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Robert Putley 115/05/2015 14:52:04
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Reference HobbyKing:- HobbyKing do advertise as they did several years ago In RCM&E. Since when they have been my main supplier.

I suspect the policy of Not reviewing their products is done by agreement with the magazines UK advertisers to protect their own interests,

As well as RCM&E, I also subsribe to FlyRC, a mag. Hobbyking run regular ads in the mag, plus you will see many reviews of HobbyKing in the mag.

Robert Putley 115/05/2015 14:59:47
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Correction Should Read A US mag

Delta Foxtrot15/05/2015 15:15:15
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Had a quick skim of this months issue over breakfast this morning, I was really pleased to see the the 3 view drawings feature, the Comper Swift is a potential model on my build list so even better.

I hope that this idea runs and runs, I would like to build up a nice collection of these.

Edited By david fillingham 1 on 15/05/2015 15:15:28

IanN15/05/2015 15:29:50
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David, you beat me to it. The 3 view will be an interesting and useful addition, going forwards. Very welcome!

Edited By IanN on 15/05/2015 15:30:06

Allan Bowker15/05/2015 15:33:20
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Thanks to Graham for your years of work and congratulations to David, I'm relieved to know you are staying with the magazine. I still hope to see you both a Greenacres.

hot smile d

Old Geezer16/05/2015 14:14:30
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Bad News - Good News!

Bad News, we've lost a crackin' good Editor. 😱

Good News, the new Editor has the same Ashby DNA. 😀

Graham, thanks for hours of interesting reading over the years. You made RCM&E the only magazine worth paying an annual subscription for, never a disappointment. I feel a bit sorry for David though, you're going to be hard act to follow.

Colin Leighfield16/05/2015 17:27:47
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I've just noticed the spelling mistake on the cover. And everywhere else. The Kawasaki Ki 61 was called "Hien", not "Hein". It means "Flying Swallow", quite a nice name really. I don't think I'll try and find out what "Hein" means!

kevin b16/05/2015 17:29:26
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Posted by Robert Putley 1 on 15/05/2015 14:52:04:

Reference HobbyKing:- HobbyKing do advertise as they did several years ago In RCM&E. Since when they have been my main supplier.

I suspect the policy of Not reviewing their products is done by agreement with the magazines UK advertisers to protect their own interests,

As well as RCM&E, I also subsribe to FlyRC, a mag. Hobbyking run regular ads in the mag, plus you will see many reviews of HobbyKing in the mag.

Thanks for that Robert. I don't mind being corrected. It's interesting though, that FlyRC only has 2 advertisers on its website. Hobbyking and Hobbico. I also use Hobbyking and have had some good deals from them. Some of the cheap stuff is cheap, but they are helping keep prices down in the hobby and that in itself is no bad thing.

Kelly16/05/2015 22:19:00
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Graham thanks for a great magazine and Forum thumbs up Best wishes for your new job smiley.

David, great news look forward to the continuation of a great magazine and forum yessmiley

Tempted by the Hitec 7channel offering, good review.

Erfolg17/05/2015 17:13:27
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Graham has a lot to be proud of with respect to RCM&E. He and his team has managed to place the magazine firmly in 1st. place in the UK. Many other magazines have failed during this period, RCM in the USA, whilst in the UK titles have amalgamated, some contracting other magazines failing completely. Quite an achievement in a publishing industry seeing many changes. One of my relations, closing their publishing arm to their business, as the business has become so very competitive with low margins.

Perhaps one of the overriding impressions has been the effort put into keeping in contact with the readerships interests and developments in the market place. It is possibly this aspect has kept the magazine relevant to the readership.

I am sure that there have been difficulties, in a market where the number of distributors seems to be reducing. Then there is the issue that the retail outlets have been decimated. The market has become totally dominated by foreign made ARTF models. On this basis I can only imagine that the number of products submitted for review is not as extensive as in the past.

Then there is the issue that modelling is not the boom industry of the 50s and 60s, at best matured at worst a niche hobby.

All in all a magnificent job undertaken most effectively in some of the most difficult of times.

My only complaint are the front covers, always one model in a similar pose. But if people and scenes were incorporated, what would I complain about. If the older style covers were ever to return, my wife would tut tut. But then again i have been known to paste brown paper patches on the magazine covers my wife has purchased, where gratuitous pictures of semi nude men have offended my sensibilities, strangely she has not been amused, as these are different..

All the best for the future Graham

Edited By Erfolg on 17/05/2015 17:17:01

kc17/05/2015 17:58:57
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I wish David good luck as the new Editor.

I am sure everyone has noticed that the magazines that have survived are the ones with free pullout plans and I hope that RCME continues with these plans. It's the main reason for buying the magazine for many of us.

I have to agree with Erfolg that the covers could be more distinctive. Compare to the 1976 cover photos here. Maybe David could make a name for himself as the editor that brought back that style of Autumn cover!

Edited By kc on 17/05/2015 18:00:02

Ian Jones17/05/2015 19:35:18
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I always enjoyed Graham's astute editorials which often dealt with current issues. The magazine has gone from strength to strength and to me is still the market leader, in my opinion because of the trustworthy integrity of it's content. So thanks for all that Graham. No doubt the successes will continue in David's safe hands.

Ian

Erfolg17/05/2015 20:15:28
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Wow, that is uncanny KC. You have discovered the date I started aeromodelling as a RC modeller October 1976.

Yes, that young woman caught my eye and I purchased the magazine having seen the plan for a Me 163, which i now see as squint scale from +200yards. Yet the first model I built was featured in that magazine, the "Hot Pot 54"". That model not only flew well, it has had a direct influence on all my subsequent models.

Yes, my wife disliked the cover, yet I remember pointing out, why the double standards with respect the rather pornographic Cosmopolitan she had that month. On reflection she did not complain about the next months RCM&E.

It does seem that the RCM&E has managed over the years to be slightly better than any other UK aeromodelling mag and now better than any USA mag.

What has changed that in the 70s, both RCM and MAN were head and shoulders better than there UK counterparts. Graham has managed to both out compete both, now RCM&E seems to have become the leader of the pack.

Graeme Poke19/05/2015 10:02:35
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The June issue? I still don't have the May issue. Yes I have notified the subscription dept. a couple of days ago.

This is the 3rd month this has happened. Something has changed. Cheers Graeme

Erfolg19/05/2015 11:39:58
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Graeme

My reference is to the link of KC and I even managed to get the month wrong, it was the October issue.

I still have the magazine, without its cover, strange that, hmmmmm. The November issue has gone, i guess there was nothing in it or, was it binned? If so, by whom.

Nick Burroughs19/05/2015 17:49:02
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Now that a new hand is at the wheel can we overseas subscribers hope for the delivery dates we had a year ago? The current deliveries are at least 3 weeks after issue date.

Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services19/05/2015 20:50:56
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As for some feedback on the current issue, I would like to thank Alex Whittaker for a cracking write up on my laser cut panels, not actually got a copy in my grubby hands yet, but I am off to aquire several copies in the next couple of days smile p

Robert Armstrong 220/05/2015 17:00:09
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Posted by Nick Burroughs on 19/05/2015 17:49:02:

Now that a new hand is at the wheel can we overseas subscribers hope for the delivery dates we had a year ago? The current deliveries are at least 3 weeks after issue date.

Somehow I doubt that the editor has much control over distribution issues; those are down to the overall magazine group that RCM&E is part of I would thin.

Best wishes Graham in the new job and Good luck David taking over.

Vortex Vacforms20/05/2015 17:15:31
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I'd just like to forward my best wishes to Graham and say thanks for all his efforts to promote the hobby and keep it fresh/relevant for such a long period in the hot seat.

I assume that it's purely coincidental that his departure has occured at around the same time as several political parties looking are looking for new leaders, and the BBC have a handful of vacancies to fill, ref: 'Top Gear' presenters! lol

Anyway, good luck for the future to both Graham and David as this latest event is marked in the history and evolution of RCM&E.

Regards,

Steve (Vortex Vacforms).

Victor Saliba21/05/2015 17:58:55
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To all subscribers,

Do you receive your copy in time and satisfied with the system? Well, I'm not. I know that who is responsible is deaf and cannot read because I complain every time and never had a reply. The thing is that i paid in advance for my issues and the service is rubbish so SHAME on you responsible for the delay month after month. I pretend my issues to arrive on time as were before.

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