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Make Laminated Formers

Make Laminated Formers

If you have been building RC warbirds for a while, you may notice that there is a terrible blight plaguing many of them… tail-heaviness!  The scourge of tail-heaviness leaves the modeler with few good options.  First, he can fly the model as-is with the CG at the limit of its aft location and stagger around […]
Glow Plugs Explained

Glow Plugs Explained

With the ever popular use of electric power systems, nitro-burning glow engines have started to before less understood by newcomers to the hobby. Once the mainstay of the hobby, 2-stroke glow engines still have a lot to offer and produce excellent power for their weight. Once you’ve decided to give a glow powered airplane a […]
Monster Concorde Takes Flight

Monster Concorde Takes Flight

First flown in 1969, the Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde was a British–French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner that was operated until 2003. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound, at Mach 2.04 (1,354 mph at cruise altitude), with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for 27 […]
Latest News! Du-Bro Products

Latest News! Du-Bro Products

We were excited to hear that Du-Bro, a 60-year staple in the hobby industry, has a new owner who is someone we’ve come to know and appreciate over the years. If you’ve gone to any RC trade show and stopped by the Du-Bro booth, you’ve probably met Brian Bychowski. After 19 years of working for […]
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Road to Top Gun-TBD Devastator

Road to Top Gun-TBD Devastator

This year, P.J. Ash from Searcy, AR, will be flying in the Pro Prop class with his Douglas TBD Devastator. Built over 20 years ago, the Torpedo Bomber is totally scratch built from 3-view drawings (no construction plans). The Devastator has a 100-inch wingspan and about 75 inches in length. The retracts were originally from […]
Shizuoka Hobby Show Cancelled

Shizuoka Hobby Show Cancelled

The Shizuoka Hobby show event (scheduled from May 16 to 17) has been cancelled this year. This due to Japanese government new regulations for big meetings and conventions in order to reduce the Coronavirus impact in the area. Exhibits from countless famed Japanese hobby manufacturers were planned to be on show at this event.
Functional Biplane Rigging Wires

Functional Biplane Rigging Wires

Many sport scale biplanes are designed with wings that are strong enough without the use of rigging wires (landing and flying wires). However, if you want to add them as a scale enhancement for its appearance or if you are building a scale multi-wing which does need them, here’s a great way to make them […]
Bomb Drop! Easy Upgrade.

Bomb Drop! Easy Upgrade.

To say I am a proud dad would be right on the money. My son Sean and I have been flying RC for about 10 years here in sunny South Florida. He started at the age of 8 and quickly became a confident, fearless pilot, which is typical for the savvy youngsters who aren’t paying […]
Finding the CG Point

Finding the CG Point

It happens all the time… A new model airplane all set up to fly takes off and crashes because the pilot tried to fly it when it was too tail-heavy. Check out this video to see a very easy way to avoid this problem. It’s very easy and does not require measuring or math!  
2-Stroke Glow Engine Basics

2-Stroke Glow Engine Basics

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. […]
Tips for Painting Micro Pilot Figures

Tips for Painting Micro Pilot Figures

For the Flyzone Micro Albatros and the micro Fokker Dr.I Triplane, there’s a little white styrofoam, super lightweight pilot bust included in the box. But few RC modelers add this little guy because it requires some painting to make him look like a WW1 aviator instead of a snowman! Here’s some tips to make the […]
World’s Largest RC Boeing 787

World’s Largest RC Boeing 787

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the coolest aircraft headed to Top Gun 2020. Henry Castellanos from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Henry be flying in the Team Scale class with builder Alberto Enriquez’s impressive Boeing 787 jet liner. Built from an AeroModeler kit, the jet liner (the only turbine powered 787 in the world), has […]
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