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Model Airplane News May 2021

Model Airplane News is the brand that started it all back in 1929, and it remains the trusted resource for RC aircraft enthusiasts everywhere. Written for the full spectrum of RC airplane, helicopter, and multirotor fliers—from beginners to seasoned pros—Model Airplane News entertains and informs with on-the-flight line event coverage, impressive flight techniques, detailed flight reports, DIY workshop projects, and much more.

United States
Air Age Media
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
flight plan

DRONES DOING GOOD Often, drones get in the news for all the wrong reasons, so I hope you’ll find the drone operators and technology featured in “A Higher Purpose” as refreshing as we did. From preventing poaching to detecting landmines, there are some incredibly innovative and creative ways that uncrewed aircraft are making our world a better place. Before you head out to the flying field, you don’t want to miss this month’s “Aerobatics Made Easy” column, which shows you how to fly a Cobra roll with a half roll up and a snap down. The detailed illustration and John Glezellis’s step-by-step instructions will make you look like a pro in no time! Our featured construction plan is the Fly Baby Bipe, a traditional balsa and ply electric park flier designed by Pat…

1 min
pilot projects

WINTER FLIER Michael Rogozinsky, Toronto, Ontario Michael writes, “_ is is a circa 1980 Sig Kadet Mark II balsa kit customized/kit-bashed as a twin electric winter-flying sport plane. With E-flite power components and Du-Bro skis, it’s a pleasure flying off the snow. The bright colors help against a white/grey sky.” PILOT PROJECT OF THE MONTH MEGA STORM LAUNCHER Dave Herbert, Sibley Iowa Dave enjoyed tinkering with his Air Hogs Storm Launcher so much he decided to create a giant-scale version out of two layers of foam board glued together. He notes that his uses differential motor control for steering, just like the original. His model is powered by Rimfire outrunners and controlled by a Spektrum radio. SKYHAWK Joe Ziomek, Islamorada Joe converted his 1965 model, built from the Goldberg kit, from .46 glow power to electric. He says that…

1 min
hobby hacks

CHARGE INDICATOR When I fully charge a pack, I use a colored clothespin to indicate it is ready to fly. I use red for this. Th en, after I fly with it, I use a different colored clothes pin. Th is way I do not inadvertently replace one used pack with another. Michael Rogers, Nashville, Tennessee MAGNETIC CLAMPS I really like rare-earth magnets; they have excellent attractive force and can be used for all sorts of applications. Usually when I apply balsa sheeting to a model structure, I use clothespins as clamps along the edges. But to get additional clamping force, I double or even triple up the magnets and let them do the work. Peter Mercer, Nashua, New Hampshire EPOXY STAND It doesn’t take long to learn that bottles of epoxy have to be inverted so…

1 min
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1 min
new releases

Pilot RC Extra 300 NG A brand-new design, the Extra NG is available in 78-, 90-, and 103-inch wingspans and in three color schemes. Th is aerobat’s hybrid construction features wood and composite materials and a reinforced fuselage and wings. Priced from $469 to $1,199, the Extra NG models feature a carbon-fiber main undercarriage, tail-gear assembly and wingtubes; fiberglass control horns and wheel pants; installed hinges and mounted canopy; fuel tank and tubing, fuel dot, and breather valve; wheels, axles and wheel pants; pushrods with ball links; and a matching carbon spinner. chiefaircraft.com Du-Bro Products Super Lite XL Wheels Larger versions of the Super Lite wheels modelers have trusted for years, the XL versions are available in 4- to 6-inch diameters. Th ese tires are durable and are mounted on a molded plastic hub…

3 min
cost of rc: then & now

Every now and then, I like to flip through pictures of old planes and radios in RC magazines, and marvel at how far this hobby has come since the ’60s and ’70s. Even the simplest of our modern planes would have been a mechanical and electronic wonder in those days. An electric-powered RC plane? With a battery? No! How the heck would you get that to work? You mean it runs on something other than alcohol or gasoline? That will never happen! That was what RC’ers, were saying back in those days. But one thing that always stuck out to me was the price. Newer RC pilots like me, who weren’t around in the ’70s, see pictures of old kits with price tags of less than $40, and it is…