Recent Reviews

Precision Aerobatics Katana MD Build Notes

Continuing in our Builds Notes series, this is my experience assembling the Precision Aerobatics Katana MD. This 46" wingspan acrobat is a premium-quality ARF, with a substantial amount of work done at the factory, and a unique carbon fiber reinforced balsa and plywood design.

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Century Swift 16 Improvements

The Century Swift 16 is arguably the best value in large electric RC helicopters. Here's some building tips and suggestions on how it could be made even better.

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MS Composit Pitts S2 Bulldog Review

The MS Composit Pitts S2 Bulldog is a park flier-sized foam biplane with a true airfoil. The majority of the plane is made of heavy-duty EPP foam, with the exception of the tail group, which is Depron. Read on for our in-depth review.

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LADO 60-1 Electric Retract Review

The Aero-Modeler traditionally had two choices for their models if they needed retractable landing gear. Pneumatic air and servo assisted mechanical retracts. Now our third choice is electric. LADO Technologies has developed an extensive line of electric retracts. For this review, I will be critiquing the 60 sized, 85 degree drop in replacements for Hanger 9 planes.

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Dualsky XMotor Review

When looking for a new power source for my RC Bug, I ran across a very unusual motor from Dualsky. This tiny outrunner contains a 6 amp brushless speed controller in the motor housing. That means you get a matched motor and ESC with no hassles of soldering bullet connectors or checking which way the motor spins, and less wire clutter when installed. Read on for our review.

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FMA Direct Cellpro 10s Charger Review

FMA Direct Cellpro 10s Charger Review

The FMA Direct Cellpro 10s is a balancing lithium battery charger, capable of charging a single battery up to 10 cells, or two batteries simultaneously up to 5 cells, with power up to 10 amps. It can handle lithium polymer, lithium ion, and the M1 lithium cells from A123 Systems. Let's dig in and put it through its paces.

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Align T-Rex 450S Build Notes

Align T-Rex 450S Build Notes

The Align T-Rex 450 series is perhaps the best known of the mini-size electric helicopters. Many reviews are available online, including this thorough one at T-Rex Tuning. In this article I'm going to sum up the positive and negative experiences I had building the 450S aluminum kit, and include a list of tips to help you out.

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Eagle Tree Systems eLogger V3 Review

Eagle Tree Systems eLogger V3 Review

The eLogger V3 from Eagle Tree Systems is an in-flight data logger which continuously records volts, amps, watts, and milliamp-hours to enable pilots to analyze the performance of their electric power systems. In addition, it supports a wide variety of optional sensors to record altitude, airspeed, component temperatures, RPM, and more.

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BUKU Self-Tuning Exhaust System Review

BUKU Self-Tuning Exhaust System Review

In the RC world, one of the things that we think about most is getting the absolute best power from our vehicles that we can. One element that is crucial to having the best power possible from your vehicle is a well matched exhaust system that can complement the power of your motor.

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ElectriFly Reactor 3D Review

ElectriFly Reactor 3D Review

The ElectriFly Reactor 3D from Great Planes is a 41" wingspan, mid-wing acrobatic plane. It is aimed at intermediate and expert pilots looking for a 3D-capable park flyer. With huge control surfaces and no dihedral, I was really excited to build this plane and get up in the air.

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Recent Articles

NEAT Fair 2009 Report

The 10th annual NEAT Fair took place September 18th-20th, 2009 in the Catskill Mountains of New York. More than 300 registered pilots attended this all-electric show from all over.

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IRCHA 2009 Report

The annual IRCHA Jamboree is the largest gathering of RC helicopter pilots in the world. This year was the 20th anniversary of the event, held as usual at the AMA National Flying Site in Muncie, Indiana.

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Helis Over Delaware 2009 Report

Helis Over Delaware is an annual, three day event put on by the Delaware RC Club. It features all sizes of machine from micro (T-Rex 250) up to enormous (turbine-powered). Check out our exclusive, HD highlight footage.

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Big Apple Jet Rally 2009 Report

The Big Apple Jet Rally is an annual tradition, put on by the PARCS club of Brooklyn, NY, at Floyd Bennett Field.

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Maker Faire 2009 Report

The 2009 Bay Area Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, California on May 30th and 30st. This unique event combines electronics, robotics, radio control, crafts, sculpture, and much more, and has some of the coolest things you can find this side of Burning Man.

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Futaba 2.4 GHz Compatibility Chart

Confused about compatibility of Futaba 2.4 GHz air systems? Look no further than our easy-to-read chart.

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ETOC 2009 Report

The Electric Tournament of Champions is an indoor electric flight competition featuring the best pilots from around the world. Check out our photo coverage of the 2009 event from the floor.

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Toledo Show 2009 Report Part Two

The Toledo Show is so big, it took two parts to cover all of it. Keep reading for our detailed photo coverage.

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Toledo Show 2009 Report Part One

The 2009 Weak Signals Toledo Show was held April 3rd-5th in Toledo, Ohio. This event is a hallmark of the RC industry and attracts the full range of manufacturers, distributors, and vendors from all over. Check out our coverage from the show floor.

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WRAM Show 2009 Report

The 41st annual WRAM Show was held in White Plains, NY from February 20-22nd, 2009. This mid-winter event has historically been the largest indoor trade show on the East Coast. Read on for dozens of photos and our write-up.

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Recent News

Flying An RC Helicopter With An iPhone

Using the built-in accelerometer, Josh has figured out how to fly a heli over WiFi from his iPhone.

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Multiplex Funcopter Announced

Multiplex has announced the Funcopter, a durable, fixed-pitch helicopter with an EPP foam body. Read on to see photos and a video of this unique model.

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Arizona Electric Festival 2009 Roundup

An overview of the web coverage of the first big RC show of the year.

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Century Swift NX Preview

A quick visit to Century Heli to have a look at the prototype of the new Swift NX electric helicopter.

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Futaba R6004FF FASST Receiver Released

Futaba has released the R6004FF FASST receiver, a micro four channel receiver running on the 2.4 GHz spectrum. Weighing only 3.8 grams, this unit is perfect for indoor foamies and smaller park planes.

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HPI Racing Brama 10B RTR 4WD Overview

HPI Racing Brama 10B RTR 4WD Overview

One of the latest releases from HPI Racing is the Brama 10B RTR 4WD buggy. This 1/10th scale is designed for low maintenance and has a good price for a 1/10th-scale 4WD. Unlike Hot Bodies, which is the racing division for HPI Racing, this car is more for the novice or sportsman as an entry-level 4WD RC car. It claims good durability, but has extensive use of mostly nylon/composite plastic components. Some seem very durable, but this car probably would need some upgrades for serious off-road competitive racing. For fun in the neighborhood and just getting started, it is though the perfect choice and has some great features.

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Great Planes Cherokee Sport-Scale ARF Airplane Overview

Great Planes Cherokee Sport-Scale ARF is a 60 in model which could be rigged with either glow or electric power. This scale model is ideally suited to those interested in a scale-looking low wing model and is a great step-up after your first trainer. Being an ARF, they claim 4-6 hours of assembly and your off to the field. This model will perform the basic aerobatic maneuvers and should be an ideal first low wing airplane for the serious RCer.

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Century Swift 3D 6-Channel 2.4Ghz RTF Overview

Century Swift 3D 6-Channel 2.4Ghz RTF Overview

Swift has produced an excellent 30 size electric ready to fly helicopter. This is a fine model and has been test flown and ready for the experienced 3D flyer or with training gear would be an excellent choice for the first single blade helicopter. Similar to other 30 size models on the market, but it also includes a 2.4Ghz 6-channel radio which will provide awesome Spread Spectrum technology so you don't need to worry about someone on the same frequency taking out your heli. With a length of 105 cm, this is a good size to get started and Century Helicopters produces some nice quality models so you are backed by a company with good access to parts for repair. This is critical for any helicopter flyer.

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CEN Racing 1/8th GSR 5.0 Nitro Monster Truck

CEN Racing 1/8th GSR 5.0 Nitro Monster Truck Overview

This is one monster truck ready and willing to tear-up the track. CEN Racing claims a 2nd Place finish at the 2007 Monster Truck Nationals and their website exclaims that they were the only truck that didn't break in the A-main finals. Sporting a 5.0 cc Corsa engine and a 2-speed transmission, this truck is claims to reach speeds of about 45 mph. That is some Monster truck.

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Carl Goldberg Products Protege ARF Airplane

Carl Goldberg Products Protege ARF Airplane Overview

The Carl Goldberg Products Protege ARF Airplane is a great ARF for the beginning flyer ready for their first trainer. Maybe you have flown some park flyers with the sailplane like wings and now your ready for some training at your local field but want something already assembled - well this would be a great choice. You will need to install the engine, radio and make all the adjustments; but after that you will have a quality balsa plane that most instructors will enjoy flying as well.

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