Sunday, May 19, 2024

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R/C Guys Piper Cherokee PA-140 ARF

RC Guys, located in Brantford, Ontario produces several good looking giant scale airplane kits. Their latest offering is a ¼ scale ARF model of the Piper Cherokee PA-28. The two place version, the PA-28 was introduced in 1964 as a two place variant designed for primary flight training. The RC Guys Cherokee is built from laser cut balsa and light plywood and features a fiberglass cowl and tail cone, carbon wing and stab tubes, and a nicely molded canopy/hatch cover.

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China Model Production Tiger Moth DH-82

The China Model Production Tiger Moth was fun to assemble and looked good when completed. The exposed pull-pull cables for the tail feathers look cool and not something you see on a lot of airplanes. With two one-piece wings, wire rigging and some 22 nuts and bolts to install, assembly at the field is not easy. However, the Moth is compact enough to fit in my SUV fully assembled so I avoid having to deal with field assembly. Besides, I'm ready to get it airborne as soon as I arrive.

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FlyZone Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Select Scale Tx-R

Flyzone’s Fw 190 Tx-R is made from AeroCell™ foam, which is crash-tough, very light and quite durable. The scale-like features are outstanding and really enhance the model’s authentic warbird appearance. The longest procedure in the assembly process is charging the battery. All you need to do is pick up an AnyLink external 2.4GHz radio adapter and link your existing Tx to the model’s Tactic 2.4GHz SLT™ 7-channel Rx. Keep in mind that your Tx has to be one of the 40 on the AnyLink’s compatibility list. Overall, the Focke-Wulf is the perfect size to keep in the car and fly whenever the opportunity arises. It is definitely high on the fun-factor list.

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Expand the Versatility of a Dremel Tool

Most modelers consider the Dremel tool to be a must-have accessory for the workshop. They use them for any number of routine tasks, from trimming music wire to sanding, drilling, grinding and shaping. Many modelers I have talked to don’t ask their Dremels for much more than that though, and this is a shame.

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Beginner’s 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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FLY RC Weekend Fly-In

During this past weekend some of the FLY RC contributors came together to test fly some of their planes, show off their flying skills, and just enjoy some well deserved time off with some fellow flyer from the tri-state area.

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E-Flite Shoestring EF-1 ARF

Whether you want a great looking race type model for sport flying, or you want to take on the challenges of pylon racing, the E-Flite Shoestring is a great way to go! The looks and styling of the Shoestring is modern by anyone’s standards, and when you experience the solid handling of this model, you can’t help but to feel the adrenaline rush of flying a race plane.

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Troy Built Models Bendix Special

The TBM Bendix Special is one of the coolest looking sport planes I have seen in a long time. Its colorful trim scheme and unique, retro look of the 1930s gives it a lot of eye appeal. I was very pleased with this plane and was anxious to get it airborne as soon as it was assembled. I was not disappointed as it flew superbly without any bad tendencies. Two things I would suggest to improve the product would be the inclusion of a spinner and the addition of radio installation instructions.

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Flyzone Cessna 182 Skylane Select Scale RTF

If you are into scale sport models, that are quick to assemble, then this is for you. It is loaded with scale details such as a simulated instrument panel, working lights, fully-functional scale landing gear, flaps with scale-looking hinges, and working wing tip, strobe, landing and top beacon lights. When I starting flying RC models in the late 70’s, you would be laughed off the field with a foam ARF airplane, but now with this kind of quality, and so much scale detail, it’s hard for me to justify spending hundreds of hours scratch building a model. This Cessna 182 looks great, can have you in the air in just a couple of hours, and is a really fun airplane to fly.

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Hangar 9 Christen Eagle II 90 ARF

The Christen Eagle from Hangar 9 is a great performer from start to finish. The assembly is very straight forward with little to no modifications needed and is a beautiful airplane both on the ground and in the air. It is small enough to fit in most vehicles fully assembled but does have a very easy wing removal system designed by Hangar 9 that cuts assembly at the field to minutes if necessary.

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Hobby Club Mini TopSky 1.0M

The Hobby Club Mini TopSky is a 1 meter (39 inches) discus launch glider. It features an immaculately constructed, completely bagged fiberglass wing with a blue foam core and top, bottom and leading edge carbon fiber spars, spiral wound tail boom and pre-molded equipment pod. It uses a small D/HLG glider specific Mark Drela designed AG03 airfoil throughout the length of the wing. It also comes with a complete hardware set including correctly sized servos for installation into the equipment pod. The tail sections and launch peg are also customizable to suit your needs and flying style. The model is suitable for all DLG situations in 0 to 10 MPH of wind and gives some great flying characteristics suitable for high and low lift situations.

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The World Models Manufacturing Co. Piper PA-25 Pawnee

The World Models Piper Pawnee with its iconic canopy and top-side wing struts lets you bring a not so common model to your flying field. While I liked the way the many parts were packaged and identified, I found the high parts count to require more assembly time than the average ARF. Having said that, overall, I was pleased with the construction, quality of the materials used, finished look of the plane and I am perfectly happy with the way it flew. The Toughlon heat-shrink covering was wrinkle-free when I opened the box and has stayed that way ever since. I would have liked a top hatch for increased access to the internal equipment and ease of field assembly, but have decided that the few extra minutes needed for assembly at the field are a small price to pay once I saw this neat plane in the sky.

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