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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  |  Nov 24, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker twangs on his Marigolds and gets to grips with cleaning up a much loved but tatty sports model.

Most radio modellers are 'Airframe Retentive'. I have had always had trouble throwing out old models, partially pranged models or those high-hours airframes that just need a little tender loving care. Like Darling Greta, I do want to save the planet. Mainly so that I can carry on flying endlessly repairable, eco-friendly balsa wood and glow plug engined models.

Alex Whittaker  |  Oct 28, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker delves into a scale masterpiece from the secretive 'Spartacus', his 118-inch span Miles Gemini

Conceived as a four-seater light touring aircraft the Miles Messenger twin first flew on the 26th October 1945. The prototype was powered by a Blackburn Cirrus Minor engine. It was of wooden construction and had a retracting undercarriage.

Tim Hooper  |  Oct 05, 2021  |  0 comments
Tim Hooper fits a top spec motor to his R/C assist Keil Kraft rubber model.

Skipping back a couple of episodes to the ongoing saga of my Keil Kraft Gipsy (as recently re-kitted by Ripmax), we'd reached the giddy heights of winding several hundred turns onto the five metres of rubber that lay within the fuselage. We'd also reached the conclusion that winding all that rubber by using a finger pressed against a prop blade was a definite no-no.

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.

Kevin Powling  |  Sep 10, 2021  |  0 comments
Kevin Powling describes how he replicated the varied all metal finish of his Mick Reeves Spitfire using just one base colour

For many years I have had an interest in aviation. This was sparked by the fact that, in my early years, my parents had a farm that was situated at the end of the runway of Martlesham Heath Aerodrome, in Suffolk. It was close. One of the landing lights was outside the kitchen door! At that time, in the early 1950s, it mainly had Lincolns, then later Meteors, Canberras and other jets.

Danny Fenton  |  Aug 26, 2021  |  0 comments
Danny Fenton looks at charging and temperature management of LiPo batteries.

For this coming flying season, if indeed there is one, I will be competing in 'Flying Only' with two airframes, a Black Horse 85” Chipmunk and a Seagull 80” Chipmunk. The Black Horse takes a pair of 5S LiPo packs, giving 10,000 mAh and the Seagull a single 5S-5000.

Danny Fenton  |  Aug 26, 2021  |  0 comments
Danny Fenton looks at charging and temperature management of LiPo batteries.

In this second instalment Danny finishes off his LiPo Charging Case and converts a fridge for LiPo storage!

Keith Jackson  |  Aug 20, 2021  |  0 comments
Top competition pilot, Keith Jackson sets about keeping us better informed of developments with pattern style model aircraft.

This is the second part of Keith's column from RCM&E March 2021.

Keith Jackson  |  Aug 20, 2021  |  0 comments
Top competition pilot, Keith Jackson sets about keeping us better informed of developments with pattern style model aircraft.

This is Keith's column from RCM&E March 2021, which we will be presenting in two parts.

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.

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!

Alex Whittaker  |  Jun 24, 2021  |  0 comments
In a Model Magic double header, Alex Whittaker celebrates two models from ace scale man, Gerhard Reinsch

I was told about the death of Gerd Reinsch in early August 2020. Gerhard was loved by many involved with the UK large scale model circuit. His lovely manner and ready sense of humour endeared him to his many UK fans. Most of all, he was famous for his large scale, highly detailed model aircraft which he flew with consummate skill.

Tim Hooper  |  Jun 24, 2021  |  0 comments
Out of lockdown, Tim Hooper heads for the flying field to test fly some recent new builds and refurbs.

Flying wise it was a no-go for several weeks. Our field was shut, just as you'd expect when the weather turns gloriously sunny. Yes, I know that it would be possible to maintain the required social distancing on the flight line, but the clubhouse and pits could be problematical, and it simply wasn't worth the risk.

Shaun Garrity  |  Jun 18, 2021  |  0 comments
Shaun Garrity takes advantage of the lockdown to have a clear out and uses some rediscovered plumbing parts to make some model racks

Lock down has actually had a number of benefits in the Garrity household. With all this time spent inside the home, I had finally run out of excuses for all those jobs I’ve been repeatedly putting to the back of the queue for far longer than I would care to admit.

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