Any one fly model planes?

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    Cope Fusing with fire

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    Been flying model aircraft (rotor and fixed wing) for about 10 years.


    If you do you know how it goes, run out of air speed or altitude and bad things happen.

    This was one of my favorite planes. Precision aerobatics addiction.
    I had her for about 5 years when I lost her.
    High alpha, high speed, low altitude knife edge and a little bobble. Not sure if it was an eddy or I just whiffed it but the result is the same.....

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    Sucks big time but this air frame was old and tired anyway. All electronics seem to have survived and new airframe shows up tomorrow!

    Ofcourse it happened with a bunch of folks watching....

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    All in all she was a great plane. Can't wait to get the new one in the air! Seriously one of the best airframes I have ever had the pleasure of flying.
     
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    1994redram FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Always wanted a plane. I have/had many R/C cars both electric and nitro. I crash alot.
     
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    pishta I know I'm right....

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    I grew up with a guy that had 2 prop cars that ran on a pair of strings down the street. At the end there was a engine cutoff and they would pick up a chute! My neighbor has a R/C pair of cars, one electric and one gas. Both are wicked fast, and he just got a drone!
     
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    I've planted plenty of balsa trees back in the day, but fly?

    I got into the hobby way over my head in 1990 or so. The body shop I was working at the time had a customer with a '64ish Ford Falcon ragtop he wanted painted and we got to talking about the PT-40 my GF bought me for Christmas that year. He invited me over to see his collection and buy an engine if I wished. His basement workshop was stuffed with about 17 years of accumulated buying and building. I bought the motor and a few months later he offered his collection to myself and the GF's brother for $600. Roughly 23 planes, 6 radios, 13-14 engines, a boat and all the accumulated tools & materials. Shortly after the GF and I broke up I bought out the brother's share and have been lugging the dwindling collection around ever since. Among the planes were Goldberg Cowboys and a Skylark, a Sig Skybolt, a Rearwin Speedster, a Dirty Birdie pattern plane, 4 or 5 gliders (2 powered with Testors .020s) a couple that were scratch built (one is a float plane) and a few one-off Japanese kits. I got into scale stuff since then and when I have the space for it, I work on a Top Flite Corsair and a Royal FW-190. I also have a new PT-40 to replace the original since I stuffed it 3 times as well as a Kadet 40 and a Cessna 182, manufacturer forgotten. And-I recently picked up a Royal JU-87D. On top of all that, there's a scratch build Albatros B I work on when I can and plans to scratch build a TBD-1 Devastator.

    But I haven't flown one for a long time. The guy I bought the stuff from was my instructor and I moved long before my training was complete. The last one I flew was that Kadet 40, which became a float plane when it ended up in a pond. Wouldn't mind picking up flying again but this is an unusually windy place to live (40mph winds gusting to 75 is not an unusual state here) and stuffing more of them isn't really how I want to pursue this farther. But I did make pretty good progress on the Focke Wulf last winter and the Rearwin Speedster is next, when I have the time.

    Focke-Wulf FW-190A-8:

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    Corsair. Plans are to paint it tri-color and let the paint chip naturally ('72 Duster under the car cover in the background, BTW):

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    Some of it laid out in an unused paint booth where I used to work in NoCal. Some of these were subjected to a flood back in Wisconsin and have since been stripped for usable parts and trashed:

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    Hanging from the ceiling in the same shop:

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    And the boat! (Dumas Deep Vee, which I'm getting ready to use with a new OS .25):

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    There's a lagoon across the street here that I'm planning to tear up as soon as I can get some fuel (Billings, almost 2 hours away). Meanwhile, of course I still enjoy building them. Kits are hard to find these days but plans are everywhere.

    Ken
     
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      Pick up "real flight" flight sim. I learned before flying on the puter was a thing and it was not cheep or easy. Now you can crash all day and just hit the reset button.



      I also have a big soft spot for boats.

      Gave the deep V speed record a go for a few years and decided it was more money that it was worth. Making custom props, drives and hulls was just to much.


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      70 MPH at 23,000 RPM....
       
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        I bought my first RC plane in 1978 Cox Cessna Centurian. Been at it ever since. Been a fun hobby.




         
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          Dumas 18" with a weedwacker engine.

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          An OLD friend of mine had it in has shop and I told him I'd make it run.
          Cut the frame rails and slapped in the wacker engine, reverse rotation prop, flex shaft, some spray paint and bam! ONE COOL OLD BOAT brought to life.
           
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            Yeah, a lot of changes in the hobby since I got into it. All my radios will have to be upgraded. My cornerstone was an Airtronics 7 channel and I don't even know if they're in the business any more-never looked. Pretty sure that pile of Futaba FM radios are right out too.

            Pretty boat. Love the natural wood look. I don't know if my old Dumas is doing 70MPH, but it's fast enough for me. :thumbsup:
             
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            Been flying Rc helicopters for about 8 yrs on and off .
            Trex 500 and Trex 700. Always use the simulator to keep the senses up.

            Very expensive to crash.
             
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              My favorite is the MA 1005, Not a 3d machine but a heavy lift camera platform.

              Just flys like greased butter.
               
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                Went out last Saturday with the 500.
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                And this is the 700 below. This one kind of scares me at times.
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                very Cool! built a plane when I was in my teen but, was scared to try flying it. Dad gave it to a co worker and they put an engine & electronics in it.
                said it flew great.
                 
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                Very nice!

                The T rex platform is hard to beat.
                I agree the big choppers are just what the name implies.

                There is something magical about watching one hover nose in with zero vibration, its almost like its hanging on a string.

                But man oh man the chicken dance is no bueno....

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                • Louie70Dart

                  Louie70Dart Back home in K-Town WI. Woo Hoo FABO Gold Member

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                  It's not a cheap hobby. Buddy has been it for a long time, he's getting into electric now cause the batteries are getting better, and it is a lot cleaner. No more cleaning castor oil of your stuff. I did for a little while, but the field I flew at closed and now its at a county forest preserve. And yeah, I played lawn dart a few times myself.... LOL
                   
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                  So true. The field that I flew at was over taken by the water co. So now I have to drive a good distance.
                  The 700 was putting out 13.5 hp on the peaks in the graph when I recorded it from the Castle field link for the computer.
                  Lot of power.
                   
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                  Model Planes Huh! I never did get into model planes, although my father's life revolved around them, for close to 70 years. in the late 50's he set an unofficial world record for flying his plane from Decatur, IL to Savoy, Il (approximately 40 miles). The transmitter was huge, which my grandfather, who worked for Illinois Bell for 46 years, built in his basement. Dad put the transmitter on the tailgate of his buddy's 59 Ford wagon and flew the plane while sitting with it. Dad built hundreds of planes and crashed most of them over the years. He started with free flights, then onto reed control, proportionals, etc. When he passed away a few years ago we counted about 35 planes in different locations, in various stages of build and crashed carnage. Quite a few times he had friends take him up in real aircraft to search for his models that went down in corn or bean fields. Our whole time of growing up was clouded by the smell of Android glue, glow fuel (mixture of methanol, nitromethane and oil) and what was referred to as dope, the coating that he would paint on the silk wings and fuselages of the planes. Surprised that all 4 of us kids did not end up brain damaged! Although I liked planes, I got into real ones and eventually earned my multi and instrument instructor licenses.
                   
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                  Started in control line as a kid and progressed to r/c later, mainly giant scale (80"+ wingspan) aerobatic and warbird. Dabbled in heli-still have my Raptor 30 and Excel Graphite gasser, P51,Corsair,P61 and T6. Quit flying when all the local flying sites got developed. Now fly full scale and currently own a Ryan Navion B.
                   
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                    Any B-17 / B-24s or other multi engine bombers out there ?
                     
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                    I had a few Cox fly by string models when I was a kid. My friends dad had bigger ones with Olson-Rice monster motors. They were cool
                     
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                    Flew RC planes for years. I always thought that the person who could figure out a stall warning device for RC airplanes would be rich. The tendency is to over compensate and come in a bit hot. I can only imagine the problem is worse for jets.
                     
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                    Decided to keep the one salvageable wing, it's kinda a tribute to my buddy who gave me the plane so many years ago.

                    Some radio programming, CG tuning and shes ready to take flight.
                     
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                      My Dad was into u-control. big`uns, and speed jobs back in the 50s-60s and we chased a few free flights ourselfs. As kids we flew the small u-controls too. In the early 90s, Dad, me and younger brother got into rc planes. Their was a club field behind our local VA center and after 9/11 they closed it down, shame. I still have my trainer and advanced to a sport plane and clobbered it hard enough to break into my OS 61 4 stroke, gave it up after that. :(
                       
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                      I have about 5 of them. My favorite is my Diamond Dust. I haven't flown any of them in about 5 years.
                       
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