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Gerard Feeney  |  Jul 10, 2007  |  0 comments
She's a great first low-winger is the Venus 40 Welcome back once more. We have reached the last instalment of the Great Planes’ ‘Venus 40’ assembly and flying saga. While the previous two parts dealt exclusively with airframe assembly matters; this time we finally get to the exciting bit – flying! But first, the few remaining airframe-completion tasks lie ahead. The most important of these jobs is the fuselage radio installation, so let’s start with that.
Gerard Feeney  |  Jul 04, 2007  |  0 comments
The Great Planes Venus 40 is the subject of this three-part series Welcome to Pt. 2 of our ongoing low-wing sports/aerobatic ARTF R/C model assembly and flying adventure. Are you ready to get to grips with a beautiful backside and a nifty nose? You are? Good! Lets get going BUTT FIRST Before gluing the horizontal tailplane and vertical fin in place, cut away the Monokote from over the fuselage horizontal stabiliser (stab) openings and the rear-end control rod exit holes with a sharp scalpel. Its recommended that a 3/32 flap of covering be left within the top edges of the fuselage openings to act as joint-seals when the horizontal stab is permanently settled.
Gerard Feeney  |  Jun 28, 2007  |  0 comments
The Great Planes Venus 40 is an ideal first low-wing model In the February to May 2006 issues of RCM&E I told you how to assemble and fly your first ARTF high-wing R/C trainer. Judging by the response I received, that information proved useful. But, several readers also posed another question: How do I tackle my first-ever low-wing ARTF sports/aerobatic model? Wonder no more! Your wish is my command, and this time Im back armed with an attractive low-wing ARTF design that Ill be assembling over three build tutorials. The box of bits will be transformed into an exciting and flamboyant aerobat! Remember that ARTF models employ similar construction methods so whilst I'm using the Great Planes Venus 40 as an example, you should find the techniques I'll describe transferable to most other low-wing ARTF models.
Andy Ellison  |  Feb 05, 2007  |  0 comments
When learning to fly R/C aircraft in the late '70s, advice concerning propeller selection was brief: 'If it's a 40, you'll need a 10 x 6 and if it's a 60 you'll be wanting an 11 x 7". That was it. Black and white, with no shades of grey. As my experience grew I discovered that this was a very blinkered way of looking at the prop choice conundrum, and when I began to fly competitively I realised that these sizes were miles off the mark, learning that models should be propped for the airframe and not the engine.
Simon Delaney  |  Dec 12, 2006  |  0 comments
The art of scale modelling is alive and well; you just have to dig a bit deeper to find it than in previous years. There are plenty of enthusiasts beavering away on a vast selection of own-design, plan and kit-built models, but its true to say that you don't see so many on club flightlines these days. This is a shame because their presence often inspires, encouraging others to try their hand at 'club scale' modelling. Much enjoyment can be gained from basically finished and detailed models of modest size and economic operation.
Tony Nijhuis  |  Nov 30, 2006  |  0 comments
I've produced quite a few plans for RCM&E over the past few years, but it occurred to me that these have been aimed mostly at the experienced plan builder. The recent Sky 40 primary trainer (presented as a free plan in the July / August 2006 issues of RCM&E) went some way to redressing the balance by offering a model suitable for beginners, but this is of little help if the novice has no experience of traditional building. Constructing something from a plan introduces a whole new facet to the hobby and practically doubles, if not triples, the choice of model available to you. Take a look at what's available through the Encanta Media Plans Service and you'll find a host of designs at your fingertips that aren't available from model shops in ARTF format.
Nigel Hawes  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
In the days when model flying was restricted to i. c. -powered airframes and gliders, there wasn't much need for modellers to wield a soldering iron, but that's not the case now. With electric flight firmly established as a major discipline within the hobby there's a need to master the art of soldering; whether forming a complex wiring harness to parallel up Li-Po cells or simply soldering Gold connectors to a battery or motor wire, a poor solder joint can cause anything from intermittent motor running to total loss of control.

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