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.
David Ashby  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments
If you've never flown R/C before then you must learn to fly on something suitable to your status as a novice. You need a trainer, and I reckon the Cessna from Seagull Models fits the bill perfectly. Over the years the high-wing configuration seen on the Cessna has proven to be the ideal platform for beginners, providing the stability and benign handling characteristics required. Such a model is, in essence, pretty straightforward, yet there's more to a trainer than simply sticking the wing on top of the fuselage.
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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