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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.
David Ashby  |  Sep 26, 2014  |  0 comments
No prizes for guessing which model Max Thrust’s Riot is being pitted against! It jumps unashamedly into the category dominated by the classic Wot 4, and in particular the foamie variant that’s been cleaning up for the last couple of years. At 55” (1400mm) span Century’s latest is a bit bigger than the 47” (1194mm) span foam-e Wot, and has been engineered in EPO to take standard 3s 2200 - 2400mAh Li-Pos. It’s available in two forms, as airframe only or as the plug ‘n’ play package that’s reviewed here. This, then, comes pre-fitted with servos, a 3511-size outrunner, and a 40A ESC.
David Ashby  |  Sep 09, 2014  |  0 comments
When considering a biplane, the first questions you invariably ask yourself concern transportation and convenience, i. e. will it go in the car in one piece, and is it easy to put together at the field? In this case the answers here are yes, and yes, for this 54” (1370mm) span, 1/4-scale Eagle slips gingerly into the back of my hatchback saloon fully assembled. That said, wing transportation frames are included with the kit meaning that assembly at the field won’t take long.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jul 28, 2014  |  0 comments
Early season, and I was at ex-RAF Sleap on a different mission and where I had a pleasant surprise. It was my first outdoor meeting of the 2012 season and, as I limbered up with three clanking cameras, the last thing I expected to shoot was two brand new ARTF Sea Furies! They were not small fry either. The new Black Horse Sea Fury is over six feet in span, which my dodgy maths makes about 1/6-scale. Weighing in at around 7.
Graham Ashby  |  Apr 22, 2014  |  0 comments
This review of FMS's V2 P-51D was first published in 2012, a V7 version is now available. Not without reason has it taken a few months to pen some words on this, the second generation 1450mm FMS Mustang. You see, instead of scribbling my thoughts on the model after a handful of flights, I decided to live with it for a while, then scribble an account of the ownership experience. You know the sort of thing: how convenient it is to cart around, how durable it is, how it flies, and whether I genuinely think it’s the sort of model you’re likely to enjoy.
David Ashby  |  Mar 18, 2014  |  0 comments
From the Mk. 1b through the most prolific Mk. 3 to the ‘ultimate hooked Spitfire’ that was the type 47, there’s no denying that the Supermarine Seafire deserves to be modelled far more than it is. Overshadowed by its more glamorous land-based sibling, I think it makes a nice change from the norm.
Paul Huggett  |  Oct 09, 2013  |  0 comments
Ultra 3D uses 6mm EPP foam and is a toughened-up version of Flying Wings' Ultra. This is my first 3D style plane and a great introduction to that discipline. It's easy to build, light but tough - like all Flying Wings products - and I love the fact that even in the basic kit, all the carbon reinforcement, pushrods, small wood parts and pre-bent wire is included, at under twenty quid you can't go wrong. All the bits line up reasonably well and UHU Por is ideal as the main adhesive; I find my glue gun tends to melt a bit too much of the foam, but I used it for installing the servos.
David Ashby  |  Sep 09, 2013  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2007, the kit remains in production. The editor handed me the Sig box and looked for a reaction: “This’ll slow you down,” he said. Regular readers may have noticed that I’ve been pretty busy since joining the RCM&E team at the start of the year. Hardly a month goes by without a product review of some sort from yours truly.
David Ashby  |  Aug 27, 2013  |  0 comments
Seen for the first time in the UK at the August Nats, Multiplex distributor J. Perkins had two new models, a 1. 2m (47") span Extra 300 and Panda Sport, a 1160mm (45"), three-channel motor glider designed especially with beginners in mind. Sporting a 'scale' colour scheme, the Extra 'radio ready' version is complete with a power system, pre-fitted servos, a three-blade prop and factory added decals.
David Ashby  |  Aug 08, 2013  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006 and, as at 2013, the trad' WOT 4 kit is still available but not to be confused with the ARTF model released by Ripmax in 2009. My 13-year old daughter Beth is learning to fly. She enjoys the model shows, and we always pitch a tent at the Nationals. One of the joys of the weekend is sauntering around the trade village on day one with the knowledge that you can do it all again the next day.
Pete Lowe  |  Jul 12, 2013  |  0 comments
The combination of Hangar 9 (a company with a strong reputation for quality) and the Sopwith Camel (an aircraft whose geometry doesn’t instil confidence into the traditional modeller) should make for an interesting combination. My model flying wife Janet, now with some years of experience, looked knowingly at this Camels short nose and made tut-tut noises. Little did she know what I had in store for her at the test flying stage! The Camel was a legendary aircraft. A total of 5490 were built, and having been issued to No.