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  • Trimming Techniques for Multi-Channel Gliders

    A gliding retrospective Written by Mike O'Reilly The Model Make every effort to have a ‘straight’ model This was important when you built your own model from balsa and foam, but modern moulded gliders rarely have warps or heavy panels Trimming The whole purpose of the trimming process is to make your glider easy to fly in a ‘hands-off’ situation. The easier it is to fly, the better it will fly. I like my gliders to be neutrally stable so they will fly hands off. This helps you to detect thermals in the first instance and to be comfortable flying your glider a long way downwind. Tow Hook Position With very few exceptions the tow hook should be placed in front of or on the CG. The ideal position also depends on flap and elevator presets so there is no definitive position. Moving the hook rearwards will increase the steepness of the climb,...

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  • STEM Education and the use of Radio Control (RC) Products

    STEM is an acronym that stands for four increasingly relevant academic disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Rather than teach each area separately, STEM education integrates these disciplines for use in real-life applications and the use of RC related products can add a fun element that students can relate to. Remote Control toys are not only fun to play with, but they’re also a great way to educate students about robotics, mechanics and how to build and design. It is a great way to develop a student’s senses, mechanical and learning skills to promote their hand-eye coordination and problem-solving ability. They can be used to encourage them to work together as a team, thus enhancing their social and communication skills. Model Flight has...

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  • Understanding LiPo Batteries - What do the numbers mean and how does it affect me?

    LiPo (Lithium Polymer) batteries have become the industry standard in remote control over the last 5 or so years. Many Cars, Boats and Planes now use a LiPo battery so understanding basic LiPo care and practices are important for every RC enthusiast. Understanding LiPo battery specs are something that many people find confusing, What is "C" rating, what does 3S mean, what happens if I increase my capacity or voltage are all very common questions. Well have no fear, we are here to explain what this all means and how it affects YOU when purchasing your next LiPo. Capacity is the first thing people talk about when upgrading a LiPo, I'm sure everyone has heard or thought about how to make their...

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  • What is the best trainer plane to purchase?

    This would be one of the most commonly asked questions we hear at Modelflight – rightfully so, there is a lot to consider when making this decision and with so many options available, which trainer plane is the correct one for you? We can’t make up your mind for you, but we can point you in the right direction. Here are a few key pointers which can help you make your decision and a few things to look out for. Try to keep the aircraft as simple as possible by starting off with a three or four channel plane. This will generally consist of throttle, elevator and rudder, with ailerons something to consider if you will be flying outdoors in a windy environment. We strongly recommend going with a high wing model with some dihedral to start with. Som...

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  • DJI Drone Comparison - How do I choose the best drone to buy?

    What should I consider when buying a DJI Drone? In the consumer drone market DJI (Da-Jiang Innovations, iFlight Technology Company Limited) offers quality, innovation and constant development meaning that when you purchase a DJI drone product such as a DJI Mavic, DJI Spark, or DJI Ryze Tello, you're getting the ultimate flying camera drone! But when it comes time to choose which drone to purchase, how do we narrow down the range to find that perfect one? Luckily at Model Flight, we have you covered! Let's take a walk down the aisle of choice and figure out what Drone will best suit your needs. 1. Portability The DJI drones for sale range can be broken down in many different ways, working through it logically the most important question is...

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  • The Best Off-Road RC Cars

    Venture Off-Road With These RC Cars and Trucks Whether you like to go bashing through the bush, crawling over rocks or speeding full pelt across the harshest terrain, driving off-road remote control cars is a thrilling experience. If you are looking for a new off-road RC car (or searching for your first one), we have put together this list of the twelve best off-road RC cars to help you find what you are looking for. Let's begin with a new release from ARRMA...

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  • Drone Buyer's Guide 2015 – What’s The Best Quadcopter for Me?

    NEW Version of this guide: Drone Buyer Guide he world of drones has changed remarkably fast since we published our first quadcopter buyer's guide in 2013. Technology has improved, a wider variety of models are available and flying quadcopters is becoming even more popular. It is only fitting that we update our buyer's guide to reflect these exciting times. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced drone pilot, we hope this guide will help you find the model you are looking for...

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  • Air RC Radios - A Buyer's Guide

    RC Radios - Which One To Choose? Remote control radios - the essential tool for any model pilot. You are no doubt aware of that a great radio can lead to great performance. If you are just starting out and are about to buy your first RC radio, you are probably also aware that you are spoiled for choice! With so many different radios from different brands, choosing the best one for you can be difficult. That's why we wrote this blog post - to help you find the transmitter that is right for you. We will be discussing several different radios from Spektrum, ...

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  • RC Quadcopter Buyer's Guide – Revised and Updated Edition

    RC Quadcopter Buyer's Guide – Revised and Updated Edition
    Please note that this blog post has now been updated. Check out our Drone Buyer's Guide 2015. Are you looking to buy an RC quadcopter? These remote control models are very popular at Modelflight and we are often asked by customers "what is the best RC quadcopter for me?"; so we’ve decided to put this guide together to help you choose a new quadcopter. We have a wide range of quad copters to suit beginners, experienced pilots, and those looking to fly their quad copter indoors and/or out. This guide will review these quadcopters and help you find the one that is best for you. What Are Quadcopters? As the name suggests, quadcopters are in the remote control helicopter ‘family’, but t...

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  • Great Gifts for Kids at Modelflight

    Kids Toys for the Air and the Ground Whether your child is celebrating their birthday or you are looking for a Christmas gift, we thought it would be helpful for us to put together some gift ideas for your kids. Modelflight has a great range of remote control (RC) products and several of them would make for fun kids toys. Even if your child has never used an RC product before, you will find these toys to be easy-to-use and tonnes of fun. For more options, you can have a look at our gift ideas page. Gift Ideas For The Air To start off, we'll look at the Blade Scout CX, which is the perfect introduction to helicopters. It comes with everything you need to get in the air and is made for use indoors. This heli is incredibly stable and so easy to fly that you'll feel like a pro after just a few minutes of flying. If you...

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