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Graham Ashby  |  Feb 22, 2007  |  0 comments
In the right hands, on the right day (flat calm!), or better still indoors, what you’re looking at here is, believe it or not, a very very stable, very capable, indeed very impressive all-round performer. The models in the X-Twin range have been selling like hotcakes ever since Flying Toys first introduced them, and not just to children. Priced at a modest (bearing in mind the technology) £24. 99, each model is supplied 100% ready to fly and comes packaged with a 27MHz transmitter that cunningly doubles as a charger for the pre-installed / sealed lithium polymer cell.
Andy Ellison  |  Feb 19, 2007  |  0 comments
Ever have that feeling of déjà vu? I did when I first got wind of the Aeronaut Twin Speedy. I was sure I’d seen it somewhere before. A little internet search (don’t you just love it?) confirmed my suspicions when I discovered that back in late 2001 / early 2002 Ikarus were selling it under the name of ‘Turn On’. I guess it must have lost something in the German / English translation! No wonder they dropped it.
Tom Bailey  |  Feb 09, 2007  |  0 comments
Although we tend to stick to covering either traditional build kits or the rise and rise of the ARTF phenomenon, every now and then a ‘toy’ comes along that is just too interesting to ignore. It’s safe to say that the X-UFO from Silverlit falls into the latter category. Opening up the box, the first thing that hits you (once you’ve got past just how unusual the X-UFO itself looks) is quite what a comprehensive package you get for your money. A good quality transmitter is always welcome, of course, and here we have one that is more than up to the job.
Richard Fry  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
I've always liked F-16s. Full-size or model, in the air or on the screen, it doesn't matter - I've always liked 'em, and always fancied a model of one, too. So, as I mainly fly electric these days, I was rather pleased to be asked to review Ultrafly's version, which is made for pusher props and hand-launching. CUTTING TO THE CHASE I'm going to break with tradition here and skip the pedestrian business of describing box contents and what have you, and just get on with the build, which begins with the canopy.
Marc Scully  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
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Maurice Ashby  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
Back in February 2006 I reviewed VMAR's Xtreme Stick for RCM&E. It's a shoulder-wing sports model, and I thought it was the ideal Sunday hack. That said, not everyone found it as attractive as I do. Or did, rather.
Richard Fry  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
I must admit that, delightful as this little model is, it didn't exactly jump out at me when I first came across it at the BMFA Nationals recently. While I've always loved the lines of the 232, and the shape of the cowl in particular, I didn't think it would be possible to scale that appeal down into a model with a wingspan of only 36". A quick glimpse inside the box, however, persuaded me otherwise: it's a solid-looking model with a perfectly shaped and proportioned glass cowl that gives a more than fair representation of the thoroughbred full-size aerobatic aircraft. CAVEAT CONSTRUCTOR Rather less enticing, however, is the manufacturer's warning that, "these products are designed for the advanced users; introductory or intermediate-level user [sic] are not able to assemble or fly them.
David Bate  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
The Gee Bee is one of the most famous racing planes of all time. Designed and built in the 1930s by the Granville Brothers Aircraft Company, the aircraft won many races and repeatedly set new speed records. With a reputation for being extremely difficult to fly, the Gee Bee required a superb pilot able to compensate for high landing speeds, reduced stability and very demanding flying techniques. It was the superbly skilled and knowledgeable pilots that successfully flew the Gee Bee.
Gareth Williams  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
Clubmate Nathan Farrell-Jones had flown Hangar 9's Showtime at our field, and like everyone else, I wondered if those funny SFGs (Side Force Generators) really worked. Nathan said they did, and they made the model grip the air better. So when ed. Graham asked me to review the Showtime's little brother, I was keen to have a go.
David Ashby  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
If you've never flown R/C before then you must learn to fly on something suitable to your status as a novice. You need a trainer, and I reckon the Cessna from Seagull Models fits the bill perfectly. Over the years the high-wing configuration seen on the Cessna has proven to be the ideal platform for beginners, providing the stability and benign handling characteristics required. Such a model is, in essence, pretty straightforward, yet there's more to a trainer than simply sticking the wing on top of the fuselage.
Andy Ellison  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
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Steve Sales  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
When I was asked to review a model for this special publication I was told that I could choose what I liked, provided it was an ARTF (Almost Ready To Fly) low-wing trainer that would perform well on a . 46 two-stroke engine. A difficult choice? Not really! Having had some experience with the Seagull range I knew exactly the model to go for. The Pilatus PC-9 was my first low-wing aeroplane, it proved a great choice for helping me hone my flying skills and it remains a good choice for pilots taking that first post-trainer step.

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