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Old Apr 22, 2007, 03:26 AM
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I will never buy an RC magazine again

All I see are 3d planes "hovering" (vomit sound) and helicopters hovering inverted . a real waste of good paper.
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 03:30 AM
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What mag did you buy?
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 04:34 AM
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Absolutely the best RC magazine that is dedicated to electric power is the British magazine 'Quiet & Electric Flight International'.

It has everything, small foamies to big balsa, kits, ARFs, 3D, 4D, sport, scale, EDF, helis, gliders of all classes, reviews, tech stuff, indoor, outdoor, free plans and more. And, there's great articles that you can auctually learn something from. N. American input as well.

The only rag I buy, not cheap, but some of the plans are worth 20 bucks.

Can't find it? Do a google.
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 05:25 AM
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Yup. Going to stop my Fly RC and Model Airplane News this year. They are both crap....
I think I will fall back to the, pick up a rag while at the hobby shop routine again....

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Old Apr 22, 2007, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Ronald Dobbs
All I see are 3d planes "hovering" ............
It might be fun to do, but it sure is boring to watch.

I won't buy another magazine. There's so much good information here I don't need to.
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 08:06 AM
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Q&EFI is the best, right along with Quiet Flyer.

RCGroups will never be able to replace a magazine....Or vise versa.

Thank goodness, as I like both forms of news and information.
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 08:07 AM
who has rabbit ears down
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Yo Doc Itotally agree with you IF your talkin about USA printing!
I even cancelled a "best" video game mag because even with the new expensive machine wars THEY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY!!! Just part3-4-5 of some old dumb junk!
I'mshifting my new allotment of allowance to Quiet And Electric Flight- you definately get what you pay for there!!
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 08:31 AM
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RCM and E is a pretty good UK mag as electric flights gets more popular they seem to be featuring more and more of it. Its has lots of good technical stuff and fabrication techniques, normally has free plan (quite often for an electric plane) and most of the reviews concerntrate on testing planes in the way they will be used by the majority of people that buy them rather then wringing out a full on 3d show that only a few of us can actually do. They also do a lot of features where they visit manufacturers and retaillers in the hobby and give you some background on them.
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 08:34 AM
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I like the focus/content in Quiet Flyer too. They all suffer from the difficulty in distinguishing the ads from the reviews (link).
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 09:32 AM
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I agree that seeing pics of AIRPLANES hovering (isn't that a helicopter???) is extremely boring, and have mentioned that to the editor at MAN. They are aware that they have quite a few in the magazine, but also that a lot of readers apparently LIKE to see that a model is able to do that.
I can only speak for my involvment with MAN and QF, but they have a lot of people to please. Isues cannot be 100% scale, 3D, Aero, Heli, ARF, Scratchbuilt, etc. They have to try to conform an issue to a certain theme.
For instance, my Hurricane design in coming up in MAN, and a review I did of the FSK Me262 as well. THe SPit will be included soon. These have to wait until there is an issue leaning toward scale, not 3D, or giants, etc.
As boring as I find prop-hangers, I would say give them another chance, and voice your opinion to the editors as well. They publish what the people report to them that they want to see. Without feedback, they have no idea what to run.
It's a tough job pleasing everyone

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Old Apr 22, 2007, 10:01 AM
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I guess the model mags need so many ads that they look like bad catalogs and must have way to many "gee whiz" articles and pics of things that are supposed to attract new young readers. If they only charged a couple of dollars per issue you wouldn't feel like you were looking at a throw away that you payed $5.00 for.
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 10:28 AM
Yes, right there.
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I love the reviews in model mags! Every plane released is easy to build, tracks great and 'goes where you point it!' We're on the cutting edge! :-p
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 11:08 AM
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Model aviation has got to be the worst. I understand that some people are still flying control line. The question is, why?
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 11:17 AM
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Bingo, SpleenRippa.

How can you trust a print reviews from a rag that never points out inherant design flaws or at least recommend ways to circumvent problems during a build. Now THAT would be of some value.

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Old Apr 22, 2007, 11:21 AM
I'm all about that bass
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I suggest Model Aviation then if you don't like one area exceeding coverage

Model Avaiation is great. Coverage on all kinds of model aviation, including the hovering. There was an article this month on hovering (profile brotherhood) but lots of other good articles (including an interview with rcgroups own TFLG, Laird).

Good stuff. I enjoy it every time it comes each month.

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