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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.
Andy Ellison  |  Sep 18, 2012  |  0 comments
So this is how R/C aeromodelling is panning out these days is it? Plug and play? Bind and Fly? ARTF in the truest meaning of the acronym. It suits me. ‘Daniel-son’ and I had the Radian Pro up in the air an hour after opening the box and that includes the 30 minute drive to the flying field! Is it just another electric foamie toy or have Parkzone properly done some homework here? The Radian Pro upgrades the already popular original Radian with a four servo wing, a reduction in dihedral and with extra reinforcement to provide an overall more robust model than the first rudder/elevator version. Extra partial span wing spars and a new wing mounting system stiffen things up considerably centrally and deliver a 7-function model now designed to make full use of crow braking, camber changing flaps and full span aileron control if your transmitter has the ability to drive them.
David Ashby  |  Aug 20, 2012  |  0 comments
First unveiled at Nuremburg over two years ago, Ripmax have released details of their new ARTF Bullet that's due to go on sale around the end of September. Regarded as an all-timeclassic sportster, this new ARTF version is some 10% larger than the classic original to accomodate today's crop of powerful i. c. engines.
David Ashby  |  Aug 09, 2012  |  0 comments
The recent demise of the Galaxy Models business has been received with a some sadness but, there's now a little good news. The company's enduringly popular kit range will continue to be available from MyHobbyStore retail who, of course, run RCM&E's plans service. They'll be appearing on the MHS retail site within the next few days from which spare parts such as cowls and canopies will also be available. We're told that pricing will be largely unaffected.
David Ashby  |  Aug 07, 2012  |  0 comments
Reviewed here in 2006 under the Air Loisirs brand, this kit is now available under the VQ label. Throughout my aeromodelling ‘career’ I’ve only owned and flown a handful of warbirds, and as a patriotic soul these were all Spitfires. The reputation of the North American P-51 Mustang, however, has grown on me over time and I was pleasantly surprised to be offered this version from Air Loisirs. Anyway, I suppose for all the hype our American cousins would have you believe about the Mustang, it wasn’t until they fitted the British Rolls Royce Merlin engine that she become a really useful war machine.
David Ashby  |  Jul 12, 2012  |  0 comments
The first of Seagull's larger models for 2012 have just arrived in the UK in the form of the Grob Tutor (opposite), Shoestring racer, Sport Cruiser and Piper Comanche. They're attractive, semi-scale, club-size sport models designed for either electric or i. c. power and made using laser-cut balsa/ply and covered in Oracover.
David Ashby  |  Jul 06, 2012  |  0 comments
RCM&E review published Jan 2102 Arriving towards the end of 2011, E-flite's Carbon-Z Scimitar certainly looked the part, the racy delta-wing pusher sharing the Carbon-Z Yak 54's modular construction rationale while adding a new dimension in the form of single-axis vectored thrust (VT) across yaw. The power system, an E-flite 32-size outrunner, 4S 30C 3200mAh Li-Po battery and 60-amp ESC delivered plenty of pusher urge and high power mini and micro servos throughout drove the elevons, rudders and VT mechanism. Supplied with fixed gear the machine was designed to accept E-flite's 10-15 size electric retracts. I reviewed the model in RCM&E's January 2012 issue, liked it a lot and still do.
Andy Ellison  |  Jul 03, 2012  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006. A Luna II has since been released. Andy compared the Luna with the RCRCM Typhoon 'head to head' in his Oct 2010 On The Edge column. No area of moulded slope kit production is as hotly contested as the 2m sport model market.


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