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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.
David Ashby  |  Apr 21, 2010  |  0 comments
We broughtnewsof Tony Nijhus' massive Boeing B-50, one of the largest electric powered models in the world, last year and we'll have Tony's full account of the project in the next (June 2010) issue of RCM&E. Popping down to see him and photograph the model last week, we were joined by a freelance national news reporter so you may see the model appearing in the national press in the not too distant future. Here he is getting some snaps. .
David Ashby  |  Apr 12, 2010  |  0 comments
The sad news has reached us that David Boddington passed away on 10th April after a long illness. He was 77. The former RAF pilot, model designer, kit manufacturer, writer and magazine editor leaves a lasting legacy and will be greatly missed. There's little that Boddo, as he was affectionately known, hadn't achieved throughouta prolific aeromodelling career.
David Ashby  |  Apr 01, 2010  |  0 comments
Bert with the Sprinter prior to its unplanned journey. A Kent based model flyer is celebrating the return of a model for which he'd long since given up hope. Bert Prail last saw his 1. 75m span Reichard Sprinter disappearing into the blue yonder last summer - a consequence he attributed to flying too high and the extraordinarily strong thermal activity that had provided so much enjoyment up to that point.
David Ashby  |  Mar 10, 2010  |  0 comments
Welcome to this 'subscriber only' photo round-up from the Nuremburg 2010 trade fair. You'll find our main report in the April 2010 issue of RCM&E (on sale 12th March) and here we sign off with some more models andequipment 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 appear over the course of thenext 12 months. It's very very big, it's busy and it provides clues as to where the hobby is moving.
David Ashby  |  Feb 03, 2010  |  0 comments
The free plan in the Feb 2010 issue of RCM&E is this sweet little park-fly Bristol Fighter from Cyril Carr. Cyril has kindly sent in some build photos that we've uploaded toan albumthat should serve to assist builders. Check out the February 2010 issue preview! . .
David Ashby  |  Feb 01, 2010  |  0 comments
2/2/10 - the results are in! Clickhereto see them. The established wisdom is that mode 2 flyers exceed the number of mode 1 flyers by a substantial margin but does that still hold true? Are geographical variations apparent? Is there aNorth/South divide?Are there any mode 3 or 4 flyers out there? We asked everyone to tell us how they flew and the results are now in! Many thanks to forumite Biggles Elder Brother for his fantastic work compiling the figures. . .
David Ashby - moderatDr  |  Oct 27, 2009  |  0 comments
The unusual yet attractive Colomban Luciole, the November issue free plan, is another great design from Peter Miller's drawing board. The 60" span machine is for . 18-. 21 two-stroke engines and features flaps along with the usual controls.
David Ashby  |  Sep 07, 2009  |  0 comments
First Person View (FPV) flying has just passed a milestone with the formation of the British First Person View Model Flying Association. The BFPVMFA lists its goals as: 1. To promote the safe enjoyment of First Person View model flying. 2.
David Ashby  |  Aug 17, 2009  |  0 comments
The All Things That Fly podcast is a weekly R/C flying 'radio' show from the USA that's free to download or listen to from the ATTF website or itunes. They asked me to join them as this week's guest so you can listen or download the discussion by clicking on the link above or via the itunes website. We chat about the UK and US model flying scenes, making RCM&E magazine, 2. 4GHz and much else.

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