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David Ashby  |  May 20, 2020  |  0 comments
First published in June 2000 issue of RCM&E, Chatterbox 2000 is Ray Wood's update on Vic Smeed's delightful cabin wing design for a 1958 issue of Aeromodeller. The plan can be purchased from Sarick Hobbiesand the article pages can be downloaded below. DATAFILE Name: Chatterbox 2000 Designed by: Vic Smeed/Ray Wood Wingspan: 40" Wing Chord: 6. 5" Fuselage Length: 30" Overall Height: 9" Motor Used: 280 Geared (J.
Martin Bedding  |  Apr 23, 2020  |  0 comments
By definition, the stall is a condition whereby the angle of attack increases to a point where lift begins to decrease (‘angle of attack’ is the angle of the wing leading edge in relation to the horizontal). It’s not only at a low power setting when a stall situation will occur, it can happen at any power setting, even full power if the angle of attack is increased beyond the point of lift. For example, it’s possible to experience a power stall in a (full-size) light aircraft, whereby the nose of the aircraft is raised and at the same time power applied; continue to pull back on the elevator, and at a given point the nose will drop away very abruptly. If you want to experience this situation for yourself, make sure you have an experienced pilot at the controls and are at a point several thousand feet above the ground.
David Ashby  |  Apr 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Andrew Hinton built his beautiful Blackburn Monoplane from scratch, based on the David Boddington plans. She is built to 1/4-scale and spans 96”, powered by a Laser 150. Andrew’s model is a faithful version of the example based at the Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden.
David Ashby  |  Mar 26, 2020  |  0 comments
Company founder Gen Saito with one of his first model motors, a pre-war spark ignition unit. There will be few readers of RCM&E to whom the name ‘Saito’ is unknown: even those modellers who, like myself, have not yet bought or used a Saito motor will recognise the marque. Unlike the other ‘big’ Japanese model aero-engine manufacturers such as O. S.
David Ashby  |  Mar 10, 2020  |  0 comments
Barry Sherborne’s own design 1/3rd scale Fokker D6 patrols the skies above the Woodvale Revival last summer, held at the Liverpool and District Model Aircraft Club field in West Lancashire
RCME Staff  |  Mar 02, 2020  |  0 comments
We had a great time last year, so we thought we'd do it all again and, this time, the event will mark the magazine's 60th anniversary too! We’ve decided to resurrect the relaxed, friendly format, again at the BMFA National Centre, Buckminster. We love the place, it’s bang on the money and for those who haven’t seen it, take our word for it, the facilities are top-notch. We love the immaculate flying site, the campsite, the new showers too, and we’ve even ordered good weather. Do bring your new designs (as prospective plans for the magazine) as we'll have magazine photographers at the event along with any historic or interesting models you'd like to share.
David Ashby  |  Feb 03, 2020  |  0 comments
Tranquility in the heavens as Dirk Nething takes in a stunning Alpine view at sunset high above the Austrian village of Fiss, base of the annual Flying Circus soaring event, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in June. Read more in Simon Cocker's regular On Silent Wings column.
David Ashby  |  Jan 13, 2020  |  0 comments
In this month's Model Magic, Alex focuses his lens on Brian Wood's superb hand-crafted Thunderbolt, which spans 92”, scaled up from the Brian Taylor plan. Powered by a gorgeous Saito FG 90 R3 radial engine this splendid Razorback took Brian 18 months to compete
RCME Staff  |  Jan 02, 2020  |  0 comments
1. Aerodynamic appreciation. You don’t have to become an aerodynamicist, but it helps if you can appreciate some of the basic principles of flight and how they affect your model’s performance. Do you know why aircraft stall? What about the difference between ground speed and air speed, and why differing wing sections work the way they do? Having a good general appreciation of what can affect an aeroplane’s flying characteristics is something that most aeromodellers develop over time, yet any extra you can do to enhance your aerodynamic awareness is all to the good.
David Ashby  |  Dec 14, 2019  |  0 comments
Fast jets are always tricky to photograph, especially little 25" span ones like this Hunter flown by Tony Nijhuis, and the subject of one side of this month's free pull-out Pro Plans!

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