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My Credentials
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.


Build your own 2.4GHz RC system


DIY RC system

Back in the early days of radio control, many of the systems used by keen RC fliers were home-built.

People built their own RC gear for any number of reasons...

Firstly, there were very few commercial sets on the market and those that could be purchased were very expensive. Building your own put RC within the reach of many folks who could otherwise never have afforded such a system.

build your own RC system

Secondly, a great deal of fun and satisfaction can be gained by building your own RC system.

However, in the 1980s, companies like Futaba, JR and Hitec started making very high quality RC systems that didn't cost the earth. Suddenly there seemed little point in making your own gear - and so few people did.

So why would you want to make your own RC system today?

Perhaps for the very same reasons that people used to all those years ago.

Thanks to advances in electronics, it's now easier than ever to make your own RC equipment, which means that if you're a bit of tinkerer with an interest in electronics, you might just be able to knock up your very own 2.4GHz RC system.

As you can see from the pictures shown here, I have already done much of the design and construction work on a simple yet powerful RC system that could be built by any keen hobbyist. I have published this page to find out if there's enough interest to warrant turning this project into a full-blown DIY project for RCModelReviews readers.

This system will be based on the readily available and fairly cheap XBeePro 2.4GHz modules (just like XPS) and will be suitable for most types of sport models. Due to the limitations of the XBeePro modules however, I would not recommend it for large, fast or expensive models due to the limited frequency agility the XBee modules allow.

It will be a full-range eight-channel spread spectrum RC system that will equal or surpass the performance of Assan, iMax and XPS systems.

If you're interested, please take a moment to register your interest using the feedback page.

build your own RC system

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The Blog

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.

How compatible are 2.4GHz RC systems?

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?

How to get a product reviewed here

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

How servos work

Useful information on what's inside your servos and how they work.

The Good Oil

Important facts you should know about the oils that are used in our model engine fuels.

Heads-Up: 2.4GHz RC systems tested

How well do five different 2.4GHz systems stack up when hit by interference? The answers are here, with more to come.

Review: Bushnell's $80 Speed Gun

Yes it does work on model airplanes but there are some limitations involved with this bargain-basement radar speed gun.

Review: TowerPro MG995 servo

These are possibly the world's worst servos, find out exactly why you should avoid these boat-anchors at any cost.

Review: SK90


It's cheap but can it really stack up against other glow engines in the .90 market? Find out in this review.

Review: iMax 9X 2.4GHz radio

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?

2.4GHz Explained

Does all this 2.4GHz stuff have your head spinning? 2.4GHz

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!

Fix That Engine!

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.

Chinese Servos - How do they stack up?


The Chinese are now churning out a huge number of very reasonably priced no-name servos. But are they any good?

Baffled by batteries?

Batteries 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?

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