Alex Whittaker

Alex Whittaker  |  Feb 11, 2022  |  0 comments

Alex Whittaker takes a sideways glance at our beloved hobby and is thoughtful...

When I look back at the 1970s, I am amazed how things have changed. As a young bachelor (remember that word?) I used to get up early on a Sunday morning. Down dusty lanes not far from the sea at Southport, I would drive unmolested into deliciously flat and un-encumbered rural West Lancashire. I would knock on a random farmer’s door and ask if I could fly my Keil Kraft Outlaw over his land.

Alex Whittaker  |  Dec 08, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker looks at some simple sheet balsa wood working techniques.

Perversely, although the flying field is open, the wind is light and the sun is shining, I have been back at my bench.

Alex Whittaker  |  Dec 03, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker revisits a superb model which debuted at LMA Cosford 2015.

The P-47 Thunderbolt needs no introduction to scale modellers. She is easily the most modelled scale subject on the UK warbird circuit and always has a good showing at club scale meetings.

Alex Whittaker  |  Nov 24, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker twangs on his Marigolds and gets to grips with cleaning up a much loved but tatty sports model.

Most radio modellers are 'Airframe Retentive'. I have had always had trouble throwing out old models, partially pranged models or those high-hours airframes that just need a little tender loving care. Like Darling Greta, I do want to save the planet. Mainly so that I can carry on flying endlessly repairable, eco-friendly balsa wood and glow plug engined models.

Alex Whittaker  |  Oct 28, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker delves into a scale masterpiece from the secretive 'Spartacus', his 118-inch span Miles Gemini

Conceived as a four-seater light touring aircraft the Miles Messenger twin first flew on the 26th October 1945. The prototype was powered by a Blackburn Cirrus Minor engine. It was of wooden construction and had a retracting undercarriage.

Alex Whittaker  |  Oct 13, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker takes a virtual visit to the centre of The Single Channel Cult

This long, drab, heartless Covid imposition has separated me from my friends over t’ Pennines in Yorkshire. Ah, Yorkshire, where men are men and allus’ buy their own pints. Anyway, my mates from God’s Own County share at least one passion with this here Lancashire Lad. Aye, at Pontefract they keep alight the sacred flame of all things Single Channel.

Alex Whittaker  |  Jun 24, 2021  |  0 comments
In a Model Magic double header, Alex Whittaker celebrates two models from ace scale man, Gerhard Reinsch

I was told about the death of Gerd Reinsch in early August 2020. Gerhard was loved by many involved with the UK large scale model circuit. His lovely manner and ready sense of humour endeared him to his many UK fans. Most of all, he was famous for his large scale, highly detailed model aircraft which he flew with consummate skill.

Alex Whittaker  |  May 28, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker admires Ken Sheppard’s ex-ARTF cartoon scale Italian trimotor

The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk) first flew in September 1934. It was a low-wing, triple-engine cantilever monoplane of wood and metal construction. Operated as a medium bomber it was easily recognisable by its distinct fuselage hump. Indeed, its crews, who generally seemed to like the aircraft, dubbed the design 'il gobbo maledetto', or damned hunchback.

Alex Whittaker  |  Mar 30, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker celebrates Indoor F/F scale models and recommends them as possible winter projects

Some of the sweetest model aeroplanes I have ever seen in my life have been indoor free-flight scale models. There is something intensely appealing about their cute size, their accurate but tiny proportions and, most of all, their cleverly judged level of detail.

Alex Whittaker  |  Oct 31, 2019  |  0 comments
Even apparently simple things, like starting an engine, often assume a good bit of inter-related background knowledge. Of course, the problem for the newcomer is acquiring that know-how quickly. So, I want to look at the underlying fundamentals one by one and then go though a typical and practical start-up procedure step-by-step. Buckle up tight in the back now! We’ll be starting a standard sport glow engine in the modelling equivalent of the missionary position.

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