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A pink WW II warbird

Feb 06, 2020 2 Comments

Sand and spinach, sea-foam gray, navy and duck-egg blue … we’ve seen a lot of schemes for WW II Spitfires, but a pink one? We came across this interesting article on io9.com and think it’s worth sharing. Author Esther Inglis-Arkell writes, “World War II marked a time of great innovation, which was sometimes practical and sometimes loony. […]

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Incredible Homemade Rotary Engine

Dec 03, 2019 No Comments

Andy Johnston must take his RC modeling very seriously … why else would he spend over 3 years building a true-to-scale, rotary Bentley engine spending another 2 years building an Avro 504K from plans, specifically for the engine?  The 9-cylinder powerplant has cast-iron liners that are 1mm thick, aluminum finned barrels and a total of […]

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Monster 400cc Chinese Yak

Mar 27, 2019 2 Comments

This Yak 11 is powered by a Moki 400cc radial and 38 x 18 prop! The 50-pound aerobat is an Airworld model that’s designed for 250cc power, but strengthened to handle the 400cc Moki. Pilot and owner Ali Machinchy notes that the plane was built and painted by Phil Noel at Pinnacle Aviation and has a scale paint scheme from […]

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Monster P-40 Warhawk: First Flight!

Mar 02, 2019 24 Comments

Watching the first flight of this giant 7.6-foot-span warbird is a real treat! Piloted by Josef Spielhofer of the Austrian Falcon Wings, the plane weighs in at 61 pounds and is powered by a 3W 150 R2 inline engine and uses Weatronics radio gear. Watch to the very end for a landing that will get […]

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Radio Control Pterodactyl

May 01, 2018 27 Comments

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 […]

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Model Airplane Monster OV-10 Bronco

Mar 28, 2017 25 Comments

Without a doubt, our friends across the pond take giant-scale modeling seriously … just take a look at this behemoth Bronco! With a 14-foot wingspan, this OV-10 was designed to use two Zenoah 62 gas engines and weighs in at around pounds. The giant was originally built by Tony Nijuis, and new owner Steve Holland is flying it at the recent UK […]

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Cold Weather Engine Starts — in 10 Easy Steps

Feb 02, 2017 18 Comments

As the weather turns colder, it’s a good time to revisit some cold-engine starting techniques. Have some tips for flying in colder conditions? Leave them in the comments section! 1. Turn on your transmitter and receiver. 2. Fully open the throttle. 3. Watch for fuel in the line and cover the throttle opening with your finger. […]

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Rocky flies again!

Jan 26, 2017 8 Comments

Bet you can’t watch this video without laughing out loud! Hilarity ensues when an unsuspecting squirrel gets into the cockpit of an RC plane! Thanks to YouTube’s Hobbywars for producing and posting this nicely done piece, complete with terrific “in-air” footage of Rocky in flight.

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Let’s give thanks!

Nov 24, 2016 5 Comments

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, our thoughts naturally turn to those items we couldn’t live without. Here’s a top 10 list of things of what the editors and contributors of Model Airplane News and Electric Flight appreciate.   Almost-ready-to-fly planes. Building is fun, but you’ve got to love having a plane flight-ready in a […]

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Super-Scale Spitfire

Aug 11, 2016 26 Comments

This magnificent 1/3-scale Supermarine Spitfire is the handiwork of Eric Reboul of France. Powered by a DLE 170cc engine, the Spitfire is equipped with a scale exhaust system that can emit smoke on demand, with smoke oil pumped into the hot exhaust manifold. This 12.3-foot-span model weighs in at 105 pounds and uses Sierra landing […]

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Crazy Slope Aerobatics

Mar 10, 2016 3 Comments

Slope aerobatics are in a category all their own, and the tricks this plane can do will blow your mind! It features a JGAF’s Custom Aerobats Buzz Evo using nothing but gravity and the wind to perform some incredible stunts. Even the music is perfect for this seaside romp! Thanks to Surfimp for taking this great video and […]

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Top 10 Plane Posts of 2015

Dec 30, 2015 6 Comments

It’s time for the top posts of the year! Here, in descending order, are the top stories from 2015, ranked by their number of views. Missed one? Just click on the photo or title to go to the original post.  And as we send the last newsletter of 2015, we want to thank the folks […]

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