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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.
Peter Russell  |  May 25, 2011  |  0 comments
This article was published to accompany the STOL Mk. 2 plan publication in October 1983. A new CNC kit and wood pack can also be purchased. When the original STOL was designed in 1972 it wasn’t even called a STOL, just 242S – it was really little more than an aeronautical doodle.
Al Foot  |  Apr 28, 2011  |  0 comments
This plan was published in 2006 and can be purchased at the RCM&E plans service. I first became interested in model autogyros after reading a very interesting article in Peter Russell’s ‘Straight & Level’ column here in RCM&E way back in the ‘70s. The models featured had a stub wing with two, 4-blade rotors made of balsa mounted at the ends of the wing, and the fuselage was of conventional design with a T-tail. If I recall correctly, control was single channel ‘bang-bang’ on rudder only.
David Stevens  |  Feb 25, 2011  |  0 comments
The SWOT plan is £9. 95 and can be purchasedvia the RCM&E plans service. Ok, you’ve made the decision to start R/C flying and want to get into the air as soon as possible. You have little (if any) modelling experience, family and work responsibilities render you short of time, but you can set some cash aside.
Peter Miller  |  Jan 28, 2011  |  0 comments
Many years ago I designed a model for 1. 5cc diesels called Tequila Sunrise. This was based on the big Bendix Trophy racers of the ‘30s and came complete with a long and fairly ludicrous spoof history. This history must have been nonetheless convincing because I had requests for scale documentation from overseas modellers who wanted to build examples for scale racing.
David Hipperson  |  Jan 26, 2011  |  0 comments
This article was first published in 2005. The plan can be purchased from RCM&E's plans service. The model here was flown using a brushed motor/grearbox combination but a brushless set-up and Li-Po battery would now be suggested. For all that its gangling, angular appearance made the Fieseler Fi156 one of the most ungainly aircraft of the Second World War, the Storch - or Stork - was also one the most capable machines of its type.
Cyril Carr  |  Sep 30, 2010  |  0 comments
The Kestrel plan can be purchased at www. myhobbystore. com In aviation’s short but fruitful genealogy, the story of the autogyro is one of a largely overlooked and undervalued hybrid belonging to the inter-war years. By splicing the fuselage and control surfaces of a fixed-wing aircraft and the flying surfaces created by unpowered rotors, the Spaniard Juan de la Cierva created a machine that combined S/VTOL performance with the mechanical and operational simplicity of a conventional aeroplane.
Alex Whittaker  |  Sep 21, 2010  |  0 comments
The Maricardo plan can be purchased at www. myhobbystore. com This article was first published in 2003. It’s the era of metrication, new money, Formica furniture, and glam rock.
Brian Cooper  |  Aug 09, 2010  |  0 comments
This plan and article were first published in 2001, see below for plan details. Ever since the first R/C Dart flew indoors at Olympia in 1995 / 96, there has been considerable interest in it wherever and whenever it goes out to play. Having witnessed the performance of my young lad’s rubber powered BMFA Dart, and being highly impressed, I decided to scale up the design. In fact, it was not just his that caught my eye; it seemed as though (no matter how ham-fisted the builder) they ALL flew well - much to the delight of numerous children.
John Lockwood  |  Jun 15, 2010  |  0 comments
This plan article was first published in 2003 Electric flight technology has advanced rapidly since and it is suggested that builders fit a brushless powertrain or seekset-up advice in the forum The plan, cowl and canopy can be purchased at www. myhobbystore. com Released in March 1945, too late to see action in W. W.


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