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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.
David Ashby  |  Jun 11, 2012  |  0 comments
Originally Graham asked if I would be kind enough to fly this heli for a few photographs, I agreed and a few days later the heli turned up in its well packaged box. The box doubles for storage and transportation and has a small carry handle. The helicopter is pre-built and comes complete with a 2. 4GHz radio (6ch), 3S 2200mAh and charger.
David Ashby  |  Jun 06, 2012  |  0 comments
Of all the models I've built flown and reviewed in the last year there's one that stands out by nature of the volume of enquiries I've since received - Seagull's Turbo Raven - there's something about the model that's provoked calls and emails from near and far, from Australia and South Africa in particular. I can see why it's popular - it's a great looking, well made machine and although it's not scale (the undercarriage in particular doesn't reflect the stalky gear fitted to the original) it's close enough and the only Raven on the market in this price bracket. Let's run through the questions I've been asked: Q - what's it really like? A - read the July 2011 review, it's all in there. Q - do you still fly it? A - yes Q - do you still like it? A - very much so.
David Ashby  |  Jun 01, 2012  |  0 comments
Joining FMS’ 1. 4m EPO warbird range, this Butcher Bird is bound to be popular. The model follows the popular ready-to-fly formula so the model has a factory fitted power system, electric retracts and metal gear servos to which you just need add your Rx and 4S Li-Po battery before flying. Take a three-blade prop, resin cowl, vents, split flaps (with a built-in servo slow) and scale main gear geometry, throw in a pilot, water-slide decals, and a removable drop tank and you have a very convincing flying replica.
David Ashby  |  May 17, 2012  |  0 comments
The new three electric flight models unveiled by Seagull at Nuremburg in February have just gone on sale in the UK. They're smaller versions of existing Seagull favourites so a Mini Sparrowhawk is joined by a Nemesis and an MXS-R. Sharing almost identical schemes to the larger models they span 35. 4", 35.
David Ashby  |  May 15, 2012  |  0 comments
Due in the UK early June, this, E-flite's first RTF (ready-to-fly) ultra-micro EDF jet spans 16" (412mm), is Spektrum based and uses the AS3X auto stabilisation system. It's a four-channel, near-scale model with thrust from a 28mm ducted fan driven by a 11750Kv BL180 motor. A 2S 200mAh Li-Po battery provides the power - this along with the charger are included in the box. The machine is as sweet in the flesh as the early signs have suggested and although fitted with fixed undercarriage, the wheels (including a steerable nose leg) can be removed easily if a hand launch is preferred.
David Ashby  |  Apr 21, 2012  |  0 comments
Clearly designed to go head to head with the WOT4, the foamy version in particular, Riot, an EPO foam aerobat, arrives in UK shops very soon. It was designed by Century UK's Mark Tilbury, spans 55" and is for a 3S 2200-2400mAh Li-Po battery. A battery and receiver are all you need as the RTFmachinecomes with a factory fittedpower system and servos. Initial impressions are very good -the model is nicely made, light yet strong and reveals plenty of nice touches aimed at squaring the rigours imposed by rough grass flying fields.
Mike Parry  |  Apr 17, 2012  |  0 comments
This review was first published in August 2005, the kit is still widely available. The Speed Air 40 is one of a trio of ‘Air’ titled ARTF designs from the Black Horse Models stable. All three are aerobatic, differing mainly in the undercarriage arrangement. The Travel Air is a tail-dragger with the main undercart fixed in the fuselage, whilst the Super Air (reviewed by yours truly in the June ‘05 issue of RCM&E) features a swept back wing with wheels firmly fixed beneath.
David Ashby  |  Apr 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Parkzone's updateto their popular Habu, the Habu 2, has just been announced. The EDF jet's re-design now means that optional E-flite 10-15 size electricretracts can be installed and flaps now also feature. It's a ready-to-fly machine, available in the PNP and BNF formats and the power system is unchanged so, like the firstmodel, Habu 2requires a 4S 3200mAh Li-Po battery. The first model was well received although owners were often left in a quandary - the model flew notably smoother without undercarriage yet could be tricky to hand launch and a belly landing wasn't the ideal way of bringing it down to earth.