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David Ashby  |  Jan 31, 2011  |  0 comments
The Tipsy Junior plan can be purchased via the RCM&E plans service at MyHobbyStore. com. The Tipsy Junior was designed by one of Belgium’s leading aviation pioneers, Ernest Tips, who was both the managing director of Avions Fairey - the Belgian subsidiary of the British marque - and the man behind the famous Tipsy Nipper. The first Junior, which carried the registration OO-TIT, was powered by a Mikron engine and made its maiden flight at Gosselies in 1946.
Tony Nijhuis  |  Jan 26, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was published in RCM&E, June 2005. The model and others in VMAR's sport jet range can still sometimes be found. I think we’d probably all agree that over recent years one of the fastest growing elements of this fine hobby of ours is the ARTF market. Eager manufacturers from the Far East, seemingly not content with the ARTF trainer and sport market, are now pretty well engulfing every aspect of modelling from indoor electric to large aerobatic and large scale.
David Ashby  |  Jan 24, 2011  |  0 comments
Due for release in May, this new EDF, vectored thrust, Mig-29 3D from SebArt represents something of a departure. The company should need little introduction of course, having built upan enviable reputation over the last 5 years for balsa/ply aerobatic models of the highest quality and with superb flying characteristics. This foam jet, amply demonstrated by Sebastiano Silvestri here in the video features 3-axisthrust vectoring and gyro stabilisation for throttle/rudderfor an "unlimited 3D" performance. Some details can be found at UK distributor, Area 51's website and we'll bring more news of the model just as soon as we have it.
Mike Parry  |  Jan 12, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was originally published in 2005. The model is still available. It’s a fact that, given a pit full of aeromodellers, the conversation will eventually come around to the financial cost of this wonderful hobby. With the Far East dominating the ARTF market and computer radio sets becoming plentiful, R/C aeromodelling can be pursued without endangering your credit limit or suffering embarrassing conversations with either the bank manager or your wife! After such a discussion at the strip I found myself back in the workshop and decided it was high time I conducted a thorough tidy-up.
Alexander Whittaker  |  Jan 10, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2005. The kit is still available. Traditionally, the model that we fly after our first high-wing trainer is the one on which we cut our aerobatic teeth. A good ‘follow on’ low-wing trainer encourages us to repeatedly push our aerobatic skills, leaving the comfort zone of the high-winger far behind.
Andy Ellison  |  Jan 05, 2011  |  0 comments
This review/s were first published Sept 2005. The . 90-size Harrier is still available. 3D - It’s everywhere! 3D this, 3D that, a shock flyer epidemic, heli’ fliers trying to implode their expensive machines, dethermalising tails on slope soarers, reverse pitch props on indoor electric models - what next? Free flight duration prop’ hanging? I’ve dabbled in the past, but sometimes without actually realising it! I used to spend hours copying Hanno Prettner’s Sandown Park tricks with my Wot 4 back in 1983.
Gerard Feeney  |  Dec 13, 2010  |  0 comments
This review was first published in RCM&E May 2005. The kit is still available (see Datafile). Making R/C model aircraft airframes from hot-wire cut blue foam, that’s subsequently covered with PVA-adhered brown paper is a construction method that’s been around for years. Mainly Models of Hertfordshire have now embraced this cheap ‘n’ cheerful airframe production philosophy in their expanding range of 1/12 scale W.
Alex Whittaker  |  Dec 10, 2010  |  0 comments
This review was first published in RCM&E November 2005 and the kit is still available (see link below). I like Mustangs. In fact I’ve owned three such ARTFs over the last few years, two of which I’ve managed to ‘total’ in dodgy circumstances. I therefore came to this particular review with both excitement and a certain amount of trepidation.
Graham Ashby  |  Dec 07, 2010  |  0 comments
The ASP . 65 four-stroke has provided ample power This review was first published in 2004. At the time the kit was produced by ARC before Thunder Tiger purchased the company. Accordingly it has since been re-issued and is now sold under the Thunder Tiger brand.
Chris Card  |  Nov 23, 2010  |  0 comments
At the height of their success in the World Aerobatics Championships, the Russian Sukhoi company launched the SU-26m as a refinement to the already successful SU-26. Sporting a growling radial engine and mid-wing design, the full size SU-26m stood out among its peers as a fast aerobat with a spectacular roll rate, high pitch manoeuvrability and unrivalled vertical penetration. The plane’s superior performance proved good enough to scoop the 1986 World Champs for the Russian Team. The best scale models preserve at least some flying characteristics of the full size, and it was a pleasant surprise to find this 480 size recreation from Horizon Hobby achieves this.
Nigel Hawes  |  Nov 15, 2010  |  0 comments
In reviewing E-Flite's DHC-2 Beaver I was also asked to review the optional float set. Specifically E-flite's 25-size float set for which the Beaver is designed to accept thanks to hard-points built in to the fuselage structure. Opening the box containing the floats, the first surprise is the sheer weight of them; they are extremely sturdy and by no means lightweight. Made from premium fibreglass and painted silver the entire assembly adds around 30oz (850g) to the weight of the model.
Nigel Hawes  |  Nov 11, 2010  |  0 comments
It’s difficult to believe that the DHC-2 Beaver was built and produced just a couple of years after World War II and of the 1600-odd examples built, there are still several hundred still flying, from mostly-original classics to much-modified up-to-date aircraft. The type is steeped in history, having provided the US Army Air Corps with a long-term and very versatile operational platform, whilst others have served businesses and individuals as an all-terrain, STOL machine unrivalled in its capabilities for many years; an RNZAF example famously supported Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the South Pole. E-FLITE ARF DHC-2 BEAVER 2e Whilst i. c.
Graham Smith  |  Nov 08, 2010  |  0 comments
This review was first published in January 2004, the kit is still available. Once again I found myself looking for a replacement aerobat or fun-fly model. . .
Nigel Hawes  |  Oct 26, 2010  |  0 comments
Although this review was first published in 2004, the GWS Formosa is still available. Mention is made of the brushed power system and NiCD cells although readers are advised to adopt a modern brushless power system and Li-Po battery, check with other users via the form links below. If you’ve been reading my RCM&E Fly Electric columnfor some time then you’re probably aware that I’m very much an ‘old school’ balsa basher. Whilst ARTFs and foamies certainly have their place in aeromodelling, from my own point of view one of the greatest pleasures of the hobby has to be an enjoyable build.
Julian Beckett  |  Oct 26, 2010  |  0 comments
Some time ago Multiplex released a cute little chuck glider calledFox. At under a tenner it was a fab toy, and a cracking candidate for a two channel radio conversion, the result being a very neat little sloper as many old slope hacks found out. Anyway, I'm sure Multiplex felt they missed the boat on that one, and probably vowed not to get caught again, so here we are with their latest cool tool, the Merlin. With design cues from it's Foxy progenitor, and more than a passing resemblance to the Easy Glider, all sweeping lines and upturned tips it is, tres cool non? Upon opening the box, which is also a tote-tastic Elapor carry case, it' all business.

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