Peter Russell

Peter Russell  |  Sep 14, 2011  |  0 comments
This MacGregor unit is a pulse proportional set which came to be known as Galloping Ghost - the rudder and elevator flapped! By the mid-1960s, reliable radio gear giving controls comparable to that of ‘full-size’ planes had arrived and was in general use. This was the period of enormous progress when within a few years the mythical ‘average modeller’ went from lumbering free-flight orientated designs, with a crash due to either pilot error or radio failure every few flights, to sleek fast types capable of the full range of aerobatic manoeuvres which were flown week-in-week-out with very few malfunctions. In these circumstances pilot skill also made rapid progress until the top men reached a standard little different to standards prevailing today. This refers to the then predominating aerobatic field, you understand.
Peter Russell  |  Sep 12, 2011  |  0 comments
Republished here, in 1987 Peter Russell wrote a number of articles for RCM&Ecovering the history of radio control developments. There can be few who enjoy the present state of R/C, with radio gear that is sophisticated, reliable and cheap, easily built models with good performance, a large range of supporting fittings and gadgets, who have much idea of how this Utopian state of affairs came about. To cover the history of R/C fully would be far too long and tedious for an article such as this, for there were a number of periods when no apparent progress was being made. But an attempt to pick out the more interesting ‘high spots’ might reveal some ‘little-known-facts’ about our favourite hobby.
Peter Russell  |  May 25, 2011  |  0 comments
This article was published to accompany the STOL Mk. 2 plan publication in October 1983. A new CNC kit and wood pack can also be purchased. When the original STOL was designed in 1972 it wasn’t even called a STOL, just 242S – it was really little more than an aeronautical doodle.
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