Airborne has closed!

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of a great magazine. After 46 years and 274 issues the curtain has fallen, due in no uncertain terms to the buying habits of aero modellers forsaking their traditional bricks & mortar hobby shop for the vagaries of a quick and sometimes questionable purchase from an Internet site.


These purchasing habits may seem innocent enough, but when these purchases are multiplied, they affect the entire industry from the local manufacturer, (yes, we did have quite a few once!) the wholesalers, the retailers and of course their window to you, our Airborne readers.


Next time you wonder why there is no longer a hobby store near you or a hobby magazine to read, check your buying habits and ask "where can I get sound advice, a friendly face and all the nick knacks that are needed for a model in one place?" If you answer it used to be my local store but it has gone, then more likely you are part of the problem.


Support the shops that are still here because without your support the will not be here much longer. Fly safe and goodbye from us all at Airborne.

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ISSUE #261 – Airborne Magazine

ISSUE #261 – Airborne Magazine

We Test Fly: • VQ’s 154cm Dauntless • FMS P-47 Razorback • Eindecker 40 from Balsa USA • E-flite’s Flying Fortress • Blade 180CFX BNF Heli • F-22 Raptor EDF from Freewing • Phoenix 2 metre Rainbow How to 3D ...

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ISSUE #260 – Airborne Magazine

ISSUE #260 – Airborne Magazine

KIT Reviews: • Seagull Models 203cm Spitfire • Tensho Acro Sport EP Glider • Freewing Knight 860 EDF • Joysway Smart-K & Invader • Black Horse Robin DR 400 RADIO Review: • Hitech Flash 7 Catapult Launched DELTA VORTEX V2 ...

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ISSUE #259 – Airborne Magazine

ISSUE #259 – Airborne Magazine

KITS IN THIS ISSUE: • Austars Drastic Sports Trainer • Freewing A-6E Intruder • Aeroworks Stingray Electric Pattern ARF Art-Tech STOL HobbyZone Super Cub S SIG Blue Hawk Profile Bipe   ENGINE REVIEW: • OS GF30

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LARCS Jet Turbine Day

One of my good mates, Jim Kalokerinos, just happens to be the President of LARCS – Logan Area Radio Control Society. Jim is a pretty good mover and shaker in this club, located half way between Brisbane and the Gold ...

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Gratton Air International 2014

This year saw the 2nd attempt at getting this event really off the ground. If you recall, last year adverse wet weather played a major part in affecting the event. Well the weather gods seemed to be even keener to ...

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Coffs Helifest 2014

I again attended what probably might be Australia’s longest continuously running model helicopter fun fly. It’s an event that resonates with the flyers, as it’s all about flying, and doing as much of that as possible, so lots of people ...

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ISSUE #258 – Airborne Magazine

ISSUE #258 – Airborne Magazine

KITS IN THIS ISSUE: • Black Horse Landscape • Freewing P-51D Mustang • VQ Models Taipan • Twister Quattro X Quadcopter • Freewing Pandora ENGINE REVIEW: • Evolution 10cc Petrol Engine PRODUCT REVIEW: Hitec X1 Touch Pulse Jet Powered Sagittario

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120 inch Cessna 182 Tommy Composites by Corinne Pellatt

120 inch Cessna 182 Tommy Composites by Corinne Pellatt

SPECIFICATIONS Scale: 1/4 Wingspan: 3050mm (120 in) Length: 2400mm (94 in) Weight: 14-18kg (31-40 pounds) Engine: 50-120cc petrol engine required Radio: 6-8 channels, 7-8 servos This giant scale plane was tested and powered by 3MM-53CC, 3W-50, and 62CC petrol engine. ...

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Futaba T10J Review by Mark Smith

Futaba T10J Review by Mark Smith

My first multi-function radio control was made by Futaba. Though, when I say multi-function, I mean it had six channels via two sticks, a lever and a switch. That was it. Mine had no model memories, no servo reversing, no ...

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Grasshopper L-4 VQ Models by Rob Macdonald

Grasshopper L-4 VQ Models by Rob Macdonald

Four Piper YO-59 aircraft were successfully evaluated and by 1942 were redesignated to L-4 (L for Liaison). With improvements to what was basically a Piper Cub airframe, components were added and modified to make it battlefield ready. With its rugged ...

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