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Mike Bell  |  Apr 22, 2021  |  0 comments
Mike Bell describes his DIY film tacking tool for difficult to access areas.

When it comes to film covering an airframe, I'm sure that, like me, you have come across loads of annoying areas where the covering iron just can't reach properly. Areas like air intakes and air exit slots, together with fillets around wings and fins, all immediately come to mind.

RCME Staff  |  Apr 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Welcome to the first in our series that’s aimed at providing the information you might need to make informed choices and, hopefully, start flying R/C model aircraft with the minimum of fuss and bother. Into the Blue maybe a little hopeful as a title, since the UK weather will no doubt dictate that on most occasions your new model will be sent skywards ‘into the grey’, but let’s be optimistic! BEGINNINGS So, you want to fly R/C? Good! Remember that flying model aircraft can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make it. Above all, however, it’s fun. If at any stage you’re not enjoying it then something’s wrong and you’re advised to stop and discuss what you’re doing with fellow flyers.
RCME Staff  |  Apr 27, 2018  |  0 comments
Welcome to this, the second of a five part series aimed at steering the newcomer along a fuss free path into the fascinating world of flying R/C model aircraft. Last month we covered the basic questions, this time we’ll get into a bit more detail and look at some purchasing decisions. What you buy and fly can depend on a number of factors: Where you intend to fly. The models and equipment your instructor or friends use.
Nigel Cartwright  |  Jul 15, 2021  |  0 comments
Nigel Cartwright describes his own-design turbine helicopter

Not one for off-the-shelf models, I do enjoy building and flying the quirky and unusual. My background is in industrial modelmaking, engineering prototyping and the like, and in recent years I’ve been getting more into 2D and 3D CAD, as well as 3D printing. If I can, I’ll make a part rather than buy it!

Bruce Corfe  |  Jun 18, 2021  |  0 comments
Who says size doesn't matter! Bruce Corfe checks out a mega-model in sunny Western Australia

Whoever said 'size doesn't matter' had obviously never heard of Perth modeller, Andrew Herzfeld. Andrew has created, from scratch, not one but two enormous turbine-powered scale model airliners; the one featured here is his awe-inspiring four-engine 747-400 'Queen of the Sky'. Andrew claims it is the largest flying model Jumbo Jet (dramatic pause...) in the World!

David Ashby  |  May 09, 2013  |  0 comments
Oops, the sweet little P-51D, the pull-out plan with the new June 2013 issue, is missing a part. Please accept our sincere apologies. It's the part/s the front hatch sits on but you can download a . pdf file of the missing item - justClick hereto do that.
David Ashby  |  Oct 30, 2007  |  0 comments
US aircraft manufacturer Sonex has unveiled an electric powered, full size aircraft that has an uncanny resemblance to an R/C electric model. E-Flight's proof-of-concept prototype uses their flight proven Waiex airframe coupled with a purpose-built AeroConversions brushless DC cobalt motor, controller, and a highly efficient battery and charging system. Initial top speeds will reach approximately 130mph, and endurance is expected to range between 25 - 45 minutes or longer, depending upon power usage. The motor is the lightest, most powerful and efficient unit of its type ever produced.
David Ashby  |  Jul 04, 2015  |  0 comments
The very first Shuttle to enter space was Columbia, launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981, one of 132 successful flights. Marred by the Challenger (1986) and Columbia (2003) tragedies, the Space Shuttle program has dominated NASA’s manned operations since the mid ‘70s but is due to end in 2010 and will eventually be replaced by the new Orion spacecraft (expected to be ready by 2014 or thereabouts). Seeing a Shuttle launch on television is pretty impressive, but to witness that thunderous ascent first-hand must be something else! I hope to make it to Florida before the last flight and do just that, however, in the meantime I decided that my next best option would be to construct a large model version. I visualised this being EDF powered, using Estes rocket motors for visual effect in the climb (just after launch), the model being guided back to land under radio control.
David Ashby  |  Aug 17, 2009  |  0 comments
The All Things That Fly podcast is a weekly R/C flying 'radio' show from the USA that's free to download or listen to from the ATTF website or itunes. They asked me to join them as this week's guest so you can listen or download the discussion by clicking on the link above or via the itunes website. We chat about the UK and US model flying scenes, making RCM&E magazine, 2. 4GHz and much else.
Chris Broad  |  Mar 06, 2014  |  0 comments
The Spitfire. What more can be said about this legend that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? Regarded by many as the quintessential fighter aircraft of the Second World War, it's also widely recognised for its truly beautiful design, something that's not ordinarily associated with a weapon of war. Likewise, of course, its appeal in the aeromodelling world is without equal. I'm sure model shop owners throughout the world could tell countless stories of wannabe model flyers patronising their shop with the sole intent of buying a Spitfire and taking up model flying.
Alfred Vink  |  Feb 09, 2021  |  First Published: Dec 24, 2020  |  0 comments
Alfred Vink relates the story of Aviation Club Leiden's 2019 winter group build.

In November 2019 no one could have known what 2020 had in store for us. In fact, it was business as usual at my local club LLC (Aviation Club Leiden) here in The Netherlands. A club with great history, founded as early as 1936, and still going strong.

David Ashby  |  Jul 16, 2019  |  0 comments
Let’s cast our minds back 43 years to that long, hot summer of 1976. On The Cover There was just one cover line that month, introducing David Boddington’s 40” (1016mm) wingspan Nieuport 24. David’s inspiration for this W. W.
David Ashby - moderatDr  |  Oct 27, 2009  |  0 comments
The unusual yet attractive Colomban Luciole, the November issue free plan, is another great design from Peter Miller's drawing board. The 60" span machine is for . 18-. 21 two-stroke engines and features flaps along with the usual controls.
David Ashby  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  0 comments
Laser-cut/cnc parts sets for the Tucano are now available via RCM&E's plans service. The goodpeople have put a special offer price on the complete set (inc plan and canopy) too! The Mass Build is an individual and community project, it's where a subject is voted for everyone to build - something that's easy yet offers flexibility for the experienced participant. It's perfect too if you're a first time builder as the build threads and blogswill enableyou to see how others are faring, seek help andhelp others along the way. The Tucano, is a semi-scale sport design from Nigel Hawes The plan and build article was published in the May and June 2003 issues of RCM&E.
David Ashby  |  Feb 23, 2011  |  0 comments
Model names eh? Just what do you call that new ARTF product or design? Well unless you're particularly adept, it's not always as easy as it seems, especially if you're selling into a foreign market. The two Chinese examples recently spotted at Nuremburg are perfect examples - they're not rude of course yet they're certainly memorable. Then again, perhaps a memorable name is all that matters. We've been trying to think of the strange names we've seen over the last few years.


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