As a long time aeromodeller I am familiar with flying radio control. I am also helping to build a full size Camel for the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden in Bedfordshire so this model has two interests for me.
In the winter we fly RC models indoor and so this camel was a must to try out, and was not disappointing.
It comes ready made in a neat package which displays the classic shape of the camel to perfection, and can be used to store the delicate structure in between sorties.
The transmitter is the normal 27hhz unit from Silverlit and has three switchable spots on that frequency. Therefore if a group of friends is buying some make sure you get A B & C so you can fly together.
Detail on the models is superb, the only slight quibble is the RFC roundels on the fuselage sides are, I believe, too far forward. Otherwise the Clerget rotary engine, twin Vickers machine guns, and undercarriage are authentic. Even the prop has a scale outline, and a spare is included. This is attached by means of a 'Prop saver' rubber band device to protect it in a heavy landing.
The rudder is actuated by a magetic coil which gives full left or right movement. To steer a quick dab of rudder is all that is needed as if it is held on it can cause a dive. A spare rudder is included and this just clicks in place making sure the 'top' is at the top or your left will become right!.
This model has caused a lot of interest at our indoor flying sessions at Horsforth, near Leeds, run by the Northern Area of The British Model Flying Association.
Although the model is lightweight it is surprisingly robust, and does need the space of a school hall, but is loads of fun.
The only small criticism is that a more modern radio on 2.4ghz would be an advantage, even only for the shorter transmitter aerial.
John Thompson, Chairman BMFA Northern Area.