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Shaun Garrity  |  Jan 13, 2022  |  0 comments
In his retro column Shaun Garrity fettles some basket case models

A silk purse from a pig’s ear? Yes, I know it’s a strange proverb. Originating from Scotland, its first recorded instance was apparently in 1699: "Ye can ne make a silk purse of a sows lugg (ear)”.

Alex Whittaker  |  May 28, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker admires Ken Sheppard’s ex-ARTF cartoon scale Italian trimotor

The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk) first flew in September 1934. It was a low-wing, triple-engine cantilever monoplane of wood and metal construction. Operated as a medium bomber it was easily recognisable by its distinct fuselage hump. Indeed, its crews, who generally seemed to like the aircraft, dubbed the design 'il gobbo maledetto', or damned hunchback.

Chris Williams 13  |  Apr 30, 2021  |  0 comments
Chris Williams kicks off his new scale soaring column with a rare Fly-In report.

As we all know, there was precious little to be pleased about in 2020. But one thing happened that stimulated even my normal dystopian cynicism. The White Sheet Club (or White Sheet Radio Flying Club, to declare its full title) had lost most of its scheduled events by the time we got to September. All that was left was the proposed Scale Glider Fly-In on the 13th. (The 13th? You can’t make this stuff up!) To add to the tension, the following day was when the existing 30-person rule was due to be chopped down to six, so the stakes were very high. You can imagine the surprise all round when the forecast was one of such perfection, that it’s never happened before, or since. I was a little worried that the 30-person rule might be breached, but on the day a manageable 20+ plus turned up to make hay whilst they could.

David Ashby  |  Nov 01, 2010  |  0 comments
We've just added some video taken while test flying the Seagull's 63" span PC-9. The model is reviewed in the upcoming December 2010 issue of RCM&E. Click here to go to the video section. .
Roy Thompson  |  Apr 30, 2021  |  0 comments
Roy Thompson rescues a once popular Brit kit from a clubmate's loft and launches it to lofty heights.

Back in the late 70s my then model clubmates and I were into thermal soaring, flying R/C gliders (pre-electric) at Cranford Park in West London. My club was the Hayes & District MAC. Throughout the summer Wednesday night was club competition night, with trophies to be won at the end of the year. A typical comp would be a six-minute duration event with a spot landing bonus.

At the time Bowman Model Kits of Ipswich advertised widely in the modelling magazines, being one of many small kit manufacturers in the UK. They had a good reputation for their no fuss designs and model kits supplied with good quality hardware.

Maurice Ashby  |  Dec 12, 2007  |  0 comments
If you're old enough to have been browsing the shelves of WH Smith back in May 1964, you might remember seeing RCM&E. The cover was an acid-yellow that month (how could you forget?) with a grainy black-and-white shot of Vic Smeed's Ohm 8 biplane trainer, a coverline inviting readers to build a relay-less servo from a kit, and a price of just six shillings (30p). QUAINT, BUT NOT CHEAP I say 'just', but back then, of course, the average wage was £1000, and the £3360 that those average wage-earners were paying for their houses makes you realise what an expensive hobby R/C modelling was: a single-channel radio set-up, for example, would have cost the princely sum of £16 10s 0d. Yes, for the equivalent of about £1500 in today's money, Radio Control Specialists of Hounslow would have been happy to supply you with a Tx - a box with only one button but featuring something called 'a silicon planar epitaxial output transistor'! - and an Rx that looked like a tobacco tin.
Shaun Garrity  |  Jul 28, 2021  |  0 comments
Shaun Garrity offers up a few ideas for adding simple but effective effects to your latest scale creations

A modelling pal of mine Ken had a simple philosophy regarding the art of scale detailing model aircraft. His planes always looked realistic, yet he took an uncomplicated approach to achieve great results.

RCME Staff  |  Jul 28, 2016  |  0 comments
This month I’m going to stand aside and hand the stage over to two truly remarkable pilots; a champion harking all the way from Israel, as well and a master of design much closer to home. Those who read the last instalment of Snap, Crackle & Roll will know that the 2011 EXFC champion is a chap by the name of Ido Segev, a young Israeli freestyle pilot known the world over for his clean and fun routines that always fit the music like a glove. Prior to his success at last year’s EXFC he placed second at the 2009 event and third in the 2009 XFC, so there’s little doubt that this man is truly world class. Currently enrolled on a training course in Australia to become a full-size flying instructor, Ido kindly took some time out to answer a few questions.
Chris Williams SG  |  Sep 30, 2021  |  0 comments
When slope soaring in light winds an E-Assist system can help stop an unwanted trip to the bottom of the hill, as Chris Williams explains.

There exists, amongst the more austere members of the scale soaring fraternity, a tendency towards pursed lips and muttered imprecations when a propeller is observed on the front of an otherwise scale glider.

David Ashby  |  May 31, 2010  |  0 comments
We post many thousand of copies of RCM&E around the world every month yet, with the best will in the world, sometimesa few magazines don't reach their intended destination. Below you'll find the contact information requiredifseeking assistance, be it for a magazine or a subscriber gift that hasn't arrived. SUBSCRIBER QUERIES (Magazine and subscription gifts) Tel: 08456 777 807 or 0844 848 8822 email: [email protected] co.
David Ashby  |  Nov 19, 2012  |  0 comments
The Fairey Swordfish was designed in 1934 as a carrier-based torpedo / spotter / reconnaissance aircraft. Its two cockpits carried either a crew of two, for torpedo strikes, or three when employed in its reconnaissance role. 2,391 Swordfish were built between 1934 and 1944, most at the Blackburn Aircraft Factory in Brough, Yorkshire. At the peak of W.
Tom Bailey  |  Feb 08, 2007  |  0 comments
First off, yes, I know it's spelt 'mettle'; it was an attempt at a pun. You'll see why shortly, although that won't make it any funnier. Sorry. Spanish-based outfit Alumairplanes have launched the first of a unique series of model aeroplanes – yes, the clue's in the comapny title.
David Ashby  |  Jul 27, 2009  |  0 comments
We thought Peter Wallins' shot of clubmate's Tomas Leijon's Vimy was a worthy winner. The new September issue features some of the best entries from the recent photographic competition here at modelflying. co. uk so it's time to announce the top three! Choosing the best wasn't an easy task with the overall standard being very high, many of a standard that any professional would be proud.
David Ashby  |  Aug 05, 2010  |  0 comments
I'm not sure why we do this to ourselves. It's easy to start a photo competition but choosing a winner is a near impossible task to the extent that it's taken us nearly a month to arrive at a conclusion. The standard has been amazingly high which means we've been kicking the entires around, debating their merits and disagreeing constantly. I think everyone will have a favourite but anyhow, first place goes to Paul Gaucci with this stunning shot of this, soon to be grounded, Sukhoi, very nice Paul.
David Ashby  |  Jul 25, 2013  |  0 comments
Update 25/7/13 - winners announced! quick check here! Taken a model flying piccie you're proud of? Why not enter our new photographic competition where the winner will walk away with a 12-month subscription to RCM&E magazine! All being well, the best entries will appear in RCM&E too! Up to the end of June we'll have a forum thread running (link below) for receipt of picture entries and the rules are straightforward so take a few moment to have a look below. You can enter as many times as you like. The competition is open to amateurs only (not professional photographers, magazine contributors or semi-proswhosell their photographs). You must have taken the picture yourself.

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