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David Ashby  |  Mar 01, 2011  |  0 comments
We often get asked about our photographic requirements so we thought we'd publish them here to assist those sending in, or thinking about sending in features. In order to save time and ensure consistent photographic quality throughout RCM&E the following pointers are provided to assist in the preparation of a model aeroplane product test. Please note, they should be seen as a minimum requirement and are not intended to stifle artistry or restrict a photographers freedom to improvise or innovate with alternative locations, unusual lighting or special effects. BASICS 1.
David Ashby  |  Feb 23, 2011  |  0 comments
Model names eh? Just what do you call that new ARTF product or design? Well unless you're particularly adept, it's not always as easy as it seems, especially if you're selling into a foreign market. The two Chinese examples recently spotted at Nuremburg are perfect examples - they're not rude of course yet they're certainly memorable. Then again, perhaps a memorable name is all that matters. We've been trying to think of the strange names we've seen over the last few years.
David Burton  |  Feb 11, 2011  |  0 comments
Wing vortices maybe a pain for aircraft and model designers alike, but it has to be said that they are sometimes very beautiful to look at! Because of this many photographers and video specialists have recorded them. In the 70’s NASA did a number of full size experiments at Langley airfield aimed at understanding wing vortices better. This video is slightly slowed down as the clock in the corner shows. Whilst this is quite a good visualisation of the vortex it doesn’t really capture the power well.
David Ashby  |  Feb 09, 2011  |  0 comments
Just back having seen what the R/C industry is lining up for 2011, we're impressed by the number of new releases with some exciting models heading our way this year and from Seagull and Black Horse in particular. We'll be bringing a full report from the show in our April issue (on sale 11th March) but in the meantime have a look at this new WOT4 Extreme. If the recently arrived 68" (1730mm) span WOT4 XL isn't big enough for you then the 84" (2130mm) span Xtreme might be what you're looking for. The model has been designed for 45-55cc petrol engines and 5-6 channels using 8 servos.
David Ashby  |  Feb 08, 2011  |  0 comments
Multiplex have just released details of a new model due to go on sale early Summer 2011. DogFighter is an attractive,34" (882mm) span, EPO foam, cartoon scale warbird that's not toofar removed from later marks of Spitfire. It's designed to have good slow speed handling yet to move quickly with neutral handling and a precise control response. Down and side thrust can be easily be adjusted to fine-tune the model and although DogFighter is designed for aileron/elevator/throttle only, a rudder function can easily be added.
David Burton  |  Dec 20, 2010  |  0 comments
In my January 2011 issue article I've been looking at 'lift' and the factors that can influence this important trait. Like last month I've selected some videos to accompany the article and which will, I hope, help to improve understanding. Right, let's get started! One more visit to the classroom! This is the classic experiment for any of you who doubt the power of atmospheric pressure alone to lift a 747. This little video is for fun.
David Ashby  |  Nov 01, 2010  |  0 comments
We've just added some video taken while test flying the Seagull's 63" span PC-9. The model is reviewed in the upcoming December 2010 issue of RCM&E. Click here to go to the video section. .
David Ashby  |  Oct 11, 2010  |  0 comments
Area 51 are now sole UK distributors for the SebArt range the latestaddition towhich is this Sebach 342 30e reviewed in the July 2010 issue of RCM&E. I popped along to Area 51 at the weekend. They're the UK distributors for a number of popular brands including SebArt, Hacker, FunTech and Xoar among many others. The business isowned and run by Colin and Mike who showed me around the Kent based facility.
David Ashby  |  Oct 05, 2010  |  0 comments
Zulu ET plan builders should be aware of an error in the plan published with theOctober issue of RCM&E. The model, a sport/trainer has two formers that were incorrect. That's the bad news but the good news is that designer Lindsay Todd is running a step-by-step, photobuild blog (link below) and here you'll find the correct former measurements. F4 and F5 are those affected for which the correct measurements are on page 2 of the blog.
David Ashby  |  Aug 05, 2010  |  0 comments
I'm not sure why we do this to ourselves. It's easy to start a photo competition but choosing a winner is a near impossible task to the extent that it's taken us nearly a month to arrive at a conclusion. The standard has been amazingly high which means we've been kicking the entires around, debating their merits and disagreeing constantly. I think everyone will have a favourite but anyhow, first place goes to Paul Gaucci with this stunning shot of this, soon to be grounded, Sukhoi, very nice Paul.
David Ashby  |  Aug 02, 2010  |  0 comments
Bertie Barnstormer certainly polarised opinion during his 6 year reign in RCM&E. Here's a typical offering from 2004. MONDAY Now is not the time to be complacent. The reactionary forces of political correctness are coming soon to a flying field near you.
Tony Nijhuis  |  Jun 14, 2010  |  0 comments
Once in a while a product comes onto the market that endeavours to turn model flying on its head and challenge the thoughts of those who believe aeromodelling has nothing more to offer. I say this after coming back from the first flight of my Graupner Funky Chicken which, in model flying terms, provided the most fun I’ve had in ages. In fact, so much so, it was only the nigh-on pitch dark conditions outside that eventually forced me to call it a day. Now, bearing in mind I was completely unaware of the kit’s existence before our editor suggested I should seriously (!) consider doing it, my initial reaction, whilst taking a rummage through his kit cupboard, was rather dismissive.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jun 10, 2010  |  0 comments
Alan Wood's venerable Waveguide, a throwback to a typical single-channel model. It’s a funny thing, but people will often spend hundreds of pounds on a model, yet begrudge £2. 50 at a Swapmeet for a sheaf of excellent balsa. Us modellers have funny values; we’ll happily blow a fortune on a fancy new engine, whilst keeping the same old tired NiCad flight pack for years.
David Ashby  |  May 31, 2010  |  0 comments
We post many thousand of copies of RCM&E around the world every month yet, with the best will in the world, sometimesa few magazines don't reach their intended destination. Below you'll find the contact information requiredifseeking assistance, be it for a magazine or a subscriber gift that hasn't arrived. SUBSCRIBER QUERIES (Magazine and subscription gifts) Tel: 08456 777 807 or 0844 848 8822 email: [email protected] co.
David Ashby  |  May 25, 2010  |  0 comments
John Buxton (photo courtesy of rcspeeds. com) Spencer Lisenby's Dynamic Soaring world record has just been broken by John Buxton. Flying in the California hills over the last weekend, John pushed the record to 445mph using a 100" span Kinetic glider. John and Spencer have been steadily breaking recordsrecords over the last year and with R/C gas turbine powered models yet to break the 400mph barrier, it seems the gliders are out in front at the moment.


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