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Andy Ellison  |  Dec 31, 2020  |  0 comments
If they're having fun then they'll want to go again. . . Have we given up trying to save the hobby for the next generation or do we have to adapt to change to ensure its continuation? Are our flying clubs destined to deteriorate into fields of grumpy old men depleting slowly and recounting tales of how it used to be? As the BMFA struggle on with their free flight founded education programme I was asked if there was anything we can do, individually or as a club in R/C land, to encourage new youngsters in, or help keep the ones we already have.
David Ashby  |  Nov 30, 2020  |  0 comments
Second time around as an RCM&E cover model, here's another look at Paul Rice's superb Supermarine S6B. Join Alex Whittaker for a taste of what we've been missing after the Covid crisis put a stop to many waterplane meetings.
David Ashby  |  Nov 24, 2020  |  0 comments
24 days, 24 prizes! As the year end approaches (and especiallyafter the year we've all been having) what better time to have a little fun in the form of our popular Advent Prize Draw! Drop into the forum every day till the 24th December to grab a chancing of winning a prize. Thanks to our friends at J. Perkins Distribution, Sarik Hobbies and Overlander Batteries we've some fab things to hand out to 24 lucky winners. It all starts on 1st December, see you then! .
David Ashby  |  Oct 25, 2020  |  0 comments
Alex, our roving reporter, still finds himself in lockdown and without any of the usual shows and model flying events to visit he consoles us with his ringside view of all the comings and goings at an imaginary Scale Nationals competition, which is held is normal times at RAF Barkston Heath.
David Ashby  |  Oct 14, 2020  |  0 comments
Modelflying.co.uk is RCM&E magazine's web home but, more than that, and with over 40,000 members, it's the UK's biggest and (we think) friendliest model flying community, serving the needs of hobbyists from beginners through to seasoned practitioners. Welcome! Modelflying.
David Ashby  |  Sep 21, 2020  |  0 comments
In this month's Model Magic, Alex Whittaker pays tribute to a much-respected German scale modeller, Gerhard Reinsch, who recently passed away. This big, yellow Tiger Moth is one of two of Gehard's models that Alex will be taking a close look at. No pilots though, as Alex's photo session took place during early flight trials.
Peter Rondel  |  Sep 09, 2020  |  0 comments
Everyone likes ‘looping the loop’ when they’re learning to fly, and it’s a good thing too; we all need a bit of light relief during training sessions. However, there’s more to a perfected loop than just pulling in ‘up’ elevator. Ultimately you’ll be using all four primary controls (throttle, aileron, rudder and elevator) to nail the definitive loop. Surprisingly difficult to perfect, properly executed loops are smooth flowing and accurate figures.
David Ashby  |  Aug 25, 2020  |  0 comments
Power Scale Soaring Association member Steve Kemp poses with his new 1:8 scale Hunting Percival Jet Provost, built from enlarged plans by Andy Blackburn. The model spans 57”, has an AUW of 6lbs and flew superbly in the conditions enjoyed at July's PSSA gathering on the Great Orme - see the full report by Simon Cocker in his regular column. 
Frank Skilbeck  |  Aug 24, 2020  |  0 comments
Aero-Naut are a German model company that have been manufacturing a wide range aircraft and boat kits since the 1930s, their kits exuding quality and thoroughness, the cartoon scale Luscombe Silvaire 8 being a fine example. I say cartoon scale as, for ease of building, the model uses a square section fuselage rather than the monocoque oval construction of the full size. The full size, incidentally, broke new ground when introduced in 1937 as it used an all metal fuselage with a fabric covered wing and no wood in its construction, with all metal sheeted wings being introduced in 1946. The aero-naut version, unlike the full size, is of all wood construction and designed for electric power with a 350-watt power train using a 3 or 4S LiPo of around 3,000 mAh.
Peter Miller  |  Aug 13, 2020  |  0 comments
Back in the old days, many plans had a materials list included on the drawing - and it’s been suggested that it would be good to reintroduce the idea. However, even if future plans do incorporate such a list there are thousands of old ones that don’t, leaving the builder to work out what materials are needed. The materials list of yore was only ever a loose guide, because some people use more wood than others. For example, one individual might cut a set of wing ribs from two sheets of wood by carefully interleaving them, whereas someone else might use the ‘solid block’ method of cutting them out, which uses far more wood.

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