ON THE COVER

When top-notch modelling and beautiful engineering are combined in the realisation of a scale aircraf t that, due to its many technical and structural challenges, is rare as hen's teeth on our flightlines, you have to give credit where it's due. And due it certainly is for Chris Peers and his shadowy cohort known only as Spartacus. The combined skills of these accomplished model aeronautical engineers has produced a replica to be savoured. Read all about it on page 44. Photo: Alex Whittaker


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LITTLE MISS HONKY TONK

A quick-build aerobatic sportster that's guaranteed to satisfy the needs of both seasoned pilot and the beginner moving on to their first aerobatic hack. Peter Miller's been busy again!

VERTIGO 2

Back in the day this was the shape of radio control model flying at the cutting edge of competition aerobatics. Frank van den Bergh's Vertigo 2 was fast, exciting and expensive. Today the classic 55” span low-winger can be built for beans. Shawn Garrity gets us fired up


regulars

SWITCH ON

David Ashby remembers friend and colleague Dave Burton, there's spaces at the Rotherham MFC and news of the 7th Jet Formation World Masters at which we Brits did rather well!

COUNTERPOINT

Kits, blingy bits, gadgets and gimmicks. Lock up yer wonga or risk losing it on impulse

ALL WRITE

Readers’ letters. Have your say in RCM&E's gentlemanly equivalent of Speakers’ Corner

GOING PLACES

Indoors is where it's at. Check out the latest and greatest undercover events, right here

R/C MARKETPLACE

Shift those unwanted airframes and splash out on a few new ones, you're worth it

NEXT ISSUE

Rich Harris is back with a plan for Piper's classic workaday crop sprayer, we've a free-flight glider conversion for you, a pattern ship review, plus all your favourite columns and oodles more


reviews

FUTABA T12K

Top end Tx envy is something we all succumb to from time to time but, deep down, we know what's good for us. Mike Freeman tests Futaba's Ford Cortina of the transmitter world

MPX CHALLENGER

Having announced that a new Multiplex Shockie was up for grabs, David Ashby could hardly be contained in his bid to reach the front of the queue

KEIL KRAFT GIPSY

On the basis that nostalgia sells Ripmax has recently introduced a handful of classic free-flight rubber designs. However, on the basis that you no longer wish to run around a wet field chasing said model, Arnaldo Correia has introduced a few modifications

ENYA 15CX

Marco Penk discovers a versatile, diminutive two-stroke that punches well above its weight in terms of both quality and performance


features

HIGH SUMMER SIZZLER

Says Alex Whittaker of the LMA's 2018 extravaganza: “It was a big, beefy, bouncy, behemoth, blowout, blessed with bounteous bumper weather.” By ‘eck, you'd better take a look

10 TOP TIPS...

Tissue covering needn't be the preserve of old guard free-flight and vintage enthusiasts, it's dead easy to apply and can look great on R/C models. David Ashby gets us started

SHOCKIE TACTICS

Fifteen years after they first appeared, David Ashby examines the world of shock flyers and explains why he thinks you should have one in your hangar

PILOTS’ PICTORIAL

Send us a shot of your latest and greatest and we'll show the world

MIGHTY MARTLET

A Grumman Wildcat in all but name, Alex Whittaker has the low-down on an aeroplane that's rarely modelled

LAW OF THE LANDING

It's the one manoeuvre we really ought to get right yet it's so often neglected; dare we say, left to the last minute? Andy Blackburn steps up to offer some advice

STRAIGHTEN UP & FLY RIGHT

As Lee Schofield reports, the appeal of electronic flight stabilisers extends far beyond the training stage

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SNAP HAPPY

It's true, anyone can take a photograph but there's a world of difference between a snap shot and a carefully composed image. Mike Freeman returns to add a bit of science

PARTING SHOT

R/C through the lens


columns

MAKE IT SCALE

Visible servo arms and control horns can blight an otherwise superb scale model – Danny Fenton goes under cover

WIZARD OF OZ

Reaching an editorial milestone, Brian Winch pauses for reflection before disseminating more words of wisdom

SILENT WINGS

Simon Cocker looks at the emergence of a young slope star before slipping off to a couple of shows

WEEKENDERS

Alex Whittaker gets all rueful about New Year Resolutions and attempts to de-clutter his R/C life

JUST-F-FUN

Could this be the year of the antenna-less receiver? David Ashby ponders this, and more


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