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Kevin Crozier  |  Jul 28, 2021  |  0 comments
Each time you assemble your favourite ARTF it's a good idea to check for wear and tear on the servo leads, especially where the wires crimp into the plug.

If the wires are starting to break, then it's time to replace the whole plug. You could make new crimps but it's easier to solder on a fresh plug

 |  Jul 02, 2021  |  0 comments
Paul Cox reveals a simple way to bring your receiver status light to the fore

Knowing that your transmitter is solidly bound with your model's receiver can be a concern if the receiver is buried in the bowels of your pride and joy and you’re unable to view the status light to give you comfort and confidence.

Joe Collicutt  |  Jun 10, 2021  |  0 comments

Joe Collicutt describes his finely tuned method of building from plans using Depron rather than balsa.

Lots of people have become used to using Depron sheet as a building material in the past decade or so and some have designed whole models out of the stuff. A typical example being the Ultimate biplane by Dave Royds, as featured in the December 2009 edition of RCM&E. However, I am not aware of many builders who have employed it extensively to make a sizeable scale model from plans designed for balsa wood.

Peter Miller  |  Aug 13, 2020  |  1 comments
Back in the old days, many plans had a materials list included on the drawing - and it’s been suggested that it would be good to reintroduce the idea. However, even if future plans do incorporate such a list there are thousands of old ones that don’t, leaving the builder to work out what materials are needed. The materials list of yore was only ever a loose guide, because some people use more wood than others. For example, one individual might cut a set of wing ribs from two sheets of wood by carefully interleaving them, whereas someone else might use the ‘solid block’ method of cutting them out, which uses far more wood.
Pete Lowe  |  May 07, 2019  |  0 comments
My beloved, ageing 72” span Harvard, built more than fifteen years ago from a Flair kit, hit the ground like a dropped jigsaw. We’d been through a great deal together over the years…balmy summer evenings, winter snow. . .
Steve Hargreaves  |  Apr 16, 2019  |  0 comments
Anyone researching electric flight for the first time can’t help but notice the advice to buy a wattmeter which appears in so many magazine articles and forum posts aimed at beginners. Let’s look at what they do. Quite simply a wattmeter is an electrical measuring instrument that is connected within a DC electrical circuit and measures and displays the current flowing in the circuit and the voltage present. It also multiplies the voltage and current together to present the watts consumed by the circuit.
Shaun Garrity  |  Mar 12, 2019  |  0 comments
3Dprinting may seem like a fairly recent innovation, however it’s been around for longer than you might perhaps imagine. The first 3D printers appeared commercially in the mid 1990s, but priced in the region of £75,000 they certainly weren’t cheap - you were in Ferrari and Porsche territory. The technology was developed in the 1980s, Chuck Hull being accredited with demonstrating his SLA-1 printer as the first commercial example some 34 years ago on March 9th. His intention was to develop a machine that would be capable of speeding up the time it took to create prototypes as using a one-off machining process was expensive in terms of both time and money;the ability to print an item in just a few hours represented a major breakthrough as you can imagine.
RCME Staff  |  Feb 08, 2019  |  0 comments
JAMMIN' “Whilst removing a propeller from my model I encountered a jammed collet-type prop adaptor”, writes Henry Leong from Brisbane, Australia. “This wasn't the first time this had happened, and the subsequent firm, twisting and tapping required to separate the tapered outer collar from its shaft is always a worry, risking damage to the airframe. What I needed was a set of claw-like fingers, precise enough to pull the outer collar whilst a central finger pushes the collet shaft in the opposite direction. Memories of my dad's crank pulley removal tool flashed past and I came up with an improvised tool that would act as a very effective collet puller, based on a (cheap) skeleton-type caulking gun from my local hardware store.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jan 30, 2019  |  0 comments
My home-brew winter project has reached the stage where the woodwork is essentially complete, bar some final gluing up, and it’s time to cover the model. Since the aeroplane is a sports design I’ve decided to use an eye catching scheme in a bright iron-on film. Now, before applying any covering I always perform a trial installation of the radio and engine, including all control runs, as it’s all too easy to damage a covered model during this process. Also, it’s very much easier to cover components whilst they’re still flat objects on the bench.
RCME Staff  |  Nov 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Visit any flying site and you’ll notice that, whether i. c. or electric powered, the majority of models being flown are single-engine. That’s not to say that twins aren’t seen, but for many the journey into multi-engine installations is a trip into the unknown and, therefore, often avoided like the plague! One reason for this is probably the cost, as models with multiple power units are, by nature, more expensive to build and operate.
RCME Staff  |  Aug 25, 2018  |  0 comments
YOU WILL NEED: 1. A well ventilated room 2. A variety of cyano glues 3. Materials (wood, plastic etc.
Lindsay Todd  |  May 23, 2018  |  0 comments
The plan for Renaissance is one of the FREE pull-out plans with RCM&E's July 2018 issue. Having created a plan, it is reasonable to expect some changes to occur. Although I’ve tried to think ahead, the practical build of the model will inevitably throw up unforeseen issues. I should briefly touch on CNC or laser-cut parts.
RCME Staff  |  Mar 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Servos are the muscle power in our models. All servos do the same job, they’re sent a signal from the receiver and translate the transmitter stick movement into an equivalent action at their output arm. This motion is used to drive any number of functions, from a control surface to retracting undercarriage. CONSTRUCTION Servos generally consist of the following main parts held within their black plastic case.
RCME Staff  |  Feb 15, 2018  |  0 comments
I often found myself in awe at the occasionally outrageous colour schemes adopted by the more flamboyant pilots of the German Air Force during W. W. I. Such aircraft (Pfalz, Fokker and Albatros, to name but a few) were seen in many different colours, individually painted to their pilots’ requirements, and can be found documented in the many publications that adorn the shelves of aviation bookshops and, of course, in abundance on the internet.
RCME Staff  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  0 comments
1. Most standard servos come with a set of four rubber grommets, brass ferrules and fixing screws. Also included is a selection of different output arms that can be changed to suit your model’s installation requirements. 2.

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