Afternoon Aerial Video

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Photography | No Comments

Like many who get involved in hobby grade multi-rotors (colloquially known to the general public as a “drone”), I wanted to take steps towards the realm of aerial photography. Having gotten a DJI 550 Flamewheel, a 2-axis gimbal, and a GoPro 3+ Silver I decided to take it all for a spin and start flexing […]

AMA Files Petition for Review of FAA’s Interpretive Rule

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Articles | No Comments

Muncie, IN—Today the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) filed a Petition for Review in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the FAA’s Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, published in the Federal Register on June 25, 2014. The AMA believes that the FAA’s Interpretive Rule is contrary to […]

Field Finder Discontinued

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Field Finder | 2 Comments
Field Finder Discontinued

Thanks for your support over the years everyone. Unfortunately, the Field Finder has been discontinued.

Foam Glider Conversion To EDF

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in How-To | One Comment

I use what I have With last summers successful conversion of an Air Hogs foam glider I decided to do another hand toss foam glider conversion, this time using electric ducted fan (EDF) units from 2 Kyosho Illusion kits I once owned. The concept for this build comes from my own fascination with NASAs B-57 […]

iPhone 5 Aerial View

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Articles | 3 Comments

On a whim I decided to tape my iPhone 5 to the side of my converted Air Hogs foam glider one summer afternoon. Surprisingly, the airplane flew great even under twice the normal payload weight of  previous tests. As for the the iPhone 5, it turns out they’re super durable (landing impact) and apparently quite […]

Fun Scale Airplane Details

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in How-To | 2 Comments

As an enthusiast of the smaller sized rc model, there always seems to be something missing from many of the kits I purchase – scale details. It’s not that I craved the precision found on a Top Gun Masters Class competition aircraft; rather it was the kind of scale detail that made a passerby take […]

How a micro heli restored my faith

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Articles | No Comments
How a micro heli restored my faith

Sometimes the road is paved with potholes. Here’s a story of how a micro-heli restored my faith in rc helicopters.

Air Hogs Foam Glider Conversion

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in How-To | 14 Comments

Again?! You could say that this is yet another foam glider conversion to rc, and like many rc enthusiasts before me, and you’d be right. But rather then show you the end result, I want to share exactly how I built this creation. While this may not be the best airplane for a first time […]

Foam Flyer v3

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Photography | No Comments

After having a minor set back in my last experiment dealing with foam gliders, I had my fingers crossed that this time it would work out. Not only did it work but, it worked far better then I had anticipated when it took off straight & level and continued to rise into the sky. Now […]

Afternoon Airfield

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Photography | No Comments

After packing my planes and gear away for the afternoon I turned to enjoy the remaining hours of the day and watched a few planes land until the field was empty.

Hand-Toss Foam Glider Conversion Fail

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Articles | 4 Comments

The Preamble This article covers my conversion of a hand toss foam glider to a radio control (rc) powered airplane. Unfortunately, due to a severe oversight in understanding the concept of torque, the laws of physics prohibited my craft from taking to the skies (i.e., crash). All things considered, the build approach in this article […]

Torque Matters

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Articles | 2 Comments

Like many aviation hobbyists I enjoy a challenge. Particularly I enjoy a challenge that makes me want to learn more about aerodynamics and building techniques. So when I came across a small foam glider at a craft store I thought, “I’ve converted two of these before, why not this small 24″ glider?” So without hesitation […]

Hand Toss Electrics

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Photography | No Comments

Sometimes a little physical exertion is required to get your aircraft skyward. Yet, for many rc pilots,  it’s the only way to enjoy the thrill of model aviation. Here are a few of my favorite hand toss action shots from the past few months.

Fall Float Flying

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Photography | No Comments

On a crisp afternoon near Bloomington Minnesota, the Twin Cities Radio Control organization held its annual Float Fly. With fall colors at their peak, it made for a wonderful back drop as I watched airplane after airplane taxi by and take off.  

Secure Servo Connectors

Posted by on Apr 7, 2012 in How-To | No Comments

Almost all rc aircraft require some type of servo extension cord to connect servos or batteries to the receiver (rx). Often times these servo extension cords are found inside the aircraft wings for aileron servos or in the fuselage to connect a rudder servo that is located near the tail. But over time and under […]

RC Fuel Tank Inspection & Replacement

Posted by on Mar 31, 2012 in Articles | No Comments

A common cause of engine problems in rc aircraft is improper inspection and care of the aircraft fuel tank and fuel lines. As pilots, we take great care to ensure that our fuel is correct and that we have a fuel filter in place for dirt and grime but, sometimes we overlook that fuel & […]

FAA Bill Issues Protection for Radio Control Model Aviation

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Articles | One Comment

MUNCIE, ILL. – Recently congress passed the first FAA Reauthorization bill in more than four years. President Obama signed into law the legislation that includes a special provision for model aircraft protecting it from FAA regulations. “The law recognizes community-based safety programming as an effective means of managing the modeling activity,” said Bob Brown, AMA […]

Pending regulations on radio control (rc)

Posted by on Mar 6, 2011 in Articles | 2 Comments

UPDATE: March, 2012 – FAA Bill Issues Protection for Radio Control Model Aviation News of pending regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the hobby of radio-controlled (rc) modeling may leave you with questions about exactly what is happening as well as where you could find more information. While we won’t know the details […]

Castor Oil vs. Synthetic Oil

Posted by on Jan 25, 2011 in Articles | 6 Comments

Editors Note: Mechanical Engineer, TimBle (his RCUniverse.com handle) has worked in Product Engineering for both Lubricants and Fuels for 2 major petroleum companies over the past 11 years. Prior to his petroleum career he worked 4 years in the Aerospace industry. What is the difference between castor and synthetic rc fuels? Does it matter which […]

Electric RC – Brushed vs. Brushless

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Articles, Beginner | No Comments

With technology continuing to develop light-weight and more efficient power supplies, it’s not surprising to see an increase in the number of electric powered rc airplanes, helicopters and gliders. Combine demand with continuing drops in cost, and you soon realize that electrics are a great way to get into the world of rc. Additionally, take […]

Electric RC – Electronic Speed Control

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Articles | No Comments

With technology continuing to develop light-weight and efficient power supplies, it’s not surprising to see an increase in popularity of the number of electric powered rc airplanes, helicopters and gliders. Combined the demand with continuing drops in cost you soon realize that electrics are a great way to get into the world of rc. Electronic […]

Electric RC – Outrunner vs. Inrunner

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Articles | No Comments

With technology continuing to develop light-weight and efficient power supplies, it’s not surprising to see an increase in popularity of the number of electric powered rc airplanes, helicopters and gliders. Combined the demand with continuing drops in cost you soon realize that electrics are a great way to get into the world of rc. Inrunner […]

Midair collision with rc airplane

Posted by on Oct 22, 2010 in Articles | No Comments
Midair collision with rc airplane

A full scale Shpakow SA 750 bi-plane was substantially damaged when it collided with a large scale radio controlled airplane

K-MAX heli successfully delivers cargo

Posted by on Oct 21, 2010 in Articles | No Comments
K-MAX heli successfully delivers cargo

Under a contract with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Lockheed Martin and Kaman spent three days this past January flying the at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.