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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.
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 .


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