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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.
Julian Beckett  |  Feb 22, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2005, the kit is still available. After grasping the basics of R/C model flight with a three- or four-channel high wing trainer most of us have a desire to further our skills with a more capable model. Natural progression from an ARTF trainer usually involves models such as the Mick Reeves Gangster, the Chris Foss Wot-4 or the Precedent Fun-Fly (which is now sadly out of production); but crucially these have to be built from kits. Many of us don’t have the time or inclination to bash balsa these days so the answer lies in a decent, suitable ARTF, something which I think the market has been lacking.
David Ashby  |  Feb 16, 2011  |  0 comments
The Carl Goldberg Sophisticated Lady and Gentle Lady have long been recognized as two all-time favourite sailplanes and they're soon to be available in ARTF form from Great Planes. The airframes on both have been re-engineered with laser-cut, interlocking parts and now arrive covered in genuine MonoKote® film featuring the same trim schemes as the iconic originals. Both machines have made thousands of friends around the world being stable and easy to handle even at the low speeds new pilots prefer. They’re forgiving teachers for first-timers, relaxing for old pros.
Alexander Whittaker  |  Feb 15, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2005. The kit is still available. When I was starting out in ‘multi’ radio (more than just single channel), one of the more expensive and most lusted after R/C kits then available was the Graupner Monsun. Its handsome lines, big canopy, striking red scheme and pretty, spatted, trike undercarriage set it apart from the herd.
David Ashby  |  Feb 14, 2011  |  0 comments
ParkZone's new Ultra Micro DH Mosquito is the first twin in the popular range and it should be arriving in the UK in just a few weeks. With an RRP of £99. 99, the 20. 5" (520mm) machine will be supplied in the normal BNF (Bind ' n' Fly) format so requiring just a DSM2 based transmitter for flight.
David Ashby  |  Feb 02, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2005. The kit is still available and has since been revised to include a brushless motor and folding prop. There’s something about Cessnas. .