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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.
RCME Staff  |  Jul 28, 2016  |  0 comments
This month I’m going to stand aside and hand the stage over to two truly remarkable pilots; a champion harking all the way from Israel, as well and a master of design much closer to home. Those who read the last instalment of Snap, Crackle & Roll will know that the 2011 EXFC champion is a chap by the name of Ido Segev, a young Israeli freestyle pilot known the world over for his clean and fun routines that always fit the music like a glove. Prior to his success at last year’s EXFC he placed second at the 2009 event and third in the 2009 XFC, so there’s little doubt that this man is truly world class. Currently enrolled on a training course in Australia to become a full-size flying instructor, Ido kindly took some time out to answer a few questions.
RCME Staff  |  Jun 16, 2016  |  0 comments
It’s a misty day in 1972 and, while my cousin checks that no-one is watching, my 12-year old hand reaches up to touch the starboard navigation light of the Supermarine Spitfire that stands guard at the gate of RAF Manston. It’s my first encounter with this legendary aircraft, and the start of a 40-year journey – one that would take me through countless Sundays launching models from the top of Buckinghamshire’s Ivinghoe Beacon, a career in the aviation industry, and all the way back to Manston where, on a boisterous May day, I’d guide my own Spitfire, Connie, over the threshold of the famous runway. MAKING PATTERNS Connie’s own story began in 2006 when, with decades of model-building behind me, I set about designing a fully moulded, 1:4-scale Mk. IX Spitfire.
RCME Staff  |  Mar 10, 2016  |  0 comments
Local shows and events provide an excellent PR opportunity for a club and make a great sideshow for many a school fete or charity fund-raiser. Alas, however, gone are the days when a few good guys could take up a bit of room on the playing field and make something up as they went along. We live in an increasingly litigious society and if ‘model flying meets Joe Public’ scenarios are to go well, then a little more thought has to go into things. 1.
RCME Staff  |  Jan 10, 2016  |  0 comments
RCM&E January 1996 With the UK in the depths of winter as the inaugural 1996 issue of RCM&E hit the shelves, the blue skies that deliver the background for the cover shot no doubt provided a boost for modellers dreaming of summer. Loris Goring and his nicely painted Goldberg Super Chipmunk took centre stage of this idyllic sun-drenched scene. Under the heading ‘Airbrush your aircraft’, Loris duly reappeared elsewhere in the issue and kicked off a series of how to do exactly that. WALLET TEASING As always there was plenty on offer from suppliers, offering their wares via telephone mail order, since internet shopping was yet to make its mark.
RCME Staff  |  Oct 12, 2015  |  0 comments
1. Take a logical approach. There is no right or wrong way to teach someone to fly R/C models, however there is a logical approach that breaks down the challenge into simple stepping stones. For instance, there is little point in teaching somebody how to take off unless they’ve learned how to climb out into a circuit first.
RCME Staff  |  Oct 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Many clubs stipulate that to fly with them, you must also be a member of the British Model Flying Association (BMFA). This is usually for reasons of insurance coupled with the fact that affiliation offers extensions which protect the club’s committee in their position. However, membership of the BMFA also brings many other things to a modeller’s hobby, should they wish to utilise it. Perhaps the main one of these, after insurance, is the BMFA’s extensive list of flying related personal achievement schemes.
RCME Staff  |  Aug 01, 2015  |  0 comments
**NOTE NEW DATE** event is now 11th and 12th July Just a reminder that RCM&E's 2015 fly-in approaches. . . The dates for your diary are the weekend of 11th and 12th July.
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.