RCME Staff

RCME Staff  |  Dec 12, 2016  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER E-flite's new 1. 2m (47”) span P-47D might be a park flyer in some eyes (although we'd dispute that) but there's no doubting the amountof care that's gone into a model that looks absolutely gorgeous both on the ground and in the air. Just glance at the cover shot and you'd asume it's a far larger model. We've been flying it this month and tell you what we think starting on page 32 FREE PRO-PLANS VAMOOSE Fast, aerobatic and fun is how we'd describe Mike Freeman's 42” span, v-tail sportster and it's nicely different too BAMBINA Fancy something fast and aerobatic for the park? Bambino's low-wing sibling is all that while cheap and easy to build.
RCME Staff  |  Nov 25, 2016  |  0 comments
We're not sure where the time has gone either but, would you believe, Modelflying. co. uk will be10 years old in December! In the last 10 years we've gone from, nothing to the UK's biggest and friendliest model flying forum with over 35,000 members, in excess of 5,000 unique logins everyday, over 120,000 threads with over a million posts! Our friendly safe corner of the Internet couldn't have done without you, our members and as a 'thank you' we've organised a bumper advent competition! Each weekday there will be a new competiton for you to enter with some extra special prizes every weekend. This year's prizes include tools, airbrushes, quads, a Wot 4 Xtreme, a beautiful Black Horse Sky Jet EDF and much more.
RCME Staff  |  Nov 15, 2016  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER Sometimes a model comes along that stops you in your tracks and Nigel Wagstaff's astounding 1/3-scale Fokker DVII is one such. Apart from a unique scheme, the level of detail is breathtaking and the finish sublime. Turn to page 112 and we'll tell you all about it. Photo by Alex Whittaker FREE PRO-PLAN BITE-SIZE WARRIORS Ton Van Munsteren returns with another easy-build, park-fly dogfight double in the form of a Tempest and Rata I16 BITTY Delve into your scrap box and you'll have all you need for Rich Harris’ little micro glider that's perfect for the slope or piggyback launching DAS GHOSTEN FLUGBOOT Shaun Garrity finds that this classic single-channel flying boat responds well to a contemporary refresh COLUMNS ON SILENT WINGS Simon Cocker records the PSSA's 2016 Mass Build Fly-in and finds the Colditz Cock at a year-end aerotow BENCH BLOG Busy as ever, Tim Hooper has the latest news on his trad’ build projects WIZARD OF OZ Brian Winch with tips to help your petrol engine breath easy WEEKENDERS Whittaker finds the Skyleader single- channel radio that never was REGULARS SWITCH ON EASA updates and an inaugural indoor FPV meet’ COUNTERPOINT Step 1 – circle item required.
RCME Staff  |  Nov 13, 2016  |  0 comments
Right then, David A here. Do you find taking off a nervy affair? It’s understandable if you do. After all, it’s a sequence that means the model is close to the ground for a few seconds at full throttle and when things go wrong they tend to go wrong very quickly without the comfort of altitude. For this reason some model flyers view taking off as a necessary evil, something to get quickly out of the way without incident – slam the throttle open, yank back on the stick and breath a sigh of relief.
RCME Staff  |  Oct 17, 2016  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER John Horne's lovely 112” span Spitfire touches down at the Willis Warbirds invitational fly-in last summer. The event's mixture of R/C warbirds and 40s-style entertainment that encourages audience participation has grown over the last few years and Alex Whittaker popped along to sample the action Photo: Alex Whittaker FREE PRO-PLANS HIGHSIDE Lindsay Todd's tough, easy-build 55” (1397mm) slope aerobat is just the thing for those seeking the quieter side of flying BLUNDERBIRD 3 It may not be the prettiest model ever designed but it flies well and Shaun Garrity reckons this, the latest in his line of retro builds, could have a hidden racing pedigree COLUMNS MAKE IT SCALE Danny Fenton finally maidens the Chipmunk and fashions a Piper Cub from a sheet of 1/16th WIZARD OF OZ More on getting the best from your Walbro carbs JET THRUST A busy Bob Petrie adds to his collection, fits a smoke system and heads for Raydon RETRO RAMBLINGS Shaun Garrity highlights a forgotten Phil Smith design WEEKENDERS Whittaker feels the lure of the lathe and does a little breaking and entering REGULARS SWITCH ON Pylon Nats results, Indoor FPV and more COUNTERPOINT A selection of the best new releases ALL WRITE Have your say in the UK's best-selling model flying mag! GOING PLACES Indoor flying and swapmeets; the winter diary is filling MARKETPLACE Sell it fast with our FREE reader ad's NEXT ISSUE Why not subscribe? FEATURES EASA, WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Dave Burton unravels EASA's recent announcement BIG FUN AT LITTLE GRANSDEN Whittaker samples the atmosphere at a distinctively different fly-in for warbird fanciers SUBSCRIBE! . . .
RCME Staff  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? I couldn’t believe it was time to put pen to paper again and update you on the projects loitering in the workshop. This month I thought we’d begin by looking, once again, at RDS and hidden controls. This was promped by a letter from a fan of the column. .
RCME Staff  |  Oct 10, 2016  |  0 comments
The bungee is essentially a super-size catapult that comes into its own when a conventional hand-launch just can’t cut it, providing that extra ‘va-va-voom’ just when you need it most. Blindingly simple in looks and operation, careful preparation and a few basic ground rules can make all the difference between a flat-out failure and a picture-perfect take-off. Let’s see what it’s all about. FANTASTIC ELASTIC The most critical part of a bungee launcher is the elastic itself.
RCME Staff  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER The Samurai had their swords, but the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy Air Services had the Zero. Of necessity, in a country with few mineral resources, the Japanese had long since made themselves masters of metal alloys, and so the Zero’s wing main spar used Extra- Super Duralumin, whose tensile strength was reportedly 30-40% greater than previous alloys. It was this which, in part, gave the Zero a 650lb weight advantage over the Spitfire I – lightness that gave the impression of weakness in what was actually a very strong structure FREE PRO PLAN MITSUBISHI A6-M2 ZERO Tony Nijhuis models Jiro Horikoshi’s lightweight and deadly rapier, the Japanese fighter that put performance before everything else REVIEWS BUCKER BU133 JUNGMEISTER A review with a twist: Graham Ashby uses Seagull’s 1/4-scale Jungmeister to show the way to true RC Utopia HAI 2 David Ashby reaches a new, erm. .
RCME Staff  |  Sep 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Asubject that draws many questions within our hobby concerns propellers. How to balance them correctly, how to test the balance, the difference between static and dynamic balance, and how to accurately enlarge the shaft hole. It’s all good, valid stuff, so let’s dive straight in. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve asked the question, “Are you sure the propeller’s properly balanced?” when a caller asks for my input regarding a vibrating engine problem.
RCME Staff  |  Sep 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Paris 1908: the artistic establishment, already shocked by Matisse’s fauvism, is being challenged by Picasso’s cubist vision of a reconstructed world, and changed by the speed and technology captured in Severini’s futurism. And in a garret among the city’s rooftops, an earnest 23-year old is caught up with yet another of the new century’s revolutionary visions: aviation. YOUTHFUL REBELLION Whatever the Yorkshire-born Robert Blackburn, hard at work over his drawings, might have made of his continental contemporaries’ paintings, it’s quite possible to imagine him empathising with their willingness to confront conventional thinking. When Blackburn, only a year or two out of university, had joined his father’s drawing office at Green’s, the Leeds-based stream-roller manufacturer, he’d found that the determinedly nineteenth-century practices of the factory allowed little room for the progressive ideas encouraged by his engineering training.


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