Of all 3D maneuvers, it’s possible that none represent 3D flying more than hovering. While learning to hover can be extremely challenging, you can make it easier for yourself by knowing the primary forces involved. Control while hovering is maintained solely by the propeller thrust or “prop-wash” over the tail surfaces and the inboard portions […]
Whenever I test run and adjust a new gas engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on my model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine before I installed it in my Fokker Triplane. The fuel tank (and smoke oil tank) are installed and the […]
Many scale competitors who’ve flown at Top Gun, know Bill Holland as the Chief Judge for the scale invitation, but he is also a very accomplished and experienced scale model builder and flyer. His newest project is this amazing 50% scale Fokker Dr.1 Triplane and it is a work of RC art! Bill enlarged Glenn […]
When it comes to sheeting the wings, you want to do it right with any airplane, but for giant scale warbirds, you really need to do it correctly. I like to start once the retracts are setup and the plywood support ribs and the mount rails have been epoxied into place. We used the landing […]
OK, so you’ve installed your gasoline engine properly, and made sure that the fuel tank is properly installed and the fuel lines and fuel filter are all hooked up correctly, but you still can’t get any fire in the hole—the engine just won’t start. As a safety note here, we always recommend using a properly sized heavy […]
There’s no doubt about it, gasoline engines are extremely popular for powering giant scale RC airplanes. Whether you fly big warbirds, or you prefer unlimited aerobatic planes, knowing how to start your engine safely is extremely important. Check out this video tip showing all the basics, featuring MAN contributor Jason Benson.
This 1/4-scale Spitfire sports the scheme of a full-size Mk VIII aircraft that’s still flying and based at the Temora Aviation Museum in New South Wales, Australia. Built by Malcom Harle from the Flying Legends kit designed by Mike Booth, the 110-inch-span plane is powered by a Desert Aircraft 85cc gas engine turning a 26×10 […]
MAN Sr., Tech Editor Gerry Yarrish shows his technique for making a removable engine mount box system that includes the fuel system, throttle servo and ignition battery support structure. Everything bolts into place and is easy to remove for maintenance. This removable engine attachment technique allows unlimited access for maintenance and inspection for all your […]
There’s giant scale, then there’s GIANT SCALE, and when an scale RC airplane gets close to 20 feet in span, we’re in a new category of BIG. First flown in St. Margarethen, Austria by Peter (Peda) Pfeffer, this amazing scale B-17 has a 19 foot wingspan and is 14 ... Continue reading ... Join our […]
One of our all time favorite warbirds is the giant scale Top Flite Corsair ARF. And on its first flight we shot this never seen before flight video. Shot by MAN photographer Hope McCall, the test flight went off without a hitch! The DLE 50cc gas engine is a perfect match. Check it out!
Mark your calendars June 7th-9th for a weekend of RC at Eli Field in Monticello, Illinois and sponsored by Horizon Hobby! The Horizon RC Fest is a fun-focused event that shares high-tech RC products everyone can enjoy. From the folks at Horizon: It’s almost time for the 3rd Annual Horizon Hobby RC Fest. There’s no other […]
Four-time Mr. Top Gun winner David Wigley is known for coming up with the most unusual of scale RC projects and his newest is no exception. , David had on hand his newest project: a totally scratch-built 1/6-scale F-101B Voodoo. David really commits serious time to any of his projects and this time his efforts […]