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andrew james  |  Apr 22, 2021  |  0 comments
Andrew James snaps together a quick build, semi-scale glider from FMS.

At 2.5 metre wingspan this quick assembly kit follows in the footsteps of FMS' 3m and 2.3m Fox gliders. In full size terms the Fox is an out and out aerobatic machine while the ASW-17 is an Open Class thermal hunter. Both models look the part, but I am guessing that more compromises have had to be made with the ASW to make it a tough and durable R/C model.

David Ashby  |  Apr 15, 2021  |  0 comments

David Ashby enjoyed his big Bolero, right up to the moment he ran out of talent, but finds consolation in this new compact version

David Ashby  |  Mar 31, 2021  |  0 comments
Arrows Hobby has raised its game with the release of this twin electric ducted fan jet. David Ashby straps in. Despite its contemporary appearance the Mikoyan MiG-29 has been around for over 40 years, would you believe, and remains in production.

Richard Harris  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments
It has been refreshing to see traditional building making a small comeback, even more so over the last few months where a little bit more building time has been available. In turn this has encouraged small UK kit manufacturers to revitalise older classics with more modern construction techniques, and with fresh new designs springing up for budding builders to tackle.
Frank Skilbeck  |  Aug 24, 2020  |  0 comments
Aero-Naut are a German model company that have been manufacturing a wide range aircraft and boat kits since the 1930s, their kits exuding quality and thoroughness, the cartoon scale Luscombe Silvaire 8 being a fine example. I say cartoon scale as, for ease of building, the model uses a square section fuselage rather than the monocoque oval construction of the full size. The full size, incidentally, broke new ground when introduced in 1937 as it used an all metal fuselage with a fabric covered wing and no wood in its construction, with all metal sheeted wings being introduced in 1946. The aero-naut version, unlike the full size, is of all wood construction and designed for electric power with a 350-watt power train using a 3 or 4S LiPo of around 3,000 mAh.
Simon Cocker  |  Jun 05, 2020  |  0 comments
Graham Ashby (RCM&E former editor) has reviewed a number of scale models from the Freewing range in the past and when chatting to him he’s been genuinely passionate about his collection of foam warbirds. He convinced me that with care they can be kept pristine, being structurally sound enough to absorb a degree of knocking about and able to withstand some aerial abuse, with flight performances providing the real scale effect of the type. His positivity warmed me to the whole concept of an EPO-based RTF, which opened the door to ticking off an item on my bucket list. For many years I’ve harboured the desire to fly an L-39, be it jet-powered or a big PSS, and with Freewing’s EDF version purporting to offer sport-style performance in a scale package it seemed just the ticket, particularly as it will take off from short-grass runways, which is all I have at my disposal.
David Ashby  |  Nov 29, 2019  |  0 comments
There are ARTF kits and there are ARTF kits. Some require little work and fall together without too much effort or added expense, others are more of a ‘project’, requiring time and patience to complete, along with a few extra purchases. This falls into the latter camp and while that’s not to criticise Hangar 9’s new P-47, you should definitely do your sums before purchase. Has there ever been a time when E-flite or Hangar 9 didn’t have a P-47 in the range? In one form or another it’s the warbird that those brands always seem to produce, but you can’t blame them.
Andy Gower  |  Oct 10, 2019  |  0 comments
The Chipmunk, I’ve always assumed, is very much a British aircraft, indeed the image of a Chipmunk was as British to me as the thought of a Spitfire doing a victory roll over the Kentish countryside in the summer of 1940. So, I was surprised to find that, in fact, the Chipmunk was both designed and first flown by de Havilland in Canada. Apparently, at the end of World War II de Havilland in the UK was keen to develop a new low-wing trainer to replace its aging Tiger Moth but was too busy developing new jet aircraft so the task was handed to the Canadian operation. Accordingly, the Chipmunk first flew in Canada in May 1946 and was in service later that year.
RCME Staff  |  Aug 05, 2015  |  0 comments
My first acquaintance with this model was way back in 1982 as a keen 12-year-old during the first of many visits to Woodvale. Much like every weekend I’ve spent there since, it was a fantastic experience - the trade presence in the massive hangars seemed huge to the eyes of this pre-teen, with goodies seemingly stacked right to the roof. A varied range of superb models adorned the flightline: small to almost full-size, sports to exquisite scale, yet one particular example, within the latter category, really grabbed my attention. A large German tri-motor, the Junkers Ju 52.
David Ashby  |  Jun 21, 2015  |  0 comments
This list is designedto help readers locate reviews in their back issues or the digital archive. It is in manufacturer alphabetical order and goes back to include Jan 2007, allSpecial issuesand any reviews published here on the site. This index is updated every month as RCM&E is published. Used in conjunction with the digital archive, it should provide a fast way of finding what you're after.
David Ashby  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Seagull’s MXS-R, released a couple of years ago and still available and an attractive aerobat being a cut above the . 40 - . 60 size sportster on which the firm initially earned its reputation. The model is based on the full-size machine used by Red Bull pilots, the ‘R’ suffix denoting the racing version of the California-based MXS Corporation’s aerobat.
Shahid Banglawala  |  Nov 21, 2014  |  0 comments
Chris Foss has achieved near legendary status in the UK as a designer of airframes that fly brilliantly. Countless pilots have cut their teeth on the entry-level Wot 4, before moving on to the gorgeously aerobatic Acro-Wot. A few years ago Ripmax announced that the Foss designs, up until then only available as builders’ kits, would finally be manufactured in balsa ARTF and foam ARF form so a new generation of flyers could enjoy these classic airframes. I was unhesitant in placing an order when I heard that a foam Acro-Wot was on the way, having become well acquainted with the Wot 4 Foam-E during my final year of university, flying a number of them for UAV testing purposes.
David Ashby  |  Nov 11, 2014  |  0 comments
The petrol powered market has been growing rapidly in popularity for the last few years and, these days, almost every kit manufacturer has something to offer for such a powerplant, notably at the 30cc level. Black Horse already has several, this Edge 540 being the latest and one of several V3s the company produce. It’s a sport-scale machine based on the 540’s air race airframe and, spanning an impressive 2. 05m (81”), it’s slightly larger than some comparable ARTFs.
David Ashby  |  Oct 24, 2014  |  0 comments
If you've always wondered where your ARTF models were born and how they were created then you'll be pleased to hear that Seagull have uploaded plenty of pics from their Ho Chi Minh production facility in Vietnam. With a curious mix of old and new machinery on display, the labour-intensive nature of ARTF model production is apparent. Keen Seagull watchers will be able to spot a new model or two amongst a number of well loved favourites and their Facebook page is where you'll find the 180-photo tour. .
Mike Williams  |  Oct 21, 2014  |  0 comments
Known throughout the modelling world for the manufacture of performance tuned two- and four-stroke engines, ARTF kits of the highest quality and its own brand Pro-Synth model fuel, Weston UK is a name that conjures images of power, speed and bling. Sporting models such as the Hype, Cougar and Magnum, the entire ARTF range can be flown with a suitable West engine and exhaust system, guided using West radio, and fuelled with the company’s very own fully synthetic nitro brew. Weston UK doesn’t just sell kits and engines, it offers entire packages that find favour with some of the most discerning flyers in the country. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that the Capiche 140 - a model praised by both champions and club pilots for its amazing 3D and freestyle capability - should find itself so suitably positioned within the Weston range.

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