RCME Staff  |  Feb 07, 2019  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER To coincide with the UK debut of the Arrows Hobby foamie warbird range, Graham Ashby gives the Grumman F8F Bearcat a run for its money and concludes that it's not half bad. Spanning 1100mm and suitable for the benchmark 3S 2200mAh LiPo, it's a warbird with practicality and performance written all over it. Read our full review, undertaken all weathers and all conditions, on page 12 and see if you don't fancy one yourself. Photo: David Ashby free pro-plans STARSTREAM 2 Originally designed in the late 1960s, Ray Malmström's unorthodox free-flight ducted fan design has been given a modern R/C makeover.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jan 30, 2019  |  0 comments
My home-brew winter project has reached the stage where the woodwork is essentially complete, bar some final gluing up, and it’s time to cover the model. Since the aeroplane is a sports design I’ve decided to use an eye catching scheme in a bright iron-on film. Now, before applying any covering I always perform a trial installation of the radio and engine, including all control runs, as it’s all too easy to damage a covered model during this process. Also, it’s very much easier to cover components whilst they’re still flat objects on the bench.
RCME Staff  |  Jan 10, 2019  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER When top-notch modelling and beautiful engineering are combined in the realisation of a scale aircraf t that, due to its many technical and structural challenges, is rare as hen's teeth on our flightlines, you have to give credit where it's due. And due it certainly is for Chris Peers and his shadowy cohort known only as Spartacus. The combined skills of these accomplished model aeronautical engineers has produced a replica to be savoured. Read all about it on page 44.
Mike Freeman  |  Jan 02, 2019  |  0 comments
There’s no denying that Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries have revolutionised electric flight. Gone are the days when getting an electric model to fly above head height was considered an achievement. Electric flight is now a direct (some say better) alternative to i. c.
RCME Staff  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments
on the cover We don't need much of an excuse to put a highly detailed warbird on the cover and, fortunately, this month we've got good reason. You see, not only do we have Mike Booth's supremely practical tips on applying an authentic patina (page 92), we've also got an inspirational piece by Andy Blackburn on owning and flying larger warbirds (page 12). Our cover model, meanwhile, is Chuck Hamilton's outstanding Dauntless SBD from the Jerry Bates plan, pictured at Top Gun 2017. Photo: Danny Fenton free pro-plans PUSHOVER Back with another golden age classic, Shaun Garrity describes a well- behaved pusher that's suitable for all manner of propulsion systems FIRESTREAK Mike White's adaptable, quick-build aerobatic warmliner is a model for all conditions and all occasions regulars SWITCH ON – Special Feature Dave Roberts cosies up with the Japanese team at the Swiss F4C World Champs and concludes that scale modelling is an international language COUNTERPOINT Kits, blingy bits, gadgets and gimmicks, lock up yer wonga or risk losing it on impulse! ALL WRITE Readers’ letters.
RCME Staff  |  Nov 16, 2018  |  0 comments
on the cover There's something very special about scale helicopters, more so when they're beautifully detailed one-of fs that are made to the highest of standards and just ooze the character of the full-size from every nut, Jesus bolt and rivet. We've called Martin Fraser's scratch-built Westland Wessex a masterpiece in miniature but, in truth, that doesn't do it justice. Take a closer look on page 50 and admire its awesomeness. Photo: Alex Whittaker free pro-plan GÖ1 WOLF A very short full-size production run does nothing to reduce the appeal of this classic ‘30s soarer.
RCME Staff  |  Nov 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Visit any flying site and you’ll notice that, whether i. c. or electric powered, the majority of models being flown are single-engine. That’s not to say that twins aren’t seen, but for many the journey into multi-engine installations is a trip into the unknown and, therefore, often avoided like the plague! One reason for this is probably the cost, as models with multiple power units are, by nature, more expensive to build and operate.
RCME Staff  |  Oct 18, 2018  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Our Alex has been at it all summer, travelling the length and breadth of the country in pursuit of the show circus and some of the finest R/C models in the world. We happen to know he’s got at least one SD card full of fabulous aerodyne images that’ll have you itching to make a start on that dream project. Look no further than page 112 for a snap or two of Steve Rickett’s outstanding Douglas Boston III and a hint of what’s to come. Photo: Alex Whittaker FREE PRO-PLANS MOONGLOW VI Embracing the joys of a 15cc petrol engine, Shaun Garrity turns back the F3A clock with a superb retro aerobat SNAP DRAGON Ease yourself into the workshop this winter with Richard Harris’ diminutive 3-channel sportster REGULARS SWITCH ON All change at Cosford, Rich Harris’ popular Panther autogyro gets a kit of parts, a funding cut for the RNHF, and more COUNTERPOINT Kits bits and blingy bits, designed to tease that wad of tenners from your wallet ALL WRITE Have your say in RCM&E’s gentlemanly equivalent of Speakers’ Corner GOING PLACES Indoors is where it’s at.
RCME Staff  |  Sep 27, 2018  |  0 comments
Believe it or not, the F-13 probably represents the high point of technical and commercial innovation in Hugo Junkers’ privately-owned Junkers Flugzeugwerke. Forget all the Ju-somethings of W. W. II, they came after both Hugo’s death in 1935 and the Nazis’ sequestration of the company.
RCME Staff  |  Sep 20, 2018  |  0 comments
Free Pro-Plans Cone of confusion To accompany the plans for his evergreen Panther, Rich’ Harris joins Cali Munro to explain the appeal of the autogyro Dogfight duo Tony Nijhuis recreates a pair of Korean war classics with this 26in, EDF-powered Mig-15 and F86 Sabre Features Hurricane hootenanny Blowing hard: Alex Whittaker reports on a storming weekend of scale-soaring at the PSSA’s mass-build event Model squadron First-person view: John Lancaster tells a behind-the-scenes story from C4’s recent RC re-enactment of the Battle of Britain Warbird rescue Ian Nash restores a Hangar 9 MkIX Spitfire before adding wear-and-tear weathering effects, and a touch of LED magic Airbrush basics A quick recap’ of Alex’s class for beginners Sympathy for the devil Theenfants terriblesof the RC world or a new horizon of modelling and flying challenges? Wayne Andrews makes a case for drones Elan 100 Simple pleasures: David Ashby reviews Cambrian Model’s soarer, an ‘80s design that has passed the test of time Adding lightness If you throw it in the air and it comes down again, it’s too heavy: Richard Crapp offers ways to achieve a state of enlightenedness “If you ask me. . . ” In the virtual clubhouse ofRCM&E’sreader surveys, Graham and David Ashby eavesdrop on the conversations about our hobby Reap what you sow Rebuilding Britain: the summer of ’18 brought drought for Team GB at the scale world championships.