Julian Beckett

Julian Beckett  |  Nov 29, 2013  |  0 comments
Well, the YT International Bf 109 that I reviewed in RCM&E is clocking up the air miles, and it’s all jolly good fun, but the old girl’s simply got no soul. It’s almost like she fell out of a cornflake packet, all clean and fresh, which is a crying shame. What’s more, she’s desperately in need of someone in the office to take care of business, instead of looking like an aeronautical Marie Celeste! The problem, is that in recent years my aeromodelling diet had degenerated into a precession of shiny, homogenated ‘buy today fly tomorrow’ designs of one type or another. Then, along came the ‘109 and suddenly I found myself needing to put a bit more effort in.
Julian Beckett  |  Feb 22, 2011  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2005, the kit is still available. After grasping the basics of R/C model flight with a three- or four-channel high wing trainer most of us have a desire to further our skills with a more capable model. Natural progression from an ARTF trainer usually involves models such as the Mick Reeves Gangster, the Chris Foss Wot-4 or the Precedent Fun-Fly (which is now sadly out of production); but crucially these have to be built from kits. Many of us don’t have the time or inclination to bash balsa these days so the answer lies in a decent, suitable ARTF, something which I think the market has been lacking.
Julian Beckett  |  Oct 26, 2010  |  0 comments
Some time ago Multiplex released a cute little chuck glider calledFox. At under a tenner it was a fab toy, and a cracking candidate for a two channel radio conversion, the result being a very neat little sloper as many old slope hacks found out. Anyway, I'm sure Multiplex felt they missed the boat on that one, and probably vowed not to get caught again, so here we are with their latest cool tool, the Merlin. With design cues from it's Foxy progenitor, and more than a passing resemblance to the Easy Glider, all sweeping lines and upturned tips it is, tres cool non? Upon opening the box, which is also a tote-tastic Elapor carry case, it' all business.
Julian Beckett  |  Apr 20, 2009  |  0 comments
The Limit EX plan can be purchased atwww. myhobbystore. com Many moons ago, I was out slope soaring, when one of the lads produced an entire model from his rucksack. One or two of the gang smiled knowingly as this tiny little aircraft - which was all of 18" span - was committed to a 35mph blow.
Julian Beckett  |  Jul 31, 2008  |  0 comments
As a closet scale modeller and warbird fancier, a well turned-out W. W. II fighter down at the patch always impresses me. Sadly the need to earn a crust and entertain the family of a weekend usually prevails, and I never find myself able to devote the time necessary to finish such a project.
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