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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.
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
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 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 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.

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