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Large, majestic and utterly lovely, our lead feature this month takes a close look at a brace of 1/9-scale Canadair CL-215 water bombers, built by Luís Montenegro and José Lumbreras from the Clube Vuelo a Vela Fontefría of Galícia, in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Spain. At 126” span, powered by twin O.S. GF40 single cylinder petrol engines, both are impressively large examples of the firefighting flying boat and are frequently flown in their natural environment. Turn to page 12, take one look at these outstanding models and we guarantee you'll want one. Photo: Arnaldo Correia


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WEEKEND WREN

Inspired by the evergreen Zaunkonig, Ton van Munsteren brings the classic mini-bipe kicking and screaming into the 21st Century with a handful of design changes and an electric conversion

SUZY QUE

Where pedigree in a retro aerobat is concerned, they don't get much better than a Ken Binks plan. Shaun Garrity introduces a classic ‘60s slope soarer that, even today, gives a very good account of itself

DAS UGLY GLIDER

Shaun Garrity scribbles a brief introduction to help you on your way with Jack Headley's Blohm & Voss BV40 attack glider


regulars

SWITCH ON

Can many hands make ‘Light Scale’ work? We take a closer look at the BMFA's new entry-level scale class, plus club news, an introduction to SAM 35, and more!

COUNTERPOINT

Kits, blingy bits, gadgets and gimmicks. Peer through the shop window at out regular display of tempting new products

ALL WRITE

Readers’ letters. Have your say in RCM&E's gentlemanly equivalent of Speakers’ Corner

GOING PLACES

With spring just around the corner and a few early-season events appearing on the calendar, now's the time to start planning your flying year

R/C MARKETPLACE

Shift those unwanted airframes and splash out on a few new ones, you're worth it

NEXT ISSUE

Show reports, an autogyro FREE plan, a top-end radio round-up, advice on tackling that dreaded first flight, plus columns, kit reviews, news, views and oodles more


reviews

RADIOLINK T8FB

On the face of it RadioLink's T8FB budget transmitter looks entirely unremarkable. Dig a little deeper and what you actually find is a very neat box of tricks. Graham Ashby zooms in

PEPPER

It's fair to say that Aero-Naut kits, with their superb instruction manuals, wonderful wood selection and beautifully produced parts, are up there with the best of them. Expect a glowing review of the company's new warmliner

RCGF 35

Brian Winch finds impeccable credentials and unfaltering reliability in a petrol-fuelled two-stroke charmer

RC-D100 V2

Chargers! Who needs ‘em? ...Well, actually, we all do, so if your current unit is showing its age it might be time to chop it in for a younger model. Fortunately, Frank Skilbeck has just the thing


features

CANADAIR CL-215

If, like us, you can't get enough of flying boats and seaplanes, you're going to be bowled over by this brace of Spanish bombers. Arnaldo Correia takes up the story

THE ONE TO WATCH

Weston Park's canny blend of old and new keeps it at the top of the show calendar. Alex Whittaker ponders the secret of its success

SNAP HAPPY

It's true, anyone can take a photograph but there's a world difference between a hopeful snap and a carefully composed image. Mike Freeman explains how to take total control of your shots

FRANKEN QUAD

If you're a squeamish quadcopterist we suggest you look away now before John Stennard dismembers a little four blader in pursuit of fun-scale VTOL

RADIO ROUND-UP

Mid-range radios occupy the heartland for most model flyers and, as such, this is where most of us spend our money, but were you aware of the huge choice?

10 TYPICAL MISTAKES......

That all newbies make. David Ashby investigates

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DRAGON RAPIDE

Harking back to the days when short-haul aircraft had two wings, flying wires and proper-cosy cabins, Alex Whittaker finds a fabulous example of de Havilland's wooden workhorse

CLASSIC COCKPITS

Who better than Andy Sephton to share his thoughts on the instrumentation and characteristics of the beloved Hawker Fury, and to introduce our latest cut-n-keep instrument panel?

PARTING SHOT

R/C through the lens


columns

JUST-F-FUN

Giddy with tissue-induced trauma, David Ashby parks the rubber one till spring then takes to the water

WIZARD OF OZ

As Brian Winch explains, it's not difficult to freshen up the aesthetics of a well-used engine

ON SILENT WINGS

Simon Cocker boils a bag of beads (as you do) for some polymer- based widget fabrication

WEEKENDERS

With the balsa bashing on his classic Boddington bipe all but done, Alex Whittaker turns his attention to texing


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