Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Product Reviews

Alien Aircraft Blinker

Every now and then you have the opportunity to play with something different like the Alien Aircraft Blinker. Not that flying wings, per se, are that uncommon, but a flying wing with a gondola under it?

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Pilot RC 40% Sbach 342

Pilot RC 40% Sbach 342

Modern 40% 3D Aerobatic Machine I have been fortunate enough to attend the Joe Nall fly-in the last few years and every time I can’t help, but marvel at how the forty percent aircraft defy the laws of …

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HobbyKing Ryan STA EPO

HobbyKing Ryan STA EPO

A Sport-Scale Ryan for the Park The original Ryan STA monoplanes were developed in the 1930’s. The “ST” designation was an abbreviation for Sport Trainer. The addition of the letter “A” to the model name “ST” indicated that …

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Great Planes Proud Bird EF1 Racer Sport ARF

Great Planes Proud Bird EF1 Racer Sport ARF

A Dual Purpose Model of the Famous F1 Reno Racer! Yes the line is corny but “the need for speed” has always been a part of model aviation. There have been countless control line and radio control events …

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E-Flite F-4 Phantom

Depending on who you are and your frame of mind at the time, the prospect of writing about the "Phantom" could conjure up all sorts of mental pictures. I mean, in my somewhat warped mind, it could be a guy in a tight, grey, kind of sissy-looking outfit with a chubby sidekick.

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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.

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Great Planes Waco YMF-5D ARF .91

For pilots and dreamers around the world, nothing speaks to the glamour of flying like a classic open cockpit biplane from Aviation's Golden Age. And when it comes to classic open cockpit biplanes, those known by "Waco" sit proudly at the front of the line. The choice of most any pilot who could figure a way into the cockpit back in the 1930's, surviving Waco aircraft are still highly sought after and command a premium price whenever they come up for sale. So desirable are the originals, a handful of enthusiasts founded Waco Classic Aircraft and reintroduced the Waco YMF-5 in the mid 1980s as a new production aircraft based on the original 1935 FAA Type Certificate. It is their latest edition, the YMF-5D that Great Planes has faithfully replicated.

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E-Flite Carbon-Z Yak 54 BNF

This past February, my dad, grandfather and I went to the WRAM Show in White Plains, New York. This was my first time at a show that featured so many airplanes on display and I was quite taken with all the models. One in particular really caught my eye, and I grabbed dad to show him. In the Horizon Hobby booth was the new Quique Somenzini-designed Carbon-Z Yak 54. It just looked cool sitting up there! I said to him, “That’s my favorite out of all the planes here!” And, he said, “Well, maybe we can get one and you can try it out.” That put a smile on my face! Sure enough, we got one; and with his help, I’m going to tell you all about it.

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Aeroworks Extra 300 Quick Build

I dont know about you, but when I get out to an event and see all those giant aerobatic gassers-25, 30 and even 40-percent size-I get a serious case of the wants, until I snap back to my senses and think about the cost and hassles of transportation and storage of such a beast.

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DaVinci Machining Scale Wheels

Looking for some great scale wheels for that 1/5-scale Mustang? Perhaps an AT-6? Look no further than DaVinci Machining, as they have the most incredible scale-looking Mustang wheels on the planet.

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Multiplex DogFighter

Multiplex is well known for their line of precision molded foam airplanes, including easy-flying trainers and gliders, twin-engine transports, seaplanes, nimble aerobats and high-performance sport flyers. The new DogFighter brings the excitement of WWII style aerial combat and post-war air-racing to the Multiplex lineup. While not a scale model of any one particular historic aircraft, with a little personalization it can easily it resemble your favorite prototype, real or imagined.

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