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David Ashby  |  Jul 18, 2011  |  0 comments
Graupner's redesigned MX range has now arrived in the form of the new MX-12, 16 and 20 radios - respectively 6, 8 and 12-channel units. The transmitter is quite a stylish beast with etched side panels and a blue back-lit screen lending a classy persona. Programming is via two touch sensitive dials and all the usual mid-range capabilities are there along with full telemetric capability with receiver voltage permenantly displayed on the screen. Sensors available separately include a GPS module, RPM, and temperature units.
David Ashby  |  Jun 04, 2011  |  0 comments
We've just added a newvideo. Seagull Turbo Raven - the new model seen during a test flight, some smooth aero for the camera. The review is in the new July 2011 issue of RCM&E. Click here to go straight to the video section.
David Burton  |  May 10, 2011  |  0 comments
I thought it was time for a few more videos this time to accompany my article on the stall in RCM&E's recent May 2011 issue. So sit back, grab a cuppa and savour these classic examples. . .
David Ashby  |  Apr 27, 2011  |  0 comments
If you've wondered what it takes to build a model then Danny Fenton's time-laspe Webbit build provides all the answers and in double-quick time. Danny set up a webcam linked to his forum build blog last weekend and has just edited the stills down to this instructive video. So, make a cuppa, sit back and relax as Danny does all the hard work and the Webbit comes together. .
David Ashby  |  Mar 10, 2011  |  0 comments
Welcome to this little photo round-up from the Nuremburg 2011 trade expo. You'll find our main report in the April 2011 issue of RCM&E (on sale 11th 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 appear over the course of thenext 12 months. It's very very big and it's very busy but, we've done the footwork for you so just sit back then and enjoy the goodies.
David Ashby  |  Mar 01, 2011  |  0 comments
We often get asked about our photographic requirements so we thought we'd publish them here to assist those sending in, or thinking about sending in features. In order to save time and ensure consistent photographic quality throughout RCM&E the following pointers are provided to assist in the preparation of a model aeroplane product test. Please note, they should be seen as a minimum requirement and are not intended to stifle artistry or restrict a photographers freedom to improvise or innovate with alternative locations, unusual lighting or special effects. BASICS 1.
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.
David Burton  |  Feb 11, 2011  |  0 comments
Wing vortices maybe a pain for aircraft and model designers alike, but it has to be said that they are sometimes very beautiful to look at! Because of this many photographers and video specialists have recorded them. In the 70’s NASA did a number of full size experiments at Langley airfield aimed at understanding wing vortices better. This video is slightly slowed down as the clock in the corner shows. Whilst this is quite a good visualisation of the vortex it doesn’t really capture the power well.
David Ashby  |  Feb 09, 2011  |  0 comments
Just back having seen what the R/C industry is lining up for 2011, we're impressed by the number of new releases with some exciting models heading our way this year and from Seagull and Black Horse in particular. We'll be bringing a full report from the show in our April issue (on sale 11th March) but in the meantime have a look at this new WOT4 Extreme. If the recently arrived 68" (1730mm) span WOT4 XL isn't big enough for you then the 84" (2130mm) span Xtreme might be what you're looking for. The model has been designed for 45-55cc petrol engines and 5-6 channels using 8 servos.
David Ashby  |  Feb 08, 2011  |  0 comments
Multiplex have just released details of a new model due to go on sale early Summer 2011. DogFighter is an attractive,34" (882mm) span, EPO foam, cartoon scale warbird that's not toofar removed from later marks of Spitfire. It's designed to have good slow speed handling yet to move quickly with neutral handling and a precise control response. Down and side thrust can be easily be adjusted to fine-tune the model and although DogFighter is designed for aileron/elevator/throttle only, a rudder function can easily be added.
David Burton  |  Dec 20, 2010  |  0 comments
In my January 2011 issue article I've been looking at 'lift' and the factors that can influence this important trait. Like last month I've selected some videos to accompany the article and which will, I hope, help to improve understanding. Right, let's get started! One more visit to the classroom! This is the classic experiment for any of you who doubt the power of atmospheric pressure alone to lift a 747. This little video is for fun.
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. .
David Ashby  |  Oct 11, 2010  |  0 comments
Area 51 are now sole UK distributors for the SebArt range the latestaddition towhich is this Sebach 342 30e reviewed in the July 2010 issue of RCM&E. I popped along to Area 51 at the weekend. They're the UK distributors for a number of popular brands including SebArt, Hacker, FunTech and Xoar among many others. The business isowned and run by Colin and Mike who showed me around the Kent based facility.
David Ashby  |  Oct 05, 2010  |  0 comments
Zulu ET plan builders should be aware of an error in the plan published with theOctober issue of RCM&E. The model, a sport/trainer has two formers that were incorrect. That's the bad news but the good news is that designer Lindsay Todd is running a step-by-step, photobuild blog (link below) and here you'll find the correct former measurements. F4 and F5 are those affected for which the correct measurements are on page 2 of the blog.
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.


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