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E-flite UMX Beast RC Airplane Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 23:18


The Beast is a highly modified design with its roots stemming from the Pitts Model 12 biplane. While most Model 12 aircraft have 2 seats, the Beast has been modified to be a single place aircraft. This reduced the weight of the basic aircraft substantially, and eliminated some of the drag associated with the two-place canopy. Jim Kimball Enterprises of Zellwood, Florida set a goal of having a piston powered biplane with a greater than 1:1 thrust to weight ratio. I am proud to announce that this goal was obtained with the Beast! How? First of all with excruciating focus to detail in the construction, materials and methods used to build the Beast. Carbon fiber, titanium, and magnesium were used to keep the aircraft light yet strong. However, years of hard core aerobatics has proven that a welded tube truss fuselage is hard to beat. The Beast is powered by a Russian Vedeneyev M14P, 9 cylinder radial engine that is capable of producing 412 horsepower and a great than 1:1 thrust to weight ratio, truly making this biplane 'beast'. For more information on this incredible plane check out Beast Airshows.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 February 2012 21:49
Blitz RC Works F-5E RC Airplane Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 00:23


The F-5 started life as a privately-funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The first-generation F-5A Freedom Fighter entered service in the 1960s. Over 800 were produced through 1972 for U.S. allies during the Cold War and for Switzerland as well. The USAF had no need for a light fighter, but it did specify a requirement for a supersonic trainer and procured about 1,200 of a derivative airframe for this purpose, the Northrop T-38 Talon.

The improved second-generation F-5E Tiger II was also primarily used by American Cold War allies and, in limited quantities, served in US military aviation as a training and aggressor aircraft; Tiger II production amounted to 1,400 of all versions, with production ending in 1987. Many F-5s continuing in service into the 1990s and 2000s have undergone a wide variety of upgrade programs to keep pace with the changing combat environment. The F-5 was also developed into a dedicated reconnaissance version, the RF-5 Tigereye. The F-5 also served as a starting point for a series of design studies which resulted in the twin-tailed Northrop YF-17 and the F/A-18 series of carrier-based fighters. The Northrop F-20 Tigershark was an advanced version of the F-5E that did not find a market. The F-5N/F variants remain in service with the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps as an adversary trainer. The F-5 carries a crew of one and is powered by 2 GE J85-GE-21B turbojets capable of thrusting the jet to Mach 1.6. The jet has a range of 870 miles and a service ceiling of 51,800 feet.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2011 19:23
Parkzone Ultra Micro Polecat Review Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2011 02:39

I am constantly surprised at all of the Ultra Micros that Parkzone continues to release. When they announced the Polecat I was intrigued and when they mentioned that it was going to cost only $99 I was hooked.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 August 2011 17:26
Hobby King B-17 Memphis Belle RC Airplane Review Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 August 2011 21:56


The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the then-United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and more than met the Air Corps' expectations. Although Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed, the Air Corps was so impressed with Boeing's design that they ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force based at Thorpe Abbotts airfield in England and the Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in Operation Pointblank to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for Operation Overlord. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

From its pre-war inception, the USAAC (later USAAF) touted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a potent, high-flying, long-range bomber that was able to defend itself, and to return home despite extensive battle damage. It quickly took on mythic proportions, and widely circulated stories and photos of B-17s surviving battle damage increased its iconic status. With a service ceiling greater than any of its Allied contemporaries, the B-17 established itself as an effective weapons system, dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of the 1.5 million metric tons of bombs dropped on Germany by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s.

The B-17 held a crew of 10 and was powered by 4 Wright R-1820-97 radial engines which produced 1,200 hp each. The maximum speed was 287 mph with a service ceiling of 35,600 feet.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 August 2011 01:17
Blitz RC Works F-15 RC Airplane Review Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2011 23:22


The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful modern fighters with over 100 aerial combat victories with no losses in dogfights.Following reviews of proposals, the United States Air Force selected McDonnell Douglas' design in 1967 to meet the service's need for a dedicated air superiority fighter. The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976. The F-15 is expected to be in service with the U.S. Air Force until 2025. The F-15 supports a crew of one and is powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney F100-100 afterburning turbofans. These bad boys launch the plane to maximum speed of Mach 2.5 (1,650 mph) and a rate of climb greater than 50,000 ft/min that's over 9 miles straight up in about a minute. Thrusty~!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:29

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