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David Ashby  |  Jun 25, 2019  |  0 comments
On the cover At the recent Ullswater Splash-in an eclectic mix of floatplanes and flying boats went for a dip, amongst them Mike Rawlins’ gorgeous Grumman Albatross. We've a full report from the event inside this month. REGULARS SWITCH ON After a year of rest and recuperation Tony Nijhuis is back with a whole new jet set and we’ve news on the progress of dear Dave Burton’s Sea Fury project COUNTERPOINT Kits, blingy bits, gadgets and gimmicks. More brand-new tempters that just might take your fancy ALL WRITE Readers’ letters.
RCME Staff  |  May 30, 2019  |  0 comments
on the cover Flightline is a company that's gaining something of a reputation for doing things properly. Twelve or eighteen months ago it made its mark in the UK with a 1600mm Spitfire Mk. IX which displayed many of the subtle details that define the famous fighter but that so many manufacturers fail to appreciate. It's been a popular model and as time passed all eyes focussed on Flightline's website in anticipation of a follow-up.
RCME Staff  |  May 02, 2019  |  0 comments
on the cover Foam. Love it or loathe it you have to be impressed by some of the models that are turned out in the stuf f these days. The new Arrows range has raised a few eyebrows and with 3S batteries costing buttons the new 1200mm warbirds have really hit the spot. You see, not only do we all (well, most of us) have a handful of 3S packs, the 2200mAh jobs are low enough in capacity to make field charging eminently practical.
RCME Staff  |  Apr 02, 2019  |  0 comments
on the cover With the show season on the cusp of kicking in, this, we thought, might be a good time to remind you of how show-going can enhance the hobby, a fact that the editor highlights in his photo report of last year's wonderfully diverse and colourful Woodspring Wings event. One of the many highlights was the aerobatic artistry displayed by flying buddies from the combined Az Aerosports and Renegade teams, of which this 107” Pilot Extra 300LX was a part. With Aaron (Azza) Stephens on the sticks you'll struggle to find a better model and pilot combo (page 12 – 18). Photo: Graham Ashby free pro-plans REVOLVER II In days of old R/C autogyros had a habit of being a bit hit ‘n’ miss.
RCME Staff  |  Mar 08, 2019  |  0 comments
on the cover Large, majestic and utterly lovely, our lead feature this month takes a close look at a brace of 1/9-scale Canadair CL-215 water bombers, built by Luís Montenegro and José Lumbreras from the Clube Vuelo a Vela Fontefría of Galícia, in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Spain. At 126” span, powered by twin O. S. GF40 single cylinder petrol engines, both are impressively large examples of the firefighting flying boat and are frequently flown in their natural environment.
RCME Staff  |  Feb 07, 2019  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER To coincide with the UK debut of the Arrows Hobby foamie warbird range, Graham Ashby gives the Grumman F8F Bearcat a run for its money and concludes that it's not half bad. Spanning 1100mm and suitable for the benchmark 3S 2200mAh LiPo, it's a warbird with practicality and performance written all over it. Read our full review, undertaken all weathers and all conditions, on page 12 and see if you don't fancy one yourself. Photo: David Ashby free pro-plans STARSTREAM 2 Originally designed in the late 1960s, Ray Malmström's unorthodox free-flight ducted fan design has been given a modern R/C makeover.
RCME Staff  |  Jan 10, 2019  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER When top-notch modelling and beautiful engineering are combined in the realisation of a scale aircraf t that, due to its many technical and structural challenges, is rare as hen's teeth on our flightlines, you have to give credit where it's due. And due it certainly is for Chris Peers and his shadowy cohort known only as Spartacus. The combined skills of these accomplished model aeronautical engineers has produced a replica to be savoured. Read all about it on page 44.
RCME Staff  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments
on the cover We don't need much of an excuse to put a highly detailed warbird on the cover and, fortunately, this month we've got good reason. You see, not only do we have Mike Booth's supremely practical tips on applying an authentic patina (page 92), we've also got an inspirational piece by Andy Blackburn on owning and flying larger warbirds (page 12). Our cover model, meanwhile, is Chuck Hamilton's outstanding Dauntless SBD from the Jerry Bates plan, pictured at Top Gun 2017. Photo: Danny Fenton free pro-plans PUSHOVER Back with another golden age classic, Shaun Garrity describes a well- behaved pusher that's suitable for all manner of propulsion systems FIRESTREAK Mike White's adaptable, quick-build aerobatic warmliner is a model for all conditions and all occasions regulars SWITCH ON – Special Feature Dave Roberts cosies up with the Japanese team at the Swiss F4C World Champs and concludes that scale modelling is an international language COUNTERPOINT Kits, blingy bits, gadgets and gimmicks, lock up yer wonga or risk losing it on impulse! ALL WRITE Readers’ letters.
RCME Staff  |  Nov 16, 2018  |  0 comments
on the cover There's something very special about scale helicopters, more so when they're beautifully detailed one-of fs that are made to the highest of standards and just ooze the character of the full-size from every nut, Jesus bolt and rivet. We've called Martin Fraser's scratch-built Westland Wessex a masterpiece in miniature but, in truth, that doesn't do it justice. Take a closer look on page 50 and admire its awesomeness. Photo: Alex Whittaker free pro-plan GÖ1 WOLF A very short full-size production run does nothing to reduce the appeal of this classic ‘30s soarer.
RCME Staff  |  Oct 18, 2018  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Our Alex has been at it all summer, travelling the length and breadth of the country in pursuit of the show circus and some of the finest R/C models in the world. We happen to know he’s got at least one SD card full of fabulous aerodyne images that’ll have you itching to make a start on that dream project. Look no further than page 112 for a snap or two of Steve Rickett’s outstanding Douglas Boston III and a hint of what’s to come. Photo: Alex Whittaker FREE PRO-PLANS MOONGLOW VI Embracing the joys of a 15cc petrol engine, Shaun Garrity turns back the F3A clock with a superb retro aerobat SNAP DRAGON Ease yourself into the workshop this winter with Richard Harris’ diminutive 3-channel sportster REGULARS SWITCH ON All change at Cosford, Rich Harris’ popular Panther autogyro gets a kit of parts, a funding cut for the RNHF, and more COUNTERPOINT Kits bits and blingy bits, designed to tease that wad of tenners from your wallet ALL WRITE Have your say in RCM&E’s gentlemanly equivalent of Speakers’ Corner GOING PLACES Indoors is where it’s at.
RCME Staff  |  Sep 20, 2018  |  0 comments
Free Pro-Plans Cone of confusion To accompany the plans for his evergreen Panther, Rich’ Harris joins Cali Munro to explain the appeal of the autogyro Dogfight duo Tony Nijhuis recreates a pair of Korean war classics with this 26in, EDF-powered Mig-15 and F86 Sabre Features Hurricane hootenanny Blowing hard: Alex Whittaker reports on a storming weekend of scale-soaring at the PSSA’s mass-build event Model squadron First-person view: John Lancaster tells a behind-the-scenes story from C4’s recent RC re-enactment of the Battle of Britain Warbird rescue Ian Nash restores a Hangar 9 MkIX Spitfire before adding wear-and-tear weathering effects, and a touch of LED magic Airbrush basics A quick recap’ of Alex’s class for beginners Sympathy for the devil Theenfants terriblesof the RC world or a new horizon of modelling and flying challenges? Wayne Andrews makes a case for drones Elan 100 Simple pleasures: David Ashby reviews Cambrian Model’s soarer, an ‘80s design that has passed the test of time Adding lightness If you throw it in the air and it comes down again, it’s too heavy: Richard Crapp offers ways to achieve a state of enlightenedness “If you ask me. . . ” In the virtual clubhouse ofRCM&E’sreader surveys, Graham and David Ashby eavesdrop on the conversations about our hobby Reap what you sow Rebuilding Britain: the summer of ’18 brought drought for Team GB at the scale world championships.
RCME Staff  |  Aug 30, 2018  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Those who've had a go will already know that there's so much more to building a scale model than gluing A to B and sending your creation skyward on a wing and a prayer. The reality is veritable voyage of discovery, especially, as Mike Healy will attest, if you can open a line of communication with the owner and pilot of the full-size. Check out his gorgeous model ofTracey Curtis-Taylor'snews making Boeing Stearman. Photo: Graham Ashby FREE PRO-PLANS THE OHMEN Bring a vintage vibe to your flying with Peter Miller's classically- styled electric aerobat COQUETTE Just shy of 70 years ago, a young Vic Smeed introduced his pugnacious little cabin biplane to the world and it went down a storm.
RCME Staff  |  Jul 26, 2018  |  0 comments
on the cover There's nothing more alluring than the spectacle of aeroplanes on water and when said water happens to be one of the most famous and beautiful lakes in the country, the combination is a photographic treat. Who better to cover the recent Ullswater Splash-in than RCM&E's photo journo, Alex Whittaker. Read all about it on page 14 –Photo: Alex Whittaker free pro-plans ISABELLA Marco Penk's wannabe full-size is a proper polyhedral cutie that's perfect for enjoying the simple pleasures R/C flight BEAGLE PUP Eyes down for a full house as Shaun Garrity pumps up the 1960s low-wing trainer / tourer. Clear your bench for another classic build regulars SWITCH ON We've a 2018 F4 World Championship ‘special’ all the way from Meiringen, Switzerland, where RCM&E's Dave Roberts has spent the week mixing it with the masters of scale COUNTERPOINT Gadgets, kits and blingy bits, designed to empty your wallet ALL WRITE Readers’ letters.
RCME Staff  |  Jun 28, 2018  |  0 comments
on the cover Whilst W. W. I aircraft can be massively challenging models to build it should be noted that the stick and rudder flying experience can also concentrate the mind. Put all this together in a 1/3-scale, highly detailed airframe, form a squadron and you have the makings of the famed Dawn Patrol.
RCME Staff  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER This Spitfire Mk. 9 fromFlightLineRC may have escaped your attention but, with oodles of presence, it's one of the best ready-to-fly warbirds we've seen and, on page 24 this month, Brian Collins reviews it's smaller (but no less pretty) 1. 2m span sibling. FREE PRO-PLANS FLEA-FLI Shaun Garrity revisits Phil Kraft's classic ‘Old Orange Trash’.


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