ON THE COVER

To coincide with the UK debut of the Arrows Hobby foamie warbird range, Graham Ashby gives the Grumman F8F Bearcat a run for its money and concludes that it's not half bad. Spanning 1100mm and suitable for the benchmark 3S 2200mAh LiPo, it's a warbird with practicality and performance written all over it. Read our full review, undertaken all weathers and all conditions, on page 12 and see if you don't fancy one yourself. Photo: David Ashby


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STARSTREAM 2

Originally designed in the late 1960s, Ray Malmström's unorthodox free-flight ducted fan design has been given a modern R/C makeover. Shaun Garrity talks us through the build

PIPER PAWNEE

From the designer of November's Snap Dragon and the massively popular Panther autogyro comes Piper's classic workaday crop sprayer and general-purpose aerial tractor. Rich Harris is on a roll!


regulars

SWITCH ON – Special Feature

StickMover is an R/C flying aid that claims to be able teach you aerobatic manoeuvres by developing ‘muscle memory’. Dave Roberts digs deeper

COUNTERPOINT

Kits, blingy bits, gadgets and gimmicks, lock up yer lolly or risk losing it on impulse

ALL WRITE

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

GOING PLACES

Indoors is where it's at. Check out the latest and greatest undercover events, right here

R/C MARKETPLACE

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

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No less than 3 FREE plans, our mid-range radio round-up, photography tips, columns, kit reviews, news, views and oodles more


reviews

F8F BEARCAT

Graham Ashby adopts another cat and discovers an airframe and LiPo match that's made in heaven

RADIOLINK AT9S

Simon Cocker finds the relative complexity of a four servo glider wing comprehensively absorbed by RadioLink's budget-busting 10-channel club radio

PA-18 SUPER CUB

Multi-purpose bush-style sportsters have been hugely popular over the last few of years, David Ashby gets all ‘Bear Grills’ with the latest from FMS

SPOT ON 120R

Lindsay Todd sharpens up his aerobatic act with World Models’ very capable F3A machine


features

10 TOP TIPS...

For getting out and flying in the cold, damp winter weather

THE POWER & THE GLORY

Alex Whittaker hot-foots it to Langar to witness a refreshingly youthful 2018 UK Freestyle Masters competition

PILOTS’ PICTORIAL

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

IN PROFILE

John Stennard gets acquainted with a brace of easy build, inexpensive, profile micro models

JET THRUST

Say's Bob Petrie: “This year I need to stop buying stuff and fly all the lovely things I own.” Can he possibly do it?

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REBORN RAZORBACK

For those with an eye on creating a one-off scale model, ARTF kits are not to be sniffed at. Alex Whittaker examines a case in point

RADIO ROUND-UP

In the first of a three-part mini series David Ashby looks at entry-level transmitters and surveys the popular options

SINBAD THE SAILOR

Roy Thompson takes a trip back in time with a sedate golden era, stick and tissue glider that's ripe for radio

PARTING SHOT

R/C through the lens


columns

JUST-F-FUN

Determined to drag us kicking and screaming back to the halcyon days of the Keil Kraft era, David Ashby uses single-channel to rein in a classic free-flighter

WIZARD OF OZ

Let it be known that a wrecked intake manifold doesn't necessarily mean ‘curtains’ for your favourite engine. Brian Winch picks up the pieces and gets gluing

BENCH BLOG

Out of his electric comfort zone, Tim Hooper completes his current squeeze and joins the brethren of the oily rag

ON SILENT WINGS

Simon Cocker examines a way of refreshing your sailplane's appearance, ponders decades of detritus, prep's his fleet and anticipates a record breaking foamie

RETRO RAMBLINGS

Shaun Garrity delivers a potted history of a pioneering model aviator before opening his mailbox

WEEKENDERS

After years of charging his batteries with a makeshift collection single output devices, Alex Whittaker finally ‘gets rid’ and finds the right tool for the job


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