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Hobby King Retro Series Pioneer Review Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 August 2012 19:40


When I first saw the Pioneer on the Hobby King website I was intrigued. It was a good looking plane with pleasing colors and simple specs. I was pleased to see that it was a 4-channel and after thinking about it for a few days I decided to take the plunge and see how it flew.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 August 2012 21:56
E-Flite UMX MiG 15 Review Print E-mail
Friday, 13 July 2012 21:41


The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 was a jet fighter developed for the USSR by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful swept-wing jet fighters, and it achieved fame in the skies over Korea, where early in the war, it outclassed all straight-winged enemy fighters in daylight. The MiG-15 also served as the starting point for development of the more advanced MiG-17 which was still an effective threat to supersonic American fighters over North Vietnam in the 1960s. The MiG-15 is believed to have been the most widely produced jet aircraft ever made, with over 12,000 built. Licensed foreign production perhaps raised the total to over 18,000. The MiG-15 is often mentioned along with the North American F-86 Sabre in lists of the best fighter aircraft of the Korean War and in comparison with fighters of other eras.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 July 2012 22:14
FMS FW-190 Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:21


The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (Shrike) was a German Second World War single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s. Powered by a radial engine, the 190 had ample power and was able to lift larger loads than its well-known counterpart, the Messerschmitt Bf 109. The 190 was used by the Luftwaffe in a wide variety of roles, including day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack aircraft and, to a lesser degree, night fighter.

When the Fw 190 started flying operationally over France in August 1941, it quickly proved itself to be superior in all but turn radius to the Royal Air Force's main front-line fighter, the Spitfire Mk. V. The 190 wrested air superiority away from the RAF until the introduction of the vastly improved Spitfire Mk. IX in July 1942 restored qualitative parity. The Fw 190 made its air combat debut on the Eastern Front in November/December 1942. Though Soviet pilots considered the Bf 109 the greater threat, the Fw 190 made a significant impact. The fighter and its pilots proved just as capable as the Bf 109 in aerial combat, and in the opinion of German pilots who flew both, provided increased firepower and maneuverability at low to medium altitude.

The Fw 190 became the backbone of the Jagdwaffe (Fighter Force), along with the Bf 109. On the Eastern Front, the Fw 190 was versatile enough to use in Schlachtgeschwader (Battle Wings or Strike Wings), specialised ground attack units which achieved much success against Soviet ground forces. As an interceptor, the Fw 190 underwent improvements to make it effective at high altitude, enabling it to maintain relative parity with its Allied opponents. The Fw 190A series' performance decreased at high altitudes (usually 6,000 m (20,000 ft) and above), which reduced its effectiveness as a high-altitude interceptor, but this problem was mostly rectified in later models, particularly in the Junkers Jumo 213 inline-engine Focke-Wulf Fw 190D series, which was introduced in September 1944.

The FW-190 was powered by a BMW 801 D-2 radial engine that was capable of propelling the plane to a max speed of 408 mph and a service ceiling of 37,430ft.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 23:10
Parkzone Albatros D. Va Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 20:12


The Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) during World War I. The D.V was the final development of the Albatros D.I family, and the last Albatros fighter to see operational service. Despite its well-known shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production halted in early 1918. The D.Va continued in operational service until the end of the war.

The D.V entered service in May 1917 and, like the D.III before it, immediately began experiencing structural failures of the lower wing. Indeed, anecdotal evidence suggests that the D.V was even more prone to wing failures than the D.III. The outboard sections of the upper wing also suffered failures, requiring additional wire bracing. Furthermore, the D.V offered very little improvement in performance. As of May 1918, 131 D.V and 928 D.Va aircraft were in service on the Western Front. This number declined as the Albatros was replaced by Fokker D.VIIs and other types during the final months of the war, but the D.Va remained in use until the Armistice (11 November 1918).

The Albatros D. VA was powered by 1 Mercedes D.III piston engine that produced 200 hp and gave the bird a top speed of 116 mph. The plane had a flight time of 2 hours.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 23:49
E-Flite UMX Carbon Cub SS Review Print E-mail
Monday, 14 May 2012 23:22


The CubCrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS is an ATSM certified light-sport aircraft based on the Piper Cub. It is modernized, with light-weight carbon fiber components and a 180 hp engine.

The Carbon Cub SS uses a carbon fiber spinner and air-induction scoop. The Carbon Cub weighs 250 lbs less than a Piper Super Cub. The carbon cowling weighs six pounds.  The fuselage is welded 4130 tube steel with fabric covering. The wings are fitted with vortex generators for low-speed flight control. Some models use a partial color on silver base coat paint job that weighs 7 lbs less than an all-color paint job.

The CC340 engine is a Lycoming O-360 based engine developed with Eci using dual electronic ignition and Eci O-320 cylinders. The engine is rated at 5 gallons per hour at the 80 hp cruise setting. The cub carries a crew of a two and is powered by an 180hp engine capable of a max speed of 141 mph and service ceiling of 17,999 feet.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:07

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