Model Airplane News November 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.

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
flight plan

FAST & FURIOUS Whether you’re interested in sport or scale jets, this issue has you covered. We are fortunate that Rod Snyder, second place in this year’s Expert Class at the Top Gun Scale Invitational, documented his turbine-powered L-39 Albatros build so he could share it with the Model Airplane News audience. From the power system to hidden latches to the scale scheme, Rod shares all the details behind his award-winning scale build. If you’re an experienced pilot who’s looking for a first turbine jet, don’t miss our review of the 65-inch-long CARF Models Rebel Hot 1.5m. The smallest in the Rebel line of turbine jets, this ARF model takes just 20 hours to assemble and can be powered by 45 to 70N rated turbine and is easy to transport to…

1 min
hobby hacks

CLAMPING MAGNETS Often when clamping wood parts that are being epoxied together, you’ll use clothespins as clamps. But this limits the clamping force only around the edges. I use rare-earth magnets to apply additional force to the center of the epoxied parts. This ensures an even lamination for maximum strength. Paul Samuals, Pottstown, Pennsylvania ID TIES Quick and simple, When I work out my servo leads in an RC airplane, I use cable ties of different colors to identify the matching leads and connectors. If you have to use colors more than once, you can use two ties or more. Works great. Jose Rodriguez, Los Angeles, California SPOKE PUSHRODS Here’s an old tip from my dad. It was a long trip to any RC hobby shop back in the day, but almost every town had a bicycle…

1 min
pilot projects

PILOT PROJECT OF THE MONTH P-51 MUSTANG Matt Morley, Mahtomedi, Minnesota After stripping and fiberglassing his Top Flite giant-scale P-51, Matt added a detailed cockpit from Dynamic Balsa and a sliding canopy. The model is painted with two coats of Rustoleum and a satin polyurethane clearcoat with Callie Graphics decals. It’s powered by a DLE 55cc gas engine and controlled with a Frsky redundant system with two A123 batteries. After its first flight, Matt said, “The P-51 is very quick but made it to the ground in one piece.” BLOODY WONDER Scott Kruize, Tukwila, Washington Built from plans out of artboard (paper on a styrene-foam core) with a wood motor mount, Scott’s 32-inch-span Bloody Wonder is powered by an RC-InPower motor and 1400mAh 3S LiPo. He covered it with assorted low-temp films. Scott writes that the…

2 min
new releases

Legend Hobby HD Payload Release Prices at $35.95 per set, the new legend Hobby payload release mechanism enables you to drop a single payload while in flight or use multiple devices to drop multiple payloads using a single receiver channel/transmitter switch. Each payload release includes two payload clips that you attach to your bomb or drop tank for your RC aircraft. Additional payload clips (set of two) are available for $8.95. Payload Release mechanisms can be mounted in most aircraft from .46 to 90cc plus size! Though max payload weight has not yet to be tested, the heavy duty payload mechanisms easily handle large 33-inch long fiberglass drop tanks for the Legend 86-inch Skyraider. You’ll love these release mechanisms. Bombs away! Pilot-RC Viperjet 3m Viperjets are synonymous with great flying jets, and this new…

5 min
powerbox pioneer with igyro sat

PowerBox Systems is a purveyor of high-end power distribution and radio systems and accessories designed with an eye on the giant-scale and turbine jet market. I’ve been flying the PowerBox Core radio for over a year now and I have been extremely satisfied with the results. I recently took up a major maintenance of my Hangar 9 Corsair and I decided it was time to migrate the Corsair over to my Core radio. I wanted to maintain the redundancy of dual power inputs, a fail-safe switch, and multiple receiver inputs that I was enjoying with my 12-channel Powersafe receiver as well as adding a gyro. After speaking with Danny and Adam at PowerBox Americas, I purchased a pair of 26D dual path receivers, a PowerBox Pioneer power distribution system, and an…

5 min
long island skyhawks’ dawn patrol

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Long Island Skyhawks’ (LISH) Dawn Patrol was a big success. Except for some troublesome crosswinds, the 2021 WW I event enjoyed some amazing weather. Serious about all things giant scale, the club members have developed an excellent low-pressure fun fly with just a bit of WW I style competition thrown it to spice things up. Each day, several of the participants get to the flying field early … really early, like before sunrise! Then, when the sky starts to light up and the fog clears, they’re ready for action. First flights this year were before 5 am! Many pilots arrive midweek for the event to help set up the flying field for the event. The LISH members really do have a great venue. Leased from a…