Over the Christmas period I got to do some more on my plane. I started on the wings.
EM, you should be ready to fly that thing by now. Have you started the engine and done any breaking in yet? Once you get in the air it will be an adrenaline rush like no other. I can only stand about 8 minutes of the rush and have to land and refuel to do it again.
My RC airplanes (and helicopter) are electric. I have a pocketfull of batteries and each one flies the airplanes for 10 minutes and 15 minutes (5 minutes for the helicopter). I have enough fully charged batteries to fly all day. I charge them again at the park.
When I was a kid, radio control was rare and used heavy vacuum tubes so I made control line and free flight engine-powered airplanes.
Three free flight airplanes flew away. One landed in a farmer's field 40 miles away and my father and I went and got it back. The second was found in the bush after 2 years of rain and snow and was barely damaged. The engine was used many times again. The third was a free flight hand launched glider which caught a thermal and was gone (maybe to the moon?).
One of my RC electic airplanes caught a thermal and it was difficult to dive it back with the motor turned off.
Outrunning hawks is fun. I can loop around them but they fly much faster like a missle.
Just about Bob, I've got to upload some more pictures to show you where I'm at.. I was in the shop today looking for a motor, fun fun!
I must admit audioguru, electric have really taken off in the last few years. With the new brushless motors and lipo batteries there is much more power to get things airborne, however at some stage I would like to make a glider. Gliders seem like a whole lot of fun and can last for hours in the air (if on a hill).
I'll try to upload some pics tonight