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Hot Models — IMAA flying

28 February 2012

Hot Models — IMAA flying

My thanks to Dave McLay of the Florida Aviation Historical Society for emailing this IMAA link showing large and incredibly realistic remote control model aircraft.  Many of the aircraft types I recognize and a few I do not — and some can no longer be seen (I particularly enjoyed the Messerschmitt six engined powered glider from WW II, the Me 323 Gigant) except for top notch efforts by scale modelers. Some are compromises such as the Lockheed C-17 Globemaster III using four propellers to fly, but once those props are spinning the aircraft is realistic while in flight since the engines are mounted inside the scale turbofan nacelles. See the errata note below, but this is no mistake as the model is of an Airbus Military A400M and is correct in having four propellers — I let the orginal sentence stand as it makes another point.

The realism is profound, unless there is something to provide scale you will be hard pressed to see the aircraft flying as anything else save the real thing. Biplanes to modern fighters are seen in this fast paced six minute video in high definition and expertly edited (no shaky hands or poor panning techniques here) — each segment is a few seconds or so long leaving small opportunity for boredom to make an appearance.

Landings are interesting — ranging from smooth as silk (the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk) to the crashing onto the flight deck variety (Fouga Magister) — the entire video is a hoot.

Thanks Mac 🙂



Reader Jon (see his comment) noted that I had meant to say C-17 Globemaster III — aside from that I had the improper identification. As it turns out is isn’t a C-17 but an Airbus Military A400M which is a four engine turboprop aircraft — so the model, indeed, is correct. Thanks Jon 🙂

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon Davis permalink
    18 March 2012 17:20

    It’s not a C-17, it’s a Airbus Military A400M, which has the appearance of a C-17 with turboprops.

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      18 March 2012 17:41

      Jon — thanks 🙂 I had not known of the A400M until you mentioned it. Thanks again,


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