RADIO CONTROL MODELS AND ELECTRONICS

December 2019

 

ON THE COVER...

As 2019 comes to a close we thought we would warm you up with a picture taken on a hot summer's day of the VQ Models Piper Tri-Pacer, reviewed in this issue by Mike Austin. Turn to page 18 for more information on this lovely looking light aircraft.

REGULARS

SWITCH ON

Latest drone registration news, plus a round-up of other model flying affairs

COUNTERPOINT

A fresh selection of new gadgets, kits and bits for your consideration

ALL WRITE

Readers’ letters. Have your say in RCM&E’s monthly chat room

PILOTS' PICTORIAL

Send us a picture of your favourite model and you could win a prize courtesy of 4-Max Models

GOING PLACES

The indoor flying season is now under way. Find out what’s going on in your area

R/C MARKETPLACE

Shift those unwanted airframes and engines, and splash out on a few new ones

NEXT ISSUE

Big Ben strikes! Have a look at what's coming in the first issue of RCM&E for 2020

PARTING SHOT

As Jon Harper's Curtiss HS-2L seaplane takes a dive, Chuck Clark captures it 'on film', so to speak.

 

REVIEWS

PIPER PA-22 TRI-PACER

Mike Austin assembles VQ Models’ version of an attractive Piper trike

 

FEATURES

MODEL MAGIC

Avro 504, a warrior turned trainer. Alex Whittaker is left slack jawed by Steve Jackson’s gorgeous scale biplane

FIXING MOTOR DIRECTION

The humble servo tester is one of the most useful bits of kit you’ll own and, as David Ashby describes, it’ll do more than just test servos

SUNSET SCALE

Alex Whittaker rubs shoulders with the hard men of scale during the Free Flight Scale Nationals at Barkston Heath

LIPO DISCHARGER

Complete discharging of a defunct LiPo is an essential element of the disposal process. Ian Perry comes up with a DIY solution

SLOPE SOARING SABRE

Join the Power Slope Soaring Association's Mass Build of the N.A. F-86 Sabre, described by Martin Gay, who designed the model together with Gordon Studley

 

COLUMNS

JUST FOR FUN

David Ashby takes his glider dolly slope soaring and works hard to reduce the UK’s stock of acetate sheet by moulding his own canopy

AEROBATIC SCENE

Top competition pilot Keith Jackson sets about keeping us better informed of developments with pattern style model aircraft

POWER PLAY

Mark Wood joins RCM&E as our new engine columnist. In his first article he investigates the reduced numbers of internal combustion engines at the flying field

MAKE IT SCALE

Triumphant at the Control Line Scale Nats, Danny Fenton reports from a sun soaked Barkston Heath

JET THRUST

Bob Petrie gets some air under his Panther’s wings and surveys a jet powered 3D demon

RETRO RAMBLINGS

Shaun Garrity remembers Remcon, a British manufacturer of kit-built R/C sets, made available via electronic hobby magazines in the UK and Europe

WEEKENDERS

Alex Whittaker discusses the practical uses of the bench test kit and field support gear that he has collected over many years

ON SILENT WINGS

Simon Cocker brings us another gliding column, including a Staffs scale slope do and his monster size build of an RCM&E pull-out plan

 

FREE PRO-PLAN

HW-4 FLAMINGO

For his next 1/5-scale glider design, Chris Williams turns to a Brazilian sailplane dating from 1947


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