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Mike Williams  |  Jul 04, 2013  |  0 comments
The Acromaster was introduced in 2006 and is the only model in the 40 inch+ freestyle aerobatic class that isn’t conventionally built. Designed by well known aerobatic pilot Martin Muller and manufactured from Elapor foam it’s an all-out freestyle and 3D machine with an element of built-in crash resistance. Moreover, it’s easy to transport thanks to its moderate span and detachable two-piece wing. At first glance the design bears a passing resemblance to large 2m freestyle machines like the Majestic and Adrenaline.
Steve Sales  |  Jun 17, 2013  |  0 comments
The FunJet was released by Multiplex in 2007 and instantly proved a hit with foam fans around the world. As you can see, the design is pure Multiplex, simple at a glance yet extremely clever and capable of producing a thoroughbred performance. A development of the hugely popular Micro-Jet, Twin-Jet and Pico-Jet it’s clear that the company has used its vast experience of the type in the development of this little delta. With a brushless motor and a 3s Li-Po (to provide the amps), running through a 20 - 40amp ESC, it’s capable of punching holes in the sky.
David Ashby  |  May 23, 2013  |  0 comments
You don’t need me to tell you that as far as ARTF models are concerned, the variation in build and covering quality is still pretty wide. The old saying that you get what you pay for is, in most cases, true, although even some of the cheaper examples are now very much improved. Quite rightly though as, for many, the price of a model is a significant factor in the purchase decision. With the Pulse selling for £170, one could be forgiven for wondering what it is that might make you part with your cash when so many other cheaper alternatives are on offer? Well, let’s start by explaining that I’ve had the opportunity to assemble a good number of ARTF models over the last few years yet the Pulse XT 40 is, in my opinion, the very best I’ve come across.
Graham Ashby  |  May 21, 2013  |  0 comments
Not only has my taste in aircraft altered over the years, so too have my expectations from a Sunday morning flying session. Just lately I find the prospect of guiding a scale model around the circuit far more acceptable that ever before, and whilst I still thoroughly enjoy the challenge of brushing up my scruffy aerobatic routine, there are times when I derive just as much pleasure from emulating a convincing scale flight. Thinking this through whilst surveying the airframes propped against the wall of my workshop, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m turning into a bit of a scale enthusiast. .
David Ashby  |  Mar 21, 2013  |  0 comments
Splendor, E-flite's imposing 54" span aerobat, is another Carbon-Z machine that blends EPO foam with ply and, yep, carbon to produce a very strong, rigid structure. It's supplied in 'BNF Basic' form complete with a pre-fitted power system, 26g digital metal gear servos and a Spektrum AR635 (AS3X) auto-stabilisation receiver - just add your 6S Li-Po battery and bind to your DSM2/DSMX radio to fly. Designed by Quique Somenzini, it's based on his 2m span F3A aerobat of the same name but differs by nature of a 3D capability that's enhanced by the on-board AS3X. It all sounds very interesting, we've been test flying our machine over the last couple of months and we'll tell you what we think in the May 2013 issue of RCM&E.
David Ashby  |  Feb 28, 2013  |  0 comments
Well, as you can see, the new Super Zoom that's just gone into production is impressively large for an EPP foam, shockie-style aerobat - one of the largest we've seen. A high performance model for outdoor extreme aerobatic flying, it's from Hacker-Model in the Czech Republic and spans 1. 5m (59"). If the pre-production examples we've seen are anything to go by then we're sure this model will be well up to Hacker's usual high standards.
David Ashby  |  Jan 30, 2013  |  0 comments
With the Nuremburg trade show now in full swing, Multiplex have released news of three new EPO foam models due this year. First up is Solius, a multi-purpose 2. 16m span motor glider. It'll be available as a kit or RTF and features a removable stabiliser, a strong wing and what's called 'M-Space' technology that adds strength to the fuselage.
David Ashby  |  Jan 21, 2013  |  0 comments
It’s little surprise that Parkzone turned to the A5 as the subject matter for their first offering that can operate from water - for several reasons the Icon corporation’s A5 is quite an extraordinary aeroplane. For a start there’s the stylish appearance both inside and out, not forgetting that it’ll land on grass, it’ll land on water, the wings fold back and you can tow it home. Add the fact that it’s being built by a new company that gained the best part of 1000 orders (139,000$ each) before the first aircraft was certified and a third of those who ordered aren’t even pilots and you have a machine that, according to the aviation press, is "poised to re-define the general aviation world". Available for the lasttwelve months and designed in conjunction with the A5’s makers, Parkzone say the model has a scale outline.
David Ashby  |  Jan 17, 2013  |  0 comments
The Retrojet 75 came aboutafter Tony Nijhuis received requeststo design a conventional high wing trainer specifically for a turbine engine. Tony wassurprised by the number of modellers who were either owners of a turbine engine or were willing to buy one but were uneasy about putting their prideand joy in anything other than a familiar and conventional looking model. Based on his Sky 120 trainer, this then is the firstconventional high wing machine designed specifically for a turbine engine. It gives superb reassurance and a wonderful stable platform to either test your new turbine or be that elusive turbine hack you always wanted.
Graham Ashby  |  Dec 12, 2012  |  0 comments
Anyone who spent some time propped against the Coolers Bar soaking up the indoor scene at the BMFA Nationals this year, will know all about the tiny Picoo Z indoor helicopter. Latest gizmo from Silverlit Toys (USA) Inc. , the little two-channel choppers were practically swarming within the confines of the free-flight area. Clearly, the diminutive 170mm heli' had captured the imagination of many a hardened aeromodeller, who had promptly purchased one - doubtless using the time-honoured story that it was a present for a small child! When later quizzed, having been seen flying said machine, a fair number of these adult customers reported that the model needed "an element of trimming" before it could be handed over to its short-trousered recipient.
David Ashby  |  Dec 03, 2012  |  0 comments
This new competition fun flyer and club sportster from Ripmax will soon be on sale in the UK. A full ARTF spanning 51" and designed for a . 32 - . 39 two-stroke engines, it's for four channel R/C.
David Ashby  |  Nov 15, 2012  |  0 comments
If Gavin Barden's standard Fusion fun fly aerobat (a machine that does well every year at the Nats) isn’t quite big enough for you then you’re in luck. Spanning 76” there’s a lot of the new Mega Fusion but it’s extremely agile too when paired with an 8S Li-Po, 1800 watt electric set-up or a 20-30cc petrol engine. The electric machine you see here weighs in at the 11lb mark and uses 17kg torque servos all round. Gavin is deslighted with the performance "you can put the Mega Fusion through its paces, looping within its own length and crisp axial rolls, it is so easy to fly".
David Ashby  |  Oct 09, 2012  |  0 comments
There's just one new release from Multiplex this year in the form of Razzor, a pint-sized, Edge 540 V3 inspiredracer that's just gone on sale. Spanning just 24" (620mm), it's moulded using EPO and is available in just Ready-to-Run (RR) form complete with a pre-fitted 2316-1400 size motor, 15 Amp ESC, 7x6 prop, four sub-micro servos and a 3S 800mAh Li-Po battery. With factory applieddecals reducing assembly time down to 'next to nothing', all pilots need do is, slot the assemblies together, add their receiver, charge upand fly. Razzor RRis around £117 from all good Multiplex stockists.
David Ashby  |  Oct 05, 2012  |  0 comments
Arriving very shortly, this 114” (2. 9m) span motor thermal soarer must be one of the largest models E-flite has produced, it’s certainly an attractive machine, an ARTF boasting a fibre-glass fuselage and built-up S3012 profile two-piece wing, stabiliser and rudder. It's a kit for which you'll need to find your own power system and radio - E-flite suggest a Power 25 outrunner spinning a 14x8 folding prop, a 60 amp ESC and a 3200mAh 3S Li-Po. Servo wise you'll need four mini servos of the slimmer variety for the wing (ailerons and flaps) and two minis in the fuselage driving rudder and elevator.
David Ashby  |  Sep 25, 2012  |  0 comments
Two new ultra micro models from E-flite and Parkzone are about to arrive in the UK - An Sbach 342 3D and this Mk. 9 Spitfire. First up, Parkzone's long awaited ultra micro Spitfire. The pretty 16" span machine reveals a number of scale touches not least that four-blade prop.