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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.
Andy Ellison  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
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Steve Sales  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
When I was asked to review a model for this special publication I was told that I could choose what I liked, provided it was an ARTF (Almost Ready To Fly) low-wing trainer that would perform well on a . 46 two-stroke engine. A difficult choice? Not really! Having had some experience with the Seagull range I knew exactly the model to go for. The Pilatus PC-9 was my first low-wing aeroplane, it proved a great choice for helping me hone my flying skills and it remains a good choice for pilots taking that first post-trainer step.
David Ashby  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
A decent charger will save you a fortune in potential airframe breaks I want to explain how a good quality charger will one day save your model. If you're expecting an explanation of how batteries work then you'll be disappointed, as I tend to commit to memory only the facts that I need to know. I don't need to know about the chemical reactions within battery cells, but I do need to know how to look after them properly and what signs to observe in their charging / conditioning process. TERMINAL REASONING Batteries are funny old things, and I reckon that more models are lost through battery failure than anything else.

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