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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.
David Ashby  |  Jun 16, 2011  |  0 comments
One of the year's most keenly awaited releases is just going on sale in the form of thisvery pretty Supermarine Seafire. It has been designed in the UK in co-operation with the Fleet Air Arm Museum and distributed to all model shops by J. Perkinsthrough itsE-Scale brand. The model is a full ARTF kit with a laser-cut airframe, genuine Oracover coveringand full hardware including retracts, oleos, wheels, spinner, aerial mast, dummy exhaustsand pilot.
David Ashby  |  Jun 15, 2011  |  0 comments
I tend to be a little erratic where 'First look' previews are concerned, sometimes ignoring 'run of the mill' releases yet this new park-fly Tiger Moth deserves a mention. It's from Art-Tech (Century UK), spans 22", all-up weighs 8oz and is a PNP model supplied with a battery, pre-fitted servos, ESC, motor and prop so requiring your receiver - and a very small receiver at that. This is our review model that'll be in RCM&E soon and to which I added a little pilot figure. As you can see, it looks very pretty indeed.
Pete Beadle  |  Jun 08, 2011  |  0 comments
I must own up to a bias. I am already on record in our sister magazine Silent Flight as having said that the Middle Phase is one of my favourite aircraft for the R/C soaring beginner. I have to tell you now that neither the building nor the flying of this review has disappointed me, and being re-acquainted with this favourite was nearly as enjoyable as it was first time around! The basic design has been available since its launch in 1976. Several modifications (usually resulting from customer feedback ) have been made, but generally, you could be forgiven for thinking Middle Phase is an outdated design.
David Ashby  |  May 20, 2011  |  0 comments
Speed, that’s one of the most noticeable things about this model, and I don’t just mean in the air. This truly is an ARTF. It took me just one evening to build - the longest part of this was waiting for the epoxy (included in the kit) to dry. So what’s in the box? Surprisingly almost everything you need; there’s a three-cell Li-Po, 12v balance charger, all the servos pre-installed, motor and fan unit along with the ESC all installed.
David Ashby  |  May 12, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2005 and thekit is still available. Introduced to the world seven years ago in 1998, the TwinStar quickly became one of the most popular electric model aircraft of all time – and for good reason. It was relatively easy to build, could fly with standard radio gear, and the 7 - 8 cell 1700 - 2000mAh NiCD packs available at the time would allow a respectable duration of around 7 - 10 minutes. In the air the model was stable and easy to fly and could be assigned a variety of tasks: trainer, sports model, camera ship, battery cycler / test vehicle, thermal catcher or just an everyday hack.
Paul Strawson  |  May 09, 2011  |  0 comments
The global explosion in the ARTF market means there’s a wide choice of ‘nearly ready to go’ airframes available - gliders, trainers, aerobatic pattern ships - we’re truly spoiled for choice! There’s good news for modellers with a particular penchant for warbirds, too, indeed there’s a variety of classic designs to be had. Enter Hangar 9’s P-47 Thunderbolt, a semi-scale representation of the American fighter-bomber affectionately nicknamed the ‘Jug’.
Maurice Ashby  |  Apr 26, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006, the kit is still available. Way back in the early sixties a 60” span aerobatic sports model appeared on the scene that was designed by a chap called Phil Kraft, who was later to become Aerobatic World Champion and manufacturer of his own multi-channel radio gear. The model in question was, of course, the Ugly Stik, which over the years has probably been the most built and most popular model of all time. It’s been scaled up and down to suit various engine sizes and is still readily available today, mostly in ARTF form and in its original red colour scheme, sporting Maltese crosses on wings, fuselage and fin.


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