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David Ashby  |  Jul 04, 2015  |  0 comments
The very first Shuttle to enter space was Columbia, launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981, one of 132 successful flights. Marred by the Challenger (1986) and Columbia (2003) tragedies, the Space Shuttle program has dominated NASA’s manned operations since the mid ‘70s but is due to end in 2010 and will eventually be replaced by the new Orion spacecraft (expected to be ready by 2014 or thereabouts). Seeing a Shuttle launch on television is pretty impressive, but to witness that thunderous ascent first-hand must be something else! I hope to make it to Florida before the last flight and do just that, however, in the meantime I decided that my next best option would be to construct a large model version. I visualised this being EDF powered, using Estes rocket motors for visual effect in the climb (just after launch), the model being guided back to land under radio control.
Alex Whittaker  |  Mar 04, 2015  |  0 comments
I don't mind the cold, dark, wet nights. I'm not ashamed to admit that I adore those long evenings in the shed with the radio on. I find the smell of balsa dust and machine oil very comforting. I'm definitely in 'winter project mode' at the moment, though I keep the trusty winter hack charged up just in case.
Alex Leigh  |  Jan 29, 2015  |  0 comments
Before we can narrate the strange life of the SLOM, first we must introduce him properly. A single letter away from a SLOB, but diametrically opposite in both thoughts and deeds. The SLOM is simply an acronym for the Slope Obsessed Man, and here we'll attempt to describe the chronology of his strange days. At first glance, a SLOM looks like you or I but if you study him, and generally this mental condition attaches itself only to the X chromosome, the clues are there.
David Ashby  |  Nov 05, 2014  |  0 comments
Rich Harris' Atom Special was one of the the free plans with this year's RCM&E Special Issue and it's proving very popular indeed. RCM&E's Plans Service have produced a set of parts that include the wire undercarriage and the rotor head and we've one such set to give away to a lucky winner (along with the plan of course). Just pop across to the competition area to enter. Catch up with Atom builders.
David Ashby  |  Oct 23, 2014  |  0 comments
Both 1/3-scale and 1/4-scale are available free to download. Just pop across to our download page, scroll down the list (they're marked as **NEW**) and click to download. Darn it, we're good to you! . .
David Ashby  |  Oct 20, 2014  |  0 comments
Lindsay Todd's Lockheed Vega was the free plan with RCM&E's Aug and Sept 2014 issues. Spanning 57. 5", it's a superb rendition of the classic golden era machine and to celebrate the new lser-cut/CNC parts pack we're giving one away! Just click here to get along to the competition area and don't forget to check Lindsay's Vega build blog. .
David Ashby  |  Sep 02, 2014  |  0 comments
With congratulations going to the latest winners, we've just added some new goodies to the competition page both for subscribers and non-subscribers! 4 x Prolux power panels 4 x Breeze L40 chargers Click for the competition area . . . .
David Ashby  |  Jul 29, 2014  |  0 comments
What invisible force powers our hopes and aspirations? I pondered this question whilst witnessing the achievement of an intrepid team of aeromodellers who, over the last six years, have created a stunning jet-powered example of the VC-10. This 11% scale aircraft has recently undergone initial flight trials and, from all accounts, has proven very successful. The whole idea for this big jet project was borne out of inspiration by another jet modelling team. Terry Mason, Bill James and Steve Mitchell were at RAF Cosford to enjoy the LMA model show in 2005 and watched with keen interest as Team Rickett – Steve and his father, John – demonstrated their new twin JetCat 120 powered DH Comet.
David Ashby  |  Jul 16, 2014  |  0 comments
A new fun poll has just started on the forum - Does your club allow lone flying? Vote now and have your say in the poll forum thread! Don't forget to let us know if you have any ideas for a poll too please. . . .
Chris Broad  |  Mar 06, 2014  |  0 comments
The Spitfire. What more can be said about this legend that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? Regarded by many as the quintessential fighter aircraft of the Second World War, it's also widely recognised for its truly beautiful design, something that's not ordinarily associated with a weapon of war. Likewise, of course, its appeal in the aeromodelling world is without equal. I'm sure model shop owners throughout the world could tell countless stories of wannabe model flyers patronising their shop with the sole intent of buying a Spitfire and taking up model flying.
David Ashby  |  Jul 25, 2013  |  0 comments
Update 25/7/13 - winners announced! quick check here! Taken a model flying piccie you're proud of? Why not enter our new photographic competition where the winner will walk away with a 12-month subscription to RCM&E magazine! All being well, the best entries will appear in RCM&E too! Up to the end of June we'll have a forum thread running (link below) for receipt of picture entries and the rules are straightforward so take a few moment to have a look below. You can enter as many times as you like. The competition is open to amateurs only (not professional photographers, magazine contributors or semi-proswhosell their photographs). You must have taken the picture yourself.
Steve Sales  |  Jun 11, 2013  |  0 comments
Gemini is the first Elapor biplane from Multiplex and has been designed as an easy introduction to two wings. Since the model is called Gemini I can only assume that the link with the star sign (the twins) is the fact that it has two wings? Anyway, whatever it is that’s in the name there’s no denying it’s a good looking little model that appears to take a few design cues from the Ultimate biplane, which to my mind is no bad thing. Moulded around an outrunner motor of the 600 class, with power from a modest 3s 1800 - 3300mAh Li-Po battery pack, the Gemini should be a relatively inexpensive proposition. You’ll forgive me for the following cliché, but when the box lid is opened one is presented with an Elapor foam model of exquisite quality.
David Ashby  |  May 09, 2013  |  0 comments
Oops, the sweet little P-51D, the pull-out plan with the new June 2013 issue, is missing a part. Please accept our sincere apologies. It's the part/s the front hatch sits on but you can download a . pdf file of the missing item - justClick hereto do that.
David Ashby  |  Mar 27, 2013  |  0 comments
Multiplex have announced that J. Perkins Distribution will be their sole agent in the UK going forward. The German firm are owned by Hitec of South Korea who themselvesalready usePerkins for UK distribution so the news comes as little surprise to industry watchers. Just received, the press release is as follows: MULTIPLEX Modellsport GmbH & Co.
David Ashby  |  Mar 05, 2013  |  0 comments
Welcome to RCM&E's round up of extra pics to accompany the Nuremburg 2013's main show report that you'll find in the April issue. In the toy crossover market, Silverlit were showing off their motion control units. Expect to see more R/C helicopters with i-device compatibility too. We'll take a normal Tx any day.