NEW RELEASE: Durafly Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 1100mm PNF

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Like many warbird loving pilots, we just cannot say no to a good P-40 Warhawk. With the latest release in their 1100mm span series of classic models, Durafly is aiming high. This rendition of the Curtiss P-40N Warhawk features an ultra-fine, amazingly smooth EPO foam finish that has to be seen to be believed. But the beauty of this warbird ... Read More »

HOW TO: Building for Beginners Part III

How To: Building for Beginners Part III

By Scott Copeland Time for the two-dimensional world to add a third dimension! In the first two parts of this column (Fly RC April and May 2013) we’ve studied our plans, gathered our tools and carefully cut out our kit. Now, with our glue within arm’s reach, we are ready to build. This article is meant to describe some of ... Read More »

NEW RELEASE: Futaba 6K Six Channel Telemetry Capable 2.4GHz S-FHSS/T-FHSS Air Radio System

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Pilots interested in a telemetry capable radio system will want to take a close look at the recently announced Futaba 6K six channel telemetry capable 2.4GHz transmitter. With a 30 model memory and a 128×64 DOT backlit LCD screen, this S-FHSS/T-FHSS selectable radio offers an amazing number of high tech features at an even more amazing price (just under $200.00)! Many ... Read More »

NEW RELEASE: Jeti Pro Power Lithium Polymer Batteries From Esprit Model

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As Lithium Polymer battery technology continues to push new boundaries, Jeti Pro Power Lithium Polymer Batteries bring a whole new element into the mix – power & performance at a price that simply can’t be ignored. Read More »

NEW RELEASE: Gamma 370 V2 Trainer and Pro V2 Aerobat

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The original Gamma 370 model from Ares RC served as a great trainer for many newer pilots. In 2015, Ares is revisiting and reviving the Gamma series by releasing an updated and improved Version 2. Enhancements include a striking new blue color scheme for the three channel 370 and a new red scheme for the four channel Pro version. Additional ... Read More »

INDUSTRY NEWS: UAS4Stem Search and Rescue Challenge

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Academy of Model Aeronautics Launches UAS Competitive Education Program A small group of hikers has gone missing in a remote area. Although rescuers have determined a search area, they are unsure of the exact location and conditions of the hikers. Your team has been called upon to provide rapid response using a small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) that can support ... Read More »

HOW TO: Building for Beginners – Part 2

How To: Building for Beginners – Part 2

Words by Scott Copeland Now we are cooking with gas! In our last installment, we discussed how to choose a building project and pointed out how to read the details of the plan. We have done some studying and now we have a good idea of how all of the pieces fit together. It’s time for you, the would-be builder, ... Read More »

NEW RELEASE: Dromida Vista 251mm UAV – The Dynamically Durable Drone!

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Having a big brother is always a good thing. Being that we mercilessly bashed the Dromida Ominus and were duly impressed by its durability and in-flight performance, we were excited to see Dromida announce that they are releasing a slightly larger version of it called the Vista. Bigger is always better in our book! Coming in at a wheelbase of ... Read More »

HOW TO: Lightening Foam Core Wings

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It sounds odd wanting to lighten foam; especially when foam (at least to me) isn't thought of as being heavy. However, in terms of a large-scale plane, the wing cores can add up to be over four pounds. The roll of foam in a large scale wing is to provide aerodynamic shape and a little strength. A foam core wing is mostly dependent on its balsawood sheeting for its strength, where an all-wooden wing relies on spars to keep things rigid. The strength of a foam core wing can be increased by adding some structure and composites to distribute forces and reduce stress points. Ultimately’ you’re looking for the wing to be stronger and lighter than before the lightening process. Read More »