First off, yes, I know it's spelt 'mettle'; it was an attempt at a pun. You'll see why shortly, although that won't make it any funnier. Sorry.
Spanish-based outfit Alumairplanes
have launched the first of a unique series of model aeroplanes – yes, the clue's in the comapny title. The Canadair CL-415
, which boasts a 2520mm wingspan, is made almost entirely from aluminium – including the wings, tail and fuselage. The model is supplied as an ARTF kit, leaving you to install the engines (two O.S. 120 four-strokes are recommended), servos, etc. before taking to the skies.
The Canadair is made to order, and therefore takes a maximum of 60 days to arrive following the initial order. She doesn't come cheap, weighing in at €2,499 – around £1,657 – plus postage, but there's no doubting that you'll be the talk of the club with one of these under your control. In addition, Alumairplanes are offering a 20% introductory discount at the moment; all orders made before the end of March will come in at €1,999 / £1,324 plus postage (around £109 to Great Britain, details for other countries available from Alumairplanes).
Orders can be made via the website
. Even if the Canadair doesn't tickle your fancy, however, be sure to keep an eye on Alumairplanes' future output – they're lining up a FW 190A amongst others.