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RCME Staff  |  Oct 18, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Electric ducted fan jets have come a long way since the days when brushed motors lasted only a few flights and, whether you like the scheme or not, there's no denying that FMS’ Super Scorpion represents the cutting edge of applied ready-to-fly know-how. Turn to page 20 this month and we'll tell you all about it. FREE PRO-PLAN WOODPECKER Time for a bit of relaxed, vintage-style silent flight with Lindsay Todd and Paul Rice's character-packed motor glider WILDTHING A classic bipe that makes a perfect first-time trad’ build project REGULARS SWITCH ON Your monthly news round-up COUNTERPOINT Tempting kits and bits ALL WRITE Over to you. .
RCME Staff  |  Sep 28, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Tony Nijhuis has revisited his 2015 design for a 42" Hawk and scaled it upby 18%; squeezing in HobbyKing's 12-bladed 90mm EDF has delivered a power increase that more than offsets the weight penalty of a 50in-span FREE PRO-PLAN BAe Hawk Tony Nijhuis’ 50in EDF Hawk is nearly a fifth bigger than his original, and twice as powerful. But which does he prefer? Sprite More than a micro-sized F3A-type pattern ship, Sprite is a gentleman's accessory, indispensable on safari TUTORIALS Control authority Are you making the most of your transmitter's programming potential? David Burton explains how rates, expo’, and modes can take the load off the pilot Solid state advice Ensuring that your radio system is safe, says ColinStrauss, means choosing and using every link in the RC chain with care NEW DIRECTIONS Friendly rivalry Club competitions: a light-hearted challenge willbring members together for some fun and flying The Bowden: A quirky affair Alex Whittaker holds his breath at The Bowden, a jewel in the crown of free-flight competitions A grand day out Phil Charlesworth and Greg Rumpf tell you how begin packing for a cracking adventure in rocketry; bring your own cheese Knowledge is power Fancy trying your hand with a turbine? Take an airexperience flight with Graham Ashby, who taps the dials and offers a handful of hints to help you on your way WORKSHOP A brush with success Alex Whittaker peels the masking tape off his first attempts at airbrushing A man & his lathe A lathe can be a modeller's best friend, offering the means to make bespoke parts Radial realism Add scale realism to your radial engine with a collector- ring exhaust ‘Quiet(er) revolutions A simple, low-cost mod’ to quieten petrol engine exhausts with no power penalty FEATURES Das letzte interview Bringing the FW190 back to life: Claus Colling's final interview about FlugWerk is a story of chance, determination, and an Englishman called Arthur Bentley Half a world away Brian Winch takes a road trip in search of the character (and characters) of the Australian RC scene MPX EasyGlider 4 “How do you improve a motor glider that has already become a modern classic?” David Ashby reviews the latest EasyGlider Real Flair Graham Ashby takes an close look at the qualities that make each and every Flair Scout a distinct personality A moment in time Daniel Riedweg describes the journey leading to the moment of truth at the F4 World Champs – the judges’ verdict Heavy metal For many RC flyers, large warbirds are the holy grail, but with ownership comes oversight from the powers that be. . .
RCME Staff  |  Aug 31, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Scale models don’t come crisper than this 124” span, 1/5-scale, Lysander III built by Chris Peers and the elusive Spartacus. Alex Whittaker tracked down both the men and their model and you can see what all the fuss is about starting on page 110 FREE PRO-PLANS DESTINY Peter Miller brings his Angel series to a curvatious conclusion with this 56” span sport aerobat that awaits your . 40 four-stroke HALF TONE Shaun Garrity has another blast from the past in the form of a Dave Platt sporster that promotes simple pleasures REGULARS SWITCH ON News of a 12-hour flyathon and lots more… COUNTERPOINT New products heading your way ALL WRITE Over to you… GOING PLACES Our updated events listing MARKETPLACE Your FREE reader ad’ service NEXT ISSUE It’s the Special with a big new jet plan from Tony Nijhuis! COLUMNS WIZARD OF OZ Brian Winch takes the heat out of his engines WEEKENDERS Whittaker considers classic bipes and a clever starting idea ON SILENT WINGS Simon Cocker reports from a slew of summer soaring events MAKE IT SCALE Barkston bound Danny Fenton gets the Chippy ready and explains how to mould Depron BENCH BLOG Tim Hooper gets stuck into spoked wheels and a new old-timer FEATURES PILOTS’ PICTORIAL Highlighting your projects COSFORD 2017 Despite the gloomy weather, the LMA’s big bash was as memorable as ever! SUBSCRIBE! …and we’ll send you a FREE battery charger! USING FLIGHT CONTROLLERS PT. 1 Increasingly found in fixed wing models, Lee Schofield starts a new series aimed at showing how it’s done PSSA ON THE LLEYN Fab weather made for memorable soaring as Phil Cooke reports ALBATROS Mark Wilkins describes how his wonderful 44” span D.
RCME Staff  |  Jul 28, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Andrew Hilton's Eindecker is proof of what can be achieved with a good kit as the starting point. Taking three years to complete, his Balsa USA Eindekker 90 is one such example and you can see more starting on page 110. FREE PRO-PLANS GO JET Shaun Garrity revisits a classic, easy-build sport jet from the days when one set of radio gear was all you had. .
RCME Staff  |  Jun 30, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER It’s interesting that, at a time when the RAF trained new recruits on the Tiger Moth, the USAF used a machine that weighed nearly twice as much. The PT-17’s muscular appearance still appeals and Seagull’s new ARTF Super Stearman is no exception. Turn to page 110 for our review. FREE PRO-PLAN VERHEES DELTA Max Z’s 1/6-scale take on the homebuilt delta will certainly turn heads but, best of all, it flies well too GIGI Shaun Garrity casts aside his wing phobia to build a classic little bipe REGULARS SWITCH ON Racing through the fjords, Lidl start a new craze and lots more in our news round-up COUNTERPOINT Your new product round-up PILOTS PICTORIAL Highlighting your projects ALL WRITE Over to you… GOING PLACES Places to go in the coming months MARKETPLACE Your FREE classified ad’ service NEXT ISSUE Tim Hooper’s new Civilian Coupe plan and lots more! COLUMNS BENCH BLOG Tim Hooper puts some air under the Citabria wings and finds a Flea he admires WIZARD OF OZ Brian Winch continues his quest to keep those engines cool by packing a cowl with foam! ON SILENT WINGS Simon Cocker goes over the top to explore the phenomenon that is dynamic soaring WEEKENDERS Whittaker heads off to the Woodstock for Wrinklies FEATURES TOP GUN 2017 Danny Fenton reports from the Sunshine State A BIT ON THE SIDE Ever wondered why your motor appears misaligned? Dave Burton explores the world of thrust lines SUBSCRIBE! …and we’ll send you a FREE Fastrax transmitter bag! SAFE ARRIVAL PT.
RCME Staff  |  Jun 02, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER VTOL - vertical take-off and landing - has been one of those model flying holy grails with plenty of near misses over the years. Perhaps it was always going to take a good brand like E-flite, to crack it, but crack it they really have and you can read all about their new Convergence starting on page 32 FREE PRO-PLAN TIGER 72
 Spread over two sheets, Jim Newberry's 72” span sportster ticks all the boxes, it's big, very pretty and will soon become a firm favourite REGULARS SWITCH ON 
EASA have been busy and there's lots more in your monthly news round-up COUNTERPOINT
 Why not give a model a good home? ALL WRITE Over to you GOING PLACES Your busy events diary MARKETPLACE Sell it quick with our FREE reader ad’ service NEXT ISSUE
 Two plans, we test Seagull's lovely Stearman, Danny Fenton visits Top Gun and plenty more! COLUMNS ON SILENT WINGS
 Enjoying fabulous weather, Simon Cocker reports from the year's first aerotow fly-in at Middle Wallop WIZARD OF OZ
 As Brian Winch discovers, inadequate engine cooling can be very expensive! WEEKENDERS
 Whittaker terminates his undercarriage and finds an extraordinary Jungmeister PAINLESS 360 
Lee Schofield compares battery technologies and looks at the latest batch of new products RETRO RAMBLINGS
 Shaun Garrity with another retro round-up FEATURES SUBSCRIBE
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RCME Staff  |  May 02, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER That's a dummy engine would you believe! Markus Gunther's Zero is an astounding piece of work, no surprise that it did so well at last years F4 World Championships in Romania. Dave Roberts was there and chatted to Markus about a model that took a cool 15 years to bring to fruition. Read the full story inside. FREE PRO-PLANS AVRO 504
 Cyril Carr models a 44” span park-fly version of a classic biplane, a rhapsody in foam, balsa and ply QUICKSILVER
 Shaun Garrity revisits Dave Hardaker's classic 1970s hill soarer that still performs impressively REGULARS SWITCH ON
 All the latest news including a new world speed record COUNTERPOINT
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RCME Staff  |  Apr 03, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Dave Roberts, RCM&E's Special Issue editor, flew out to the World F4 Championships in Romania last summer and his event report appeared in 2016's Special. He took the time to interview some of the competitors and his first, with the winner, Andreas Luthi of Switzerland, is published this month. Andreas’ fabulous Jungmeister has accrued a cabinet full of trophies over the years, turn to page 112 and you'll soon see why. FREE PRO-PLANS 362 DELTA Feeling the need for speed, Shaun Garrity revisits a classic Peter Russell design that looks every bit as good now as it did back in the ‘60s.
RCME Staff  |  Mar 13, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Bolero, a new aerobat from Ripmax, is well made, inexpensive and the sort of ARTF Sunday sport model you hardly see from the big distributors these days. Great to see it then, but how does it fly? Turn to page 28 and we'll tell you. FREE PRO-PLANS FRED Lindsay Todd's delightful semi-scale take on Eric Clutton's experimental homebuild is perfect for those long, lazy summer days. SWANNEE Shaun Garrity re-discovers an appealing low- wing sportster from the single-channel era that's itching for your contemporary revisions.
RCME Staff  |  Feb 07, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Who said jets have no character? They can't have seen an A-10 Warthog, this being Andy Johnson and George Murgatroyd's twin gas- turbine powered version. It was scratch built by John Menhemett and flown by the pair at the Liverpool and District Model Aircraft Club's Battle of Britain Day in early October 2016. The 10ft (3m) span model weighs 65lbs (29kg) and was certainly one of the highlights. You'll find our full report from this great fly-in starting on page 14.
RCME Staff  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER What does a world-class scale competitor do between those big thousand-hour projects? Well, if you're Richard Crapp then you build a Balsa USA Junkers D. 1 kit. . .
RCME Staff  |  Dec 12, 2016  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER E-flite's new 1. 2m (47”) span P-47D might be a park flyer in some eyes (although we'd dispute that) but there's no doubting the amountof care that's gone into a model that looks absolutely gorgeous both on the ground and in the air. Just glance at the cover shot and you'd asume it's a far larger model. We've been flying it this month and tell you what we think starting on page 32 FREE PRO-PLANS VAMOOSE Fast, aerobatic and fun is how we'd describe Mike Freeman's 42” span, v-tail sportster and it's nicely different too BAMBINA Fancy something fast and aerobatic for the park? Bambino's low-wing sibling is all that while cheap and easy to build.
RCME Staff  |  Nov 15, 2016  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Sometimes a model comes along that stops you in your tracks and Nigel Wagstaff's astounding 1/3-scale Fokker DVII is one such. Apart from a unique scheme, the level of detail is breathtaking and the finish sublime. Turn to page 112 and we'll tell you all about it. Photo by Alex Whittaker FREE PRO-PLAN BITE-SIZE WARRIORS Ton Van Munsteren returns with another easy-build, park-fly dogfight double in the form of a Tempest and Rata I16 BITTY Delve into your scrap box and you'll have all you need for Rich Harris’ little micro glider that's perfect for the slope or piggyback launching DAS GHOSTEN FLUGBOOT Shaun Garrity finds that this classic single-channel flying boat responds well to a contemporary refresh COLUMNS ON SILENT WINGS Simon Cocker records the PSSA's 2016 Mass Build Fly-in and finds the Colditz Cock at a year-end aerotow BENCH BLOG Busy as ever, Tim Hooper has the latest news on his trad’ build projects WIZARD OF OZ Brian Winch with tips to help your petrol engine breath easy WEEKENDERS Whittaker finds the Skyleader single- channel radio that never was REGULARS SWITCH ON EASA updates and an inaugural indoor FPV meet’ COUNTERPOINT Step 1 – circle item required.
RCME Staff  |  Oct 17, 2016  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER John Horne's lovely 112” span Spitfire touches down at the Willis Warbirds invitational fly-in last summer. The event's mixture of R/C warbirds and 40s-style entertainment that encourages audience participation has grown over the last few years and Alex Whittaker popped along to sample the action Photo: Alex Whittaker FREE PRO-PLANS HIGHSIDE Lindsay Todd's tough, easy-build 55” (1397mm) slope aerobat is just the thing for those seeking the quieter side of flying BLUNDERBIRD 3 It may not be the prettiest model ever designed but it flies well and Shaun Garrity reckons this, the latest in his line of retro builds, could have a hidden racing pedigree COLUMNS MAKE IT SCALE Danny Fenton finally maidens the Chipmunk and fashions a Piper Cub from a sheet of 1/16th WIZARD OF OZ More on getting the best from your Walbro carbs JET THRUST A busy Bob Petrie adds to his collection, fits a smoke system and heads for Raydon RETRO RAMBLINGS Shaun Garrity highlights a forgotten Phil Smith design WEEKENDERS Whittaker feels the lure of the lathe and does a little breaking and entering REGULARS SWITCH ON Pylon Nats results, Indoor FPV and more COUNTERPOINT A selection of the best new releases ALL WRITE Have your say in the UK's best-selling model flying mag! GOING PLACES Indoor flying and swapmeets; the winter diary is filling MARKETPLACE Sell it fast with our FREE reader ad's NEXT ISSUE Why not subscribe? FEATURES EASA, WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Dave Burton unravels EASA's recent announcement BIG FUN AT LITTLE GRANSDEN Whittaker samples the atmosphere at a distinctively different fly-in for warbird fanciers SUBSCRIBE! . . .
RCME Staff  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER The Samurai had their swords, but the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy Air Services had the Zero. Of necessity, in a country with few mineral resources, the Japanese had long since made themselves masters of metal alloys, and so the Zero’s wing main spar used Extra- Super Duralumin, whose tensile strength was reportedly 30-40% greater than previous alloys. It was this which, in part, gave the Zero a 650lb weight advantage over the Spitfire I – lightness that gave the impression of weakness in what was actually a very strong structure FREE PRO PLAN MITSUBISHI A6-M2 ZERO Tony Nijhuis models Jiro Horikoshi’s lightweight and deadly rapier, the Japanese fighter that put performance before everything else REVIEWS BUCKER BU133 JUNGMEISTER A review with a twist: Graham Ashby uses Seagull’s 1/4-scale Jungmeister to show the way to true RC Utopia HAI 2 David Ashby reaches a new, erm. .