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David Ashby  |  Apr 13, 2010  |  0 comments
This, the keenly anticipated EPO foam, B-25 Mitchell has just arrived in the UK. It's being distributed by Century UK and a very pretty aeroplane it is too. Pictured above is our review model that was in the studio for photography last week so we were able to take a closer look. The EPO foam used is a denser, heavier type than often seen, strong and crisply moulded.
David Ashby  |  Mar 28, 2010  |  0 comments
We've noticed that a few more traditional kits have been appearing over the last few months. Nothing to stem the ARTF tide of course but enough to make us sit up and take note. The kit above is one such example from Jamara, a 40" span Gee Bee racer from a German manufacturer and one of a new five-model line up that includes a Mew Gull, DHC-2 Beaver, Bonanza and Pitts Special. Designed for electric power, it's entirely laser-cut and supplied with a few items of hardware and a canopy screen.
David Ashby  |  Mar 16, 2010  |  0 comments
The air brakes can be added by the pilot according to preference. Now I have to be honest with you, I'm no hot-shot 3D pilot but I can prop-hang a bit and was attracted to the 4-Site simply due to the fact that it's a slow flying machine. You see,despite being tagged as suitable for indoor flight, many RTFindoor models are simply too fast under a roof, so the hope was that the 4-Site would fit the bill in being slow andaerobatic. The model is a smaller version of E-flite's 4-Site F3P machine, a popular indoor and calm outdoor precision aerobat, itself introduced last year.
David Davis  |  Mar 01, 2010  |  0 comments
I made up this list of kits for modellers who want to build a trainer rather than to buy an ARTF. Most have fully built-up structures, i. e. wings made from ribs and spars and fuselages from longerons, uprights and spacers but where the structure is different - it will be mentioned in the text.
David Ashby  |  Feb 22, 2010  |  0 comments
British kit manufacturer, The Skies the Limit Designs, have just released their second kit in the form ofWingman,this compact 34" span sport model. The laser-cut kit is of balsa and ply supplied with a full-size plan and comprehensive assembly instructions supplemented by colour photos. Requiring standard micro servos, Wingman is capable of 'jet-like' performance from a 28mm diameter 150-250-watt brushless outrunner motor and a 3S 2250mAh Li-Po battery. It's just £47.
Rob Stenhouse  |  Feb 17, 2010  |  0 comments
As far as we're aware this model is no longer distributed in the UK but the review is reproduced on the basis that readers may find unsold stock or source from abroad - Ed. The SR-22 by Protech is a semi-scale electric powered ARTF model of the highly successful single engine light aircraft by Cirrus Design and at 41” (1040mm) wingspan, a handy size to go in the car in one piece. It is touted as an aerobatic parkflying model but don’t let that make you think you can pop down to the local park or tennis court and give it a throw; ready to go it weighs just over 2lbs (1 kg) and due to its slippery lines, flies at a pace more comparable to your average club trainer. The fuselage is a fibreglass moulding painted white with fully built up plug in wings, the cowling is vacuum formed from white ABS plastic and the canopy is also vacuum formed from tinted plastic and painted white internally with the windows masked out.
David Ashby  |  Jan 23, 2010  |  0 comments
Keenly awaited, E-flite's Ultra Micro 4-Site has just arrived in the UK. It's tiny, with a span of just 15. 2" (387mm) and weighing 1. 25oz (35.
David Ashby  |  Jan 22, 2010  |  0 comments
Although it's been around for a few months now, Top Gun's twin electric ducted fan (EDF) A-10 is, as you can see, a simply gorgeous model. The design is pretty ambitious, employing twin 64mm EDF fan units and a trike' retractable undercarriage with a steerable nose wheel. The 39" span model is made from standard foam, weighs 37oz (1050g) and requires power from a 3S 2200mAh Li-Po battery. It's available in one of three colour schemes and complete with pre-fitted servos.
Reuben Evans  |  Jan 19, 2010  |  0 comments
Editors note - As far as I'm aware Belgian distributor Protech does not currently (Jan 2010) have a UK distributor. This model has previously been available in the UK however and so this review is produced on the basis that some readers may find an old kit or source an example from abroad. The full size Staudacher was designed (unsurprisingly!) by American Jon Staudacher and only 20 were ever built, each one being modified slightly from the last, but all sharing the rare combination of carbon fibre and wood; something it shares with recent offerings from high profile manufacturers. As it was originally designed as America's answer to the then, dominating, Russian Sukhoi, any model of it surely promises good aerobatic performance.
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.


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