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There are a lot of tasks involved in getting our aircraft from the workbench to the flying field, and here you’ll find 35 of our favorite gadgets to make the hobby that much more fun and enjoyable. We’ve arranged them in categories, including field equipment, tools, accessories, and supplies, so you’ll be sure to...
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There’s an old saying that suggests, “If in doubt, add power!” And we have to admit, there are some Model Airplane News editors who do believe there’s just no substitute for horsepower. But when it comes to selecting which kind of power system to use, many RC modelers can use a little help. Model Airplane...
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Every RC pilot needs a charger, so we set out to test out some of the most popular chargers available so that you can see which one is perfect for your needs. We found that the menu structures of many of these machines are similar in design, so once you learn one you can operate just about any of them. Although...
The goal here is to discuss the three primary features of our radios that will help us when we fly. This article is intended for new and intermediate fliers. The three features we are going to review are rates, exponential, and mixing. LET’S GET STARTED First of all, when holding your radio during your flight,...
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The devil is in the details. After installing your servos according the manufacturer’s directions, you might find that when the servo arm is placed on the spline, it isn’t at a perfect right angle to the servo casing. Or, after you’ve hooked up the various linkages, you discover there is too much or not enough...
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From our sister publication Electric Flight’s annual Buyer’s Guide, these 10 trainers are best best for first-flight success. HobbyZone Sportsman S+ This plane lands by itself! In fact, with its SAFE...
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Once you get involved with RC airplanes, it doesn’t take long for you to hear the term “FPV,” and many have already discovered how much fun this onboard video feature can be. The acronym “FPV” stands for “First-Person View,” and the equipment needed to enjoy that “from the cockpit” video experience has become one...
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These feature-rich radios won’t break the bank! Flysky i6 6 CHANNELS The i6 front looks clean and uncrowded, yet all of the sticks, programming keys, knobs, and toggle switches are within easy...
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Learning to fly is always easier and more fun with the aid of an experienced instructor. He will help you avoid those first few beginner mistakes and will help your airplane live a lot longer....
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After checking your engine performance and the radio operation, always make sure that your model is properly balanced before your first flight. It happens too often, unfortunately: Someone with a brand new airplane shows up at the field and has everything working perfectly. The radio checks out, and all the...