Airborne has closed!

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of a great magazine. After 46 years and 247 issues the curtain has fallen, due in no uncertain terms to the buying habits of aero modellers forsaking their traditional bricks & mortar hobby shop for the vagaries of a quick and sometimes questionable purchase from an Internet site.


These purchasing habits may seem innocent enough, but when these purchases are multiplied, they affect the entire industry from the local manufacturer, (yes, we did have quite a few once!) the wholesalers, the retailers and of course their window to you, our Airborne readers.


Next time you wonder why there is no longer a hobby store near you or a hobby magazine to read, check your buying habits and ask "where can I get sound advice, a friendly face and all the nick knacks that are needed for a model in one place?" If you answer it used to be my local store but it has gone, then more likely you are part of the problem.


Support the shops that are still here because without your support the will not be here much longer. Fly safe and goodbye from us all at Airborne.

From The Magazine

Bucker Jungmeister

Bucker Jungmeister

Flight Test Seagull Models Bucker Jungmeister by Keith Quigg For most aviation enthusiasts, biplanes portray an evergreen era of nostalgia when ever they’re mentioned or seen airborne. Even the very latest slick and slippery Pitts Python can trace its ancestry ...

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The Silver Centenary

The Silver Centenary

The Silver Centenary A One Off Australian Original by Dieter Prussner My first encounter with this unique and historic aeroplane came by pure chance in 2009 when visiting an open garden day at the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm ...

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Sig Four-Star 60

Sig Four-Star 60

Sig Four-Star 60 by Adrian Wall From my building board comes yet another full build kit from the masters of traditionally constructed wooden model planes, SIG, and this time the Four-Star 60. Essentially SIG make 3 versions of this same ...

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RCGF 10CC

RCGF 10CC

The RCGF engine company is well established with a good range of single and twin cylinder engines ranging from, at this stage, 10 cc to 60 cc, a selection providing the power for a majority of aircraft sizes. I have ...

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FMS F3A EXPLORER

FMS F3A EXPLORER

Do you like flying aerobatics?   FMS have developed an excellent, relatively small model for pilots who would like to fly serious precision aerobatics.  It should be great for those who want to give F3A pattern aerobatics a try and for ...

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P-47G Razorback

P-47G Razorback

FMS have reproduced this impressive aircraft in a 1-metre span scale model that has both impressive features and performance. The P-47 was a huge fighter. It weighed over 4000kg empty and had a maximum take-off weight of nearly 8000kg. It ...

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F22 Raptor EDF

F22 Raptor EDF

From any angle it shows off its unique de- sign and “stealth” appeal. For those lucky enough to be present at the recent Avalon 2015 air show, the example on display was more than enough to get the blood racing! ...

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LARCS Jet Turbine Day

One of my good mates, Jim Kalokerinos, just happens to be the President of LARCS – Logan Area Radio Control Society. Jim is a pretty good mover and shaker in this club, located half way between Brisbane and the Gold ...

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Gratton Air International 2014

This year saw the 2nd attempt at getting this event really off the ground. If you recall, last year adverse wet weather played a major part in affecting the event. Well the weather gods seemed to be even keener to ...

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