definitions you need to know. Before you get too involved with the various airplanes available, let’s talk a little about the basic parts that make up any model airplane. The three main assemblies are: the fuselage, the wing, and the tail components. THE […]
Top Chargers

Top Chargers

Every RC pilot needs a charger, so we set out to test out some of the most popular chargers available so that you can see which one is perfect for your needs. We found that the menu structures of many of these machines are similar in design, so once you learn one you can operate just […]
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Pick your power: electric, gas or glow!

Pick your power: electric, gas or glow!

There’s an old saying that suggests, “If in doubt, add power!” And we have to admit, there are some Model Airplane News editors who do believe there’s just no substitute for horsepower. But when it comes to selecting which kind of power system to use, many RC modelers can use a little help. Model Airplane […]
35 Field & Bench Favorites

35 Field & Bench Favorites

There are a lot of tasks involved in getting our aircraft from the workbench to the flying field, and here you’ll find 35 of our favorite gadgets to make the hobby that much more fun and enjoyable. We’ve arranged them in categories, including field equipment, tools, accessories, and supplies, so you’ll be sure to find […]
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Battery Talk: What the Numbers Mean

Battery Talk: What the Numbers Mean

Every now and then I get a question from someone at an RC field, and it’s nearly always the same question: “How many milliamps is that battery?” The first time I heard that, I didn’t know how to respond because the question didn’t make sense to me. So my “What do you mean?” response resulted […]
Your first 2-stroke: a basic guide

Your first 2-stroke: a basic guide

Two-stroke glow engines are by far the most popular engines used to power RC model airplanes. They are relatively inexpensive for the power they produce, they are easy to start, run and maintain, and once you learn how to properly take care of them they will last for many years. Let’s take a closer look. […]
10 Terrific First Planes

10 Terrific First Planes

From our sister publication Electric Flight’s annual Buyer’s Guide, these 10 trainers are best best for first-flight success.   HobbyZone Sportsman S+ This plane lands by itself! In fact, with its SAFE Plus technology, all phases of flight—from takeoff to landing—become worry-free to bolster the novice pilot’s confidence. What sets this model apart is the […]
10 Budget Radios

10 Budget Radios

These feature-rich radios won’t break the bank! Flysky i6 6 CHANNELS The i6 front looks clean and uncrowded, yet all of the sticks, programming keys, knobs, and toggle switches are within easy reach. This transmitter is a bit smaller than others, is lightweight, and feels balanced and easy to grip. The Flysky i6 has all […]
Radio Fundamentals: fly better with dual rates, expo & mixing

Radio Fundamentals: fly better with dual rates, expo & mixing

The goal here is to discuss the three primary features of our radios that will help us when we fly.  This article is intended for new and intermediate fliers. The three features we are going to review are rates, exponential, and mixing. LET’S GET STARTED First of all, when holding your radio during your flight, […]
First Flight Success

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 comes […]
Gas Engine Basics

Gas Engine Basics

When you’re starting your gas engine, get into the habit of using the same procedure all the time so you can easily identify any problems that pop up. It’s important to always have a friend secure the airplane’s tail and make certain the prop bolts are tight. Switch the ignition circuit (kill switch) off, close […]
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 […]
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