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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. . .
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.
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.
Kevin Acres  |  Sep 29, 2010  |  0 comments
This review was first published in RCM&E July 2003. The kit is still available (see datafile). The lineage of the LA7, one of W. W.
David Ashby  |  Sep 09, 2010  |  0 comments
Launched this week, Force RC is an interesting new indoor fun flying concept from Horizon Hobby. We'll let the press release explain. . .
Peter Rondell  |  Sep 01, 2010  |  0 comments
This review was first published in RCM&E January 2003 The model is still available from all good Graupner stockists. Review model supplied by Motors and Rotors from where it can also be ordered. One Monday morning a few weeks ago, while getting bored with decorating and wishing for the weekend to come around again, I decided to have a peek at the Motors & Rotors website. There, I found Graupner’s latest ARTF fixed-wing scale model: an Extra 300.
David Ashby  |  Aug 26, 2010  |  0 comments
Good news, the long-awaited WOT4 Foam-E is now arriving at UK retailers. At 90% (47" span) it's slightly smaller than the standard WOT4 Mk. 2 and supplied with motor, ESC and servos so just a receiver and battery are required - a 3S 2100-2500mAh Li-Po in this case. Moulded from EPO foam, the model features a carbon main spar and fuselage spine while battery access is via an underside hatch just under and behind the nose.
David Ashby  |  Aug 12, 2010  |  0 comments
Clearly inspired byMultiplex's slightly smaller Blizzard, the 61" span Blaze is a new RTF design from ST Model and distributed in the UK by Ripmax. It's moulded using a tightly packed, smooth skin EPO foam and supplied in one of four versions. The' receiver ready' variant (pictured) is likely to be the most popular - pop in your receiver and 3S 2200mAh Li-Po and you're ready to fly. The model includes four pre-fitted micro servos, a 30-amp ESC, motor, prop and spinner while assembly should take no more than a couple of hours, decal application being the longest step.
David Ashby  |  Aug 10, 2010  |  0 comments
Leaf and feather, two new catapult/chuck gliders from My Skies should make an ideal introduction to model flying, they both feature :- Wingspan: 300mm (12") Assembly and flying instructions included All wood Laser cut for accuracy Nose weight included Very quick and easy to assemble using PVA or thick cyanoacrylate (super glue) Amazing 30 second flights with catapult! Only 15 grams all up weight! Excellent glide rate Decals included Catapult included No covering required Both kits are priced at £4. 39 plus £1. 60 P&P with significant discounts available for multiple purchases. My Skies can also supply bulk quantities to groups and clubs.
Peter Miller  |  Aug 06, 2010  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2001. The kit is still in production and available in the UK from Pegasus Models. www. pegasusmodels.
David Ashby  |  Jul 30, 2010  |  0 comments
The new Airbus A380 from Century is certainly impressive. It's a 53" span, EPO foam creation with decal decoration nicely applied. The foam is of the shiny, smooth skin variety which also adds to the appearance. It's supplied ARTF requiring just a modest amount of final assembly and, helpfully, the power systems are pre-wired and ready to connect.
David Ashby  |  Jul 29, 2010  |  0 comments
This review was first published in RCM&E Jan 2004 and the kit is still available (see 'up to date' comments below). The Filip 400 Light was reviewed in the 2008 Special Issue and can be viewed in the digital archive. I’ve always tried to use kit reviews as a way of building and flying models that I wouldn’t perhaps, have bought on impulse at my local model shop. Call it a bit mercenary if you like, but for me the joy of reviewing a kit is building something a little removed from the worthy but everyday .
David Ashby  |  Jul 28, 2010  |  0 comments
ParkZone's output shows no signs of letting up with the release of this, a very pretty Stinson Reliant. Available in August, the 49" span model follows the company's successful formula being moulded from EPO foam and pre-painted ready to fly with servos, motor and ESC. The pretty model has some nice scale touches and, as usual, is available PNP or BNF (with battery, Rx and charger) and just requires your receiver and 3S 1800mAh Li-Po battery (PNP version). Pricing has yet to be announced.