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David Ashby  |  Nov 01, 2011  |  0 comments
A three-way review appears in the November 2011 issue of RCM&E. It's an attempt to place three similar low-wing models together and see if they're comparable and would all suit a low-wing beginner. This, the Harmon Rocket from Seagull is one of them but what follows is a stand-alone assessment of the model. First introduced in 2004, Seagull’s Harmon Rocket hasn’t appeared in the pages of RCM&E so it’s nice to have the opportunity to examine this popular low-wing trainer/aerobat.
David Ashby  |  Oct 25, 2011  |  0 comments
With all the attention devoted to Horizon's new AS3X system last week, the news of this upcoming 30cc, 81. 25" (210cm) warbird from Hangar 9 seems to have slipped by largely unnoticed. The new machine will be very welcome, particularly by those who remember the company's much missed 1. 50-size razorback P-47 that was discontinued a few years ago and will appeal to anyone looking to move up from 60-size warbirds.
David Ashby  |  Oct 25, 2011  |  0 comments
We've just added a newvideo to the RCM&E video gallery. Rave ENV - RCM&E helicopter columnist Martin Stonestreet flies the new Curtis Youngblood Enterprises model. The big, flybarless . 90-size machine is, as you can see, a pretty impressive beast and Martin's full review is coming soon.
David Ashby  |  Oct 11, 2011  |  0 comments
Our video man caught up with us recently as we test flew Seagull's new 2000 motor glider. It's a 2m span, three-channel (elevator, aileron, throttle) balsa/ply sport machine and initial test flights were using an MVVS 2. 5 1350Kv outrunner and 9x7 prop along with a 2200mAh 3S Li-Po battery - a set-up providing plenty of power. Power system experimentation continues and we'll be bringing the full review in RCM&E soon.
David Ashby  |  Oct 06, 2011  |  0 comments
Joining FMS' growing 1. 4m span EPO warbird range, Grumman's F6F Hellcat will be a welcome addition. As you'll no doubt be aware, the aircraft was carrier based and introduced in early 1943. It proved to be very successful against the Japanese A6M Zero, its 2000HP Pratt & Whitney radial givving the heavily armed and protected machine the upper hand.
David Ashby  |  Oct 03, 2011  |  0 comments
E-Scales Pilatus PC-21, first shown at Nuremburg is now finally here. It's a 36" (911mm) span machine, moulded using EPO foam and complete with retracts, seven servos and a power system that includes an impressive 5-blade prop. A 1650 mAh Li-Po is in the box too. It's an unusual machine at first glance where all the angles seem wrong, incidences and thrust lines too.
Kev Crozier  |  Sep 26, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2010, the model is still available. When RCM&E’s publisher roped me in to help out with articles for the 50th Anniversary Special (2010), I suggested it would be a good idea to feature a couple of kits. The first covering one of the ‘retro’ kits that are making a comeback, and the second being a ‘state-of-the-art’ electric aeroplane to show how far things have progressed. I'm currently having a ball flying a JR Super Voyager E helicopter using a four cell li-po set-up but I wanted a small electric aerobatic aeroplane to tuck under my other arm when hiking the short distance to my local flying patch.
David Ashby  |  Sep 21, 2011  |  0 comments
Two newmodels from Seagull have just gone on sale in the UK and they're the first gliders (granted one is a motor glider) from a manufacturer that, until now, has remained firmly in the i. c. and electric club/sport power market. The company has gathered a solid repuration in recent years based on models that are strong, well made and covered so beautifully well that few manufacturers have managed to matchthe quality- so it'll be interesting to seehow they manage in this new category.
David Ashby  |  Aug 10, 2011  |  0 comments
Hot on the heels of the recently released (or rather, re-released) F-27Q Stryker that we review in the new Sept 2011 issue of RCM&E, Parkzone haven't been idle with this, the new baby member of the family, due out this month. It's an Ultra Micro (UM) release spanning 17" (430mm) and supplied as a Bind'n'Fly model in the normal manner complete with a 2S 200mAh Li-Po battery and charger. Like the bigger version, it employs four channels so those rudders should add a lot of fun to the proceedings while a 3000Kv motor will do all the pushing. Strykers are all about speed and this pint-sized version looks pretty nippy and capable in Parkzone's new promotional video.
David Ashby  |  Jul 27, 2011  |  0 comments
Although it's impossible to highlight every new model or product that arrives in the marketplace we do try to feature a few of the items that catch our eye and the new 1. 4m span Zero from FNS is one such. The models joins the existing subjects in the popular 1. 4m (55") span range and very pretty it looks thanks to some notable little touches, not least a three-blade prop and sequenced electric retracts and doors with a built-in ‘slow’ on retracts and flaps.
David Ashby  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
Pre-war trainer, latterly a sport aviation classic and conveyor of brave wing walkers. Despite these claims to fame, the PT-17 has always burned itself in my consciousness as star of one of the most exciting and dangerous flying sequences ever committed to celluloid. You might recall the chase from the film Capricorn One where reporter Elliott Gould hires larger-than-life pilot Telly Savallas to find the missing astronauts in a tatty Stearman crop-duster while at the same time evading two Hughes 500 helicopters in close pursuit. In those pre-CGI days, the Stearman pilot was reported as saying the sequence was some of the most dangerous flying he’d ever done a fact that’s easy to appreciate as the bipe skims the ground and weaves between the sides of the desert canyons.
David Ashby  |  Jul 13, 2011  |  0 comments
There are numerous warbirds that capture our imagination, and the Mustang is right up there with frontrunners like the Spitfire and Hurricane. The P-51D was the most common version of the Mustang in service; with a powerful Rolls Royce Merlin engine it shone in the Pacific theatre and became a familiar sight and sound between here and Berlin. Whilst some kit manufacturers leave a lot to be desired with their products, Model Tech have become synonymous with good quality ARTF models over the last few years and their kits are a joy to put together. Wilson Li, the boss at YT International (UK distributor), will not accept poor quality and if a problem arises he’s on to it immediately with calls to the factory.
David Ashby  |  Jul 11, 2011  |  0 comments
A new release from Seagull, this 65" (1650mm) span model has been designed for . 91-100 two-stroke or 100-1. 20 four-stroke engines or electric equivalent. As is the norm with the company's latest releases, an electric conversion kit is included.
Stuart Messenger  |  Jun 30, 2011  |  0 comments
What do you mean, you’ve never heard of the Stinson Reliant? Go and look it up for goodness sake - the Reliant is a classily styled drop of aeroplane from aviation’s golden era. A large, strong, easy-to-fly machine, it served as just about anything you’d care to name – airliner, military utility, ambulance, airmail pick-up, executive transport and so on. The type was produced between 1933 and 1941 with the final version, the SR-10, being the most luxurious not least thanks to leather seats and a walnut dash. The large elliptical gull-wing was the Reliant’s notable trademark feature and those graceful curves have been nicely reproduced here along with rib detail in this EPO foam park-fly model.
David Ashby  |  Jun 20, 2011  |  0 comments
In some ways I’ve wondered why E-flite's new ultra micro release has arrived at the tail end of the indoor flying season. The 17” span (432mm) machine looks to sit firmly in the ‘indoor’ category at first glance although closer inspection and flying experience points to a model, like their UMX Pitts, that’s really more at home outside and indoors only in the very largest of halls. Actually, that’s a lie, I‘ve seen the Pitts flown expertly in smaller halls but onlythe highly skilled or reckless needapply if space is tight. Not that you need to be an expert to fly models like this outside, far from it and the good news is that, with care, this Sbach is nicer through the slow speed range than the UMX Pitts.