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David Ashby  |  Jan 04, 2010  |  0 comments
The largest model and the first gliderto have appeared from RTF specialists Art-Tech, this new 2560mm (100") span motor glider has just arrived in the UK and is available with or without 2. 4GHz radio. The model is made from moulded EPO (Elapor) foam and pre-fitted with a brushless electric power system and 6 servos driving ailerons, flaps, rudder and elevator. We've watched a Diamond fly andcan confirm that the 4S Li-Po batteryincludedhelps delivera sprightly performance for a model of this size and one that's easily solo hand-launched.
Chris Broad  |  Dec 11, 2009  |  0 comments
Editors note - The Mini ShowTime 4D is becoming hard to find in the shops but we have published this review as Chris' well written account should help those building and flying similar models. Essentially, this little gem is a scaled down version of the Hangar 9 ShowTime 50 for the park-flyer market. It’s a colourful and neat design that looks just as good as it’s bigger brother, which is something we’ve come to expect from the popular Hanger 9/E-flite range of products. Some of the key features that help elevate this aircraft above some of its closest rivals are the removable Side-Force-Generators (or simply SFGs), the fantastic build and finish quality and of course its flight characteristics, which I will explain in more detail later.
David Ashby  |  Dec 01, 2009  |  0 comments
Available RTF or without a Tx and Rx,this new five-channel foamy fighter from E-Scaleis supplied complete with a 2. 4GHz R/C systemRTF. The 41" span model should weigh in at the 2lb mark and the1050Kv outrunner and 3S 1650mAh Li-Po provide the urge using an attractive 11" four-bladeprop. Worth noting is the fact that the beautiful scale prop should be available as a separate item we're told, something small warbird flyers might like to note in view of the unusual nature of the item.
David Ashby  |  Nov 26, 2009  |  0 comments
I think it's true to say that the best selling R/C model of all time must be Silverlit's little PicooZ helicopter; there can be few of us who haven't steered the little machine around a room and although it straddles the model and toy category, it's alsofair to say that it's been responsible for bringing more people into the hobby over the last few years than any other model. Mindful, I suspect, that flyers soon seek a machine on which to improve their skills, the Vortex is Silverlit's first foray into larger R/C helicopter territory. It's three-channel machine, supplied with a 27MHz transmitter (Tx), a 2S 300mAh Li-Po battery, mains/battery charger, training u/c, spare blades and an instructional DVD. It's a comprehensive box of bits then and impressively and attractively packaged in Silverlit's normal style.
Graham Ashby  |  Nov 17, 2009  |  0 comments
Written byMaurice Ashby (dad) back in 2004 it's hard to believe that it's been nearly six years since the publication of our World Model's Midget Mustang review. Dad ended up building the aeroplane more by chance than anything, for originally, when the kit arrived in the office, I'd squirrelled it away with the intention of bagging it for myself. Why so keen? Well, a few years prior to this the Cambria Model Company had in its range a quarter scale Midget Mustang (traditional kit) that a clubmate had bought, built and invited me to fly. Powered by an O.
Clive Matthews  |  Nov 13, 2009  |  0 comments
Fellow Hexham flyers Mark Siddley, Michael Ronan and I have just had the most amazing flying experience. In front of a crowd of approx 15000 people. We performed a night time display, flying GoFlyKites supplied bythe localbased UK distributor Stanegate Flyers. Proprietor Joe Ronan, a former international businessman takes up the story.
Gemma Fairchild  |  Nov 04, 2009  |  0 comments
There is wisdom in the statement that it is advisable to join a club and seek instruction if you want to learn to fly radio control models. However there are a growing number of people who have successfully taught themselves to fly with inexpensive three-channel electric foam models, the Hobbyzone Super Cub being one good example and having done just that myself I was delighted when asked to review this, Hobbyzone’s latest offering for the beginner. IT’S ALL IN THE BOX The box is well presented and states “Teach Yourself to Fly! Anti-Crash Technology makes it possible” and the model is identified as Skill Zone 1, no experience needed and ready to fly (RTF). On sliding out the inner packaging one is presented with a nicely finished model in white foam with red and black trim.
David Ashby  |  Oct 29, 2009  |  0 comments
Arrivingin November, Parkzones latest RTF model is Habu (the nickname given to the LockheedSR-71), a36" span EDF jet, the first of its type for the brand. The model is pre-fitted with an E-flite BL15 3600Kv inrunner motor, 60-amp ESC and supplied with a 3200mAh 4S Li-Po battery (BNF). It'll be available in 'Bind'n' Fly' and A 'Plug 'n' Play' versions so existing Spektrum users or established flyers are accomodated with the PNP model requiring the addition of a receiver andflight battery, charger and transmitter. The model is made from Parkzone's Z-foam or EPO so it'll be rugged and the landing gear can be removed if preferred.
David Ashby  |  Oct 16, 2009  |  0 comments
Retro R/C air racing is gaining in popularity in some corners of the globe although this new 58" span Denight Special from Hangar 9 should make the perfect sem-scale sport flyer. Due out in November it follows the companies form in being designed for glow or electric power with the removable top deck providing easy access to the internals and for a convenient battery change. With a stunning colour scheme and all the usual Hangar 9 attributes, it should do well. You can see more at www.
David Ashby  |  Oct 06, 2009  |  0 comments
With the winter indoor flying season rapidly approaching, a trend towards small 'Micro' shock flyers is apparent if the new models recently announced by UK distributors are anything to go by. The 4Site pictured here is the new Bind'n'Fly model just announced by Horizon Hobby brand E-flite. It's a 15" span machine supplied with pre-fitted Spektrum radio and designed to use the small single-cell 150mAh Li-Po batteries made popular by RTF models such as the Vapor, Ember and Kyosho's Miniums. J.
David Ashby  |  Oct 02, 2009  |  0 comments
News of a new model normally comes via distributors, sometimes from retailers, yet occasionally we stumble on them at the flying field such as we did with this 56" span Sukhoi from Global RC. Clubmate Andy brought this model down to fly at the weekend and so impressed were we that I though you all might to know about it. It's sold by UK retailer/distributor Global RC and apart from the attractive colour scheme (which, trust me, looks even better in the flesh), flies very well too. It's of a modern lightweight construction and designed for electric or i.
David Ashby  |  Sep 28, 2009  |  0 comments
It looks like a new generation of flyers is about to become familiar with one of the most popular British sports models of the last 25 years as the new ARTFWOT4 from Ripmax is arriving in shops right now. First impressions are good with designer Chris Foss' attention to detail in evidence throughout. We've been flying our review model, seen here,extensively and will bring a full review in the next (Nov) issue. The full spec' can be found at www.
David Ashby  |  Sep 17, 2009  |  0 comments
Joining their recently arrived Sukhoi SU-26, this new Ultra-Micro Mustang from Parkzone shares the forumla and, for the first timer, brings a warbird to the indoor and calm outdoor flying arena. We're surprised that Kyosho didn't add a fighter to their Minium range long ago but not surprised that ParkZone have seen the gap and stepped in with this P-51. Available with a controller or as a bind-n-fly version for those who already posess a DSM2 based transmitter, this little 16" span fighter boasts an under-cambered wing to improve the slow flight handling and, of course, pre-fitted four-channel DSM2 radio. A, now standard, single cell 3.
Steve Sales  |  Sep 09, 2009  |  0 comments
The Diamante's attractive upper scheme is complemented by a dark underside - ideal for visual orientation when the sticks are in the corners. The Diamante 25e was designed by Peter Goldsmith as a sport aerobatic model with a slight lean towards F3A pattern flying. With a broad section at its root, the wing is a one-piece affair spanning some 48” with a taper on both leading and trailing edges. Meanwhile, the 50” long fuselage, embellished with Chris Foss style fin and rudder, swept undercarriage and blistered cowl makes for a very attractive bird.
David Ashby  |  Sep 03, 2009  |  0 comments
The first of Multiplex' new releases for 2009 has just arrived in the form of the Merlin. It's an extremely compact model and 'capable of the wildest aerobatic manouevers' say the company. It's true to say the model was born out of the Fox chuck glider which so many flyers have converted to R/C over the last few years although the design bears more than passing resemblance to the Blizzard too. Crisply moulded from Elapor (EPO) foam, first impressions are of a superbly engineered model that's extremely compact and portable indeed, after construction, the wings and tail feathers can be removed and stored in the packaging which again adopts the companies, now standard, moulded protective cradle.