Marc Scully  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
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Simon Delaney  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
The art of scale modelling is alive and well; you just have to dig a bit deeper to find it than in previous years. There are plenty of enthusiasts beavering away on a vast selection of own-design, plan and kit-built models, but its true to say that you don't see so many on club flightlines these days. This is a shame because their presence often inspires, encouraging others to try their hand at 'club scale' modelling. Much enjoyment can be gained from basically finished and detailed models of modest size and economic operation.
Maurice Ashby  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
Back in February 2006 I reviewed VMAR's Xtreme Stick for RCM&E. It's a shoulder-wing sports model, and I thought it was the ideal Sunday hack. That said, not everyone found it as attractive as I do. Or did, rather.
Steve Dorling  |  Dec 11, 2006  |  0 comments
The model diesel engine is very close to my heart, so I'm always pleased to see a new one appear. I was eleven years old when I saw my first, this being when my very enlightened secondary school woodwork teacher started an aeromodelling club. Imagine today's angst-ridden teachers showing such initiative, with their hand-wringing fuss over health, wealth, safety and sorcery in this litigious age! Wandering aimlessly around the playground circa 1963 I became aware of a burping, rasping noise that turned out to be a small diesel running on a test bench outside the woodwork shop. A gaggle of curious pupils crowded around the teacher as he fiddled with the tommy bar, coaxing the engine up to speed.
Alex McMeekin  |  Nov 30, 2006  |  0 comments
Multiplex is a well-established manufacturer of proportional radio gear, and has traditionally been seen as a 'high end' brand. There's no doubting that they've always been at the forefront when new developments have arrived, for example end point adjustment, control input mixing, separate model memories and modular components. Plainly that has to be reflected in price, and the Multiplex R/C of yesteryear was always quite expensive. However, in the early '80s they began offering cut down versions of their radios at a more affordable price.
Tony Nijhuis  |  Nov 30, 2006  |  0 comments
I've produced quite a few plans for RCM&E over the past few years, but it occurred to me that these have been aimed mostly at the experienced plan builder. The recent Sky 40 primary trainer (presented as a free plan in the July / August 2006 issues of RCM&E) went some way to redressing the balance by offering a model suitable for beginners, but this is of little help if the novice has no experience of traditional building. Constructing something from a plan introduces a whole new facet to the hobby and practically doubles, if not triples, the choice of model available to you. Take a look at what's available through the Encanta Media Plans Service and you'll find a host of designs at your fingertips that aren't available from model shops in ARTF format.
David Ashby  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
If you've never flown R/C before then you must learn to fly on something suitable to your status as a novice. You need a trainer, and I reckon the Cessna from Seagull Models fits the bill perfectly. Over the years the high-wing configuration seen on the Cessna has proven to be the ideal platform for beginners, providing the stability and benign handling characteristics required. Such a model is, in essence, pretty straightforward, yet there's more to a trainer than simply sticking the wing on top of the fuselage.
Nigel Hawes  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
In the days when model flying was restricted to i. c. -powered airframes and gliders, there wasn't much need for modellers to wield a soldering iron, but that's not the case now. With electric flight firmly established as a major discipline within the hobby there's a need to master the art of soldering; whether forming a complex wiring harness to parallel up Li-Po cells or simply soldering Gold connectors to a battery or motor wire, a poor solder joint can cause anything from intermittent motor running to total loss of control.
Andy Ellison  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
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