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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  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  0 comments
Way back in 2000 I attended the Woodvale Rally for the first time, flying the then new, ducted fan Gloster Javelin that I’d just completed. This was in fact the first large show that I’d flown at, and I freely admit to being slightly nervous! Would the engines start on request? Would any of the unforeseen problems so many people suffer from catch me out? Fortunately the model performed flawlessly, despite the heat and the pressure! Travelling home that night my thoughts started to wander onto what could be built next, and the usual sort of things passed through my mind - something bigger, more complex and more graceful. Commercial airliners are so rarely modelled, and with my interests lying in aircraft from around the ‘40s and ‘50s my next project could only be one thing - the de Havilland DH106 Comet. The disasters that befell the Comet 1, with its famed square windows, are well documented.
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.
Alex Whittaker  |  Aug 13, 2012  |  0 comments
The Ponnier Monoplane Racer, conceived by Albert Pagny, was specifically designed to compete in the Gordon Bennett Rheims Air Race in 1913. It had a span of 23ft 6in, and was powered by a twin-row rotary Gnome engine. The event, the third of its kind, was held on the Betheny Plain site of the historic first race in 1909. It is significant to note that even this early in the history of air racing, eight of the nine entries flew monoplanes.
David Ashy  |  Jul 26, 2012  |  0 comments
If you're looking for a good trad' build project then why not consider one of the designs from the growing range of CNCkits from Sarik Hobbies. A CNC pack contains all the CNC and laser-cut items that remove the hard work from a project - ribs, formers and all the other parts aside from sheet and strip. With additional wood packs available for many models, you have everthing you need to start a project. Don't forget to check out the RCM&E plan builder's forum section- there's bound to be someone else building one! The current range includes: Whizzza - Nigel Hawes' classic 42" span easy-build sporster is now available in either i.
Nigel Hawes  |  Jul 25, 2012  |  0 comments
In Pt. 1 I described the preparation behind our attempt to fly an electric model across the English Channel. I could have no better comrade on board than electric flight supremo Brian Collins, and we'd managed to convince ourselves that it was possible. The organisation was in place, and indeed a TV crew was also in tow! Outdoor model flying enthusiasts are always at the mercy of the weather, and when controlling a model from the confines of a 6.
Nigel Hawes  |  Jul 17, 2012  |  0 comments
This article was first published in 2006. When it comes to doing something out of the ordinary, people are inspired by many things. For some it only takes a glance at an interesting or unusual feat and they want to either have a go or do even better, whilst others admire the efforts of famous people and strive to follow in their footsteps. The only inspiration I need is when somebody tells me I can’t do something; that’s like a red rag to a bull, as I like nothing more than a good challenge! When I first pondered flying an electric model across the English Channel it was, at the time, a little beyond the realms of possibility due to the available hardware not being up to the job.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jun 19, 2012  |  0 comments
In the period immediately after the Second World War, the coming of the jet engine saw much innovation in both civilian and military aviation. At the time the possibilities of the jet age were vaguely glimpsed, but largely unknown. However, the arrival of jet power did prompt the need for broader training opportunities, and a number of manufacturers, sensing commercial possibilities, rose to the challenge. At that time there was also much discussion about the effects of fast jet flight on human physiology.
David Ashby  |  May 21, 2012  |  0 comments
A simple questiuon then and perhaps the most revealing poll we've had? Simply stated, how many flyable models have you got? Who's got the most? . . . .
David Ashby  |  Mar 16, 2012  |  0 comments
This is our concluding round-up of new products displayed at Nuremburg 2012. Great Planes' 72" span Waco bipe was released a little while ago but is included here as it's just so pretty. Avanti S is the first jet from SebArt. It spans 2m and requires a Jet-Cat P100 RX trubine.
David Ashby  |  Mar 12, 2012  |  0 comments
Attempting a conversion? Perhaps someone can help. . . .
David Ashby  |  Mar 07, 2012  |  0 comments
Welcome to Pt. 1 of a two-part extra photo round-up from the Nuremburg 2012 trade expo. You'll find our main report in the April 2012 issue of RCM&E (on sale 9th March) and here we sign off with some more items that we didn't quite have room for in the magazine. Nuremburg is where the world model industry meets to showcasethe new products that should (with luck) appear overthenext 12 months.
David Ashby  |  Feb 24, 2012  |  0 comments
RCM&E's new iPad and iPhone web app is now live and will beavailable for Android users very soon. It's a free, quick and easy way for subscribers toget access to the digital archive using their i-device via a screen based app icon. It can be downloaded only using the i-deviceat www. modelflying.
David Ashby  |  Dec 06, 2011  |  0 comments
The BMFA Indoor Electric Masters took place in Bradford last weekend and again saw some of the best pilots from home and abroadcompeting for top honours and, in the process, thoroughly impressing all who went along to watch. Increasingly famous for its competitor antics, the competiton also has a formal side with top honours up for grabs in a number of categories. We'll have the results soon but in the meantime check outGlenn Royds' photographs and the forum link belowfor more photos and Dave Royds' excellent videos. Many thanks guys! .
David Ashby  |  Aug 14, 2011  |  0 comments
They've got one in the USA so why hasn't aeromodelling got a physical home in the UK? Is it important? Would you like to see one and who would pay for it? Have your say and vote in our new poll - just check out the forum chat and poll using the link below! . . . .


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