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RC Smoke Systems Explained– Tips for long hang time

ParkZone/Horizon Hobby 10m F4F Wildcat

Incredibly Realistic Fw 190

Russian Front-Line Fighter

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Old-School Electric Puts on a Show

This terrific video features legendary designer/builder Ivan Pettigrew flying one of his very popular float planes, the Short Solent 400. Powered by four GWS Speed 400 geared motors (remember those?!), it can fly for over 15 minutes on eight 3,000mAh NiMH cells. Videographer TripleThreatRC writes, “I was invited to visit the Chilliwack Electric Flyers Club to check […]
Super-Size RC Stearman

Super-Size RC Stearman

Giant-scale enthusiasts always say “bigger is better,” and this RC Boeing Stearman takes big to a new level. Flown by Ludo Luyten of Belgium, this 55%-scale biplane has a 16.5-foot ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!
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HobbyTown & RadioShack News

HobbyTown & RadioShack News

If you miss being able to buy soldering tools and electrical equipment at RadioShack, you’re in luck: they just signed a deal with HobbyTown USA to open “express stores” inside 50 of its partner’s stores, both companies said Friday. The deal was signed this week, and potentially, the express stores could be opened in up to […]
Museum-Scale Butcher Bird

Museum-Scale Butcher Bird

It’s not every day an RC model builder designs and builds a classic WW II fighter from scratch and then brings it to a contest and wins the big Best in Show award. But that’s exactly what Jeffery Fiscus of Bridgeport, WV did with his amazing Focke Wulf Fw 190A3 when he walked away with […]
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New For Premium Members — Hangar 9 Ultra Stick 10cc ARF

New For Premium Members — Hangar 9 Ultra Stick 10cc ARF

Constructed out of laser-cut balsa and plywood the 10cc Stick from Hangar 9 is intended for intermediate pilots and builders. Equipped with simple fixed landing gear it be equipped with a variety of power systems: Glow, electric, and both two- and four-stroke gas engines. And if you live near the water, the it can be […]
MAN at Work! Sneak Peek Pix

MAN at Work! Sneak Peek Pix

The Model Airplane News crew had a great time at the Central CT R/C Club flying field in Farmington, CT. We had great weather and mild winds so we shot a ton of photos and several videos for upcoming Flight Tests and some videos as well. Here are some shots from a future How To […]
Protecting Elephants

Protecting Elephants

What began as a conservation-focused effort has branched out to include commercial operations conducted near Cape Town International Airport in South Africa, with daily patrols by unmanned aircraft thwarting thefts of equipment and property from railroads, a steel mill, and other industrial operations. In Botswana, flight operations recently began to protect elephants using the same […]
Make a Sliding Warbird Canopy

Make a Sliding Warbird Canopy

Many scale modelers simply can’t leave well enough alone. They often find ways to improve their scale projects. With the VQ Warbirds  Corsair ARF as a base model, A complete makeover to add lots of details is fun, but to kick it up a notch, a sliding canopy is one of the several sub projects […]
What’s your Favorite Scale Detail?

What’s your Favorite Scale Detail?

The editors here at Model Airplane News are really into scale RC airplanes. When you build a scale project, its like working on and assembling several smaller scale projects, then adding them all together to come up with one impressive aircraft. Some modelers love detailing the outside surfaces of their models with panel lines and […]
New for Premium Members — Build a Portable Charging Station

New for Premium Members — Build a Portable Charging Station

A portable charging station is one of the most important pieces of equipment for anyone who flies electric aircraft, and while there are some nice commercial units on the market, putting together a more compact setup designed to your own specs is the way to go. We just posted a how to article showing the […]
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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