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David Ashby  |  Dec 20, 2012  |  0 comments
In Part. 1 I introduced you to my pair of electric-powered Catalinas: a 76" (1930mm) span version powered by a pair of Jamara Pro 480HS BB can motors for bungee-launching from grass, and a 104" (2642mm) version powered by two AXI 2820/12 brushless outrunners, for operation from water. Whilst the smaller Cat' had its wing tip floats permanently fixed in the raised position, I decided that operational tips were an absolute must on its larger, amphibious sister. By studying photos of the full-size aircraft and the plan from which the model had been scaled I was able to determine how they worked, but I didn't have any information on the internal mechanism.
David Ashby  |  Dec 05, 2012  |  0 comments
I’ve always loved the Consolidated PBY Catalina, there’s something particularly pleasing about the layout of this flying boat. The most commonly used variants during W. W. II were the PBY-5 and the PBY-5a; the latter had a retractable tricycle undercarriage, which increased the gross weight by nearly 30% and would obviously have affected the number of depth charges or bombs the plane could carry.
David Ashby  |  Nov 29, 2012  |  0 comments
This is an unusual item not previously seen. It's a computer programme, designed for club use in orderto keep an eye on finances and to help with membership tracking and BMFA submissions. It's the brainchild of Max Cairns, a retired programmer,who found himself filling a club secretary/treasurer role before deciding to make lifea lot easier and reduce the paperwork. What does it do? First -it keeps track of membership data - names, addresses, telephone numbers, email address, BMFA numbers, proficiency standards, etc.
David Ashby  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  0 comments
Laser-cut/cnc parts sets for the Tucano are now available via RCM&E's plans service. The goodpeople have put a special offer price on the complete set (inc plan and canopy) too! The Mass Build is an individual and community project, it's where a subject is voted for everyone to build - something that's easy yet offers flexibility for the experienced participant. It's perfect too if you're a first time builder as the build threads and blogswill enableyou to see how others are faring, seek help andhelp others along the way. The Tucano, is a semi-scale sport design from Nigel Hawes The plan and build article was published in the May and June 2003 issues of RCM&E.
David Ashby  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  0 comments
Way back in 2000 I attended the Woodvale Rally for the first time, flying the then new, ducted fan Gloster Javelin that I’d just completed. This was in fact the first large show that I’d flown at, and I freely admit to being slightly nervous! Would the engines start on request? Would any of the unforeseen problems so many people suffer from catch me out? Fortunately the model performed flawlessly, despite the heat and the pressure! Travelling home that night my thoughts started to wander onto what could be built next, and the usual sort of things passed through my mind - something bigger, more complex and more graceful. Commercial airliners are so rarely modelled, and with my interests lying in aircraft from around the ‘40s and ‘50s my next project could only be one thing - the de Havilland DH106 Comet. The disasters that befell the Comet 1, with its famed square windows, are well documented.
David Ashby  |  Nov 19, 2012  |  0 comments
The Fairey Swordfish was designed in 1934 as a carrier-based torpedo / spotter / reconnaissance aircraft. Its two cockpits carried either a crew of two, for torpedo strikes, or three when employed in its reconnaissance role. 2,391 Swordfish were built between 1934 and 1944, most at the Blackburn Aircraft Factory in Brough, Yorkshire. At the peak of W.
Alex Whittaker  |  Aug 13, 2012  |  0 comments
The Ponnier Monoplane Racer, conceived by Albert Pagny, was specifically designed to compete in the Gordon Bennett Rheims Air Race in 1913. It had a span of 23ft 6in, and was powered by a twin-row rotary Gnome engine. The event, the third of its kind, was held on the Betheny Plain site of the historic first race in 1909. It is significant to note that even this early in the history of air racing, eight of the nine entries flew monoplanes.
David Ashy  |  Jul 26, 2012  |  0 comments
If you're looking for a good trad' build project then why not consider one of the designs from the growing range of CNCkits from Sarik Hobbies. A CNC pack contains all the CNC and laser-cut items that remove the hard work from a project - ribs, formers and all the other parts aside from sheet and strip. With additional wood packs available for many models, you have everthing you need to start a project. Don't forget to check out the RCM&E plan builder's forum section- there's bound to be someone else building one! The current range includes: Whizzza - Nigel Hawes' classic 42" span easy-build sporster is now available in either i.
Nigel Hawes  |  Jul 25, 2012  |  0 comments
In Pt. 1 I described the preparation behind our attempt to fly an electric model across the English Channel. I could have no better comrade on board than electric flight supremo Brian Collins, and we'd managed to convince ourselves that it was possible. The organisation was in place, and indeed a TV crew was also in tow! Outdoor model flying enthusiasts are always at the mercy of the weather, and when controlling a model from the confines of a 6.
Nigel Hawes  |  Jul 17, 2012  |  0 comments
This article was first published in 2006. When it comes to doing something out of the ordinary, people are inspired by many things. For some it only takes a glance at an interesting or unusual feat and they want to either have a go or do even better, whilst others admire the efforts of famous people and strive to follow in their footsteps. The only inspiration I need is when somebody tells me I can’t do something; that’s like a red rag to a bull, as I like nothing more than a good challenge! When I first pondered flying an electric model across the English Channel it was, at the time, a little beyond the realms of possibility due to the available hardware not being up to the job.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jun 19, 2012  |  0 comments
In the period immediately after the Second World War, the coming of the jet engine saw much innovation in both civilian and military aviation. At the time the possibilities of the jet age were vaguely glimpsed, but largely unknown. However, the arrival of jet power did prompt the need for broader training opportunities, and a number of manufacturers, sensing commercial possibilities, rose to the challenge. At that time there was also much discussion about the effects of fast jet flight on human physiology.
David Ashby  |  May 21, 2012  |  0 comments
A simple questiuon then and perhaps the most revealing poll we've had? Simply stated, how many flyable models have you got? Who's got the most? . . . .
David Ashby  |  Mar 16, 2012  |  0 comments
This is our concluding round-up of new products displayed at Nuremburg 2012. Great Planes' 72" span Waco bipe was released a little while ago but is included here as it's just so pretty. Avanti S is the first jet from SebArt. It spans 2m and requires a Jet-Cat P100 RX trubine.
David Ashby  |  Mar 12, 2012  |  0 comments
Attempting a conversion? Perhaps someone can help. . . .
David Ashby  |  Mar 07, 2012  |  0 comments
Welcome to Pt. 1 of a two-part extra photo round-up from the Nuremburg 2012 trade expo. You'll find our main report in the April 2012 issue of RCM&E (on sale 9th March) and here we sign off with some more items that we didn't quite have room for in the magazine. Nuremburg is where the world model industry meets to showcasethe new products that should (with luck) appear overthenext 12 months.

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