on the cover

With the show season on the cusp of kicking in, this, we thought, might be a good time to remind you of how show-going can enhance the hobby, a fact that the editor highlights in his photo report of last year's wonderfully diverse and colourful Woodspring Wings event. One of the many highlights was the aerobatic artistry displayed by flying buddies from the combined Az Aerosports and Renegade teams, of which this 107” Pilot Extra 300LX was a part. With Aaron (Azza) Stephens on the sticks you'll struggle to find a better model and pilot combo (page 12 – 18). Photo: Graham Ashby


free pro-plans

REVOLVER II

In days of old R/C autogyros had a habit of being a bit hit ‘n’ miss. Fortunately, thanks in no small part to Richard Harris and his numerous successful single rotor designs, times have changed. Stand by for another whirly winner from Mr Gyronut himself

GASSER

Ken Willard's design helped pave the way for today's 225mph modern pylon racers, and with a decent aerobatic performance to boot – Shaun Garrity banks and yanks... Sedately!


regulars

SWITCH ON

As Turbine Solutions takes on Wren Power Systems, we chat to Paul Hardman about his plans to merge operations and develop the range

COUNTERPOINT

Kits, blingy bits, gadgets and gimmicks. More brand-new tempters that just might take your fancy

ALL WRITE

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

GOING PLACES

With spring just about here, early-season events are appearing on the calendar at last. This, then, is the perfect time to plan your haymaking, for when the sun shines

R/C MARKETPLACE

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

NEXT ISSUE

FREE plans for a nifty vintage autogyro and a charismatic STOL, reviews of the Seagull Bearcat and FlightLine 1/8-scale F4U Corsair, plus jets, soaring, sport stuf f, all your favourite columns and heaps more


reviews

HAPPY T

Sporting a veneered foam wing, sheet tail surfaces and a glass fibre fuselage, Sunshine Modell's classically-styled aerobat would definitely have been labelled a quick-build kit back in the day. Not so now! Marco Penk takes the plunge and discovers an easy assembly and a remarkably well-mannered model

PROXXON MULTI-TOOL

So, just how long have you been ‘making do’ witht hat tatty collection of tired old hand drills, blunt bits and clapped-out clamps? Far too long we suspect! Well, perhaps it's time to tidy up your act? Mike Freeman suggests a tool that could comfortably kill two birds with one stone, and might even get another on the rebound


features

BEST IN THE WEST

For those who couldn't make it last year Graham Ashby of fers a photographic flavour of the 2018 Woodspring Wings bash and a timely reminder to make a note in your diary

BUCKER JUNGMANN

Oozing ‘30s charm yet possessing all the purposeful, workmanlike qualities of an aeroplane with an agenda, the Bu 131 is an understandably popular subject among modellers. Alex Whittaker catches up with a corker

FLY THE TRIANGLE

John Greenfield introduces a new thermal soaring class that's eminently accessible to almost anyone with a 3.5m span motor glider

KNOW YOUR RADIO

Flaperon and Snap-Flap; we've all heard about them what do they really do for us and when should we use them? Andy Ellison sheds some light

SNAP-FLAP MIXING

Flaperon and snap-flap; we've all heard about them but what do they really do for us and when should we use them?

WATT A DAY

Of f-beat aerodynes, of f-the-wall own designs and the merciless killing of an innocent Fokker. Alex Whittaker braves a blizzard to fly at the famed Rochdale Indoor Meet

TEST PILOT

The first flight of any model aeroplane is a slightly nail-biting occasion which, without due care and attention, can – and does – end in tears. With a measured approach, suggests Andy Sephton, it needn't be that way

JET JUBILEE

The Bellota Jet Meet (Spain) is a misnomer. Truth to tell, anything goes as long as it's big, beautiful and expensive. Spanish correspondent Arnaldo Correia reports from the 25th anniversary extravaganza

RADIO ROUND-UP

In this final résumé of radio systems David Ashby examines the choice that's available to those who demand the best and are quite prepared to pay for the privilege

TELEMETRY MULTI-SENSOR

Following his introduction to the Arduino microcontroller and his trial servo exerciser project, Chris Bott gets serious and builds a multiple parameter telemetry unit

PARTING SHOT

R/C through the lens


columns

JUST-F-FUN

David Ashby reports on a fine February, an unexpected opportunity for some early test flying, and a dose of pleasantly civilised hill soaring

RETRO RAMBLINGS

Famed for producing over 300,000 Bees, the E.D. company didn't just make engines. Shaun Garrity rolls back the years...

BENCH BLOG

Spurred on by the nostalgia of thumbing dog-eared Keil Kraf t catalogues, Tim Hooper relives boyhood dreams and creates an R/C version of a svelte control-liner from yesteryear

WIZARD OF OZ

Brian Winch turns the tables in search of a solution to an engine problem and offers to ‘serve’ in a game of Q&A tennis

WEEKENDERS

With model masked and spray gun in hand, an apprehensive Alex Whittaker hits the ‘paint’ button and buries some long-standing fears


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