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Beginners Guide To Pushrods And Connectors

For those people who are new to the hobby, the simplest things can cause a great deal of confusion. I have recently noticed that a lot of newcomers are baffled by the assortment of pushrod connectors available. So in an attempt to fill this void, I've put together this little article in hopes of shedding some light on the subject.

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Multiplex USA Funjet

The new FunJET from Multiplex USA is the latest in their continuing line of smallish jet type models designed for all-out fun. The FunJET assembles from just seven molded foam pieces, and it can easily be completed in a relaxed evening. I spread it across two evenings to install the radio and to add the decals.

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E-Flite Aeronca Champ 15e

On any given weekend at my local airport I can count on there being a few different types of aircraft in the pattern during the day. One of the most recognizable is the Aeronca 7AC Champion with its yellow and orange trim. Most everyone refers to this classic as a "Champ", so I will too from here on out.

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AeroFly 5 Flight Simulator

One of the most significant advances in RC over the last 10 years or so has been the remarkable melding of RC and computer technology to create the flight simulators we enjoy today. Many components of the dazzling performances we see from top aerobatic pilots flying both airplanes and helicopters are first worked out on a flight sim, for the same reasons why flight simulators are great for rank beginners. You can fly whenever you have a moment to sit down at your computer with complete disregard for the weather and time of day. The near-instant, costfree recovery after crashing a virtual model allows you to take great risks as well, advancing your skills without the threat of countless hours or dollars spent repairing crash damage between flights.

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A Stanley Work Center Becomes An E-Power Field Box

As I approach my 50th birthday and reflect on the 35-plus years I have been flying RC models, I have decided to make things a little easier for myself. Somewhere around my fifth year in the hobby, I acquired a field box. In it, I stored just about everything I needed to fly my glow-powered aircraft fuel, starter motor, 12V battery, tools, spare props, glow plugs, etc. It was not light, even for a young man! As I became more involved with electric flight but still flew glow models, things got more complicated. I had to take even more things to the field: chargers, flight batteries, etc. The field box got heavier; I actually had two! When I kicked the fossilfuel habit, things were easier for a time. Assuming that I always used my car battery as a source for my charger power at the field, the flight box was significantly lighter when I exclusively flew E-power.

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Heli-Max Axe CP-L

My relationship with helicopters has run hot and cold overthe years. Despite my lifelong passion for all things chopper,the choppers haven’t always had a passion for me. Seewhether this sounds familiar: I was an ace on the simulator, and Ilogged countless hours flying indoors with toys and larger RC coaxialships, but the moment I ventured outside with a collective-pitchmachine, my thumbs and the laws of physics aligned against me.

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E-FLITE Blade 400 3D – True 3D excitement right out of the box

E-flite is well known in the electric aircraft arena for its many high-quality, great flying airplanes and helicopters. The Blade 400 3D follows that pattern. It is designed for intermediate and advanced pilots looking for a highly capable compact helicopter that they can fly almost anywhere. This is a high performance helicopter that can do more advanced maneuvers such as fast forward flight, loops, rolls, fly inverted as well as many gravity-defying 3D maneuvers.

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Developing new RC opportunities within the air show industry

Do you enjoy a good full scale air show where vibrant aircraft tumble from the heavens billowing thick tails of smoke while prop and engine noise shatter the atmosphere with the power of a thousand stampeding horses? Get the picture?

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Fly RC Airshow

This awesome giant-scale F-86 was custom commissioned by Shailesh Patel, who hired master builder Joe Grice to build seven of these airframes. This Sabre weighs 52 pounds dry and has a length and wingspan of 96 inches (8 feet square).

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Get Your Kids Off The Couch – Fly RC Planes With Your Kids

“I’M BORED!” How many times does a parent get to hear those wonderful words? I know I must have heard them 1000 times or more this summer.

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How Does DSMX Work?

Horizon Hobby and Spektrum just released the new DSMX technology!

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AR.Drone – New Video on the Pursuit Iphone APP

2 AR.Drone battle over snow with AR.Pursuit - this is one cool "toy" It seems as though there are new videos, mods and programs coming out every week!

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FLY RC BONUS: Extreme Flight MXS EXP

 

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