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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.
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  |  1 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.

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