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Super-Scale Sabre

This incredibly detailed, 1/3-scale F-86 is the handiwork of the United Kingdom’s Phil Noel of Pinnacle Aviation (and rumor has it that the plane will be competing in Top Gun this year!). Modeled after a Super Sabre used in the German air force around 1958, this model started life as a Tomahawk kit and is […]
The Flat Spin to a Blender — Master this move in 4 easy steps

The Flat Spin to a Blender — Master this move in 4 easy steps

Uniting upright and inverted spins is a great way to liven up your aerobatic routine. Let’s build on this type of maneuver and take it one step further. Advanced aerobatic pilots are always looking for combinations of elements that, together form new and innovative aerobatic moves. Years ago, during the freestyle event at the Tournament […]
Home-made Scale Goggles — Vacuum-forming Made Easy.

Home-made Scale Goggles — Vacuum-forming Made Easy.

A classis and useful workshop tip for scale modelers is making home-made vacuum formed plastic parts. For many, Vac-forming is an advanced modeling technique, and it is excellent for duplicating all sorts of scale accessories. These can include small panels, dashboards, fairings, engine cowlings, scale bombs and drop tanks. You can even make smaller items like scale goggles for your […]
Road to Top Gun — Eduardo Esteves and his F-16 Falcon

Road to Top Gun — Eduardo Esteves and his F-16 Falcon

Eduardo Esteves has been a Top Gun competitor for many years, and as a smooth, and consistent flyer, he has won many awards for his amazing aircraft. This yeare Eduardo is going to be flying an aircraft in the form of a 1/6-scale BVM Plug & Play F-16. Competing in the X-Class, Eduardo is required […]
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Landing Made Easy – Establishing the Optimal Approach Speed

Landing Made Easy – Establishing the Optimal Approach Speed

There are a handful of mistakes that nearly all recreational RC pilots make that stem from not having a plan before flying. This article is aimed at addressing the two bad habits that probably lead to more damage during landings than any others. Indeed, most pilots will immediately experience improved landings if they can correct […]
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Road to Top Gun — Alessio Mauro Pisu and his Fw 190 Butcher Bird

With almost three years of work going into their amazing project, Alessio Mauro Pisu from Sardinia, an Italian island in the center of Mediterranean Sea, and his dad Alessio Pisu have produced this Focke Wulf 190 from a Meister Scale design enlarged about 22%. It has a 126-inch wing span and 102-inch-long fuselage. At present, the team is working […]
Drones to Perform During Super Bowl Half-Time Show!

Drones to Perform During Super Bowl Half-Time Show!

This year’s Super Bowl half-time show will feature an aerial show put on by hundreds of drones! Word on the street is that Lady Gaga, who’s headlining the event this year, will use lit-up drones in her performance. The use of the drones had to be cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration, as it has established […]
Landings with a Twist — Master the Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

Landings with a Twist — Master the Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

For the extreme aerobatic enthusiast, there is nothing like performing hotshot maneuvers inches off the ground. One unexpected way to take the crowd by surprise is to add aerobatic moves to your landing. During a normal landing approach, the airplane is in upright level flight and flies downwind parallel to the runway, turns 90 degrees to […]
Cold Weather Engine Starts — in 10 Easy Steps

Cold Weather Engine Starts — in 10 Easy Steps

As the weather turns colder, it’s a good time to revisit some cold-engine starting techniques. Have some tips for flying in colder conditions? Leave them in the comments section! 1. Turn on your transmitter and receiver. 2. Fully open the throttle. 3. Watch for fuel in the line and cover the throttle opening with your finger. […]
Road to Top Gun: Convair CV-440 / VT-29B

Road to Top Gun: Convair CV-440 / VT-29B

Wow! It’s had to believe but it that time again to start sharing our information on the newest contestants planning to compete at the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational help at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. Hosted by Frank Tiano, this year’s competition kicks off on the week of May 1 through 7. As always, […]
Knife-edge Tail Slide — Master this 3D Maneuver in four easy steps

Knife-edge Tail Slide — Master this 3D Maneuver in four easy steps

Over the years and with the evolution of aircraft design, aerobatic airplanes have become more maneuverable—and now they push the limits of flight! Factors like light wing loadings, large control surfaces with powerful authority, and excessive amounts of power make the “once impossible” maneuvers a reality. One such maneuver that has come about in recent […]
MiG-17 Fresco — DIY E-Jet

MiG-17 Fresco — DIY E-Jet

Designed by Jim Young, this all built-up wood MiG-17is designed to use the Great Planes 56mm Hyperflow EDF unit and an Ammo 24-45-3790 brushless motor. This economical setup gives nice e-jet performance with a 4S 2200mAh LiPo battery pack. The outline is true to scale with the exception of larger ailerons and the position of the […]
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