When it comes to building scale model airplanes, one task often stops new projects from even getting started: making a scale engine cowl from scratch. To produce a fiberglass unit, you have to build a master plug, lay up a female mold on top of it, and then use the mold to lay up the […]
When it comes to giant scale RC aircraft, nothing even comes close to amazing and gigantic aircraft that Ali Machinchy pilots. Here’s a video of Ali’s 1/3-scale Messerschmitt Me 262 powered by twin turbine engines as it performs at the Classic Jets Meet at the RAF Abingdon base In Oxfordshire. With a span of 181 […]
With the ever popular use of electric power systems, 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 try, […]
Without smooth, non-binding control-surface movements, our planes would be nearly impossible to direct. Linkage systems, including the servo, servo arm, pushrod and control horn, are often overlooked, but they are ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!
Learning to fly advanced maneuvers helps you become a better RC pilot and gives you the ability to perform aerobatics more smoothly and precisely. This video Flight Tip by Jason Benson explains how to master the impressive Knife Edge Circle with 1 1/2 snap rolls move.
As a long-time-fan of the PBS show “New Yankee Workshop” I’ve seen quite a few good woodworking projects, but none more handy than the large roll around shop table. I knew I’d have to build it one day when I had the room for it in a workshop I hadn’t even yet built. Sorry to […]
When it comes to scale aircraft, especially those with big round radial engine cowls, you just have to install a fake scale engine. This greatly improves the realism of your model as well as helping make your engine cooling more effective. With a big opening up front, the ratio for cooling air in and out […]
We all make dumb moves when flying. Practice is the best cure for this problem, as the ones who make the least dumb moves are usually the ones who fly the most. Since I have moved about an hour’s drive from the flying field, I no longer go flying several times a week. And this […]
This new .46 EP/GP ARF from VQ Warbirds features fiberglass cowl, working flaps, a painted pilot, optional retracts and lots of great scale details that closely match the full scale T-34C! With the big battery hatch, you can easily use either electric or glow for power. Optional factory VQ Electric retracts with oleo struts and VQ […]
Sometimes, it’s not the size of the RC aircraft, but rather the sound and speed that capture the heart. This video of Ricardo la Valle flying his Reno Racer Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat in the famous Rare Bear colors was shot at the Weston Park Model Airshow. As soon as he cranks up the engine and […]
This drone can assess gaps and shrink to squeeze through them, while in flight! Researchers at the University of Zurich and EPFL designed an aircraft using 3D printed parts and off the shelf motor and radio system, and it can literally fold itself to fit through gaps, making it ideal for search and rescue and […]
Three-axis flight stabilizers specifically designed for fixed-wing airplanes are a relatively recent innovation. They help the aircraft fly stable around its three axes: roll (aileron), pitch (elevator), and yaw (rudder). Today’s flight stabilizers units require a very small footprint and can be installed in aircraft of any size. There are also ready-to-fly planes that come […]