Maurice Ashby

Maurice Ashby  |  Jun 13, 2011  |  0 comments
The Cardsharp plan was first published in 2000 and can be purchased via the RCM&E plans service. Radio controlled model aircraft built from corrugated cardboard are by no means new; In fact, there have been quite a few over the years. My own introduction to this form of construction came with a model called ‘The Craftsman’, a kit manufactured back in the seventies by a firm called ‘Stanley’, as I remember. The model itself spanned 60”, and was a low-wing sports tail dragger; mine was powered by an old favourite Merco 61 and flew superbly, with great aerobatic characteristics (they also did a high wing trainer version, incidentally).
Maurice Ashby  |  Apr 26, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006, the kit is still available. Way back in the early sixties a 60” span aerobatic sports model appeared on the scene that was designed by a chap called Phil Kraft, who was later to become Aerobatic World Champion and manufacturer of his own multi-channel radio gear. The model in question was, of course, the Ugly Stik, which over the years has probably been the most built and most popular model of all time. It’s been scaled up and down to suit various engine sizes and is still readily available today, mostly in ARTF form and in its original red colour scheme, sporting Maltese crosses on wings, fuselage and fin.
Maurice Ashby  |  Apr 14, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2006, the kit is still available. Quite a few of my clubmates have recently been flying Piper Cub models of various sizes and from numerous manufacturers. They have, however, been mostly ARTFs with one notable exception - built, I believe, from a Sig kit at 1/4-scale (105” span). As a matter of fact, I had the honour of test flying this particular model and was very impressed with the way it flew and its general handling.
Maurice Ashby  |  May 12, 2009  |  0 comments
You can order the Lacey M10 plan at www. myhobbystore. com When Joe Lacey designed and built his little M. 10 back in the late 50s and early 60s for the American home-built market he couldn't have imagined that it would become more popular as a model than it ever did as a full-size.
Maurice Ashby  |  Mar 31, 2009  |  0 comments
There are 4 members of the Pulse family, two for electric power and two for i. c. You don't need me to tell you that as far as ARTF models are concerned, the variation in build and covering quality is still pretty wide. The old saying that you get what you pay for is, in most cases, true, although even some of the cheaper examples are now very much improved.
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.
Maurice Ashby  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
Back in February 2006 I reviewed VMAR's Xtreme Stick for RCM&E. It's a shoulder-wing sports model, and I thought it was the ideal Sunday hack. That said, not everyone found it as attractive as I do. Or did, rather.
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