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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
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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
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
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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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