RCME Staff

RCME Staff  |  Feb 12, 2021  |  2 comments
As may be apparent, we've updated our RCM&E magazine website and Model Flying forums. The previous website/forum had reached the end of its life and could no longer be upgraded or kept secure.

The RCM&E website and Model Flying forums are now each on their own dedicated platforms and you can log in and out of each one independently. Here is some useful information for using the new sites.

RCME Staff  |  Mar 02, 2020  |  0 comments
We had a great time last year, so we thought we'd do it all again and, this time, the event will mark the magazine's 60th anniversary too! We’ve decided to resurrect the relaxed, friendly format, again at the BMFA National Centre, Buckminster. We love the place, it’s bang on the money and for those who haven’t seen it, take our word for it, the facilities are top-notch. We love the immaculate flying site, the campsite, the new showers too, and we’ve even ordered good weather. Do bring your new designs (as prospective plans for the magazine) as we'll have magazine photographers at the event along with any historic or interesting models you'd like to share.
RCME Staff  |  Jan 02, 2020  |  0 comments
1. Aerodynamic appreciation. You don’t have to become an aerodynamicist, but it helps if you can appreciate some of the basic principles of flight and how they affect your model’s performance. Do you know why aircraft stall? What about the difference between ground speed and air speed, and why differing wing sections work the way they do? Having a good general appreciation of what can affect an aeroplane’s flying characteristics is something that most aeromodellers develop over time, yet any extra you can do to enhance your aerodynamic awareness is all to the good.
RCME Staff  |  Aug 07, 2019  |  0 comments
1. Big-bang bands. In the ‘good’ old days, band spattering 27 Megacycle transmitters and superegen receivers had to be used one at a time, owing to serious interference issues with two models airborne together. CB radio didn’t help much but, fortunately, these days we have two very reliable, legal frequencies in both 35MHz and 2.
RCME Staff  |  May 30, 2019  |  0 comments
on the cover Flightline is a company that's gaining something of a reputation for doing things properly. Twelve or eighteen months ago it made its mark in the UK with a 1600mm Spitfire Mk. IX which displayed many of the subtle details that define the famous fighter but that so many manufacturers fail to appreciate. It's been a popular model and as time passed all eyes focussed on Flightline's website in anticipation of a follow-up.
RCME Staff  |  May 02, 2019  |  0 comments
on the cover Foam. Love it or loathe it you have to be impressed by some of the models that are turned out in the stuf f these days. The new Arrows range has raised a few eyebrows and with 3S batteries costing buttons the new 1200mm warbirds have really hit the spot. You see, not only do we all (well, most of us) have a handful of 3S packs, the 2200mAh jobs are low enough in capacity to make field charging eminently practical.
RCME Staff  |  Apr 02, 2019  |  0 comments
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.
RCME Staff  |  Mar 08, 2019  |  0 comments
on the cover Large, majestic and utterly lovely, our lead feature this month takes a close look at a brace of 1/9-scale Canadair CL-215 water bombers, built by Luís Montenegro and José Lumbreras from the Clube Vuelo a Vela Fontefría of Galícia, in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Spain. At 126” span, powered by twin O. S. GF40 single cylinder petrol engines, both are impressively large examples of the firefighting flying boat and are frequently flown in their natural environment.
RCME Staff  |  Feb 08, 2019  |  0 comments
JAMMIN' “Whilst removing a propeller from my model I encountered a jammed collet-type prop adaptor”, writes Henry Leong from Brisbane, Australia. “This wasn't the first time this had happened, and the subsequent firm, twisting and tapping required to separate the tapered outer collar from its shaft is always a worry, risking damage to the airframe. What I needed was a set of claw-like fingers, precise enough to pull the outer collar whilst a central finger pushes the collet shaft in the opposite direction. Memories of my dad's crank pulley removal tool flashed past and I came up with an improvised tool that would act as a very effective collet puller, based on a (cheap) skeleton-type caulking gun from my local hardware store.
RCME Staff  |  Feb 07, 2019  |  0 comments
ON THE COVER To coincide with the UK debut of the Arrows Hobby foamie warbird range, Graham Ashby gives the Grumman F8F Bearcat a run for its money and concludes that it's not half bad. Spanning 1100mm and suitable for the benchmark 3S 2200mAh LiPo, it's a warbird with practicality and performance written all over it. Read our full review, undertaken all weathers and all conditions, on page 12 and see if you don't fancy one yourself. Photo: David Ashby free pro-plans STARSTREAM 2 Originally designed in the late 1960s, Ray Malmström's unorthodox free-flight ducted fan design has been given a modern R/C makeover.

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