So who's doing this reviewing then?
Well I've been building and flying or driving radio controlled models for over 40 years and during that time I like to think I've built up a reasonable amount of knowledge.
I'm also a qualified electronics engineer who has worked in radio frequency, analog, digital systems and software for more than three decades. In fact I designed and built my first RC set back in 1969.
For the past nine years I've also been involved in the design and manufacture of some rather sophisticated engine technology and UAV flight control systems.
So, chances are I've been there, done that and have a huge pile of tee shirts to prove it.
Right now I'm heavily into 3D flying and enjoy all aspects of the RC hobby. I may be old but I don't feel it.
In the Pipeline
Here's just a little bit of what's to come on this site...
RC explained: Demystifying terms such as PCM, PPM dual conversion, single conversion, full-range etc., this feature will explain it all.
Cheap Chinese Engines: Just how good are those cheap Chinese glow and gas engines that sell for half the price of their "brand-name" equivalent? I put several to the test.
Build your own radio gear?: Back in the old days, building your own RC gear was not uncommon and now the arrival of 2.4GHz has made it practical again.
WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE RC SCENE
RC vendors, do you have a new product or something that may interest the modelling community?
If so, please use the feedback page to contact me and if I think it's newsworthy I'll publish it here free of charge.
I have the ambitious intention of regularly updating this page with stuff that represents the latest news on the RC scene.
Whether it's an exciting new product, problems with an existing product or maybe an interesting event, it'll get published here.
Manufacturers who want their latest and greatest offerings mentioned here should contact me through the feedback page and I'll give you an email address to which you can send your press releases and other information.
- Good News: DSM starts hopping! 3 Feb 2011
- FrSky GUID problem? 1 Dec 2010
- FrSky issues recommended "fix" for DIY kit 21 Aug 2010
- Is HobbyKing freight-gouging? 17 Aug 2010
- Spektrum "compatible" receivers hit the market 26 May 2010
- Fake Spektrum receivers on the market? 23 May 2010
- UPDATED: What's causing the AR500 woes? 11 May 2010
- JR Now Pushing Its Frequency Hopping System 16 May 2010
- The new Futaba S.BUS 29 Mar 2010
- JR/Spektrum DSM2 Weakness Revealed 23 Feb 2010
- The Sorry State of Sino-2.4GHz Distribution 29 Jul 2009
- 2.4GHZ RC News 12 Jan 2009
- Hobby City stuffs up HXT 9320MG Servo supplies 27 June 2008
- China restricts export of LiPos 10 June 2008
- Are nitro supplies drying up? 5 June 2008
- 2.4GHz radio system test videos are here 9 May 2008
- Hobby City's pricing stuff-up upsets customers 11 Apr 2008
- XPS users hopping mad 20 March 2008
- Futaba FASST goes fubar 20 March 2008
Updated: 20 Sep 2012
Here's a blog that will keep you informed just what's going on behind the scenes at RC Model Reviews and also tells you a little more about myself.
23 Mar 2010
How come there's no compatibility between different brands of transmitters and receivers? Why can't you use a cheap Chinese receiver with your Futaba FASST radio?
4 Mar 2010
Since this has become a very frequently asked question, I've posted this simple guide to getting your product, or a product you're thinking of buying reviewed here at RCModelReviews
Useful information on what's inside your servos and how they work.
Important facts you should know about the oils that are used in our model engine fuels.
How well do five different 2.4GHz systems stack up when hit by interference? The answers are here, with more to come.
Yes it does work on model airplanes but there are some limitations involved with this bargain-basement radar speed gun.
These are possibly the world's worst servos, find out exactly why you should avoid these boat-anchors at any cost.
It's cheap but can it really stack up against other glow engines in the .90 market? Find out in this review.
How does this cheap 9-channel 2.4GHz radio system perform when compared to big-name systems that can cost two or three times as much? Have the Chinese finally developed a real contender with the iMax 9X?
Does all this 2.4GHz stuff have your head spinning?
I've done my best to demystify the whole subject so if you feel like a bit of learning, this is the stuff for you!
How can you tell when your engine needs new bearings? Who has the best prices and service on replacements? Just how do you change them? Get all that information and watch a great video tutorial anyone can follow.
The Chinese are now churning out a huge number of very reasonably priced no-name servos. But are they any good?
Nicad, NiMH, Li-Ion, LiPoly, LiFePO4, A123... the range of different battery types has never been greater. So how do they differ and what type should you be using?