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Steve Dorling  |  Dec 11, 2006  |  0 comments
The model diesel engine is very close to my heart, so I'm always pleased to see a new one appear. I was eleven years old when I saw my first, this being when my very enlightened secondary school woodwork teacher started an aeromodelling club. Imagine today's angst-ridden teachers showing such initiative, with their hand-wringing fuss over health, wealth, safety and sorcery in this litigious age! Wandering aimlessly around the playground circa 1963 I became aware of a burping, rasping noise that turned out to be a small diesel running on a test bench outside the woodwork shop. A gaggle of curious pupils crowded around the teacher as he fiddled with the tommy bar, coaxing the engine up to speed.
Alex McMeekin  |  Nov 30, 2006  |  0 comments
Multiplex is a well-established manufacturer of proportional radio gear, and has traditionally been seen as a 'high end' brand. There's no doubting that they've always been at the forefront when new developments have arrived, for example end point adjustment, control input mixing, separate model memories and modular components. Plainly that has to be reflected in price, and the Multiplex R/C of yesteryear was always quite expensive. However, in the early '80s they began offering cut down versions of their radios at a more affordable price.
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.
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.
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.

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