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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.
David Ashby  |  Jul 14, 2010  |  0 comments
Seagull's new Christen Eagle has just arrived in the UK. The 54" span (1370mm) span modelfeatures the stunning colour scheme for which the full size is famous and should suit . 75-. 91 two stroke or .
Gerard Feeney  |  Jul 12, 2010  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker’s own-design homage to traditional R/C aeromodelling, the Boddingtonesque ‘Bushwhacker’ has featured extensively in RCM&E in the recent past as an extended free pull-out plan feature. Now this 55”-span, three-channel (no ailerons) . 15-. 30-powered trainer/sports model has been kitted by Colin Buckle to join the long-established Ben Buckle range of traditionally-constructed R/C aircraft kits.
Steve Sales  |  Jul 05, 2010  |  0 comments
The F4 Phantom has long been a favourite. I can remember them roaring over Kent during their last years of service with the RAF in the 1980’s. The noise was amazing and the smell of kerosene distinct since they were on low level training sorties, the plane since then has always stuck in my mind. The type first entered service in 1960 with the U.
David Ashby  |  Jun 17, 2010  |  0 comments
Art-Tech say their new Alpha Jet is capable of speeds up to 90mph thanks to a pre-fitted 64mm fan unit and brushless outrunner motor. The model ispretty much 'ready to run with fitted micro servos driving ailerons and elevatorso requiring a receiver and 3S 2200mAh Li-Po battery. The compact 29" (728mm) span (35" long) model is nicely moulded from tough EPO foamand painted in the French national aerobatic team colours. Battery access is through the removable main canopy.
David Ashby  |  Jun 16, 2010  |  0 comments
16/6/10 See user update below UK Sebart distributor and retailer Area51 Distribution has just taken delivery of the world's first production batch of the new SebArt Sebach 342 30E. It's the first new 30-size design we've seen from the companyfor a littlewhile and so a verywelcome addition to this range. Designed for 3D or precision flight and available in this stunning scheme or the familiar red, white and blue trim, the 52" (132cm) span model is for a Hacker A-30 10-XL outrunner and 55 amp ESC with power from a 2100-2450mAh 3S Li-Po battery. A 15x8 prop is recommended.
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.

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