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David Ashby  |  Apr 11, 2012  |  0 comments
The Hacker range of models is now distributed by Area 51 in the UK and available direct or via model shops. Mostly EPP foam, the range includes five 840mm span Reno racers such as this Bearcat, 550mm span mini racers, 840mm span warbirds, 1m and 1. 2m aerobats, a 1. 2m Cub, chuck gliders, flyings wings in various sizes and lots more.
David Ashby  |  Mar 22, 2012  |  0 comments
Hangar 9’s Christen Eagle has been on shop shelves for a few months now. As you'd expect, it's built using laser-cut balsa and ply supplemented by a glass-fibre cowl and wheel spats along with full hardware including a spinner. A lot of prefabrication is evident from the factory fitted pilot and canopy through to the cabanes and struts that undercarriage that simply bolt and screw down into position. That famous Eagle scheme has been applied at the factory too so, as you can see, stunning it really is.
David Ashby  |  Mar 20, 2012  |  0 comments
Hangar 9’s new P-40 has just arrived in the UK and represents the under-modelled early version adopting the scheme used by George Welch, one of the few airmen who managed to engage the Japanese during the Pearl Harbour attack. The model joins the fledging 50-size range christened by last year's Corsair and suits a . 46 - . 52 two-stroke or .
Nicholas van Zeggeren  |  Feb 24, 2012  |  0 comments
I recently retired my Saturday afternoon hack, a Black Horse Twister. Reflecting on the ease of use of the Twister’s stable mate, an electric SebArt Sukhoi 30e, I decided to go electric for the Twister’s replacement and, after much cogitating, settled on the very compact and well-built 1200mm span wooden version of the WOT4. I had read on these pages and elsewhere of serious C of G issues due to the tail heavy nature of the WOT4e. I also read that the recommended C of G position of 70mm back from the l/e was apparently miscalculated or misprinted in the instructions and that the C of G position should be 90mm back from the l/e.
David Ashby  |  Feb 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Following their success with the WOT 4 ARTF, WOT4 Foam-E, WOT4-E, and WOT4 XL, it's no great surprise to see Ripmax promising a new Acro Wot Mk. 2 Foam-E and a balsa Acro Wot Mk. 2 for 2012. Unveiled in Nuremburg earlier this month, the new machines follow the trend set by the WOT4s, so the 49" (1250mm) span EPO foam Aco Wot is a little smaller than the 59" span (1505mm) balsa version and pre-fitted with a brushless power system and servos.
David Ashby  |  Jan 30, 2012  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2002, the kit has limited availability. There can’t be many people who haven’t heard of the Harvard. Conceived in the 1930s, it was used extensively during W. W.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jan 17, 2012  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2003, the kit has since been re-issued in an all-silver scheme and currently enjoys limited availability. Graupner’s semi-scale Taifun follows the recent trend towards a slightly more up-market ARTF, with high build quality and additional features such as flaps and retracts. Actually, I’ll let you into a secret: I’ve not yet built a model with both flaps and retracts, so this was an exciting prospect for me. At 63” span, the Taifun has a 14” root chord, a chunky fuselage, and .
David Ashby  |  Dec 19, 2011  |  0 comments
SebArt's long anticipated 2011 releases have just arrived in the form of this 50-size PC-21 (above) and a Macchi MC-72 representing the type that held the world speed record in the 1930s. Each available in one of three beautiful colour schemes, the models have been designed around Hacker A50-14S outrunners although both can usei. c. power thanks to optional conversion kits.
Lee Smalley  |  Nov 28, 2011  |  0 comments
Let’s face it, the sums of building from kits versus ARTF simply do not add up! Why on earth would you buy a traditional kit for roughly the same price as you can a modern ARTF, then spend hours building it and then even more time and money covering it? And at the end of this you will (if your building and covering is anything like mine) be left with an airframe that has been less well built and covered worse than that shiny ARTF you knew you should have bought instead. So why would you even contemplate it? Personally, I like to build, and I adore the feeling of taking a new and unique model to the flight line sure in the knowledge that it will create lots of interest and questions from my fellow flyers. But that’s the show off in me! So for those of you out there who may want to consider a traditional kit, can this offering from Galaxy Models give you that extra touch of magic you have been missing in the ARTF world? First impressions This once incredibly popular 50” low wing sportster is designed for . 40 sized engines and standard radio gear.
David Ashby  |  Nov 25, 2011  |  0 comments
We'll review this, the new AS3X Beast in January's RCM&E Unveiled in October, Horizon's new AS3X was the subject of a build-up video campaign over the previous weeks so flyers have been curious to know what it's all about. Well, it's all about a new control system developed to improve the performance of ultra micro models such as the UMX Beast - models that have, in many cases, been too uncomfortable to fly indoors. An industry first, AS3X is an upgrade that provides "dramatically more control, plus more stability and agility", "AS3X offers a very natural feel, even in moderate winds". Although specific details are awaited, this looks to be an gyro based auto stabilisation system (AS) that adds constant flight corrections to damp out turbulence and reduce the risk of tip stalls and torque effect.
David Ashby  |  Nov 23, 2011  |  0 comments
Following on from last year’s successful Webbit Mass Build, thelast few months have seen some discussion here about possible subjects for this year’s project. Following a vote it has been decided that a Vintage theme would be preferred with two distinct categories – those building models of their own choice and those building a common model. The idea is that users will chart their build progress through forum blogs so providing a useful guide to anyone looking to build the model, seeking inspiration or just looking for practical help regarding power systems etc. The building has started and amongst others, models currently being proposed/blogged include; Mam’selle Black Magic Matador Astro Hog Linnet Elf biplane Galahad STOL Mk.
David Ashby  |  Nov 16, 2011  |  0 comments
Multiplex have upgraded their classic and much imitated EasyStar trainerin the form of the appropriately named EasyStar 2. Significantly the introduction of optional ailerons combined with a new brushless motor should move performance levels up a few notches, the new folding prop to reduce drag also doing no harm. It doesn’t stop there though as an enlarged battery bay will now swallow large Li-Pos with ease so delivering flight times exceeding 60 minutes with the right battery. If all that’s not enough then the removable stabiliser helps the model break down for storage and transportation.
David Ashby  |  Nov 15, 2011  |  0 comments
The spinner and pilot figure are included - nice! Reviewing Great Planes’ Revolver 70 last year prompted me to take a look at this, the smaller and older model first introduced in 2007. Unhelpfully, both models seem to be called simply Revolver with neither name seeking to differentiate sizeso I'll call this one Revolver . 46. In essence the model is a traditional mid-wing sportster beautifully and cleverly styled in my opinion.
David Ashby  |  Nov 09, 2011  |  0 comments
E-flite will be re-releasing their 37" (935mm) span Sea Fury, first introduced in 2008. Previously moulded in the more brittle EPS foam, the model is now made using the far more resilient EPO foam or Z-Foam as E-flite call it. We're told it also adopts a slightly revised colour scheme and power system recommendation although the exhaust weathering is the only cosmetic change initially obvious. Like the original, mechanical retracts are included for which each requires a micro servo although, again also, the model doesn't require flaps.
Biggles' Elder Brother  |  Nov 08, 2011  |  0 comments
First, the 'build' - well more of an assembly than a build and extremely straightforward with excellent instructions - not that you'd need them really if you had any knowledge at all of R/C aircraft!. Everything was present, everything was finished to a high standard and everything went together exactly as planned. The entire build time? - approximately 1 hour - including setting up the transmitter. There was a marked reluctance to taxi on the ground - the model just kept nosing over, despite application of full up-elevator.