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Model Airplane Crash Repair — 5 Quick & Easy Fixes

Model Airplane Crash Repair — 5 Quick & Easy Fixes

One of the apprehensions all pilots experience is knowing our planes are at risk every time they take to the air. Then there is a real sense of accomplishment when the plane makes it safely back to terra firma. As our confidence builds, we start doing maneuvers closer to the ground and thereby increase the […]
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Flying off Water Made Easy

With 70% of the earth covered with water, shouldn’t we have a similar percentage of RC model float planes? Well, maybe that’s too much to ask for but if have never given it a try, you’re really missing out. And with suitable open flying sites becoming more difficult to find, flying from public waterways, is […]
Home-Made Smoke Muffler

Home-Made Smoke Muffler

A great way to add fun and excitement to your RC flights is to add a smoke system. Do a loop or a roll and then add a dense, white smoke trail and you have an airshow! And it’s easy to save some bucks by modifying your stock muffler instead of buying a commercial smoke […]
Friday Fokker: Bill Holland’s Half-Scale Dr. I Triplane

Friday Fokker: Bill Holland’s Half-Scale Dr. I Triplane

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 […]
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Model Airplane Fuel Systems Explained

Model Airplane Fuel Systems Explained

Radio control model airplanes rely on two basic systems to fly, the radio system and the power system (excluding gliders). When you have a nitro-burning glow engine if your engine loses its fuel supply, you’ll find yourself in a dead-stick situation with a plane that wasn’t designed to be a glider. To prevent dead-stick landings, […]
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 […]
13 Foot Span RC Spruce Goose

13 Foot Span RC Spruce Goose

Built and flown by Jürgen Schönle, this eight-motor model has over a 13-foot wingspan yet weighs just under 11 pounds, thanks to its foam and carbon-fiber construction. The 1/22-scale aircraft is powered by a single 3S, 4000mAh LiPo! Jurgen spent only a month building this model. Howard Hughes would be proud! Thanks to RC Media […]
RC Giant Czech Twin Takes Flight

RC Giant Czech Twin Takes Flight

Here’s a plane we’ve never seen modeled before: a giant-scale version of the Let L-410 Turbolet, a Czechoslovakian twin-engine short-range transport aircraft. With a 128-inch wingspan, the model weighs in at 28.6 pounds and is powered by two Axi 4130/20 motors, two PowerIon 5S 4P LiPo packs and two APC 19×12 propellers. This twin beauty was built and […]
Sullivan Products ProRod Control Linkage System & ProCutter

Sullivan Products ProRod Control Linkage System & ProCutter

Setting a new standard for quality heavy duty hardware, Sullivan Products new ProRod control linkage system is the answer for reliable and solid control response. Made with super-strong, gold-anodized aluminum and stainless steel components, ProRod linkage has virtually no play at all even under the most extreme 3D flight conditions. Included are: a 12 inch […]
Giant-Scale Hinging Video How To

Giant-Scale Hinging Video How To

Here’s some great techniques for properly installing giant scale hinges. Editor Gerry Yarrish shows the process from his workshop when he was building his 1/3-scale Balsa USA Fokker Triplane. Photos by Tim Haggerty
Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar — Sal Calvagna’s Road to Top Gun Entry

Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar — Sal Calvagna’s Road to Top Gun Entry

From Holbrook Long Island, NY, Sal Calvagna will for the first time be competing at Top Gun with his Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar. Competing in the Pro-Am Sportsman class, Sal built his Ki-43 from Jerry Bates plans with laser-cut parts from LaserCutUSA.com. Sal’s 1/5-scale Japanese warbird has traditional balsa and plywood construction and is covered and […]
RC Model Airplane How To Drill an Engine Cowl

RC Model Airplane How To Drill an Engine Cowl

You’re working on a model and you need to drill the cowl to match pre-drilled holes in the fuselage, but you can’t access that area once the cowl is in place.   The Solution: Grab your masking tape, pin, marker, drill, cowl, and fuselage then follow these easy steps. 1. Lay the masking tape (I […]
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