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David Ashby  |  Aug 19, 2009  |  0 comments
Parkzone's output is quite astonishing. Hot on the heels of their revised P-51 comes this new, and much anticipated 43. 5" spanME-109. Due to arrive in September, it's nice to see that they've chosen the 'G' version of the famous fighter rather than the more common 'E' andthe model follows the PZ formula being moulded EPO foam, powered by a 480 class brushless motor hooked to a 3S 1800mAh Li-Po battery.
Andy Ellison  |  Aug 18, 2009  |  0 comments
Long, long ago in a time when wood glue didn't foam and model aircraft kits were made from small boxes containing sticks of balsa wood, Chris Foss decided to take a step forwards from his popular glider plans range and make the heady move into kit production. This was way back in 1976, and the first model from the stable of this established R/C glider pilot was the Middle Phase. Available in two options, the model could be built either as a primary trainer for flat field work with bags of dihedral and just rudder and elevator for control, or alternatively with a flatter wing and ailerons as a first aileron trainer for the slope. Eight years of successful sales later the kit received a minor update, the balsa fuselage sides being replaced with plywood and the fin moved forward of the tailplane.
David Ashby  |  Aug 10, 2009  |  0 comments
Pretty thing isn't she? Overlander's 30-size electric aerobats aren't new, they've been around for a year now and the 6 models in the range have been very popular. Price has something to do with it, with the exception of Seagull's slightly smaller Extra and Edge, you'll be hard pushed to find a comparable 50" span,lightweight electric aerobat for the money. A spell of over-exuberant flying 'retired' my much-loved SebArt Katana recently; the options were stark - pay £70 for this 50" span Sukhoi or getting on for twice the money to replace the Katana. Not a tricky decision, besides which, yellow's my favourite colour.
David Ashby  |  Aug 07, 2009  |  0 comments
Knowing when they’re on to a good thing and hot on the heels of their successful Sparrowhawk racer introduced last year, Seagull’s new 74” span Mew Gull maintains the company’s high quality tradition being beautifully built and represents a lot of aeroplane for £189. 99. The 11lb (AUW) ARTF model is complete with a scale pilot, sprung oleos and quality hardware. Seagull’s newest arrivals have electric conversion kits too and that huge cowl will accommodate the recommended 1.
David Ashby  |  Aug 06, 2009  |  0 comments
It’s surprising how few really good ARTF R/C Spitfires you see around. I’m never quite sure why this is. After all, as patriots I’d have though it would be a rite of passage for all budding British R/C pilots. You know, if you haven’t built and flown a Spit’ then you really ought to consider your position within the club and sort your act out.
David Ashby  |  Aug 03, 2009  |  0 comments
E-flite’s new Blade mSR builds on the successes of the Blade mCX and boasts a unique rotor head design that provides 'inherent stability similar to a traditional coaxial helicopter while adding the agility found with single-rotor designs'. Weighing in at less than one ounce ready to fly, the fixed-pitch, bell-hiller design makes the helicopter much more responsive for full-function heli flying. The machines proprietary 5-in-1 control unit incorporates a Spektrum 2. 4GHz DSM2-compatible receiver, main motor ESCs, mixer, gyro and servos.
David Ashby  |  Jul 09, 2009  |  0 comments
Judy and Eddie Stocker with business founder David Boddington. Eddy and Judy Stocker, the present owners of DB Sport & Scale have been in touch to remind us that the business is now approaching its 40th birthday. We'll let Eddie take up the story. "Since Judy and I bought DB Sport & Scale, and through our various discussions with the man affectionately known as 'Boddo', it came to our notice that it must be 40 years since David started DB Models.
David Ashby  |  Jun 26, 2009  |  0 comments
We're always very pleased to bring new British kits to wider attention here at RCM&E and Modelflying. co. uk so say hello to Sparrowhawk a new kit from a new British manufacturer! Sparrowhawk is a traditional build, four-channelhotlinerstyle electric sport model (can be converted to i. c.
David Ashby  |  Jun 24, 2009  |  0 comments
The RC Factory Flash is one of those aeroplanes that's just so very versatile and a better foamie 3D trainer you'll struggle to find. Flash eh? Great name isn't it. Now I have to admit that while I love just about anything that flies, there is an exception, a model type of which I'm not the world's greatest fan and it just happens to be the shock flyer. Had one, broke it, put the gear in something else.
David Ashby  |  Jun 22, 2009  |  0 comments
In the August issue of RCM&E (on sale 3 July), Alex Whittaker discusses the design flaws and quality issues that flyers encounter when building and flying Almost Ready To Fly (ARTF) models. The woefully insubstantial retractable undercarriage mount pictured here is one such example (the undercarriage was ripped out on the first gentle landing) common to many models that are built in large numbers yet sometimes with little thought as to their practical grass flying field operation and longevity. But is it an isolated case? Have you experienced a clear instance of poor design or construction? Perhaps a model supplied with fittings and parts that were inadequate? Why not log your findings and experiences in our new forum section dedicated to the subject. Click here to go there.
David Ashby  |  Jun 08, 2009  |  0 comments
The new Pulse 125 means that no less than 5 sizes of Pulse will be available! Any Pulse owner you meet will sing the praises of Mike McConville's modern classic. No less than four versions of the design are now available across Horizon Hobby brands and they'll be joined by this new 'big daddy' of the family later this summer. With a span of 76" and weighing in the region of 8. 2 - 9.
Tim Mackey  |  Jun 04, 2009  |  0 comments
Ok, well inPart. 1you saw how she flew and fly well she does, but getting to that stage wasn't quite the picnicI had hoped for. Being a slow and methodical builder, I put the kettle on, got out the sticky buns, and turned firstly to the build manual. This is the now all too familiar pictorial offering of just a few pages, but I have to say this is one of the poorest I have ever come across.
Tim Mackey  |  Jun 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Like many other aspiring jet jockeys I suspect. . . .
David Ashby  |  May 29, 2009  |  0 comments
While outwardly the same, this new park-fly P-51 from Parkzone has been completely re-engineered in comparison to the outgoing version. Was it really way back in 2005 when Parkzone first introduced their ready-to-fly P-51 park-fly fighter? Things have moved on in electric flight since then so it's no suprise to see this new version. Out goes the brushed 'can' motor and NiMH battery to be replaced by a '480' size brushless outrunner and a 1300mAh 3S Li-Po. The model is now an all-EPO airframe with a removable top-deck providing ample access to servos, ESC and battery recess.
David Ashby  |  May 27, 2009  |  0 comments
The Enigma is designed with the competition or sport fun flyer in mind (Ben Dean photo). Enigma is a sweet little 46. 5" span performance bipe designed for electric or glow power. It is soon to be produced by Gavin Barden at Evolution Models -a British firm specialising in compeition and sportfun flymachines and accessories.