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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.
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.


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