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Micro Bristol Scout

Micro Bristol Scout Keennon, Matt FINAL APPROACH I wanted to build a micro RC plane that would be maneuverable enough to be flown in a 20-foot-square workshop at AeroVironment Inc. The shop has old aircraft, drop cords and air hoses hanging from the ceiling; it resembles a micro indoor obstacle course. A biplane was a […]

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Aerix mini brushless motors

Aerix mini brushless motors What would you say if we told you that you could get Speed 480-size power from a motor that is the size and weight of a 280, has greater efficiency and draws fewer amps than any 480 on the market? You’d probably say what we said: “Gimme one!” Well, we’ll do […]

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JR XF421EX

JR XF421EX Aberle, Bob Affordable, user-friendly 5-channel radio If you don’t own a computer radio because you think they’re difficult to program or they cost too much, the folks at JR* may have a pleasant surprise for you. The JR XF421 EX RC system is an easy-to-team computer radio. It has plenty of special control […]

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Kyosho F-86F

Kyosho F-86F Ziroli, Nick Sr Pull-start power for a ducted fan! If you have been paying attention to trends in RC models, you are aware that almost– ready-to-fly (ARI) models have arrived in a big way. They come in all types-trainers, scale, aerobatic, fun-fly and park flyer-and sizes, from backyard flyers that weigh just a […]

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Electric model crosses Long Island sound

Electric model crosses Long Island sound Hunt, Tom FINAL APPROACH In the early hours of July 7, 2001, X-Sounder, an electric-powered sea– plane model, successfully completed a one– way trip from the Connecticut shore to Port Jefferson on Long Island, NY. The nearly 16-mile trip took almost 40 minutes, during which the model was “chased” […]

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Working with aluminum

Working with aluminum van Mourik, Dick Many of us have a weak spot for the classic biplanes of the ’30s. Not only do they represent the last of the biplane generation of fighters, but to many, they also epitomize the utmost in aircraft design. Many aircraft of the so-called Golden Age are known for their […]

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Quick & Easy digital charger

Quick & Easy digital charger Aberle, Bob The name says it all LRP Electronics of Remshalden, Germany, offers a new Quick & Easy digital charger that employs a delta-peak auto cutoff system. It is recommended for 1200 to 4600mAh 6- and 7-cell packs and 500 to 3600mAh 8-cell packs. The Quick & Easy comes in […]

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Kyosho EP Concept SR

Kyosho EP Concept SR Bell, Rick The next generation of helis has landed When I was at a helicopter contest several years ago, someone demonstrated an electric helicopter, and I was very impressed by its performance: stall turns and rolls but no engine noise or fuel mess. It was the Kyosho EP Concept, which has […]

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Great Planes RV-4

Great Planes RV-4 Onorato, Jim FLIGHT TEST Sport-scale aerobatic Sunday flyer The RV-4 ranks among the most popular homebuilt aircraft in history. Between 900 and 1,000 of them have been built and flown in countries all over the world. Although it isn’t specifically intended to be a vehicle for showy aerobatics, the RV-4 has proven […]

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Aerobatic ARFs-Editors’ Top 10 Picks : Pump Up the Adrenaline!

Aerobatic ARFs-Editors’ Top 10 Picks : Pump Up the Adrenaline! AEROBATIC ARFs-EDITORS’ TOP 10 PICKS : PUMP UP THE ADRENALINE! For modelers who want a jolt of excitement, flying aerobatic airplanes is just the thing to get the adrenaline flowing! Here are our 10 picks for the most aerobatic flying fun. The popularity of high-performance […]