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Model Airplane News - April 2013

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Model Airplane News - April 2013

40 CONTENTS Volume 141

40 CONTENTS Volume 141 Number 4 April 2O13 Features 34 Tame Your Tail-dragger Tips to improve your takeoffs and landings By Gerry Yarrish 52 RC Detectives Solving crimes with camera-equipped aircraft By Gail Jansen-Kesslar 62 Product Review: RealFlight 6.5 A faster and more realistic simulator By John Reid 72 How to: Keep Your 4-Stroke Engine Running Smooth Easy valve adjustment By John Reid 86 Product Review: AeroPerfect MU-9000X USB A new and improved digital incidence and control throw meter By John Reid Flight Tests 26 Seagull Glasair Sportsman 2+2 Have a ball with this quick-building, sporty plane! By Mike Gantt 66 40 ParkZone Albatros D.Va An impressively detailed park flyer of the Baron’s lesser-known plane By Michael York 46 Flyzone Nieuport 17 A transmitter-ready micro flyer for indoor and outdoor patrols By Gerry Yarrish 66 Next Level 650mm Quadcopter This easy-to-fly hovering machine is perfect for a relaxing day at the flying field By John Reid 90 Great Planes Avistar Elite RTF A great trainer for those who can’t wait to get in the air By Evan Reid 106 Construction 98 Fly Baby Biplane Two wings are better than one By Pat Tritle Columns 58 Rotor Speed Scale Heli Q&A By Paul Tradelius 82 Let’s Talk Giant Scale Reinforcement: Add Strength, Not Weight By John Glezellis 106 Final Approach The Giant Benoist Flies! By Debra Cleghorn Departments 8 | On the Web 12 | Preflight 14 | Airwaves 16 | Tips & Tricks 18 | Pilot Projects 20 | Flightline 102 | AirAgeStore.com 105 | Index of Advertisers ON THE COVER: In the air or on the ground, the Seagull Models Glasair Sportsman 2+2, distributed by Horizon Hobby, is a great-looking sport scale flyer. Don’t miss Mike Gantt’s full review this month! MODEL AIRPLANE NEWS (USPS 533-470; ISSN 0026-7295) is published monthly by Air Age Inc., 88 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897 USA. Copyright 2013, all rights reserved. Periodicals postage permit paid at Wilton, CT and additional offices. Canadian Post Publications Mail Agreement No. 40008153. SUBSCRIPTIONS: in U.S., call (800) 827-0323; Canada and elsewhere, call (386) 246-3323; fax (386) 447-2321; or go to ModelAirplaneNews.com. U.S., .00 (1 yr.); Canada, .00, including GST (1 yr.); International .00 (1 yr.). All international orders must be prepaid in U.S. Funds; Visa, MC, Discover and AmEx accepted. EDITORIAL: Send correspondence to Editors, Model Airplane News, 88 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897 USA. Email: MAN@airage.com. We welcome all editorial submissions, but assume no responsibility for the loss or damage of unsolicited material. To authors, photographers and people featured in this magazine: all materials published in Model Airplane News become the exclusive property of Air Age Media Inc. unless prior arrangement is made in writing with the Publisher. ADVERTISING: Send advertising materials to Advertising Dept., Model Airplane News, 88 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897 USA; (203) 431-9000; fax (203) 529-3010; sales@airage.com. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: To ensure that you don’t miss any issues, send your new address to Model Airplane News, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235 USA six weeks before you move. Please include the address label from a recent issue, or print the information exactly as shown on the label. For faster service, go to ModelAirplaneNews.com and click on the customer service link. POSTMASTER: Send Form 3579 to Model Airplane News, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235 USA. 6 MORE FROM THIS ISSUE AT MODELAIRPLANENEWS.COM

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