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Russian Front-Line Fighter

Russian Front-Line Fighter

It’s hard to beat the throaty growl of a Moki 250cc engine in a classic warbird! This great-looking Lavochkin LA-7 is piloted by Mick Burrell and was videotaped by our friends Dean and Pete Coxon at the Rougham Model Aircraft Show in the United Kingdom. We think the model looks to be 1/3.5 scale, and […]
Giant Junkers Ju-188

Giant Junkers Ju-188

Check out this twin warbird powered by TWO Moki 250cc engines! Franz Obenauf spent six years designing and building this unusual 1/4-scale model. The 18-foot-span aircraft sports a scale paint scheme by Franz’s fellow club member Klaus Herold. Nicely done, gentlemen! Thank you to RCScaleAirplanes for this terrific video of this impressive model’s rollout.
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Hangar 9 XCub 60cc ARF [VIDEO]

Hangar 9 XCub 60cc ARF [VIDEO]

Sign us up for this bad boy! New from Hangar 9, the XCub is the fastest, strongest, best equipped and most capable STOL airplane CubCrafters has ever built. To the full-scale pilot, its availability is like having your all-time favorite airplane completely replicated with the best in modern design, technology and comfort for unrivalled performance. […]
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 […]
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RC F-14 Swing-Wing Tomcat

RC F-14 Swing-Wing Tomcat

This remarkable swing-wing F-14 is the handiwork of German modeler Rudolf Winter, who built it from the Fly Eagle Jet Model Factory kit. During the flight, the model’s wings sweep back for faster speeds and then move forward for slower flight and landing. The bright “flares” that are launched during flight are scale (the full-size used […]
Top Gun Video — Turbine Jets at the Event

Top Gun Video — Turbine Jets at the Event

The action is hot at this year’s 30th anniversary of the Top Gun Scale Invitational. Here’s a video short shot from the Top Gun flightline showing just a few of the jets flying at the event. Video and photos by Carl Layden, flight shots by David Hart
Top Gun 360 video of Pit Area

Top Gun 360 video of Pit Area

Courtesy of Mike Barbee. Day 1 and everyone is getting ready while others have already flown their first rounds. More to come Mike Barbee getting ready to fly his World Models Stearman.
Radio Control Pterodactyl

Radio Control Pterodactyl

And now for something completely different: a 4-foot-span “scale” Pterodactyl ornithopter. Powered by a 3-cell, 1300mAh LiPo, the dinosaur’s webbed feet act as rudders. The pilot notes, “When you stop her flapping her wings, she flies like a brick.” We dare you to watch this video without cracking a smile!  Happy Friday, and our thanks to […]
RC Special Ops Heli

RC Special Ops Heli

You’ve got to see the detail on this electric-powered model of the Sikorsky CH-53 Pave Low helicopter to believe it! Built and flown by Reto Marbach, this aircraft is powered by a Pyro 850 Kontronik motor and 200-amp speed Cosmik high-voltage speed control. It weighs in at 37.5 pounds and flies like a dream. Thanks to RCHeliJet for sharing this […]
Bücker Jungmeister — A Really Big RC Biplane

Bücker Jungmeister — A Really Big RC Biplane

Helmut Müller’s 85% scratch-built Bücker looks like it could carry a small person! The 17.5-foot-span model weighs in at 286 pounds and is powered by a Hirth 521cc 2-stroke (intended for an ultralight!) turning a Fiala 60 x 20 wood propeller. The model uses industrial-quality Tonegawa Seiko servos, a redundant radio system and a dual-ignition starter. Helmut glued and sewed the Seconite covering […]
Giant RC  — Monster Avro Vulcan

Giant RC — Monster Avro Vulcan

This massive, 1/5-scale Avro Vulcan is the handiwork of David Johnson and his “Vulcan” team, who spent three years designing and building this incredible aircraft. With a wingspan of just over 20 feet, the Vulcan weighs 300 pounds and has over 100 square FEET of wing area (and a wing loading of 31 pounds per […]
Electric RC Cri Cri

1:1 Scale Cri-Cri

When a full-scale aircraft is radio-controlled, does it count as a 1:1 scale model? Check out this RC Cri-Cri MC-15, powered by two Hacker A200-6 motors. With a 192-inch wingspan, this aircraft is certainly big, but it seems to us that only a smaller person would be able to squeeze into its cockpit (if I […]
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