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Terrific Tempest

Terrific Tempest

Built from Vailly Aviation plans, this giant scale 1/5-scale Hawker Tempest V has a 98-inch wingspan and weighs in at 43 pounds. Power is provided by a Desert Aircraft 85cc engine spinning a Menz 26×10 prop. Builder and pilot Andy Wynn notes that the warbird also sports homemade retracts and exhaust stacks from Fighter Aces. […]
RC Wing Walkers It’s Showtime!

RC Wing Walkers It’s Showtime!

This video of Richard Rawle’s twin 1/3-scale showplanes outfitted with RC wing walkers will make your day! The formation flight of the Breitling Boeing Stearmans features Richard and Steve Holland on the sticks, with Sharon Stiles operating the animated 30% wing walkers. Each wing walker is fully operational, with five servos that allow them to move […]
One of a Kind Soviet Bomber

One of a Kind Soviet Bomber

Built and flown by Rainer Mattle, this monster 99-pound model is powered by six 15cc ASP gas engines and an electric pusher motor. Built up from wood, the 16-foot-span plane is also equipped with 16 servos, brakes, and steerable nose wheels and can be disassembled into six modules for easier transport. Kalinin K-7 might be […]
Giant Scale Val Takes Flight

Giant Scale Val Takes Flight

You don’t often see an RC version of the Japanese Aichi D3A (called “Val” by the Allies), let alone a monster scale version. This impressive Tora Tora Tora “torpedo bomber” is a real stunner and the work of Jörg Albrecht. At a massive 1/3.2-scale, the Val weighs in at 147 pound, and it has a 14.5-foot […]
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Red Bull RC Aerobatic Team

Red Bull RC Aerobatic Team

The Red Bull RC Aerobatic Team performs a great show at the Lodrino Air Meet in Switzerland, flying their 106-inch-span Pitts Model-12 “Beast” biplanes. Each of the multi-wing aerobats is powered by a 3W 220cc four-cylinder engine. Thanks to Horst Zeller from RC Scale Airplanes for taking and posting this great video.
Aussie Spitfire in 1/4 Scale

Aussie Spitfire in 1/4 Scale

This 1/4-scale Spitfire sports the scheme of a full-size Mk VIII aircraft that’s still flying and based at the Temora Aviation Museum in New South Wales, Australia. Built by Malcom Harle from the Flying Legends kit designed by Mike Booth, the 110-inch-span plane is powered by a Desert Aircraft 85cc gas engine turning a 26×10 […]
Flying Like Iron Man

Flying Like Iron Man

We’ll bet most of us have dreamed of flying like, but how many have what it takes to actually take off? Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, is a pioneer in manned flight and in this video he’s flying in his exoskeleton suit powered by four JetCat P220 and one JetCat P550 jet turbine engines […]
Mini Mustang: Is it scale?

Mini Mustang: Is it scale?

This 80% scale homebuilt P-51 Mustang, built in the U.S., puts on a show at the Willis Warbirds Fighter Meet in Little Gransden, UK. Love that V8 engine and 4-blade prop! The pilot is eerily lifelike. So if you build a model of an 80% scale replica, what scale would your model be?    
Friday Fractured Flyers!

Friday Fractured Flyers!

Here’s a fun way to end the work week! We found several great RC airplane crash videos from a fun loving club who’s not afraid to show the darker side of our hobby. We all know watching airplanes losing the aerodynamic argument with gravity is painful, unless of course it’s someone else’s airplane doing the ground […]
Super-sized Stearman

Super-sized Stearman

Built and flown by Jörg Albrech, this beautifully painted and detailed bipe is 1/3 scale and has all-wood construction. The 10.69-foot-span model weighs 72 pounds and is powered by a Moki 250cc 5-cylinder radial engine. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for taking this great video at the MFC Bad Wörishofen fly-in.
Homemade Big-Block 220cc V4 Powerhouse

Homemade Big-Block 220cc V4 Powerhouse

Now here’s a great-sounding engine! Detlef Kunkel designed and made this four-cylinder, V-construction four-stroke with a transmission reduction of 1.7. The 220cc engine’s shaft power is 25hp max. Intended for 110- to 130-pound RC model planes, it spins an SEP 35×20 three-blade propeller at 3700 to ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!
Jumbo Jet Flight

Jumbo Jet Flight

This 16-foot-span 747-400 gives new meaning to the phrase “jumbo jet!” In this video, Adi Pitz’s 747-400 scale model puts on a show at the Hausen Flight Day in Switzerland with pilot M. Brauer at the controls. The largest plane Adi has ever built, it has over 2,000 hours of work into it! The 747 […]
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