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David Ashby  |  Jun 07, 2010  |  0 comments
Multiplex’s long awaited first rotary wing machine has finally arrived. With a main rotor diameter of 770mm (30”), the 1250g (44oz) model is supplied ready-to-run complete with motor, ESC, servos and gyro so requiring just a receiver and 3S 3200mAh flight battery. It’s billed as a first or second step helicopter, perfect for any flyer moving on from a co-axial type. Among a host of patented features, the direct drive machine uses folding, flexible blades and boasts a crash-resistant EPO foam body.
David Ashby & Jon Sales  |  May 21, 2010  |  0 comments
Ripmax have announced a release date for the first shipment of their long awaited ARTF Lancaster bomber. Due by the end of June, a retail RRP of £799. 99 is listed with retracts at £229. 99, sprung struts £39.
David Ashby  |  May 12, 2010  |  0 comments
Seagull's new PC-6 Porter, first unveiled at Nuremburg earlier this year has now arrived in the UK. The attractive model is beautifully made from laser-cut balsa and ply and covered in a satin finish, printed Oracover. It's designed for i. c.
David Ashby  |  May 11, 2010  |  0 comments
The word 'nice' can be taken as abit of an insult these days. The word isn't big enough. Say something is 'nice' and people willassume you mean the opposite. An expression of satisfaction requires the use of words such as 'awesome', 'amazing' or something similar to satisfy, yet, in a good sense,the word 'nice' keepsspringing to mind when trying to sum up Parkzone's new Ultra Micro J-3 Cub.
David Ashby  |  Apr 29, 2010  |  0 comments
I’m amazed that nobody did this long before now. We’ve been watching little Cessnas and Cherokees shooting around the indoor halls for the last two years and every time I see one I say “why doesn’t somebody do a warbird” to anyone who’ll listen. Well someone has and here it is, Parkzone’s new P-51, a 15. 8” span, 1.
David Ashby  |  Apr 16, 2010  |  0 comments
Take me to any model shop at the moment and you'll see that I've a weakness for EDF jets so it didn't take long to succumb to this prettylittle F-5E's charms. It's a typical foamy jet proposition supplied pre-decorated with a fitted motor, ESC and fan unit, servos too. FIT 'N' FINISH Foamy jets currently proliferate but few with such an ambitious colour scheme. The Tiger motifis represented by a huge water-slide decalwhile the underlying colours have been nicely masked and sprayed.
David Ashby  |  Apr 13, 2010  |  0 comments
This, the keenly anticipated EPO foam, B-25 Mitchell has just arrived in the UK. It's being distributed by Century UK and a very pretty aeroplane it is too. Pictured above is our review model that was in the studio for photography last week so we were able to take a closer look. The EPO foam used is a denser, heavier type than often seen, strong and crisply moulded.
David Ashby  |  Mar 28, 2010  |  0 comments
We've noticed that a few more traditional kits have been appearing over the last few months. Nothing to stem the ARTF tide of course but enough to make us sit up and take note. The kit above is one such example from Jamara, a 40" span Gee Bee racer from a German manufacturer and one of a new five-model line up that includes a Mew Gull, DHC-2 Beaver, Bonanza and Pitts Special. Designed for electric power, it's entirely laser-cut and supplied with a few items of hardware and a canopy screen.
David Ashby  |  Mar 16, 2010  |  0 comments
The air brakes can be added by the pilot according to preference. Now I have to be honest with you, I'm no hot-shot 3D pilot but I can prop-hang a bit and was attracted to the 4-Site simply due to the fact that it's a slow flying machine. You see,despite being tagged as suitable for indoor flight, many RTFindoor models are simply too fast under a roof, so the hope was that the 4-Site would fit the bill in being slow andaerobatic. The model is a smaller version of E-flite's 4-Site F3P machine, a popular indoor and calm outdoor precision aerobat, itself introduced last year.
David Davis  |  Mar 01, 2010  |  0 comments
I made up this list of kits for modellers who want to build a trainer rather than to buy an ARTF. Most have fully built-up structures, i. e. wings made from ribs and spars and fuselages from longerons, uprights and spacers but where the structure is different - it will be mentioned in the text.
David Ashby  |  Feb 22, 2010  |  0 comments
British kit manufacturer, The Skies the Limit Designs, have just released their second kit in the form ofWingman,this compact 34" span sport model. The laser-cut kit is of balsa and ply supplied with a full-size plan and comprehensive assembly instructions supplemented by colour photos. Requiring standard micro servos, Wingman is capable of 'jet-like' performance from a 28mm diameter 150-250-watt brushless outrunner motor and a 3S 2250mAh Li-Po battery. It's just £47.
Rob Stenhouse  |  Feb 17, 2010  |  0 comments
As far as we're aware this model is no longer distributed in the UK but the review is reproduced on the basis that readers may find unsold stock or source from abroad - Ed. The SR-22 by Protech is a semi-scale electric powered ARTF model of the highly successful single engine light aircraft by Cirrus Design and at 41” (1040mm) wingspan, a handy size to go in the car in one piece. It is touted as an aerobatic parkflying model but don’t let that make you think you can pop down to the local park or tennis court and give it a throw; ready to go it weighs just over 2lbs (1 kg) and due to its slippery lines, flies at a pace more comparable to your average club trainer. The fuselage is a fibreglass moulding painted white with fully built up plug in wings, the cowling is vacuum formed from white ABS plastic and the canopy is also vacuum formed from tinted plastic and painted white internally with the windows masked out.
David Ashby  |  Jan 23, 2010  |  0 comments
Keenly awaited, E-flite's Ultra Micro 4-Site has just arrived in the UK. It's tiny, with a span of just 15. 2" (387mm) and weighing 1. 25oz (35.
David Ashby  |  Jan 22, 2010  |  0 comments
Although it's been around for a few months now, Top Gun's twin electric ducted fan (EDF) A-10 is, as you can see, a simply gorgeous model. The design is pretty ambitious, employing twin 64mm EDF fan units and a trike' retractable undercarriage with a steerable nose wheel. The 39" span model is made from standard foam, weighs 37oz (1050g) and requires power from a 3S 2200mAh Li-Po battery. It's available in one of three colour schemes and complete with pre-fitted servos.
Reuben Evans  |  Jan 19, 2010  |  0 comments
Editors note - As far as I'm aware Belgian distributor Protech does not currently (Jan 2010) have a UK distributor. This model has previously been available in the UK however and so this review is produced on the basis that some readers may find an old kit or source an example from abroad. The full size Staudacher was designed (unsurprisingly!) by American Jon Staudacher and only 20 were ever built, each one being modified slightly from the last, but all sharing the rare combination of carbon fibre and wood; something it shares with recent offerings from high profile manufacturers. As it was originally designed as America's answer to the then, dominating, Russian Sukhoi, any model of it surely promises good aerobatic performance.

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