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Capt Kremen26/09/2019 15:51:46
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Wow! Latest 'RCM&E' Special dropped through the letterbox today.

An issue with real CONTENT and not filled with 'advertorial' for a change.

It reminds me of the 'little' Radio Modeller of old, filled with text and articles on Balsa 'n Wood constructed models. Also, you can actually read the text as it's not printed against a non contrast background, so favoured of 'arty' publishing folk, bless them!

I often browse issues in newsagents and leave on the shelf as there's very little real 'content' or substance of interest or else same old, same old 4 or 5 contributors/writers/photographers, (good as they may be). I do appreciate fresh views from others.

Sincerely hope this standard can be kept up on a regular basis.

CARPERFECT26/09/2019 15:58:51
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I am with you on this Capt Kremen, Best issue i have ever read, Its full of topics we can all relate to. We more like this every issue.

Don Fry26/09/2019 16:31:03
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Me too, I was surprised how much I learnt on what I see as the basics.

Also saved many times the cover price. My covering iron, many years old, (Made in Japan no less), is not pristine. When I drop it, if damaged on its face, it gets sanded, and abrasive paste, until smooth again. I've been thinking of replacing it.

When, I saw Peter Miller's iron, same model, I thought mine looked new. So I think I will hang on for a few years.

Old Geezer26/09/2019 16:56:21
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Excellent, definitely a Beta Plus, plenty to get our teeth into this month.

The only reason for not awarding an Alpha was your omission of one of the Hobby's longer term suppliers of real trad' build-it-yourself kits: Galaxy Models selling through Pegasus in E.Anglia - most are tough sports offerings that just do the job, those I built worked for me! Could it be that they don't advertise in our comic these days?

I'm still waiting for an obit' of The Wizard, but guess we'll see that in a future regular issue.

Tom Sharp 226/09/2019 19:32:50
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I usually take pains to avoid buying the Special issue because it is usually junk, but with these reviews I may be tempted.

Geoff Sleath26/09/2019 19:41:57
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I think the 'same old same old' issues crop up with all hobby magazines and I've subscribed to a lot over the years (I have 3 decades worth of Motor Cycle Sport stowed away!) I used to take Yachts and Yachting because it covered competitive dinghy racing but I stopped once I realised I hadn't read the previous issue when the new one arrived. Same went for Cycling. I stopped Wireless World when I realised I didn't understand most of it any longer

I do subscribe to RCME and I've found plenty to enjoy recently and the Special Issue that arrived this morning is no exception. I still build, albeit slowly, and reading articles about construction rarely fails to offer a new wrinkle I use later. It's on my desk as I type and I'm even tempted to build one of the simple models even though I've sworn to restrict myself to sport scale - I don't have much time left

Geoff

Malcolm Fisher26/09/2019 20:05:05
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I think I've read almost every word. Loved Peter Miller's three items on building from plans, Shaun Garrity's on covering and his report of Eric Clutton's "Tadpole" and "Fred". Remember both of these from way back. I can't knock any of the rest of the magazine. As others have said - More please.

Malcolm

Cuban826/09/2019 20:54:51
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Oh dear! Sorry to be a party pooper, I'm not keen on 'specials' but this particular edition really holds no interest for me. I'm all for articles on the basics to help tyros, and boxy small sports models do have their place (not on my bench though) , and I'm not, of course, saying that I know it all, but a whole issue dedicated to basic techniques is a bit much. Even in the editorial, it's admitted that some stuff has been recycled from the archive!

I picked up my mobile to call subscriptions to cancel, I was so cheesed off, but Mrs C8 convinced me to hang on and see how the new editor fares. Thankfully, no beginners' drone article, that might just have tipped me over the edge. laugh

Glad that others enjoyed it, obviously it's impossible to please everyone and although I'd like 120 pages of super detailed scale modelling and warbirds, I accept that going with that would be equally likely to get on the wicks of some of us. Nice try, a laudable effort to get people balsa bashing, but a bit more balance in future please.

 

 

 

Edited By Cuban8 on 26/09/2019 20:57:50

Handyman26/09/2019 21:09:03
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One item that did catch my eye,on page 14, was the small picture of the"late"Pete Lowe and his wife,Nettie or Nattie or something like that. I always looked forward to whatever project he was working on,right up to his death. If memory serves me correctly, it was a Bristol Freighter that he was working on. Nice to see his picture though. I don't suppose anyone has been in contact with his wife,to ask how she is doing. After all,he was a regular contributor to our magazine. Just a thought!

Edited By Handyman on 26/09/2019 21:09:50

Ray Wood 426/09/2019 21:56:49
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Hi All,

Pete Lowe was a good friend of mine, we both loved the Bristol Frightener as their pilots referred to them with no cargo onboard ! I know Graham Ashby keeps in touch with Janet and had planned to fly Peter's freighter. Great loss of a great enthusiast and musician .

Kind Regards Ray

Bob Cotsford26/09/2019 23:32:33
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Posted by Cuban8 on 26/09/2019 20:54:51:

Oh dear! Sorry to be a party pooper, I'm not keen on 'specials' but this particular edition really holds no interest for me. I'm all for articles on the basics to help tyros, and boxy small sports models do have their place (not on my bench though) , and I'm not, of course, saying that I know it all, but a whole issue dedicated to basic techniques is a bit much. Even in the editorial, it's admitted that some stuff has been recycled from the archive!

I picked up my mobile to call subscriptions to cancel, I was so cheesed off, but Mrs C8 convinced me to hang on and see how the new editor fares. Thankfully, no beginners' drone article, that might just have tipped me over the edge. laugh

Glad that others enjoyed it, obviously it's impossible to please everyone and although I'd like 120 pages of super detailed scale modelling and warbirds, I accept that going with that would be equally likely to get on the wicks of some of us. Nice try, a laudable effort to get people balsa bashing, but a bit more balance in future please.

Edited By Cuban8 on 26/09/2019 20:57:50

I have to agree, this really should have been labelled as a Beginners Special. It would have been nice to have maybe one or two articles for those longer of tooth.

Trevor Crook27/09/2019 07:39:34
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As a subscriber, I've seen many of the articles in the "Special" before, but I don't mind re-reading them as I will never know everything! Also, as a subscriber, I get 13 issues for less than £50 (plus a free set of tools) so I consider the special a bit of a bonus anyway.

Twinges of sadness to see articles by Pete Lowe and Dave Burton, reminds us of who we have lost.

Peter Miller27/09/2019 08:36:05
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Posted by Don Fry on 26/09/2019 16:31:03:

Me too, I was surprised how much I learnt on what I see as the basics.

Also saved many times the cover price. My covering iron, many years old, (Made in Japan no less), is not pristine. When I drop it, if damaged on its face, it gets sanded, and abrasive paste, until smooth again. I've been thinking of replacing it.

When, I saw Peter Miller's iron, same model, I thought mine looked new. So I think I will hang on for a few years.

One thing that you can't see in the picture of my iron. It has a section on one side which has been filed to a really sharp corner to get into those tight corners.. Very usefull!!!

leccyflyer27/09/2019 09:01:37
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Have only really flicked through the Special issue and thought it was a good offering, with lots of hints and tips. I don;t mind articles being reprinted from previous issues, where they fit.

My only comment would be that it is overwhelmingly aimed at beginners, with rather less content for the intermediate level modeller. Though to be fair I'm unlikely to actually build any of them, I felt that instead of having 7 plans of very simple sports models, several of which are a bit samey, it would have been nice to have perhaps 5 plans, including just one that wasn't so basic.

Something like a semi-scale, 40-odd inch span first plan built scale model. Such plans that were the stock in trade of several magazines in the past, but maybe a bit simpler than the offerings of the dedicated scale magazines - like the much missed Radio Control Scale Aircraft. That way folks building from plans - which was the theme for the issue - could jump in at a number of different levels, from simple chuck glider to something a bit more interesting - it didn't really need quite so many simple, SMA-qualifying boxy fuselage sports models.

With that said, as a subscriber it;s essentially a free issue and I've previously greatly enjoyed the specials as they have typically included very interesting articles with a headline decent scale subject at the centre, so certainly don't begrudge one special aimed at beginners and the simple sports model.

Piers Bowlan27/09/2019 09:17:23
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My feelings exactly leccyflyer. I thought it an excellent reference for beginners with plenty of simple models to choose from. Some good tips for me too, which I have filed away for future use. I am already maxed out with models to finish so I don't need any new projects just now - the Tadpole did look like a quick and fun model though.....

Cuban827/09/2019 09:41:53
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I suppose as a subscriber, accepting the Special as a 'free issue' is one way of looking at it, but really it's just the same as the 'buy one get one free' ruse that the big supermarkets play on us. In my opinion, the editor has made an error by producing a wholly beginners' special, seven plans is far too much to take in but does make a good 'hook' for prospective buyers in WHS or other outlets. Mind you, a penny short of six quid is going some too. As subscribers, we get what we get and that's that.

I do fear for the future of the hobby as a whole and with the ageing of participants and the hoops that a falling number of newcomers to model flying might have to jump through soon, the outlook is far from certain. Publishing a magazine in this climate of uncertainty is something that I don't envy those that produce RCM&E. My opinion, naturally, based on my likes and preferences, but I do feel that the mag is sort of drifting a bit at the moment, maybe our new editor will be able to correct this?

BMFA's mag can get away with repeated unpopular specialist articles that very few of its membership take much notice of by all accounts. They have a captive audience and It wouldn't last half a dozen issues if it relied on shop sales or separate paid for subs. I accept that BMFA mag is primarily a device to communicate association news with members and on the whole (taking into account its lack of immediacy, it does that fairly well) but they're trying to ape a commercial 'model magazine' and are failing at it.

I would respectfully suggest that a survey of RCM&E readers' likes and dislikes is conducted ASAP and the data henceforth used to the mags advantage. Before subscribing, I used to buy the occasional mag from WHS a few years ago when we had more of a choice, but the failure of RCMW alarmed me and it seemed the right thing to do to support the hobby via its single remaining popular title. That said, with  so much content available on-line, I will be reviewing my subscription to the magazine next year if I feel that I'm not benfitting from it sufficiently enough to justify the cost, but will continue to buy an occasional  copy off the shelf if something (like Revolver II or scale)  piques my interest or indeed buying a digital copy.

Sorry, but best to be honest

Edited By Cuban8 on 27/09/2019 10:09:04

Chris Freeman 327/09/2019 10:53:05
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So many different requirements so I am glad I am not the editor having to try and please all the readers. I also see the comments regarding the adverts and this is a sure indication of the poor state of our hobby with fewer shops and manufacturers. In South Africa I have very little chance of getting a magazine if I subscribe and if bought at the local newsagent it would cost the equivilent of a good steak at a resturant! I also find it hard to read a digital version in the mens or bed.

Good luck to Kevin in his new role.

Colin Bernard27/09/2019 11:31:16
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I must admit I agree with a lot of the above. As someone with nearly 60 years in the hobby there was little in the special to interest me.

I usually look forward to the special each year for its free feature plan e.g. the Vulcan, but none of these plans are relevant to me.

Chris made the comment that he is glad he is not the editor trying to please all the readers. In my view there has been no attempt at all to please the well established aeromodeller, instead the whole magazine is targetted at the beginner and would have been better marketed as a special beginners edition, like some of the model railway mags do occasionally.

Sure we need to help and encourage new modellers, but there there also needs to be something to keep us veteran modellers interested too, or else I can see subscriptions are going to get cancelled!

Paul Marsh27/09/2019 15:46:23
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It's weird reading articles from the passed contributors, words from that person who is no longer with us.

On the subject, you can't please everybody, for me has no use as I know everything, anyway...cool, none of the models featured have my interest, but we all have to start somewhere...

Capt Kremen27/09/2019 16:09:52
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Revisiting this topic as the original author of the posting, I appreciate and concur with much that has been said.

Yes, I too am a 'seasoned' modeller and unlikely to build any of the plans in this 'Special'. My main point was that at least the magazine had some substance and content as opposed to the regular 'Advertorial' articles.

I think Cuban8 summed up the state of magazine(s) in general very well, Model Press and BMFA Mag especially so!

For the most part, 'we' are a mature (minority) bunch. Between us, have a wealth of diverse modelling experiences. What can a magazine, (on any subject), offer us that the 'World Wide Wonder' cannot deliver us in an instant at any time, on any topic etc. etc. (?) Yes, it is nice to have a book, a physical item in the hand, (we were brought up on that experience), but it is now restricted in what it can provide. Good or bad, multiple opinions, advice etc. are easily available online, this forum being a classic example.

As times have changed, I tend to consider 'RCM&E' as something to occasionally purchase to while away a train or plane journey where access to the net may not be possible.

As for 'New' modellers, if they are youngsters, (well much younger than most of us older flyers) their first port of call would probably be the www anyway!

 

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 27/09/2019 16:12:58

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