It’s the May 2020 issue preview



ON THE COVER – 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.


SWITCH ON – What's making the news in and around the wonderful hobby of model flying

COUNTERPOINT – Another fresh batch of new gadgets, kits and bits from popular suppliers

PILOTS' PICTORIAL – Show others your latest pride and joy in our gallery page of readers' models

ALL WRITE – Have your say in our monthly readers' letters pages

GOING PLACES – Summer model flying events hove into view

MARKETPLACE – Advertise your unwanted kits, bits, engines and radios

NEXT ISSUE – A brief taster of what to expect in the June issue

PARTING SHOT – Our end of mag spotlight falls on an impressive Boeing airliner


SONIK RC MUSTANG – Hot on the heels of their micro Cub, SonikRC have released a sweet little mustang. David Ashby heads for the park


BLACKBURN MONOPLANE – Alex Whittaker examines Andrew Hilton’s highly characterful Type D 38 

TIGER MOTH – Arnaldo Correia pores over João Pereira’s superb 1/3 scale DH.82A, which took four years to complete.

A WINTER'S TALE – Alex Whittaker visits the BMFA NW Area Manchester Velodrome Fun Fly for a friendly and well-regarded indoor event

SIGMA – A bonus pull-out centre section plan as Shaun Garrity revisits a 45in span R/C glider that packs away into a handy carry case.

WOT 40! – 40 years on, David Ashby finds designer Chris Foss still cutting WOT4 kits

RECYCLE YOUR MICRO DRONE – Shaun Garrity suggests a fun use for old micro drones whilst waiting for an indoor flying slot


JUST FOR FUN – David Ashby admires some fine warbird twins, talks crow and finds a new wind meter

RETRO RAMBLINGS – 60 years young! Shaun Garrity looks back at the aeromodelling scene when RCM&E was first published

BENCH BLOG – Tim Hooper builds Sunbird, an e-soarer with Bird of Time styling

TECH 'N' TOOLS – Despite supply problems from virus hit countries new tech is making it through. Lee Schofield takes a look at recent arrivals

WEEKENDERS – According to Alex Whittaker eco-awareness dovetails nicely with traditional modelling techniques

ON SILENT WINGS – Simon Cocker returns with his column for all kinds of model gliders


YAK 9 – Designed for the adrenaline fuelled rush of Aircombat, Timo Starkloff’s compact Yak brings the promise of streamer cutting fun

SIMPLES MAX – Mike Bell offers up an outdoor version of his Simples flying wing, with a separate tail that echoes the style of 1970s C/L combat models

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