On the cover

At the recent Ullswater Splash-in an eclectic mix of floatplanes and flying boats went for a dip, amongst them Mike Rawlins’ gorgeous Grumman Albatross. We've a full report from the event inside this month. 

 

REGULARS

SWITCH ON

After a year of rest and recuperation Tony Nijhuis is back with a whole new jet set and we’ve news on the progress of dear Dave Burton’s Sea Fury project

COUNTERPOINT

Kits, blingy bits, gadgets and gimmicks. More brand-new tempters that just might take your fancy

ALL WRITE

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

GOING PLACES

The flying season is upon us and it’s time to make plans. Find out what’s on in your neck of the woods

R/C MARKETPLACE

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

NEXT ISSUE

Lots in store, not to mention another 2 FREE plans, reviews of the new FMS Fox and Flightline’s L-39, a report from the Bickley EDF fly-in, taming that noisy petrol engine and much, much more


REVIEWS

DHC-1 CHIPMUNK

On the lookout for a suitable airframe that can introduce him to the subtleties of scale flying, Andy Gower finds much to admire in Seagull’s 80” ARTF Chippy

DOUGLAS DAUNTLESS

A look at the VQ range of ARTF models can be quite refreshing if you’re after something a little different. Mike Austin builds the smaller 60” SBD-5

FMS RANGER

This latest machine to swell the ranks of the multi-purpose airframe category adopts a distinctly scale appearance. David Ashby takes it for a spin

HEXER

Peter Burgess flirts with a nimble little French model and gets quite a surprise


FEATURES

BOBBING ABOUT

Relaxing and absorbing, waterplanes bring a new and challenging dimension to your flying, and they’re awfully pretty too. David Ashby checks ‘em out at May’s Ullswater fly-in 

PILOTS’ PICTORIAL

Send us a photo of your latest and greatest and we’ll show the world

EYE CATCHERS

Gadget guru Lee Schofield is back with another selection of electronic accessories that happen to have caught his attention

TAILDRAGGER TACTICS

Andy Sephton explains the factors that affect how a traildragger handles and, crucially, what you can do to mitigate them

THE CRUEL WIND

For many clubs a brisk crosswind at an event can quickly dampen the spirits and curtail the flying, but not for the hardy lads and lasses of the Fenland MFC. Alex Whittaker toughs it out at the annual warbird meet

ACE MAKER

As far as practical WWI models go, nothing beats 1/4-scale, it’s perfect for club pilots who take their hobby seriously. Alex Whittaker tracks down a prime example

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ROLAND D.VIB

Arnaldo Correia pores over a stunning example of the rarely-modelled 1917 fighter. Definitely not an aeroplane for lazy builders!

PARTING SHOT

R/C through the lens


COLUMNS

DINING WITH A DIFFERENCE

Flying solo, Brian Winch reconciles a lifestyle change that brings with it some engine-related inspiration

WEEKENDERS

Alex Whittaker receives a mystery gift and fond memories come flooding back…

WHATEVER THE WEATHER

David Ashby extols the virtues of the common fly-in, attends a perfect – albeit windy – example and succumbs to temptation

ON SILENT WINGS

Simon Cocker reports from a bustling Buckminster aerotow before upping our envy with highlights of his annual soaring pilgrimage to the Lleyn Peninsula. Lucky blighter…

MAKE IT SCALE

With the indoor R/C Scale Nats over and done for another year, Danny Fenton gets back to his fabulous Fury build and tackles a potentially traumatic bit of soldering


FREE PRO-PLANS

MY LORD

Repairing a shattered dream of four decades standing, Ton van Munsteren finally gets to fly the long-lamented three-channel trainer that left him feeling somewhat cheated

SLINGSBY T-21 SEDBERGH

Shaun Garrity is back with another balsa bashers blast from the past and a brief introduction to get you started

MOONBEAM II

From the dawn of the discipline, Shaun Garrity presents plans for a classic, purpose-designed, quick-build slope soarer


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