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10 Great Fun Fly Tasks to Try

10 Great Fun Fly Tasks to Try

 Try these RC aerial challenges to add fun and excitement to your club’s next aero picnic! It came up recently at a club meeting, while I was talking about my online build for the  Florio Flyer 60 Fun Fly plane…” What exactly is a Fun Fly Plane and what you do with one”…! Really?! The definition […]
Gigantic RC Avro Vulcan Delta Bomber

Gigantic RC Avro Vulcan Delta Bomber

When it comes to turbine powered RC jet aircraft there’s big, and then there BIG! This huge 1/5- scale Vulcan delta-wing jet bomber has a wingspan of just over 20 feet and it weighs around 300 pounds. Filmed at an IMA (Large Model Association) RC show at the Yorkshire Air Museum at RAF Elvington, Halifax […]
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Hand Launches made Easy

Hand Launches made Easy

Don’t have a perfectly manicured runway? Don’t sweat it, you can easily hand launch your plane to get it airborne. Here are five easy steps to perfecting this handy technique. Remember to always launch your model while facing straight into the wind. Don’t throw your model downwind (with wind at your back), this will cause […]
DIY Vacuum-Forming Machine

DIY Vacuum-Forming Machine

You know all those models you wanted to build, but did not attempt because they required a vacuum formed canopy? You remember reading about all manner of complicated vacuum formers that took a month to build and cost as much as a seven channel transmitter? Got $20.00 for materials, a few hand  tools and an […]
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Martin Irvine’s 1917 Aviatik D1

Martin Irvine’s 1917 Aviatik D1

When it comes to amazing scale projects, our good old flying buddy and Model Airplane News contributor, Martin Irvine,is always coming up something unique. Martin has always been known for picking unusual designs and his  1917 Aviatik D1 is no exception. I chatted with Martin about this seldom modeled WW 1 biplane and here’s what […]
New for Premium Members — Converting vintage kits to Electric RC

New for Premium Members — Converting vintage kits to Electric RC

Sterling free flight and control-line kits have been very popular for decades. Many of their WW1 biplane kits are easy to build and lend themselves nicely to being modernized to electric powered RC projects. We just posted a detailed article about a Nieuport 28 kit from eBay that had a lot going for it as […]
RC Fuel Systems 101: A Video Summary of fuel line fittings and accessories

RC Fuel Systems 101: A Video Summary of fuel line fittings and accessories

It’s never too late to do some fuel tank maintenance. To get the best possible performance from your glow and gas powered airplanes, you have to properly install and maintain your entire fuel system.   From assembling and installing the tank itself correctly (with foam padding), to installing  in-line filters and other fittings, you want […]
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. […]
From the Cockpit RC Jet Video

From the Cockpit RC Jet Video

We all love to think about what it would be like to get into our RC planes and take a flight around the field. But this video from the canopy cam on Peter Doupnik’s turbine-powered Diamond jet while flying at the recent 2018 Carp RC Jet Rally is the smoothest and best we’ve seen. The […]
Fourth of July: Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Fourth of July: Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Eleven score and 20 years ago, our great, great, great, great, great, great. great grandfathers put their butts on the line to create a new nation and, to follow Abe’s words more precisely, the new nation was “…conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Although he was dedicating the […]
Half Cuban-8 with a Snap

Half Cuban-8 with a Snap

In the past, we’ve discussed different aerobatic moves that consist of endless variations of a basic maneuver. Let’s take a look at another variation of the basic Cuban-8, this time making it a half Cuban-8 with 1 1/2 negative snap rolls. As performed by Aerobatics Made Easy columnist John Glezellis, the half Cuban-8 is usually performed […]
Exterior Details: Dummy Controls

Exterior Details: Dummy Controls

There’s an old saying that says “scale models are really never finished, you just stop adding details to them”! Each modeler has to decide for himself when enough is enough. For me, I enjoy adding  easy to see details to the top surfaces of the wings and control surfaces and in particular I add dummy control […]
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