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David Ashby  |  Sep 02, 2012  |  0 comments
Oh dear! You may have noticed that the Sept and Oct 2012 issue free plans had some errors. The Sept planwas printed some 25% too small appearing as a 40” span instead of 52”. The correct size October issue re-print missed the stabiliser and some ribs. Designer Ton Van Munsteren has kindly provided a downloadable PDF with the amended parts and Ton's build thread is worth checking too.
David Ashby  |  Jun 03, 2012  |  0 comments
If you've been searching for old and elusive plans then you'll be pleased to learn that RCM&E's plan service at Sarik Hobbieshas the X-List range of old, rare or unusual designs. The X-List comprises some 2500 plans many of which were published in MAP and Argus magazines (including RCM&E, Radio Modeller and Aeromodeller) over several decades. . .
Andy Blackburn  |  Mar 21, 2012  |  0 comments
This P-51 plan was first published in 2005. The plan is available at the RCM&E Plans Service. A couple of years ago Steve and I were flying different models of P-51 Mustangs; both were very adequate in light lift but were rather semi-scale in outline. Both were eventually sold on, and within a very short period of time it became obvious that disposing of ones’ favourite light-lift model was probably a mistake; anyone attending PSS events must have at least one model for light lift conditions, there’s no point in making the journey and then not being able to fly because the wind isn’t blowing hard enough.
David Ashby  |  Feb 27, 2012  |  0 comments
First published in 2006, Basic 3D is Mike Keay’s popular, easy-build, aerobatic trainer and 3D aerobat specifically designed to take a budding pilot from basic through to advanced aerobatics. It can be built with a 52” or 58” span according to preference and, although designed for a . 40 - . 53 two-stroke engine, an electric conversion would be easy to accomplish too.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jan 25, 2012  |  0 comments
This plan was first published in 2002 and is available from the RCM&E plans service. PART. 1 To my eyes, Edwardian design has always combined elegance and practicality. Take the Blackburn 1912 monoplane, for instance.
Cyril Carr  |  Jan 20, 2012  |  0 comments
The Skylark plan was first published in 2003, the plan is available at the RCM&E plans service. It was 12 year-old Matthew Evans who gave me the inspiration for the model presented here. You see, I was asked to help Matthew learn about designing, building and flying a radio controlled aircraft. He had won a grant called the ‘John Cooper Scholarship’ at Wareham Middle School, which helps young students develop ideas that could help them in a future career.
David Ashby  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  0 comments
The Typhoon plan was first published in 2003 and can be purchased at the RCM&E plans service. Some time ago, Mike and I identified the need for an aerobatic model that would cope well with the windy conditions which seem to predominate in our neck of the woods, yet would be equally suitable for those infrequent days when relative calm is restored to our favourite slope. Eventually we came up with the Typhoon, a model with an RG15 wing section that penetrates well, gives a good turn of speed yet, with a small amount of flap, will soar in quite moderate lift. This is a nicely versatile aeroplane, with space in the fuselage for ballast that, similarly, enables it to cope with a wide range of wind speeds.
Vic Smeed  |  Dec 02, 2011  |  0 comments
The Ohm 8 plan is available via the RCM&E plans service. This article and pull out plan were originally published in RCM&E, May 1964. It is reproduced in its original form, including references to R/C equipment of the time but with minor modifications could be easily fitted with modern mini/micro servos and a . 15 cu.
David Boddington  |  Nov 30, 2011  |  0 comments
The Push Moth plan is available via the RCM&E plans service. This article and pull out plan was originally published in RCM&E, December 1965. It is reproduced in its original form, including references to R/C equipment of the time. But with minor modifications it could be easily fitted with modern micro servos, an inexpensive electric motor, speed controller and Li-Po battery.
David Ashby  |  Nov 25, 2011  |  0 comments
The November 2011 issue free plan, the 32" span Mini Tyro is now available from the RCM&E plans service as a full kit containing CNC and Laser-cut parts along with all the wood required to complete the model. Andrew Boddington's build article was in the November issue and his build photos to accompany the article are at the foot of this article or can be found here. Click here too to watch our Mini Tyro video where we chat to Andrew about the model. Easy to build, it's a fine flying little sportster, that's just perfect for a .
David Ashby  |  Oct 05, 2011  |  0 comments
November 2011's free plan is the Mini Tyro, a classic David Boddington single-channel design brought up to date by son Andrew and now a three-channel machine. We took the opportunity to catch up with Andrew last week and shot a little video (below) too. As you can see, the calm and sunny late autumn day offered the perfect conditions for flying. The model is relatively easy to build and could be converted to electric flight of course.
David Ashby  |  Sep 07, 2011  |  0 comments
Good news! The long lost Jitterbug tail decal has now surfaced and is now available to download. Jitterbug was the free plan in RCM&E's April 2011 issue, a low wing trainer sport design from Alex Whittaker. If you're a Jitterbug bulder then down't forget to compare notes with others in the forum (links below). Jitterbug decal .
David Ashby  |  Aug 02, 2011  |  0 comments
We had Tony Nijhuis' new FW-190 in the studio for a shoot last week and thought we'd share a few pics with you. This 60" span model was the type chosen from this year's 'Pick a Plane' forum vote and is for electric power although an i. c. conversion should be perfectly possible.
Maurice Ashby  |  Jun 13, 2011  |  0 comments
The Cardsharp plan was first published in 2000 and can be purchased via the RCM&E plans service. Radio controlled model aircraft built from corrugated cardboard are by no means new; In fact, there have been quite a few over the years. My own introduction to this form of construction came with a model called ‘The Craftsman’, a kit manufactured back in the seventies by a firm called ‘Stanley’, as I remember. The model itself spanned 60”, and was a low-wing sports tail dragger; mine was powered by an old favourite Merco 61 and flew superbly, with great aerobatic characteristics (they also did a high wing trainer version, incidentally).
Mike Keay  |  Jun 06, 2011  |  0 comments
The Miss Millie plan was published in February 2003. The plan can be purchased at RCM&E's plan service. Though I do dabble in part-constructed kits, I’m not much of a one for ARTF models. I prefer to design and fly my own (sad isn’t it?), and I get almost as much satisfaction from the design and construction phase as I do from the flying.