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Airbrushing Model Railroads

There is no doubt that a well-finished model railway is simply stunning and something that can be admired by fellow hobbyists and just about anyone that casts an eye over the layout. It is the additional detail that people admire and appreciate. How many layouts have we seen where the train operations are wonderful but it’s the scenery and background things that are just as interesting. If you intend to build a great layout you’re going to need to become an expert with an airbrush. Airbrushing is used on just about every aspect of a model railway. In this article, we take a deep look at Airbrushing and the related accessories.

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What is FPV? – Part One

FPV is a term that you will hear many hobbyists say, so it’s best you familiarise yourself with what FPV stands for, what it is and get all the details you need to know about this hobby. In Part 1 one our exploration, we will look into the FPV stands, the different types of FPV camera and whether FPV is for you.

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Throttle Safety Switch

Throttle Safety Switch – Throttle Cut – Why do I need it?

If you have ever seen someone struck by a prop, it’s not pretty. If you do get struck by a prop you might be lucky and get away with a few stitches, a scar and a medical bill. The other end of the spectrum is death or serious debilitating injuries. We all know that large models can do serious harm, however, we don’t tend to be as nervous about the bulk of electric powered models. We see them as less dangerous than glow or gas-powered models however this is not correct. A glow or gas engine cannot start itself and so if you bump the throttle, very little happens. Bump the throttle on an electric aircraft with the battery connected and the propeller will start spinning.

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LIPO Battery Safety 101

Lithium polymer batteries or LIPO batteries as we describe them, are a member of the lithium-ion battery chemistry family. There are many members of the family and each has pros and cons. Different cell formats, voltages, discharge curves, charge and discharge rates. The most common RC battery is the soft pouch format. The cylindrical cells tend to be found in consumer-grade electronics whereas our humble LiPo is generally offered in a soft pouch, which makes them lighter but also less rigid. Continue reading LIPO Battery Safety 101


Older and Wiser: Avios Grand Tundra has Arrived

I take an in-depth look at the AVIOS grand tundra, the older and wiser big brother of the Durafly Tundra.

I have had my eye on the grand tundra since it was first discussed around a year ago. I have desperately wanted to get my hands on the Grant Tundra and of course, all the stars aligned when Stephen from AVIOS offered to send me one to review. Continue reading Older and Wiser: Avios Grand Tundra has Arrived


Becoming a Better Pilot – Landing

Learning to Fly RC can be daunting and many of us struggle with landings. With the right advice, you’ll be landing like a pro.

They say, taking off is optional but landings are mandatory. The more landings you do the better you’ll become at it. Remember practice makes perfect. Continue reading Becoming a Better Pilot – Landing


RC Plane Safety Tips

The hobby has many things that we should do and just as many things that we should not do. After talking with some old hands, I’ve taken the time to come up with a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts based on our collective experience.

This guide is based on common sense. We want you to think about what might go wrong and how to reduce the chance of it going wrong. Continue reading RC Plane Safety Tips


Safety is No Accident

The flying RC aircraft comes with some inherent risk. In actual fact, everything we do comes with some level of risk that we intentionally manage and mitigate. In a car, we make sure our brakes are functioning and our tires have tread. We take care not to speed around a corner. In a similar sense, flying can be as safe or dangerous as you make it. The idea is for safety to be easy and repeatable and not some sort of nanny state intrusion into your hobby. The idea is to keep your flying experience safe and enjoyable as possible.

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Float Planes, Flying Boats and Sea Planes

Float planes and sea planes conjure up nostalgic glimpses of a bygone era. Some of the most amazing planes of the last century were float planes. The Russians take the prize for the most interesting float planes and I dreamt endlessly about making an RC Ekranoplan. Who hasn’t at least thought about making a float plane.

About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered by water. Continue reading Float Planes, Flying Boats and Sea Planes


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