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Alex Whittaker  |  Jul 28, 2014  |  0 comments
Early season, and I was at ex-RAF Sleap on a different mission and where I had a pleasant surprise. It was my first outdoor meeting of the 2012 season and, as I limbered up with three clanking cameras, the last thing I expected to shoot was two brand new ARTF Sea Furies! They were not small fry either. The new Black Horse Sea Fury is over six feet in span, which my dodgy maths makes about 1/6-scale. Weighing in at around 7.
Graham Ashby  |  Apr 22, 2014  |  0 comments
This review of FMS's V2 P-51D was first published in 2012, a V7 version is now available. Not without reason has it taken a few months to pen some words on this, the second generation 1450mm FMS Mustang. You see, instead of scribbling my thoughts on the model after a handful of flights, I decided to live with it for a while, then scribble an account of the ownership experience. You know the sort of thing: how convenient it is to cart around, how durable it is, how it flies, and whether I genuinely think it’s the sort of model you’re likely to enjoy.
David Ashby  |  Mar 18, 2014  |  0 comments
From the Mk. 1b through the most prolific Mk. 3 to the ‘ultimate hooked Spitfire’ that was the type 47, there’s no denying that the Supermarine Seafire deserves to be modelled far more than it is. Overshadowed by its more glamorous land-based sibling, I think it makes a nice change from the norm.
Paul Huggett  |  Oct 09, 2013  |  0 comments
Ultra 3D uses 6mm EPP foam and is a toughened-up version of Flying Wings' Ultra. This is my first 3D style plane and a great introduction to that discipline. It's easy to build, light but tough - like all Flying Wings products - and I love the fact that even in the basic kit, all the carbon reinforcement, pushrods, small wood parts and pre-bent wire is included, at under twenty quid you can't go wrong. All the bits line up reasonably well and UHU Por is ideal as the main adhesive; I find my glue gun tends to melt a bit too much of the foam, but I used it for installing the servos.
David Ashby  |  Sep 09, 2013  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2007, the kit remains in production. The editor handed me the Sig box and looked for a reaction: “This’ll slow you down,” he said. Regular readers may have noticed that I’ve been pretty busy since joining the RCM&E team at the start of the year. Hardly a month goes by without a product review of some sort from yours truly.
David Ashby  |  Aug 27, 2013  |  0 comments
Seen for the first time in the UK at the August Nats, Multiplex distributor J. Perkins had two new models, a 1. 2m (47") span Extra 300 and Panda Sport, a 1160mm (45"), three-channel motor glider designed especially with beginners in mind. Sporting a 'scale' colour scheme, the Extra 'radio ready' version is complete with a power system, pre-fitted servos, a three-blade prop and factory added decals.
David Ashby  |  Aug 08, 2013  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006 and, as at 2013, the trad' WOT 4 kit is still available but not to be confused with the ARTF model released by Ripmax in 2009. My 13-year old daughter Beth is learning to fly. She enjoys the model shows, and we always pitch a tent at the Nationals. One of the joys of the weekend is sauntering around the trade village on day one with the knowledge that you can do it all again the next day.
Pete Lowe  |  Jul 12, 2013  |  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 Camels 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.
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.


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