Graham Ashby

Graham Ashby  |  Apr 22, 2014  |  0 comments
This review of FMS's V2 P-51D was first published in 2012, a V7 version is now available. Not without reason has it taken a few months to pen some words on this, the second generation 1450mm FMS Mustang. You see, instead of scribbling my thoughts on the model after a handful of flights, I decided to live with it for a while, then scribble an account of the ownership experience. You know the sort of thing: how convenient it is to cart around, how durable it is, how it flies, and whether I genuinely think it’s the sort of model you’re likely to enjoy.
Graham Ashby  |  Jan 22, 2014  |  0 comments
Treat water like concrete and you'll not go far wrong. Although I’ve been model flying now for over twenty years, it’s only recently that I’ve realised my long-term ambition of flying off water. It’s a desire I’ve harboured ever since building my first trainer and one that probably stems from my earlier interest in model boats. Yes, it’s true, many years ago I was a hardened model boat enthusiast with an enviable collection of yachts, cruisers and powerboats.
Graham Ashby  |  May 21, 2013  |  0 comments
Not only has my taste in aircraft altered over the years, so too have my expectations from a Sunday morning flying session. Just lately I find the prospect of guiding a scale model around the circuit far more acceptable that ever before, and whilst I still thoroughly enjoy the challenge of brushing up my scruffy aerobatic routine, there are times when I derive just as much pleasure from emulating a convincing scale flight. Thinking this through whilst surveying the airframes propped against the wall of my workshop, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m turning into a bit of a scale enthusiast. .
Graham Ashby  |  Dec 12, 2012  |  0 comments
Anyone who spent some time propped against the Coolers Bar soaking up the indoor scene at the BMFA Nationals this year, will know all about the tiny Picoo Z indoor helicopter. Latest gizmo from Silverlit Toys (USA) Inc. , the little two-channel choppers were practically swarming within the confines of the free-flight area. Clearly, the diminutive 170mm heli' had captured the imagination of many a hardened aeromodeller, who had promptly purchased one - doubtless using the time-honoured story that it was a present for a small child! When later quizzed, having been seen flying said machine, a fair number of these adult customers reported that the model needed "an element of trimming" before it could be handed over to its short-trousered recipient.
Graham Ashby  |  Dec 07, 2010  |  0 comments
The ASP . 65 four-stroke has provided ample power This review was first published in 2004. At the time the kit was produced by ARC before Thunder Tiger purchased the company. Accordingly it has since been re-issued and is now sold under the Thunder Tiger brand.
Graham Ashby  |  Nov 17, 2009  |  0 comments
Written byMaurice Ashby (dad) back in 2004 it's hard to believe that it's been nearly six years since the publication of our World Model's Midget Mustang review. Dad ended up building the aeroplane more by chance than anything, for originally, when the kit arrived in the office, I'd squirrelled it away with the intention of bagging it for myself. Why so keen? Well, a few years prior to this the Cambria Model Company had in its range a quarter scale Midget Mustang (traditional kit) that a clubmate had bought, built and invited me to fly. Powered by an O.
Graham Ashby  |  Apr 16, 2009  |  0 comments
It's a fact that many view ready to fly electric models as a bit of a scourge on aeromodelling society. However, whether we like it or not these things are here to stay and, reluctant as I am to upset you any more, I have to tell you that their presence in our lives is destined only to increase, so we might as well get used to them. Personally, I don't have an issue with foamies, in fact if the new ones look and fly as well as this latest moulding from Art-Tech, I may end up a convert!MAGIC FORMULASealing its place in the affections of warbird enthusiasts the world over, the US Navy's most effective carrier based fighter of the Second World War continues to stir our emotions. Why is that, I wonder? Well, perhaps it's the famous gull wing, designed to accommodate the 13' 4" diameter Hamilton Standard propeller? Maybe its the mighty Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp that so effortlessly powered the 11,000 lb fighter to speeds in excess of 400 mph? For the engineers amongst us it'll doubtless be the complex yet absorbing twist and turn undercarriage arrangement, the functional wing fold mechanism, and the general strength of the design.
Graham Ashby  |  Feb 02, 2009  |  0 comments
The DSX-9's build quality isn't in doubt I guess you could say Im a bit of a JR man on the quiet, although it hasnt always been that way. Over the years Ive owned various makes of radio, my first serious bit of kit being Futabas Field Force 7 Super. Remember it? I paid £395 for mine when it first came out - a significant amount of money back in the late 80s and one of the main reasons I treated the transmitter like a treasured family heirloom. I operated the set for 10 or 15 years before it was stolen, and I still miss it.
Graham Ashby  |  Mar 05, 2007  |  0 comments
As many will already know, I’m a bit of a helicopter fan on the quiet and a sucker for anything that remotely resembles a scale job. The detail doesn’t have to be minute but if the overall scale impression is good and a model’s flown with some appreciation of the full-size, I can sit and watch for ages. No, really! Clever as it is, 3D helicopter flying does little to inspire me. Indeed, given the choice between watching a 90-size hot ship thrash its jolly old nuts off in Sustained Chaos or seeing a 30-size Bell 47 fly a sedate figure eight, I’m afraid the old whirlybird gets my vote every time.
Graham Ashby  |  Feb 26, 2007  |  0 comments
Taking a brief look at the design, the Voyager is a conventional pod ‘n’ boom machine, with belt-driven tail rotor and forward mounted NHM-540ST brushed motor. The latter is topped with a 15 tooth pinion, and turns a larger intermediate gear, which incorporates a step-down cog to drive the main gear / autorotation unit, and a lower tail rotor drive pulley. Tail rotor pitch control is actuated via a piano-wire pushrod, which passes through two boom-mounted guide clamps to a traditional tail control lever (bell-crank) and pitch slider mechanism. All pretty standard, very nicely engineered, and well able to survive the test of time.

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