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Pro Tips for First Flight Success

Pro Tips for First Flight Success

  Learning to fly is always easier and more fun with the aid of an experienced instructor. He will help you avoid those first few beginner mistakes and will help your airplane live a lot longer. The Sportsman S+ RTF with SAFE Technology from Hobby Zone is one of the new generation trainer/sport fliers that […]
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Old-School Flying Boat

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 […]
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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 […]
Slow Rolls — Wow the Crowd

Slow Rolls — Wow the Crowd

Want to spice up this weekend’s flying? The slow roll is a challenging classic maneuver that’s actually much harder to perform than it looks. With a little practice, though, you’ll be ready to put on a show!  Enter straight and level, full-power roll left Slowly add right rudder Maximum right rudder Smoothly release right rudder […]
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Flying with Flaps — Understanding their use.

Flying with Flaps — Understanding their use.

Sooner or later, many RC modelers try their hand at a scale subject, and since most full-size aircraft use flaps, their scale model should include them as well. A scale model with the flaps fully deployed is an impressive sight. This will most likely be the pilot’s first exposure to flaps since most of our sport […]
New for Premium Members — Exclusive Test Flight Video

New for Premium Members — Exclusive Test Flight Video

We’ve just uploaded our exclusive test flight video for the new E-Flite 1.2m (49-inch span) Clipped Wing Cub. This impressive, easy to fly “Bind n Fly” scale classic will be featured in the upcoming September issue of MAN. Longtime MAN contributor and test pilot Rich Bell commented, “with  AS3X stabilization and SAFE technology receiver, the […]
Russian Front-Line Fighter

Russian Front-Line Fighter

It’s hard to beat the throaty growl of a Moki 250cc engine in a classic warbird! This great-looking Lavochkin LA-7 is piloted by Mick Burrell and was videotaped by our friends Dean and Pete Coxon at the Rougham Model Aircraft Show in the United Kingdom. We think the model looks to be 1/3.5 scale, and […]
5 Great Servo Installation Tips

5 Great Servo Installation Tips

After you install your servos according the manufacturer’s directions, you might find that when the servo arms are placed on the splines, they aren’t at a perfect 90-degree angle to the servo case and control linkage. Or, after you’ve hooked up the various linkages, you discover there is too much or not enough travel throw […]
Easy RC Airplane Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

Easy RC Airplane Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

When ever I test run and adjust a new engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on the model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine for my Fokker Triplane that I am test running. Fuel tank (and smoke oil tank) are installed and the throttle […]
Make sure to use zip ties on all fuel lines for maximum safety

Let’s Talk Fuel Lines! — Care and Feeling for Reliable Performance

On all of my nitro and gasoline-powered airplanes, I use zip ties to secure my fuel lines going from the fuel tank to both the carburetor and the muffler. When routing lines within your airplane, make sure that they can move freely and are not bent in any odd fashion. After all, you need to […]
Giant Scale Super Bee

Giant Scale Super Bee

Just about everyone has heard of the Lazy Bee. Designed by Andy Clancy, this sport flying, very short coupled airplane has been around for decades. Recently we published Andy’s latest design in the Bee line (the multi-motored Bee Liner) in the November 2017 issue of MAN. In the article we featured a sidebar story about […]
Top Gun Flightline — First flight of the XB-70 Valkyrie

Top Gun Flightline — First flight of the XB-70 Valkyrie

Brett Becker was again on the flightline competing with his much improved E-powered EDF XB-70 Valkyrie. Bret spent most of time between now and last Top Gun improving his super-sonic bomber’s detail including lots of extras to improve his static score. Sal Calvagna photos.
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