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David Ashby  |  Feb 04, 2008  |  0 comments
A new design from Chris Foss will be with us soon. Some three years in development and in partnership with Ripmax, the new ARTF Wot Trainer is based on Chris’s hugely popular Uno Wot but with some styling and design differences aimed to appeal to beginners. The model can be configured for a tail-dragger or tricycle undercarriage and no glue is required during assembly. As you’d expect, the 67” span model is reported to be nicely aerobatic in flight and can take the raw beginner through to ‘B’ certificate level.
Shahid Banglawala  |  Nov 21, 2014  |  0 comments
Chris Foss has achieved near legendary status in the UK as a designer of airframes that fly brilliantly. Countless pilots have cut their teeth on the entry-level Wot 4, before moving on to the gorgeously aerobatic Acro-Wot. A few years ago Ripmax announced that the Foss designs, up until then only available as builders’ kits, would finally be manufactured in balsa ARTF and foam ARF form so a new generation of flyers could enjoy these classic airframes. I was unhesitant in placing an order when I heard that a foam Acro-Wot was on the way, having become well acquainted with the Wot 4 Foam-E during my final year of university, flying a number of them for UAV testing purposes.
David Ashby  |  Mar 31, 2021  |  0 comments
Arrows Hobby has raised its game with the release of this twin electric ducted fan jet. David Ashby straps in. Despite its contemporary appearance the Mikoyan MiG-29 has been around for over 40 years, would you believe, and remains in production.

David Ashby  |  Jun 17, 2010  |  0 comments
Art-Tech say their new Alpha Jet is capable of speeds up to 90mph thanks to a pre-fitted 64mm fan unit and brushless outrunner motor. The model ispretty much 'ready to run with fitted micro servos driving ailerons and elevatorso requiring a receiver and 3S 2200mAh Li-Po battery. The compact 29" (728mm) span (35" long) model is nicely moulded from tough EPO foamand painted in the French national aerobatic team colours. Battery access is through the removable main canopy.
David Ashby  |  Jan 04, 2010  |  0 comments
The largest model and the first gliderto have appeared from RTF specialists Art-Tech, this new 2560mm (100") span motor glider has just arrived in the UK and is available with or without 2. 4GHz radio. The model is made from moulded EPO (Elapor) foam and pre-fitted with a brushless electric power system and 6 servos driving ailerons, flaps, rudder and elevator. We've watched a Diamond fly andcan confirm that the 4S Li-Po batteryincludedhelps delivera sprightly performance for a model of this size and one that's easily solo hand-launched.
Richard Fry  |  Mar 22, 2007  |  0 comments
No-one can deny that this little package would grab anyone's attention on the shelves of a local model shop, not least because the box clearly states that everything's included, right down to the flight batteries. A four-channel model with 35MHz radio and a 1300mAh Li-Po battery, my example of this Pitts features a brushless motor, although I believe there's also a brushed version available complete with gearbox and NiMH cells. So, there's nothing else to buy and, indeed, having paid your £149 and bundled the box into the back of the car, all you need do is stop at the petrol station on the way home and get yourself a pack of AA cells for the Tx. But that's not all you know, far from it.
Richard Fry  |  Mar 23, 2007  |  0 comments
In Part one of this review we looked at the build process for the Art-Tech Pitts, so let's move on and examine how she flew. Although windy and miserable weather was awaiting, the Pitts was carefully loaded into the car and off I went. At the field and with my frequency clear, I powered up both Tx and model only to find the ailerons were quite a way from neutral; further than the trim could help out, so it was off with the wings to get at the servo. Five minutes later, and one servo output spline further around, the ailerons were as straight as could be.
David Ashby  |  Jun 15, 2011  |  0 comments
I tend to be a little erratic where 'First look' previews are concerned, sometimes ignoring 'run of the mill' releases yet this new park-fly Tiger Moth deserves a mention. It's from Art-Tech (Century UK), spans 22", all-up weighs 8oz and is a PNP model supplied with a battery, pre-fitted servos, ESC, motor and prop so requiring your receiver - and a very small receiver at that. This is our review model that'll be in RCM&E soon and to which I added a little pilot figure. As you can see, it looks very pretty indeed.
David Ashby  |  Feb 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Following their success with the WOT 4 ARTF, WOT4 Foam-E, WOT4-E, and WOT4 XL, it's no great surprise to see Ripmax promising a new Acro Wot Mk. 2 Foam-E and a balsa Acro Wot Mk. 2 for 2012. Unveiled in Nuremburg earlier this month, the new machines follow the trend set by the WOT4s, so the 49" (1250mm) span EPO foam Aco Wot is a little smaller than the 59" span (1505mm) balsa version and pre-fitted with a brushless power system and servos.
David Ashby  |  Jan 30, 2012  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2002, the kit has limited availability. There can’t be many people who haven’t heard of the Harvard. Conceived in the 1930s, it was used extensively during W. W.
RCME Staff  |  Aug 05, 2015  |  0 comments
My first acquaintance with this model was way back in 1982 as a keen 12-year-old during the first of many visits to Woodvale. Much like every weekend I’ve spent there since, it was a fantastic experience - the trade presence in the massive hangars seemed huge to the eyes of this pre-teen, with goodies seemingly stacked right to the roof. A varied range of superb models adorned the flightline: small to almost full-size, sports to exquisite scale, yet one particular example, within the latter category, really grabbed my attention. A large German tri-motor, the Junkers Ju 52.
Richard Harris  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments
It has been refreshing to see traditional building making a small comeback, even more so over the last few months where a little bit more building time has been available. In turn this has encouraged small UK kit manufacturers to revitalise older classics with more modern construction techniques, and with fresh new designs springing up for budding builders to tackle.
David Ashby  |  Mar 03, 2011  |  0 comments
Credit where it’s due, this really is a stunningly pretty little thing. Its big brother, Hangar 9’s 89” span behemoth is an imposing drop of aeroplane and E-flite have managed to imbue this little sibling with sufficient touches to ensure that it too stands out from crowd. The ultra-micro crowd in this case. The model follows the ready-to-fly (RTF) formula used by co-brand Parkzone, so supplied in just a bind’n’fly (BNF) version complete with a battery and charger.
Clive Matthews  |  Dec 11, 2007  |  0 comments
Building the Black Horse Chipmunk does require some modelling experience. That's not to say there's anything difficult here, just that some things require the ability to work beyond the scope of the manual. Engine fitment I chose to fit a four-stroke (Saito 1. 00), although the instructions only extend to the fitting of a 60 two-stroke.
Julian Beckett  |  Feb 22, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2005, the kit is still available. After grasping the basics of R/C model flight with a three- or four-channel high wing trainer most of us have a desire to further our skills with a more capable model. Natural progression from an ARTF trainer usually involves models such as the Mick Reeves Gangster, the Chris Foss Wot-4 or the Precedent Fun-Fly (which is now sadly out of production); but crucially these have to be built from kits. Many of us don’t have the time or inclination to bash balsa these days so the answer lies in a decent, suitable ARTF, something which I think the market has been lacking.

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