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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 AT RCMODELREVIEWS.COM
20 Sept 2012: Spring (at last)
Spring is here in the Southern hemisphere and I'm hoping the issues that have plagued my flying access have been resolved.
As a result of the good weather and "settling down" of things at the local field, I'm now back on track to get those "unfinished" projects and reviews done.
The long-awaited FPV backpack PC board build-video is up and I'm working furiously on the other outstanding videos/pages.
Wecome to the blog
I've started this blog page to keep regular visitors informed as to what I've been doing and what's coming up on the site.
But first I thought I should provide a little more of an introduction to myself.
I am an inveterate modeller, tinkerer and techno-glutton. If it involves technology and science, I want to know about it and I want to know how (well) it works. So producing this website was a natural opportunity for me.
But if you want to get to know me better, take a look at the Jet Dragster episodes of ScrapHeap Challenge that someone has put up on You Tube.
I am Bruce Simpson, "expert" for The Destroyers. It was me who designed and helped build the pulsejet engine we used on this episode and the one who was ultimately stupid enough to drive it.
Scrapheap Challenge: Jet Racers
And here's a YouTube video of one of my other creations, a huge twin-jet powered dragster driven (this time) by Temuera Morrison (you may have seen him in Star Wars and a few other movies. I'm the one in the blue overalls starting the beast up.
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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?