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David Ashby  |  May 12, 2008  |  0 comments
I met Dave Chinery at the Bickley electric meeting yesterday. Some may recall that Dave wrote a regular electric flight column for RCM&E a few years ago and he's still busy as can be seen by just a glance at his latest creation - this 123" span version of the Fairey Long Range Monoplane. Two full size examples of this aircraft were built, the first in 1928. They were designed to experiment and study long range flight charcteristics, the second aircraft capturing the world record in 1933 with a flight of 5410 miles from Cranwell to South Africa.
David Ashby  |  May 08, 2008  |  0 comments
The respected Czech electric flight manufacturer RCM-Pelikan has introduced its own range of Li-Po batteries. The new RAY ‘airplane’ range of Li-Po packs are rated at 25C and available in all the popular capacity sizes. The packs are fitted with E-Tec/Enerland type balance connectors, and distributor Puffin Models can supply suitable balancers and balance plug converter leads. Pricing is competitive, £14.
David Ashby  |  Apr 28, 2008  |  0 comments
JST-XH - This is the most popular balancer plug type and found on Li-Pos from the Far East. This article first appeared in the August 2007 issue of RCM&E. Things have moved on a little since the article appeared and balancer plug converter leads are now available from most electric flight specialists and some distributors covering the four main Li-Po battery balance plug types you see pictured. The article went on to describe balancer units available at the time and I've omitted this section given that combined balancer-chargers now dominate the marketplace.
David Ashby  |  Apr 24, 2008  |  0 comments
Many thanks go to Tony Nijhuis for these downloadable decal sheets which will help those readers who wish to decorate their models like those above. Simply click below and then save the file to print off on the adhesive backed media of your choice. Mig-25 Decals Lightning Decals . .
David Ashby  |  Apr 18, 2008  |  0 comments
Matt Watts was the first name drawn to win the model you see here so he'll be getting the Lightning, well done Matt and thanks to everyone who entered. If you'd like to see Tony flying his Mig-25 and Lightning then check out our video page for the flying footage. Click here to go there . .
David Ashby  |  Mar 19, 2008  |  0 comments
Our full report from Nuremburg is in our April 2008 issue (on sale now) but just to whet you appetite here's our second supplementary photo report from the vast trade show in Germany. Nuremburg is where the industry meets to showcase new releases for the forthcoming 12 months, every major player is there so sit back and enjoy - you'll find a link to part. 1 below. Don't forget to check out our video from the show in the RCM&E video section.
David Ashby  |  Mar 10, 2008  |  0 comments
Our full report from Nuremburg will feature in our April 2008 issue (on sale March 14) but just to whet you appetite here's our first supplementary photo report from the vast trade show in Germany. Nuremburg is where the industry meets to showcase new releases for the forthcoming 12 months, every major player is there so sit back and enjoy - parts 2 and 3 will follow over the next week or so. Don't forget to check out our video from the show in the RCM&E video section. Click here to go straight there.
David Ashby  |  Jan 18, 2008  |  0 comments
We're going to bring an end to the free replacement offer following publication of the undersized Typhoon plan in last years winter special issue. We'll no longer post out free plans from the end of January although readers will still receive a free plan when purchasing wood packs or mouldings. We've posted several thousand free plans to addresses all around the globe since the error was spotted and as replacement requests have now virtually stopped, we think the time is right. It goes without saying that it proved to be a costly mistake and although we don't regret the action we took to put things right, we hope our readers appreciate this decision.
Maurice Ashby  |  Dec 12, 2007  |  0 comments
If you're old enough to have been browsing the shelves of WH Smith back in May 1964, you might remember seeing RCM&E. The cover was an acid-yellow that month (how could you forget?) with a grainy black-and-white shot of Vic Smeed's Ohm 8 biplane trainer, a coverline inviting readers to build a relay-less servo from a kit, and a price of just six shillings (30p). QUAINT, BUT NOT CHEAP I say 'just', but back then, of course, the average wage was £1000, and the £3360 that those average wage-earners were paying for their houses makes you realise what an expensive hobby R/C modelling was: a single-channel radio set-up, for example, would have cost the princely sum of £16 10s 0d. Yes, for the equivalent of about £1500 in today's money, Radio Control Specialists of Hounslow would have been happy to supply you with a Tx - a box with only one button but featuring something called 'a silicon planar epitaxial output transistor'! - and an Rx that looked like a tobacco tin.
David Ashby  |  Nov 05, 2007  |  0 comments
The new look British Model Flying Association (BMFA) website is now live. To this observers eyes it looks fresher and seems to be easier to navigate although more important, it still provides a comprehensive list of clubs in the UK and should be a first port of call for anyone seeking somewhere to fly. Click here to visit the site. .
David Ashby  |  Oct 30, 2007  |  0 comments
US aircraft manufacturer Sonex has unveiled an electric powered, full size aircraft that has an uncanny resemblance to an R/C electric model. E-Flight's proof-of-concept prototype uses their flight proven Waiex airframe coupled with a purpose-built AeroConversions brushless DC cobalt motor, controller, and a highly efficient battery and charging system. Initial top speeds will reach approximately 130mph, and endurance is expected to range between 25 - 45 minutes or longer, depending upon power usage. The motor is the lightest, most powerful and efficient unit of its type ever produced.
David Ashby  |  Oct 25, 2007  |  0 comments
Well, we'd like to extend our sincere apologies to readers who have bought our Special Issue only to find that the plan is incorrect. I should quickly add that the error isn't the fault of designer Tony Nijhuis but occurred in-house when the design was transferred to our system. So what are we doing? Well, any readers who buy the wood packs and/or canopies and cowl will receive or have received a copy of the correct plan with their order. We have printed a coupon in the November issue of the magazine and readers who would like a copy of the plan need just send this in to us.
David Ashby  |  Oct 22, 2007  |  0 comments
Some explanation may be in order for those unfamiliar with a Podcast. Basically a free home made radio programme or indeed a downloadable professional show, Podcasts have become hugely popular over the last few years and now cover a gamut of subjects from knitting to, well, RC flying. Some RC Podcasts have come and gone over the last few years but this new show from the USA is standing the test of time. Initial episodes covered helicopters but the presenters, Chris, Jamie and Diggs have sensibly now expanded the subject matter to anything that flys.

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