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Frank Skilbeck  |  Aug 24, 2020  |  0 comments
Aero-Naut are a German model company that have been manufacturing a wide range aircraft and boat kits since the 1930s, their kits exuding quality and thoroughness, the cartoon scale Luscombe Silvaire 8 being a fine example. I say cartoon scale as, for ease of building, the model uses a square section fuselage rather than the monocoque oval construction of the full size. The full size, incidentally, broke new ground when introduced in 1937 as it used an all metal fuselage with a fabric covered wing and no wood in its construction, with all metal sheeted wings being introduced in 1946. The aero-naut version, unlike the full size, is of all wood construction and designed for electric power with a 350-watt power train using a 3 or 4S LiPo of around 3,000 mAh.
Peter Miller  |  Aug 13, 2020  |  0 comments
Back in the old days, many plans had a materials list included on the drawing - and it’s been suggested that it would be good to reintroduce the idea. However, even if future plans do incorporate such a list there are thousands of old ones that don’t, leaving the builder to work out what materials are needed. The materials list of yore was only ever a loose guide, because some people use more wood than others. For example, one individual might cut a set of wing ribs from two sheets of wood by carefully interleaving them, whereas someone else might use the ‘solid block’ method of cutting them out, which uses far more wood.
David Ashby  |  Jul 25, 2020  |  0 comments
Our (usually) roving reporter, Alex Whittaker continues his lockdown virtual model event series with a look back at just a fraction of the best bits from the LMA's Cosford mega show
David Ashby  |  Jul 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Like many print media titles, RCM&E experienced overseas distribution problems during the pandemic lockdown. Accordingly the May and June issues were not sent to our overseas readers, although subscriptions were extended by 2 months to compensate for this. We do appreciate that some readers were upset by this decision. Accordingly the pull-out plans from the two issues can now be downloaded by clicking on the links below, and the accompanying build articles can be viewed in the subscriber's digital archive via this website.
David Ashby  |  Jun 15, 2020  |  0 comments
Danny Fenton has been asked for more information on the R/C conversion of his little Vintage Model Company SE5a. He converted this free flight model by fitting the radio and motor from a rather tired ParkZone micro indoor model. Key to moving the control surfaces is a pull-pull set-up using 1lb fishing line that is super light.
Simon Cocker  |  Jun 05, 2020  |  0 comments
Graham Ashby (RCM&E former editor) has reviewed a number of scale models from the Freewing range in the past and when chatting to him he’s been genuinely passionate about his collection of foam warbirds. He convinced me that with care they can be kept pristine, being structurally sound enough to absorb a degree of knocking about and able to withstand some aerial abuse, with flight performances providing the real scale effect of the type. His positivity warmed me to the whole concept of an EPO-based RTF, which opened the door to ticking off an item on my bucket list. For many years I’ve harboured the desire to fly an L-39, be it jet-powered or a big PSS, and with Freewing’s EDF version purporting to offer sport-style performance in a scale package it seemed just the ticket, particularly as it will take off from short-grass runways, which is all I have at my disposal.
David Ashby  |  May 21, 2020  |  0 comments
The Pitts Special should need no introduction. The prototype first flew in 1944 and went on to become an aviation classic. If you’ve ever seen one, then you’ll know how tiny it is. FMS have emulated the two-seat S2 version but even that spans just 20ft, making this 1.4m span model a respectable 1/4-scale, give or take.
David Ashby  |  May 20, 2020  |  0 comments
First published in June 2000 issue of RCM&E, Chatterbox 2000 is Ray Wood's update on Vic Smeed's delightful cabin wing design for a 1958 issue of Aeromodeller. The plan can be purchased from Sarick Hobbiesand the article pages can be downloaded below. DATAFILE Name: Chatterbox 2000 Designed by: Vic Smeed/Ray Wood Wingspan: 40" Wing Chord: 6. 5" Fuselage Length: 30" Overall Height: 9" Motor Used: 280 Geared (J.
Martin Bedding  |  Apr 23, 2020  |  0 comments
By definition, the stall is a condition whereby the angle of attack increases to a point where lift begins to decrease (‘angle of attack’ is the angle of the wing leading edge in relation to the horizontal). It’s not only at a low power setting when a stall situation will occur, it can happen at any power setting, even full power if the angle of attack is increased beyond the point of lift. For example, it’s possible to experience a power stall in a (full-size) light aircraft, whereby the nose of the aircraft is raised and at the same time power applied; continue to pull back on the elevator, and at a given point the nose will drop away very abruptly. If you want to experience this situation for yourself, make sure you have an experienced pilot at the controls and are at a point several thousand feet above the ground.
David Ashby  |  Apr 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Andrew Hinton built his beautiful Blackburn Monoplane from scratch, based on the David Boddington plans. She is built to 1/4-scale and spans 96”, powered by a Laser 150. Andrew’s model is a faithful version of the example based at the Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden.

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