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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resulting from customer feedback ) have been made, but generally, you could be forgiven for thinking Middle Phase is an outdated design.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.
Maurice Ashby  |  Apr 14, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006, the kit is still available. Quite a few of my clubmates have recently been flying Piper Cub models of various sizes and from numerous manufacturers. They have, however, been mostly ARTFs with one notable exception - built, I believe, from a Sig kit at 1/4-scale (105” span). As a matter of fact, I had the honour of test flying this particular model and was very impressed with the way it flew and its general handling.
Mark Royle  |  Apr 08, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006, the kit is still available. When asked if I fancied penning a review of the revised World Models ARTF Super Chipmunk I was, to begin with, not that excited at the prospect. All I really knew about the Chipmunk was that it had been an RAF training aircraft, and as a result I expected it to be very slow, docile and generally a little boring. However, a quick search on Google demonstrated just how wrong I’d been.
David Ashby  |  Apr 03, 2011  |  0 comments
It's on! The Webbit builders are busily . . er. .
Gordon Elliot  |  Mar 21, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006 - The Mini-Mag is still available. As someone who's picking up R/C flying again after a rather long absence, it was with some trepidation that I agreed to build and review this new electric trainer from Multiplex. I needn't have worried, though: this hobby is very different to the one I left back when Noah was a lad, and the Mini-Mag demonstrated just how much things have changed in terms of build simplicity, quality, and flying performance. ELAPOR: WONDERSTUFF Take the use of foam, for example.
David Ashby  |  Mar 16, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006. Updates have since been introduced by the brushless electric Easy Glider Pro (reviewed Sept 2009 issue) but much of this review should be of interest. Multiplex are enjoying somewhat of a renaissance in the UK at the moment, their efforts now seemingly focused on the foam side of their range rather than their more elite 'crunchy' kits. No doubt the lessons learned from the Twin Star (the world's best selling R/C ‘plane?) have determined their business model for the new millennium.
Andy Ellison  |  Mar 14, 2011  |  0 comments
I'll go out on a limb here and claim that just about anybody who is anybody in the current UK 3D aerobatic scene has cut their teeth on a Weston UK Cougar fun fly. Dubbed the 'hovering machine', the original Cougar has found itself a niche as the ab initio model of choice for the prop-hanging fraternity. Its avid control response coupled with the pokiest of lightweight Weston UK motors has placed it in a position at the top of the class that similar ARTF fun fly models can only hope to aspire to. This particular trait of the Cougar is not really by design, as the model was originally launched to take on the dominance of other designs in the Fun Fly competition scene of the mid-to-late ‘90s.
David Ashby  |  Mar 03, 2011  |  0 comments
Credit where it’s due, this really is a stunningly pretty little thing. Its big brother, Hangar 9’s 89” span behemoth is an imposing drop of aeroplane and E-flite have managed to imbue this little sibling with sufficient touches to ensure that it too stands out from crowd. The ultra-micro crowd in this case. The model follows the ready-to-fly (RTF) formula used by co-brand Parkzone, so supplied in just a bind’n’fly (BNF) version complete with a battery and charger.
David Ashby  |  Feb 28, 2011  |  0 comments
E-flite say their new baby is the lightest, flybarless machine in its class. It's for intermediate and advanced pilots and for anyone seeking a model that'll give them the confidence to master indoor aerobatics at comparatively low cost. E-flite say that the flybarless system means less drag and more power at the main rotor head and so longer flight times. It's supplied RTF with a built-in Spektrum based receiver, gyro and ESC and flies using a 1S 200mAh 25C Li-Po cell for which two are included.

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