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David Ashby  |  Jul 16, 2019  |  0 comments
Let’s cast our minds back 43 years to that long, hot summer of 1976. On The Cover There was just one cover line that month, introducing David Boddington’s 40” (1016mm) wingspan Nieuport 24. David’s inspiration for this W. W.
Mike Freeman  |  Jan 02, 2019  |  0 comments
There’s no denying that Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries have revolutionised electric flight. Gone are the days when getting an electric model to fly above head height was considered an achievement. Electric flight is now a direct (some say better) alternative to i. c.
RCME Staff  |  Sep 27, 2018  |  0 comments
Believe it or not, the F-13 probably represents the high point of technical and commercial innovation in Hugo Junkers’ privately-owned Junkers Flugzeugwerke. Forget all the Ju-somethings of W. W. II, they came after both Hugo’s death in 1935 and the Nazis’ sequestration of the company.
RCME Staff  |  Jul 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Harvards still race at Reno every year. The famous prop roar is the sound of those supersonic tips. When it entered RAF service in July 1939, the US-built North American Harvard satisfied Britain’s desperate need for an advanced trainer that could bridge the widening gulf between the biplanes used for primary training and the new generation of fighters such as the Hurricane, which had already been operational for eighteen months. Yet, landmark though it may have been in Britain’s belated rearmament programme, the Harvard was only one member of a family of closely related aircraft that were produced over a period of 30 years, and which filled a variety of roles around the world, from trainer to fighter-bomber.
RCME Staff  |  Apr 27, 2018  |  0 comments
Welcome to this, the second of a five part series aimed at steering the newcomer along a fuss free path into the fascinating world of flying R/C model aircraft. Last month we covered the basic questions, this time we’ll get into a bit more detail and look at some purchasing decisions. What you buy and fly can depend on a number of factors: Where you intend to fly. The models and equipment your instructor or friends use.
RCME Staff  |  Apr 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Welcome to the first in our series that’s aimed at providing the information you might need to make informed choices and, hopefully, start flying R/C model aircraft with the minimum of fuss and bother. Into the Blue maybe a little hopeful as a title, since the UK weather will no doubt dictate that on most occasions your new model will be sent skywards ‘into the grey’, but let’s be optimistic! BEGINNINGS So, you want to fly R/C? Good! Remember that flying model aircraft can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make it. Above all, however, it’s fun. If at any stage you’re not enjoying it then something’s wrong and you’re advised to stop and discuss what you’re doing with fellow flyers.
RCME Staff  |  Mar 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Some old issues of RCM&E resonate for different reasons. March 1992 hits the spot for me as it reflects the time when I got back into the hobby, thinking it best that I learn how to fly properly, once and for all. For many, twenty years won’t seem so long ago, especially as the letters A, R, T and F had become quite well established. Truth is, kits of this nature actually date back to the early ‘80s, if not before, and while far less common in ‘92, they were certainly around.
RCME Staff  |  Jan 15, 2018  |  0 comments
Propeller Selecting the right propeller is essential (and good research vital) to gain maximum efficiency for F3A requirements. Pattern models need to fly at a constant speed no matter which direction they’re travelling. In this respect, a propeller designed specifically for maximum power and down-line braking will help. Power Electric power has come to dominate F3A over the last couple of years.
Martyn Harvey  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Formerlyan Orkney Island resident,Martin Harveyis a retireddoctor recently located to north east England. He's a keen builder and flyer and recounts his exploits here on a regular basis. You canchat toMartynby using the forum thread link below. 10/10/2017 - Summertime I could probably cut and paste the opening part of this piece from various previous submissions --- the weather has been good, the weather has been awful, the weather and most events have gone on just about exactly as they have been for years.
Tim Mackey  |  Sep 12, 2017  |  0 comments
Welcome to our new glossary, designed for beginners or anyone seeking clarity or the meaning of the many abbreviations used in connection with model flying. If there are others you feel we can add to the database then please use the forum thread link below to make your suggestions and we'll make sure they're included. 35 MHz (35 Meg)- see frequency 2. 4GHz / 2.
RCME Staff  |  Aug 18, 2017  |  0 comments
A round up of the very best from our photographic competition at www. modelflying. co. uk As we hope you’ll have noticed, we’re very particular about our photography here atRCM&Eand so, for a bit of fun, we asked readers and website members to share their photographic efforts and post them online at www.
RCME Staff  |  Jun 20, 2017  |  0 comments
The Sopwith Camel, so the popular saying goes, offered its pilot three choices: the Victoria Cross, the Red Cross, or a wooden cross: the Camel downed more enemy aircraft than any other scout in W. W. I - it’s credited with 1294 victories - but it was also responsible for a lot of own-goals. In the 17 months during which the Camel was operational, it wasn’t just combat that claimed the lives of its pilots.
RCME Staff  |  Mar 22, 2017  |  0 comments
Declared Flight magazine in 1944, “To many people the York is held to be Britain’s first post-war civil aircraft. That it is a stop-gap, at best a wartime compromise, seems to be generally overlooked. ” But if the Avro’s steady service had indeed made people forgetful of its hand-me-down origins (which seems unlikely since, as we’ll see shortly, it was part of a much larger bone of contention), then it might have been more generous if Flight had allowed that the York was more of a ‘wartime conscript’. For while its close relation, the Lancaster, was framed and famed for fighting, the York was called up in the latter part of the war and the immediate post-war period to fulfil a role that was less martial, but nonetheless vital.
RCME Staff  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments
February 1969 is not a month I recall (I was only a toddler), yet on the 9th the Boeing 747 made its first flight, on the 24th Mariner 6 was fired into space en route to Mars and, somewhere in-between, Volume 10 issue 2 of RCM&E hit the streets. With both Ron Moulton (Managing Editor) and Tony Dowdeswell (Editor) appearing in the ‘flannel panel’ the issue promised great things and, by the look of it, didn’t disappoint. Ad Manager Roland Sutton had clearly done his job well for this was an issue packed with period advertising. Occupying the rear cover, and doubtless paying a heavy premium for the privilege, RCS Ltd.
RCME Staff  |  Sep 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Paris 1908: the artistic establishment, already shocked by Matisse’s fauvism, is being challenged by Picasso’s cubist vision of a reconstructed world, and changed by the speed and technology captured in Severini’s futurism. And in a garret among the city’s rooftops, an earnest 23-year old is caught up with yet another of the new century’s revolutionary visions: aviation. YOUTHFUL REBELLION Whatever the Yorkshire-born Robert Blackburn, hard at work over his drawings, might have made of his continental contemporaries’ paintings, it’s quite possible to imagine him empathising with their willingness to confront conventional thinking. When Blackburn, only a year or two out of university, had joined his father’s drawing office at Green’s, the Leeds-based stream-roller manufacturer, he’d found that the determinedly nineteenth-century practices of the factory allowed little room for the progressive ideas encouraged by his engineering training.


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