Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Product Reviews

JR X9303 2.4 Radio System

In my March/April 2005 “Radio Spectrum” column in RCM magazine, the topic was a truly revolutionary radio system—the XP9303 from JR (Horizon Hobby). This 9-channel radio system has a 30-model memory and three model types (airplane, sailplane and helicopter) with virtually limitless programming options via a unique rolling selector system. This 72MHz system became my favorite; now it has been improved with a built-in 2.4 Spread Spectrum system (add-on modules for the 72 version are also available).

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Futaba 12FG Radio System

Positioned neatly between Futaba’s sport radio line and itsextreme high-end systems, the new 12FG is a full-tilt, top-end,no-holds-barred radio in a very refined package. Though missingsome of the bling of the 12Z and 14MZ, you don’t have to pay foranything that you might not really need. When you’re flying, mostimportant are all the little things that add up to a higher level of controlover your prized model; there, this radio doesn’t skimp on anything. Ifyou want the best for less, look closely at Futaba’s new 12FG radio.

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Maxford USA Gee Bee Model Y

Built in 1931, the Model Y is widely regarded as the finest flying Gee Bee to come out of the Granville brothers’ Springfield, MA, shop. Though it doesn’t have the familiar Gee Bee silhouette, the Model Y exemplifies the grace and elegance that make Golden Age aircraft so appealing. Originally conceived as a two-place sport flyer, the Model Y’s smooth handling and high performance also made it a natural for racing and aerobatic displays.

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E-Flite T-34 Mentor 25E ARF

For nearly 60 years, the T-34 Mentor has been used as a primary militarytrainer for both the US Military and several air forces and navies throughoutthe world. The Mentor was a private venture designed by the infamousWalter Beech (Beechcraft Aircraft) and presented and marketed as aneconomical replacement to the North American T-6 Texan in the late1940’s. Once accepted, production of the first “A” models began in1953 with a Continental 6-cylinder 185-horsepower engine.

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Stevens Aeromodel Helium MG

Readers of my Primary Training column will already know of my love for unpowered flight. I started in RC with sailplanes and love the pure feel of soaring. That said, powered sailplanes likely offer a more user-friendly alternative by eliminating the traditional hi-start or winch.

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Force RC Combat Helicopters

Sunset is fast approaching and the night air is still. I am behind the controls of a military helicopter patrolling the air around our satellite base station. An uneasy feeling comes over me, putting me on high alert. As I hover past my base station again, “BAM!” I am suddenly hit out of nowhere and my heli spins out of control.

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Bob Aberle’s Park Pattern – An electric powered park flyer capable of standard pattern maneuvers

I feel like I was able to capture all the features I wanted in this particular design. It builds very fast. In my case in three days time! There is a chance that Aero Craft Ltd, will be making a kit of the PARK-PATTERN. If not a full kit then a short kit with laser cut ribs. The new Hitec AURORA Spread spectrum RC system provided perfectly smooth

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139mph Depron Racer

The words Depron and high speed are rarely found in the same sentence. Describing the Gordo, however, calls for an exception. The Gordo is a small, purpose-built speed plane made almost entirely of Depron. It has achieved speeds …

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Electrifying The Skyshark R/C Messerschmitt 109E

Skyshark designed this scale Bf-109for .60 2-stroke to .90 4-stroke sizeglow engines, but I decided to convert it to electric flight by installing a power system consisting of an AXI 5320-28 brushless outrunner motor, 8-cell BalancePro HD Li-Poly pack and Jeti Advance 90 Plus speed control. With well over 100 watts per pound, this classic WWII warbird offers unlimited vertical, smooth performance,and a mixed-flying duration of 7 to 10 minutes. This project is a testament to the advantages of electric power for scale warbirdapplications.

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Scott Christensen’s Micro Staggerwing

Scott's Micro Staggerwing is a tour de force in micro scale RC modeling. It was his wish that we share his plan for this model with our readers, and so we have decided to make it available as a free download to encourage as many people as possible to build a version of their own.

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Top Flite DC-3/C-47 Kit Review

This kit has been on the market for a while, so I won’t review the product. Instead, I’ll concentrate on what I had to do to turn the stock Top Flite DC-3 kit into a successful electric-powered model. I will also explain the changes I made to finish it as a C-47 and to enhance its appeal as a super-scale model.

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