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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.
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.


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