View Full Version : How many of you are RC pilots??

01-10-2005, 05:37 PM
Just wondering, because its much cheaper then being a real pilot and just as much fun (If not more) then flying on PF & IL2. Also what kind of RC plane/planes do you fly.
Hobbyzone Firebird Scout

01-10-2005, 06:46 PM
I used to be but I moved to Oregon 20 years ago and the weather here made it more trouble than it was worth.

Unless you are fond of getting up at 5am to get an hour or 2 in when the wind doesn't blow your RC plane into the next county...this area isn't RC plane friendly.

01-10-2005, 06:51 PM
I'm kinda getting the itch to buy me a plane and try it out! I got a small 2channel plane in the summer which is good for i loop around the yard ( 5 acres ) before it eats grass!! It's electric but only has rudder control , i need one with at least elevators too! From what i read the electrics are pretty good now so thats where im headed. I've found some in kits with radio and all for $ 150 and less so it wont be long before i get one. I'll post pics of the crash after i get it!!

Hey seminole i live in sw washinton and i'm still gonna give it a go! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

01-10-2005, 06:56 PM
I built an R/C Messerschmitt, but I haven't learned to fly it yet. Hopefully this summer.

(Sorry, no pictures ATM)

01-10-2005, 07:30 PM
I've been one for about eleven years now. The pride of my fleet is a 35% Cap 232 with a twin cylinder 3w Modellmotren engine. I also have 30% Great Lakes Biplane with a Zenoah G62. I have other planes I've acumulated over the years but these are the two that I fly the most often.

01-10-2005, 07:32 PM
I met an old retired RC guy who in USAF 1950s worked on the electronics of the first MiG~15 defected to the West (the one Yeager flew). He said MiG I~224 is popular among RC types because of its long wingspan and no need to scale the wings or something like that. 1944 stratospheric interceptor, much larger than MiG~3.

Rubber powered...OpenScale 2000 Winner - Mig I-224 by Pavel Stranik
~ http://modely.comp.cz/eng_version/reportaze/Openscale%202000/

The guy said MiG~15 was a Bear to work on, a mess inside.

01-10-2005, 07:59 PM
1/3rd Scale Pitts Moki2.1, Futaba Radio, Smoke system...

01-10-2005, 08:10 PM
I've been flying R/C for 20 years off and on. I now have a.61 size Ultimate Biplane, a Saito 100 powered Funtana, and a little Edge 540 Shockflyer.

The Shocky is the only one I've been flying recently as I just don't have the time to drive to the airstrip, and it is really quite fun.

01-10-2005, 10:14 PM
Yep, been flying since 1976.Here's (http://www.steveshangar.com)
my website with some of the planes I fly.

01-10-2005, 10:15 PM
I was but college has sucked up both my money and my time so I can't do it again until I graduate. My planes are a PT-40 (trainer), Easy Sport 60 (aerobatic), 1/7 scale P-47D-22, 1/4 scale Piper J-3 Cub with both floats and the standard balloon wheels (but not both at the same time). All of them are 4 channel except the P-47 which is 6 channel (retractable landing gear and flaps). And yes RC beats the hell out of any flight sim. Of course, the best feature of all is that you don't have to whine about bugs in the FM or DM. They are perfectly realistic because both those things are in fact real http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif.

01-10-2005, 10:28 PM
I am. You can see my planes and helis at My Webpage (http://www.geocities.com/jbrundt)


01-10-2005, 10:44 PM
I got into R/C years ago and built a cheap trainer out of PVC rain guttering and an old sailplane wing I had. Had it in the air about 10 minutes and crashed it. Later, I built a real nice F4U Corsair with a 4ft. wingspan. Never could bring myself to put it in the air. It hangs in my livingroom instead.

01-11-2005, 12:05 AM
No, not me. But my brother Ken has won several first place awards for the 1/4 scale WWII stuff he has built and flown. His current fame is with a Buefighter (sp?).
A great many decades ago we both got plastic, umm, the kind that is on the end of control lines, U control? anyhow, when mine was beyond repair, I quit. Not Ken.

01-11-2005, 12:49 AM
I started out with a couple cheap plastic control line planes as well, those things are great for first getting your feet wet. They are easy to teach yourself to fly and are *almost* impossible to destroy. Flight sims would probebly help more at this point but back when I started flying control line the latest and greatest flight sim was Pacific Air War.

01-11-2005, 07:56 AM
I've been flying for about ayear now but have gotten quite good in the short period of time. I fly a GWS F4U Corsair with a brushless and a large powered glider that flys like a bear, real fast but stalls easily at slow speeds at low altitudes; you have to nurse it in gently or flips upside down on it's wing and crashes. The glider though recently had a bad crash when one of the aileron servos fell out of it's mounting and the plane lost all control and just tumbled out of the sky with nothing I could do to save it.

01-11-2005, 08:28 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by wavz:
Just wondering, because its much cheaper then being a real pilot and just as much fun (If not more) then flying on PF & IL2. Also what kind of RC plane/planes do you fly.
Hobbyzone Firebird Scout

One of my friends gave me the Aerobird Challenger for my last birthday. It's a lot of fun. I also bought the little Outlaw plane Hobbyzone makes. Like some of the others, the wind is the biggest problem for where I live.

I think playing Il2 really helped me pick up rc flying more quickly. Pretty much right away I was cruising around with no problem. Conversely my friend who gave me the plane just mainly crashes his. We taped each others' flight one time with his video camera. I asked him how my flights looked and said, "Yeah, yours aren't too exicting, you never crash." I gave him a copy of Il2 a while back, but he never climbed the learning curve.

I'm hoping to build an almost ready to fly FW190 I have my eye on someday.

01-11-2005, 11:31 AM

I've flown R/C for about 12 years now, and I like big, slow biplanes, and scale warbirds (when I can get them finished).
For the dedicated fighter jock, check this one out: Set IL-2/FB/PF at 4x mormal speed, hit F3 and you're ready for Aces aircombat!

6 1/12th scale warbirds in the air at once, trying to cut each other's streamer. Brilliant fun, yet slightly scary!


I managed to finish 3rd in the UK a couple of years ago, but it was a lucky year for me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

01-11-2005, 11:49 AM
I am and just got into it this last Summer.

It alot of fun, around the right crowd, some of them are a bit stuffy and have no sence of humor and look down their noses at the trainers. It can be fair cheap to do or totally insane depending on how fat your wallet is. Here are a few om Pics (http://photobucket.com/albums/v37/T_O_A_D/MY%20R%20C%20Planes/) so far.

01-11-2005, 01:07 PM
This is the one I am trying to sell as a complete kit. Includes everything.

Its the T-34 Mentor by Hanger 9.


01-11-2005, 01:53 PM
hi guys

started this summer with r/c flying and bought a secondhand plane to learn it. but when I can fly on my own am gonna built a warbird, a p-51 or spitfire looks great!!

greetz snake

01-11-2005, 01:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SeminoleX:
I used to be but I moved to Oregon 20 years ago and the weather here made it more trouble than it was worth.

Unless you are fond of getting up at 5am to get an hour or 2 in when the wind doesn't blow your RC plane into the next county...this area isn't RC plane friendly. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Kinda the same problems here. I flied much RC when I lived in Cantabria, in the north of Spain. Most people abroad don't know, but landscape is very similar to Scotland, with green fields, rough mountains and cliffs -not surprisingly we are called also 'montaņeses' ('highlanders'). But since I moved to the ancient phoenician city of Cadiz, in the south of Andalusia, which is almost an island in a bay, all that surrounds me is quiet water and salt marshes -not the best place for air RC, unless you don't care about losing your creatures. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

But hey, I have warm weather all year! And this city is full of nice people all year! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

01-11-2005, 02:29 PM
I flew RC for quite a few years and I must admit...I find our wonderful flight sim to be alot more fun. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

01-11-2005, 07:46 PM
I've been in and out of R/C since the '60s. Powdered jobs then sail planes, ships, everything. I can remember before Kraft invented Digital Proportional radios. All the control surfaces flaped constantly and only held a position when you held the stick all the way over. The hinges for the surfaces whould ware out and the parts would fall off in flight.

My best effort was a scratch built DeHavaland Hornet, a late war twin engined beauty that took up where the Mosquito left off. It took me over a year to build and about 3 seconds to turn it into a smoking little hole in the lawn. And that's why I fly flight sims now instead of R/C.

I still build ships a little. A few years ago I did a 50 plus inch long late war German Shnell Boot ("E Boat" to the Allies). Everything works including firable torpedos. It took first in a few shows up here in the Pacific Northwest.

I miss the beauty of scale models but not the grief of crashing them.

01-11-2005, 11:30 PM
These are all great stories. Keep on posting http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif . Had a blast flying my Firebird Scout in the park today & I have to say I love the fact that I never damage anything in the Sim, but look out in Real life http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif Hope you all keep posting great RC stories and what you fly, and I'll keep you updated on my crashes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif

01-14-2005, 11:36 PM
Great site imn2sims , I really enjoyed seeing the flight vids of each of your planes.

01-15-2005, 01:27 AM
Just thought I'd post to those who are interested in getting into R/C, or those who are but haven't seen it, a link to a great R/C site and forum:


01-15-2005, 05:25 AM
Yep. I fly an Extra 300, 4ch, ASP .40 on occasion. There arent many good fields close to where I live.

01-15-2005, 11:17 AM
i got my self a Condor and a small one called Banana[lame plane]
but i built and every thing
but **** i stoped flying it ,need to get back to flying my rc condorhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

01-15-2005, 08:25 PM
I am. I building a Top Flite 60 size P47 right now. Robart Retracts and an OC 120 4 Stroke. But I love flying my 60 Stick.