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Old 09-06-2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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I just received the lastest issue of a rc aircraft magazine. It seems the mags now are just catalogs and any reviews of aircraft and/or power plants are always favorable. The planes alway flew easy and the engines never cut out in mid air. There's always a few (very few ) tips on building, repairing and flying. But there's lots and lots of advertising.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:58 AM   #2
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In my opinion, the best general RC magazine available today is "R/C Report". (

Loads of content, honest reviews, great columnists, much humour (sometimes silly) and just an all around good read. Read the introduction here:

I highly recommend it. It is one of only two RC mags I subscribe to. (The other is "Radio Control Jet International", for obvious reasons.) I subscribed to the "other" ones but dropped them years ago for the exact reasons stated above.

At $40.00US a year (for Canadian subscriptions, sent First Class) ($3.33US an issue) it's a bargain too!

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I just received the lastest issue of a rc aircraft magazine. It seems the mags now are just catalogs and any reviews of aircraft and/or power plants are always favorable. The planes alway flew easy and the engines never cut out in mid air. There's always a few (very few ) tips on building, repairing and flying. But there's lots and lots of advertising.
ADvertising, like on TV pays the bills. The subscription costs pay only a small portion of what it takes to get the magazines to print every month.

As for honest reviews, I can only speak of what I have first hand experience with, but I have certainly had engine's cut out on me or otherwise had some issues which were written about.

There is a newer magazine which I think is great (and I subscribe to as well as my own Fly RC)- it is called RC Sport Flyer. The editor, Will Byers, had a great (IMO) editorial about why model magazines write about good products and seldom about ones which are no good.

To be 100% honest, in todays market of radios, engines and aircraft - there really are none on the market that are "bad". I know its actually hard to find a crappy engine these days... at least all the ones I seem toget like to run well.

In terms of aircraft, how many today are really poorly manufactured and/or poor flyers? Hardly any. If you dislike a choice of certain hardware, or the covering is not up to standards, that is more than likely written about. But having a plane just be a total dud is probably not going to happen today. It would probably never see the marketplace.

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Old 09-06-2008, 04:14 PM   #4
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Most all ARF's these days are very nicely built and fly exceptionally well. I think the only real difference is in the amount of factory assembly. Quick Builds are becoming more and more common. IE Aeroworks for one, and planes like the new Carden Hangar 9 50 - 60 cc Yak 54 which leave little fitting and assembly to the buyer.

Theres really not a lot for a magazine to have to review other than the actual setup and flying. And of course the planes are going to fly well or it would not be worth a company donating a model for the review. Engines are pretty much the same story! Initially they are all going to run just fine. And again, a sport engine is going to be less money than a high performance competition engine for various reasons.

As for magazines, I no longer subscripe to any magazine. I will browze through the selection each month and if there is a particular review or article that appeals to me, I will purchase the individual copy of that magazine. Its not worth it to me to subscribe when I may only find the odd article that I like which may only happen with a particular mag 2 or 3 times a year.

Now to be completely honest, I do not recall seeing the mag Jim recommends, so I will have to keep my eye out for it and give it a look over! It may just be the one and only magazine I would care to subscribe to! Maybe!!
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Re: Magazines/Catalogs

I pretty much agree with WillyT. I have subscriptions but the longer I am in the hobby(2 years now) the more repetition there seems to be but not much about the building, repairing, setting up and modifying of the planes. It seems too many people just want to fly. My interest is in all areas of the hobby. I do like Fly RC and have only purchased 1 RC Sport Flyer, but it seems to want to offer a little more than just plane reviews. The ads are not a bad thing. They do keep subscription prices down and let you know about new products.
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