Gibbs Guides was created
by Andrew Gibbs, fusing
his passion for writing
with a desire to help and
better connect with fellow
Andrew’s been an enthusiastic
modeller since he was a
small boy in the early 1970s,
and has accumulated a wide
breadth of experience with
many types of RC models,
electric power models including
radio controlled electric
aircraft of many types,
as well as electric power
boats, hovercraft, helicopters
An early teacher’s report wrote “Andrew must learn there
is more to life than trains and planes”. This teacher had a point,
but so far nothing has succeeded in dampening his enthusiasm for transport
of all kinds, especially the model variety, and especially electric powered
Andrew is a model flying instructor at CADMAC,
one of the largest model flying clubs in the UK and frequently helps club
members with their electric power models. Some years ago he designed and
built a three-head electric RTP system which he uses to help young modellers
learn about aeromodelling.
As well as being the name
behind Gibbs Guides, Andrew
also writes a regular electric
column called "Talking
Electrics" for AMI
This monthly feature is
written in his usual approachable
and friendly style, with
an emphasis on electric
modelling education. He
also carries out product
evaluations and reviews
from time to time. He has
also had his work featured
in magazines such as RCM&E,
Scale Models, and others.
well as being a keen aeromodeller, his career has included periods spent
working as a flying club instructor, air taxi pilot on a twin engine Piper
Navajo Chieftain, airline pilot and corporate jet pilot.
He has a degree in transport
design and in 1989 designed
White Diamond, an innovative
high performance microlight
design concept. A detailed
model of the design was
exhibited both at London’s
Design Centre and at Expo90,
a Japanese design exhibition
showcasing the best of British
Design. White Diamond was
also featured in magazines
such as Flight International,
Design and Engineering.
In addition to Andrew’s aviation experience, he also has experience
as a classroom educator, having taught in schools and lectured in product
design at a university.
All this experience and more goes into each and every Gibbs Guide!
consultant to Gibbs Guides is Toni Reynaud. Toni is also a keen
modeller of many years’ standing and has long experience in
writing technical documentation as well as testing and evaluating
electrical and electronic equipment. He spent the early part of
his career in the Royal Air Force as an electronics technician and
instructor, and the latter part in a spacecraft production company
in a technical documentation and instructional capacity.
Now retired, Toni has returned to aeromodelling and is now teaching
himself aerobatics using an electric model. Toni lives with his
wife in Hampshire, not far away from Andrew.
How did Gibbs Guides get started?
Andrew started Gibbs Guides in 2005 in response to a model distributor’s
request for a battery charger instruction manual. This assignment led
to the first Gibbs Guide, the best selling User
Friendly Guide to the Super Nova, for the popular battery charger
of the same name on sale 2002 - 2005. Since then, he’s gone on to
expand the range to its present size, with more guides on the way.
Recently, following a serious health challenge Andrew has developed an
appreciation of the power of natural health; new guides on this subject
are expected in the future.