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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.
David Ashby  |  May 07, 2009  |  0 comments
Unexciting name aside, there's no denying that this little variable pitch, twin-rotor, ready-to-fly machine is small, impressively so. It packs a lot into its tiny shell four-channels, two sub-micro servos, an integrated gyro/receiver/ESC unit, 2. 4GHz control and power from a diminutive single Li-Po cell. Everything's bolted to a plastic frame along with a wire landing skid, tubular boom and free-feathering tail rotor, while two suitably tiny brushed motors keep everything in the air with the help from an aluminium swash-plate, metal rotor shafts and head.
Mike Williams  |  Apr 21, 2009  |  0 comments
As will have been witnessed by those who saw him fly at Sandown, Christophe Paysant-Le Roux is an incredibly gifted display pilot (not to mention world-class competition flyer). The mere mention of his name will guarantee a packed grandstand of spectators eagerly awaiting yet another stunning display, often combining both precision aerobatics and freestyle 3D. Since Christophe’s talent is founded on an aeromodelling background he’s also renowned for designing and building his own world class aerobatic machines. You’ll not be surprised to hear, then, that his original Oxalys was first flown to competition success at the 2005 F3A World Championships where Christophe was victorious for the 4th time.
David Ashby  |  Apr 16, 2009  |  0 comments
Build quailty is very good and helpfully, the potentially tricky strut work has been taken care of. The Pitts series of aerobatic biplanes has long been an aeromodelling favourite. Although the classic Pitts Special first flew in 1945, the Model 12 was the last variant to be designed and developed by Curtis Pitts himself and first flew in April 1996. Nicknamed the Macho Stinker or Python and designed around the Russian Vedeneyev engine, its a 21 - 23ft span tandem two-seater, capable of cruising at 170mph.
Graham Ashby  |  Apr 16, 2009  |  0 comments
It's a fact that many view ready to fly electric models as a bit of a scourge on aeromodelling society. However, whether we like it or not these things are here to stay and, reluctant as I am to upset you any more, I have to tell you that their presence in our lives is destined only to increase, so we might as well get used to them. Personally, I don't have an issue with foamies, in fact if the new ones look and fly as well as this latest moulding from Art-Tech, I may end up a convert!MAGIC FORMULASealing its place in the affections of warbird enthusiasts the world over, the US Navy's most effective carrier based fighter of the Second World War continues to stir our emotions. Why is that, I wonder? Well, perhaps it's the famous gull wing, designed to accommodate the 13' 4" diameter Hamilton Standard propeller? Maybe its the mighty Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp that so effortlessly powered the 11,000 lb fighter to speeds in excess of 400 mph? For the engineers amongst us it'll doubtless be the complex yet absorbing twist and turn undercarriage arrangement, the functional wing fold mechanism, and the general strength of the design.
David Ashby  |  Apr 15, 2009  |  0 comments
Parkzone's new bind'n'fly indoor aerobat should be giving Kyosho's Miniums a good run for their money. Boasting that indoor ready-to-fly, four-channel, 3D flying is now a reality, this 14. 25" span model weighs just 1. 1oz.
Peter Lowe  |  Apr 07, 2009  |  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 Camel's 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.

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