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David Ashby  |  Mar 04, 2015  |  0 comments
My first rubber powered autogyro inspired by S. R. Crow's record-breaking design from the 1930s. This article was first published in 2005.
Nigel Hawes  |  May 28, 2014  |  0 comments
Visit any flying site and you’ll notice that, whether i. c. or electric powered, the majority of models being flown are single-engine. That’s not to say that twins aren’t seen, but for many the journey into multi-engine installations is a trip into the unknown and, therefore, often avoided like the plague! One reason for this is probably the cost, as models with multiple power units are, by nature, more expensive to build and operate.
Andy Green  |  Jan 23, 2014  |  0 comments
Whatever you fly these days, you'll be needing plenty of these! It doesn't matter what we fly, whether own-designs, kits or ARTF - if we fly R/C then we have one thing in common - servos - be they high-power digitals or '4 for £10' micros. All servos have one thing in common, usually the attached lead is too short for our installations. In this shortarticle I'll be looking at that unsung hero of our installations - the extension lead, and with some basic equipment, how to make your own. Servo extension leads can be purchased from most retailers but in my experience, only in limited pre-set lengths.
Julian Beckett  |  Nov 29, 2013  |  0 comments
Well, the YT International Bf 109 that I reviewed in RCM&E is clocking up the air miles, and it’s all jolly good fun, but the old girl’s simply got no soul. It’s almost like she fell out of a cornflake packet, all clean and fresh, which is a crying shame. What’s more, she’s desperately in need of someone in the office to take care of business, instead of looking like an aeronautical Marie Celeste! The problem, is that in recent years my aeromodelling diet had degenerated into a precession of shiny, homogenated ‘buy today fly tomorrow’ designs of one type or another. Then, along came the ‘109 and suddenly I found myself needing to put a bit more effort in.
David Ashby  |  Nov 27, 2013  |  0 comments
The fruits of my labours, not perfect I'll readily confess but far better than I had expected Airbrushes have always been at the periphery of my aeromodelling vision. As a kid I grew up on a staple diet of Airfix kits so should really have had an airbrush a long time ago. I think I've always dismissed the possibilities of ownership on three grounds - cost, technical know-how and artistic ability. I've assumed that airbrushing is an expensive pursuit for which you need tons of cash, a degree in chemistry and must possess artistic flair in spades to do any justice.
David Ashby  |  Oct 30, 2013  |  0 comments
The Mini Tyro is just one of the choices. Welcome to Mass Build 2014 - the annual group building project here at Modelflying. co. uk.
Andy Ellison  |  Aug 15, 2013  |  0 comments
There can be no denying that Expanded Poly Propylene (EPP) has completely transformed the slope soaring scene since it was introduced to the hobby by American Pat Bowman about twelve years ago. Gone now are the days when a week of repair work would follow a slight launch mishap, mid-air bump or heavy landing. The design, construction and finish of EPP models has developed along with the materials used to put them together and as the years have passed by, the quality, performance and styling has improved dramatically. So much so, in fact, its sometimes difficult to differentiate between a well-finished modern EPP slope racer and a fully moulded carbon thoroughbred, even when theyre sat on the deck alongside each other.
David Ashby  |  Jul 22, 2013  |  0 comments
Now for something a little different. The story goes like this. . .
Alex Whittaker  |  Jun 04, 2013  |  0 comments
Here's what we're aiming to achieve. . . .
David Ashby  |  Mar 15, 2013  |  0 comments
This article was first published in 2005. Designing a scale model such my Cessna Bobcat is an ongoing process. Generating a set of working plans, enabling the major parts of the airframe (wings, fuselage and tailplane) to be constructed, is just the beginning. As work progresses and the model evolves, the designer’s hat has to be donned as and when - like now, for example, when considering the Bobcat’s engine nacelles.
Duncan Hutson  |  Sep 20, 2012  |  0 comments
I’d been itching to get some paint on my Cessna Bobcat, which was adorned with rib stitching and pinking tapes. But what paint to use? Regular readers may recall my review (February 2006 RCM&E) of Klass Kote, a very durable, fuelproof 2-pack epoxy system from the USA that’s imported to the UK by Baron Paints. I was so impressed with this paint that I decided to use it on the Bobcat, and a ‘phone call to Wayne Fryer at Baron Paints soon had paint, catalyst and thinners on its way. TOOLING UP I started spraying models many years ago with very cheap, basic equipment and soon discovered that using such budget hardware gave poor results.
Big Bandit  |  May 18, 2012  |  0 comments
If you've ever wonder how to go about creating your own decals then Chris, aka Big Bandit on the forum has just the answer. His new forum tutorial explores the step-by-step process and well worth perusing. Click here to go there. .
Andy Green  |  Mar 27, 2012  |  0 comments
Tools for the job - Robart centre finder for pin hinges and drill, the other is a Dubro hinge slotting kit. The 3mm spruce is a most useful tool for slotting (see text). Presently (as you may be aware from my build blogs) I have three models ready for fitting out – an Evolution Enigma, a Super 60 and an Astro Hog. The Enigma will use Mylar as per the instructions, whilst the Super 60 and Astro Hog will use pin type hinges.
Andy Green  |  Apr 13, 2010  |  0 comments
With the plethora of plans available for free download* or purchase and the recent surge in building from plans the problem now becomes one of how to produce the plan, there seems to be a lot of advice about how to build once you have the plan, but very little I've found on how to get a printed copy of the plan in the first place. * It is your responsibility to have proper virus scanners and firewalls in place before downloading and opening files from the internet, there are some mean people out there who hide viruses (and worse) inside downloaded files. There are 4 main types of file format you will most likely come across: Raster (jpg, gif, bmp, png, tif) Essentially the difference is Raster files are made up of fixed sized dots called pixels, where each pixel can be a different colour and shade. The problem with scaling these files is down to the fact that it’s the dots you are making bigger, this is why a small picture when enlarged goes a bit fuzzy, and why on TV the forensic team can never recreate a full colour photo fromhalf of a dark CCTV image! Vector These use a mathematical relationship between the points with lines connecting the points, so scaling becomes a matter of maths, not just making the pixels bigger and its precisely this difference that make vector images scale nicely while rasters don't.
David Ashby  |  Sep 14, 2009  |  0 comments
This is Dave's new Ultimate bipe - it'll be a free plan in RCM&E very soon. We're grateful to Dave Royds for supplying a list (below) of the material sources he uses for his fantastic models, many of which have been published in RCM&E. Don't miss Dave's new article 'Soft Stuff' published in the new 2009 Special Issue (on sale 25 Sept). In this he discusses building techniques, glues, paints and much else besides.

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