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Upgraded HSD Gray Fighting Falcon 7CH F-16 F16 105mm 12S 150A RC EDF Jet

PAYA LEBAR AIR BASE, Singapore — An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 36th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base, South Korea, lands here after a mission during Commando Sling 04-3. U.S. and Singaporean Airmen trained together using realistic dissimilar aircraft air-to-air combat tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Val Gempis)                                                                                                                                                                                     Mission
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.

Features
In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return) exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter. In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles (860 kilometers), deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point. An all-weather capability allows it to accurately deliver ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.

In designing the F-16, advanced aerospace science and proven reliable systems from other aircraft such as the F-15 and F-111 were selected. These were combined to simplify the airplane and reduce its size, purchase price, maintenance costs and weight. The light weight of the fuselage is achieved without reducing its strength. With a full load of internal fuel, the F-16 can withstand up to nine G’s — nine times the force of gravity — which exceeds the capability of other current fighter aircraft.

The cockpit and its bubble canopy give the pilot unobstructed forward and upward vision, and greatly improved vision over the side and to the rear. The seat-back angle was expanded from the usual 13 degrees to 30 degrees, increasing pilot comfort and gravity force tolerance. The pilot has excellent flight control of the F-16 through its “fly-by-wire” system. Electrical wires relay commands, replacing the usual cables and linkage controls. For easy and accurate control of the aircraft during high G-force combat maneuvers, a side stick controller is used instead of the conventional center-mounted stick. Hand pressure on the side stick controller sends electrical signals to actuators of flight control surfaces such as ailerons and rudder.

Avionics systems include a highly accurate enhanced global positioning and inertial navigation systems, or EGI, in which computers provide steering information to the pilot. The plane has UHF and VHF radios plus an instrument landing system. It also has a warning system and modular countermeasure pods to be used against airborne or surface electronic threats. The fuselage has space for additional avionics systems.

Background
The F-16A, a single-seat model, first flew in December 1976. The first operational F-16A was delivered in January 1979 to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The F-16B, a two-seat model, has tandem cockpits that are about the same size as the one in the A model. Its bubble canopy extends to cover the second cockpit. To make room for the second cockpit, the forward fuselage fuel tank and avionics growth space were reduced. During training, the forward cockpit is used by a student pilot with an instructor pilot in the rear cockpit.

All F-16s delivered since November 1981 have built-in structural and wiring provisions and systems architecture that permit expansion of the multirole flexibility to perform precision strike, night attack and beyond-visual-range interception missions. This improvement program led to the F-16C and F-16D aircraft, which are the single- and two-place counterparts to the F-16A/B, and incorporate the latest cockpit control and display technology. All active units and many Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units have converted to the F-16C/D.

The F-16 was built under an unusual agreement creating a consortium between the United States and four NATO countries: Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway. These countries jointly produced with the United States an initial 348 F-16s for their air forces. Final airframe assembly lines were located in Belgium and the Netherlands. The consortium’s F-16s are assembled from components manufactured in all five countries. Belgium also provides final assembly of the F100 engine used in the European F-16s. Recently, Portugal joined the consortium. The long-term benefits of this program will be technology transfer among the nations producing the F-16, and a common-use aircraft for NATO nations. This program increases the supply and availability of repair parts in Europe and improves the F-16’s combat readiness.

U.S. Air Force F-16 multirole fighters were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm, where more sorties were flown than with any other aircraft. These fighters were used to attack airfields, military production facilities, Scud missiles sites and a variety of other targets.

During Operation Allied Force, U.S. Air Force F-16 multirole fighters flew a variety of missions to include suppression of enemy air defense, offensive counter air, defensive counter air, close air support and forward air controller missions. Mission results were outstanding as these fighters destroyed radar sites, vehicles, tanks, MiGs and buildings.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the F-16 has been a major component of the combat forces committed to the war on terrorism flying thousands of sorties in support of operations Noble Eagle (Homeland Defense), Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom

General characteristics
Primary function: multirole fighter
Contractor: Lockheed Martin Corp.
Power plant: F-16C/D: one Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229 or General Electric F110-GE-100/129
Thrust: F-16C/D, 27,000 pounds
Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches (9.8 meters)
Length: 49 feet, 5 inches (14.8 meters)
Height: 16 feet (4.8 meters)
Weight: 19,700 pounds without fuel (8,936 kilograms)
Maximum takeoff weight: 37,500 pounds (16,875 kilograms)
Fuel capacity: 7,000 pounds internal (3,175 kilograms); typical capacity, 12,000 pounds with two external tanks (5443 kilograms)
Payload: two 2,000-pound bombs, two AIM-9, two AIM-120 and two 2400-pound external fuel tanks
Speed: 1,500 mph (Mach 2 at altitude)
Range: more than 2,002 miles ferry range (1,740 nautical miles)
Ceiling: above 50,000 feet (15 kilometers)
Armament: one M-61A1 20mm multibarrel cannon with 500 rounds; external stations can carry up to six air-to-air missiles, conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronic countermeasure pods
Crew: F-16C, one; F-16D, one or two
Unit cost: F-16A/B , $14.6 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars); F-16C/D,$18.8 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars)
Initial operating capability: F-16A, January 1979; F-16C/D Block 25-32, 1981;  F-16C/D Block 40-42, 1989; and F-16C/D Block 50-52, 1994
Inventory: total force, F-16C/D, 1017                                                                                                                             Credits:http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/FactSheets/Display/tabid/224/Article/104505/f-16-fighting-falcon.aspx           RLRC Toys

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk RC Plane

The Flying Tigers’ plane-                                                                          The P-40 was the workhorse of the Allied aerial arsenal right through 1944. It may not have been as “hot” as later designs, but it was a sound design, based on the earlier P-36, mated to the Allison V-1710 engine, that Curtis was able to produce in large numbers. As Clair Chennault found out in China, the P-40 was heavier, faster, and sturdier than Japanese fighters, and it out-gunned them as well. Properly handled and below 15,000 feet, it was a lethal                                Colonel (later General Claire Lee Chennault) had been in China since the mid-Thirties. An outspoken advocate of “pursuit” (as fighter planes were called then), in an Army Air Force dominated by strategic bomber theorists, he alienated many of his superiors. But in China, equipped with P-40’s, he developed the basic fighter tactics that American pilots would use throughout the war.                          

The Japanese planes used over China were much more maneuverable than his Warhawks, whose advantages were speed in a dive, superior firepower, and better ability to absorb battle damage. Chennault worked out and documented the appropriate tactics that capitalized on the relative strengths of the American fighters: intercept, make a diving pass, avoid dogfighting, and dive away when in trouble. This remained the fundamental U.S. fighter doctrine throughout the Pacific War.

Chennault’s American Volunteer Group, popularly known as “The Flying Tigers” flew their P-40B’s and P-40C’s with great success against the Japanese aircraft.                                  

Product Description

Overview:
If you are a fan of military, you’ll understand the glorious history of the Flying Tiger. The Flying Tiger played an important role and had a brilliant record in China during WWII. To pay homage to this classic warbird, FMS has revived it AGAIN after numerous further studies and tests.

Features:
1, NEW technology foam
2,retractable main and rear landing gear
3,full scale split flap
4,ball linkage connection
5,servo box design
6, removeable sliding battery tray
7,new 4258 KV650 motor
8,metal shock absorbing struts

Specification:
Wingspan: 1400mm/55.1in
Overall Length: 1192mm/46.9 in
Flying Weight: Around 2500g
Motor Size:4258-KV650
ESC: 70A
Servo: 17g Digital Metal Gear x6, 9g Digital Metal gear x 1
Radio: 6 Channel(Not Included)
CG (center of gravity): 50-55mm(From Leading Edge)
Prop Size: 14 x 8 in 3 blade
Recommended Battery: 14.8V 3300 mAh 35C(Not Included)
Aileron: Yes
Elevator: Yes
Rudder: Yes
Flaps: Yes
Retracts: Yes, 3pcs(main and rear landing gears)
Approx. Flying Duration: 6 minutes
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14+
Experience Level :Intermediate
Recommended Environment: Outdoor
Assembly Time: 1 hour
Is Assembly Required: Yes
Material: Durable EPO foam
Package Options:PNP(not include Radio, Receiver, Battery and Charger)

F-15C Eagle Super Scale 90mm with 12 Blade EDF Ducted Fan Jet RC Airplane PNP

F-15 Eagle                                                                       The F-15 Eagle has been the U.S. Air Force’s primary fighter jet aircraft and intercept platform for decades. The Eagle’s air superiority is achieved through a mixture of unprecedented maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. It can penetrate enemy defense and outperform and outfight any current enemy aircraft. The F-15 has electronic systems and weaponry to detect, acquire, track and attack enemy aircraft while operating in friendly or enemy-controlled airspace. The weapons and flight control systems are designed so one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat.                                                                                                           jet1

The F-15’s superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading. Low wing-loading (the ratio of aircraft weight to its wing area) is a vital factor in maneuverability and, combined with the high thrust-to-weight ratio, enables the aircraft to turn tightly without losing airspeed.

A multimission avionics system sets the F-15 apart from other fighter aircraft. It includes a head-up display, advanced radar, inertial navigation system, flight instruments, ultrahigh frequency communications, tactical navigation system and instrument landing system. It also has an internally mounted, tactical electronic-warfare system, “identification friend or foe” system, electronic countermeasures set and a central digital computer.

The pilot’s head-up display projects on the windscreen all essential flight information gathered by the integrated avionics system. This display, visible in any light condition, provides information necessary to track and destroy an enemy aircraft without having to look down at cockpit instruments.                               jet2

The F-15’s versatile pulse-Doppler radar system can look up at high-flying targets and down at low-flying targets without being confused by ground clutter. It can detect and track aircraft and small high-speed targets at distances beyond visual range down to close range, and at altitudes down to treetop level. The radar feeds target information into the central computer for effective weapons delivery. For close-in dogfights, the radar automatically acquires enemy aircraft, and this information is projected on the head-up display. The F-15’s electronic warfare system provides both threat warning and automatic countermeasures against selected threats.

A variety of air-to-air weaponry can be carried by the F-15. An automated weapon system enables the pilot to perform aerial combat safely and effectively, using the head-up display and the avionics and weapons controls located on the engine throttles or control stick. When the pilot changes from one weapon system to another, visual guidance for the required weapon automatically appears on the head-up display.                                                                                                                                                                            jet3

The Eagle can be armed with combinations of different air-to-air weapons: AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles on its lower fuselage corners, AIM-9L/M Sidewinder or AIM-120 missiles on two pylons under the wings, and an internal 20mm Gatling gun in the right wing root.

The F-15E is a two-seat, dual-role, totally integrated fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and deep interdiction missions. The rear cockpit is upgraded to include four multi-purpose CRT displays for aircraft systems and weapons management. The digital, triple-redundant Lear Siegler flight control system permits coupled automatic terrain following, enhanced by a ring-laser gyro inertial navigation system.

For low-altitude, high-speed penetration and precision attack on tactical targets at night or in adverse weather, the F-15E carries a high-resolution APG-70 radar and low-altitude navigation and targeting infrared for night pods                                                                                                                                                      jet4

The first F-15A flight was made in July 1972, and the first flight of the two-seat F-15B (formerly TF-15A) trainer was made in July 1973. The first Eagle (F-15B) was delivered in November 1974. In January 1976, the first Eagle destined for a combat squadron was delivered.

The single-seat F-15C and two-seat F-15D models entered the Air Force inventory beginning in 1979. These new models have Production Eagle Package (PEP 2000) improvements, including 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) of additional internal fuel, provision for carrying exterior conformal fuel tanks and increased maximum takeoff weight of up to 68,000 pounds (30,600 kilograms).

The F-15 Multistage Improvement Program was initiated in February 1983, with the first production MSIP F-15C produced in 1985. Improvements included an upgraded central computer; a Programmable Armament Control Set, allowing for advanced versions of the AIM-7, AIM-9, and AIM-120A missiles; and an expanded Tactical Electronic Warfare System that provides improvements to the ALR-56C radar warning receiver and ALQ-135 countermeasure set. The final 43 included a Hughes APG-70 radar.

F-15C, D and E models were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm where they proved their superior combat capability. F-15C fighters accounted for 34 of the 37 Air Force air-to-air victories. F-15Es were operated mainly at night, hunting SCUD missile launchers and artillery sites using the LANTIRN system.     Credits: http://www.military.com/equipment/f-15-eagle                                                                                                                              jet5 jet6

Product Description

Features:
Large scale electric ducted fan RC jet sporting an accurate livery
Powerful 1550kV outrunner motor provides the optimal balance of thrust/top-end speed and overall flight time
12 Blade factory balanced EDF with metal housing for realistic jet turbine-like sound
Composite fan blades combined with metal EDF housing ensure AMA compliance
Hobbywing 130 Amp ESC with 8A UBEC, XT150 connector
Electric retracts with scale, shock-absorbing struts and main operation
Sequenced gear doors provide added realism and reduced drag
Removeable wings and flight surfaces, including a magnetic nose cone
Machine screws and brass threaded inserts are used to attach the wings for a secure fit and longevity
Bright LED navigation lights
Carbon fiber wing spars and reinforced body parts
Upgraded pushrod clevis and metal ball head connectors on elevators provide a robust connection between servo and control surface and eliminate “slop”
Nylon, gapless hinges on all control surfacesSpec:
Wingspan: 965mm / 37.9in
Length: 1450mm / 57.08in
Flying Weight: 3080g / 108.64oz
Power System: 3748-1550kV B
Electronic Speed Control: 130A ESC, 8A UBEC, EC5 Connector
EDF: 90mm Metal Housing EDF with 12 Blade Fan
Servos: 9g*4, 17g *8
Landing Gear: CNC electric retracts with scale, shock-absorbing struts and main operation
Required Battery: 6S 22.2V 5000mAh 50C (not included)
Required Radio: Minimum 7 Channel (not included)
Ailerons: Yes
Elevator: Yes
Rudder: Yes
Flaps: Yes
Lights: Yes
Material: EPO Foam
Package Options: PNP(not include Radio, Receiver, Battery and Charger)Note: The optional weapons set as shown in the photos is available separately and is not included                                                                         http://     redline remote control

FMS P-51B Mustang Dallas Darling

P-51B Mustang Dallas Darling                                                                                                                          Everyone likes the amazing P-51 warbird and wants to collect one. While there are a number of the P-51’s on the market, FMS is the first to offer the P-51-B Mustang. This is the first P51-B version available in the market made from EPO foam. The FMS 1400 mm wingspan P-51B Mustang expertly captures the look and feel of this landmark WWII fighter. With it’s a scale outline so faithful to form, it is practically indistinguishable from the real thing. Every detail has been pushed to the limits with features like scale speed full function flaps, and electric retracts. You can push the scale realism even further by applying the maintenance markings, or hanging on the drop tanks that come with the kit. When you are done, you will have a competition-level scale Mustang that will make every flight unforgettable. If you are or not a collector of P-51’s, the P51-B is one that you cannot miss.                                                                                                                                                                            plane4                                                                

New Feature:

1 The P51B includes all features of the FMS P-51D V7

2 New and improved metal landing gear

3 Detachable battery holder, which can support 6S battery, or even greater. Allows you to choose the best C.G position for your battery of choice

4 More scaled appearance: With the addition of many plastic details, makes this airplane as close to the original as possible.

5 Assemble the whole airplane using just a screw driver. No gluing required.

History
The P-51B Mustang was the first Mustang to match North Americans sleek airframe with the awesome power of a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. It was this Mustang that gave the Allies their first truly capable bomber escort and Luftwaffe pilots their first taste of things to come. The P-51B is a single engine, low wing, long range fighter. Its long range makes it ideal for escort purposes, and its performance as a fighter aircraft is better or at least equal to that of any enemy fighter that might be encountered. The rate of climb was good and the high speed in level flight was exceptionally good at all altitudes, from sea level to 40,000 feet.

The airplane is very maneuverable with good controllability at indicated speeds to 400 MPH. The stability about all axes is good and the rate of roll is excellent, however, the radius of turn is fairly large for a fighter. The cockpit layout is excellent, but visibility is poor on the ground and only fair in level flight. The “Razorback” Merlin Mustangs P-51B and P-51C remained in service until the end of the war.    plane3                                                                      Specification:
Wingspan: 1450mm/57.0in
Overall Length: 1240mm/49.0in
Flying Weight: Around 2250g
Motor Size:4250-KV540
ESC: 70A
Servo: 9g Servo x 6, 17g Servo x 3
Radio: 6 Channel(not included)
CG (center of gravity): 110mm(From Leading Edge)
Prop Size: 14 x 8 in 4 blade
Recommended Battery: 14.8V 2600 mAh 25C(not included)
Aileron: Yes
Elevator: Yes
Rudder: Yes
Flaps: Yes
Retracts: Yes, 3pcs(main and rear landing gear)
Approx. Flying Duration: 6 minutes
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14+
Experience Level :Intermediate
Recommended Environment: Outdoor
Assembly Time: 1 hour
Is Assembly Required: Yes
Material: Druable EPO foam
Package Options: PNP(not include Radio, Receiver, Battery and Charger)                                                          plane2

Published on Aug 14, 2013

                                            

 

Fury 15 DF BNF Basic

Known as one of the most famous fighters to never see combat with U.S. forces, the North American FJ-2 Fury was built for the U.S. Navy and flew with the Marines in defense against the MiG-15 threat over Korea during the 1950s. It was a jet powered dog-fighter that pilots loved and it helped to pave the way for modern super-sonic air combat. Borrowing from the success of the very similar F-86H Sabre, the Fury filled a distinctive role in a time when speed was king.                                                                                                         plane30 The E-flite® FJ-2 Fury airplane recreates the famous Navy jet fighter so you can enjoy thrilling jet flight at your local flying field. From the accuracy of the model outline to the efficient EDF system, this FJ-2 delivers stunning scale appearance and rock-solid performance. But the best feature of this Fury is an innovation that full-scale pilots back in the day could only dream about. Built into the included Spektrum™ AR636A receiver is an AS3X® system that’s been specially tuned for this airplane.

The advanced AS3X® (Artificial Stabilization – 3-aXis) system built into the Spektrum™ AR636A 6-channel receiver works behind the scenes to help counter the effects of wind and turbulence by combining 3-axis sensing with exclusively tuned flight control software. As a result, your workload to fly smoothly is significantly reduced so you’ll feel as if you are at the controls of an expertly tuned jet that’s much larger.

Whether you’re an intermediate pilot looking for a performance upgrade or a scale pilot looking for grab-and-go EDF convenience, the E-flite FJ-2 Fury is ideal. All you need to start flying today is the 3200mAh 4S 14.8V Li-Po flight battery a suitable charger and your favorite full-range 4+ channel aircraft transmitter with Spektrum DSM2®/DSMX® technology.

 

Key Features

  • Easy to complete final assembly
  • AS3X® technology delivers rock-solid stability and great handling
  • Durable, lightweight Z-Foam™ construction
  • Authentic outline and scale details
  • Spektrum™ AR636A DSMX® 6-Channel AS3X® sport receiver, installed
  • Powerful 70mm EDF unit features a 15-size, 3700Kv brushless motor
  • 60-amp 14.8V brushless ESC installed
  • Finely tuned ducting delivers a scale appearance
  • Six micro servos installed for aileron, elevator, rudder and nose wheel steering
  • Clear canopy, cockpit details and pilot figure
  • Removable fixed landing gear
  • Removable drop tanks                                                                                                                                        plane31Precise Control
    The Spektrum™ AR636A sport AS3X® receiver delivers rock-solid handling for a realistic jet experience.Efficient Ducting
    The internal ducting is sculpted for maximum efficiency so you get the highest level of scale accuracy and EDF performance.Lightweight and Strong
    Durable Z-Foam™ construction makes it possible to replicate complex airframe detail and keep weight low.Scale Detail
    The cockpit detail and authentic outline are true to the U.S. Navy’s first swept-wing jet.Removable Wheels and Drop-Tanks
    The fixed landing gear and drop tanks can be removed for faster flight performance.Included:
    • Spektrum™ AR636A DSMX® 6-channel AS3X® sport receiver (installed)
    • (6) E-flite® micro servos (installed)
    • 15-size, 3700Kv brushless inrunner motor (installed)
    • 70mm fiber-filled nylon EDF unit with 5-blade rotor (installed)
    • 4S compatible, 60-Amp 14.8V brushless ESC (installed)                                                                            plane32

    Product Specifications

    Wingspan: 36.75 in (933mm)
    Overall Length: 38.75 in (984mm)
    Wing Area: 304 sq in (19.6 sq dm)
    Flying Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.49kg)
    Motor Size: BL15, 3700Kv
    Radio: 5+ Channel DSM2/DSMX Transmitter Required
    Servos: 13g (installed)
    Speed Control : 60A (installed)
    Recommended Battery: 14.8V 4S 3200mAh LiPo
    Flaps: No
    Retracts: No
    Recommended Environment: Outdoor

    Needed to Complete• Full range 4+ channel DSM2®/DSMX compatible aircraft transmitter
    • High-power 3200mAh 4S 14.8V Li-Po battery
    • AC or DC 4S Li-Po battery charger   http://  HobbyTron.com 

Beginner RC Planes – What Makes the Best Beginner RC Plane

What Makes the Best Beginner RC Plane                                                                                                       When getting started in rc flying you’re going to have to make the decision of what’s going to be your very first plane. Being a beginner pilot you are going to want a beginner plane. Let’s take a look at some of the attributes that make a good beginner plane.                                                                                                   1. Electric powered. Electric powered planes are much cheaper and easier to use than gas powered. You turn them on and they are ready to go. Gas powered motors need a special fuel and then you have to tune them. It’s a lot more work. Also electric planes are much cheaper than gas powered. Most beginner electric planes come with everything you need to fly. For a gas powered plane you need to purchase everything separate.
plane23plane24                                                       2. Top Wing design. This is a plane that has the wing on top of the plane. Having the wing on top of the plane gives it more lift. Lift helps keep the plane floating in the air. As a beginner you are going to want a plane that floats by itself, especially if you run into trouble.
plane25                                                                                                              3. Large wingspan. A large wingspan will also add more lift to the plane.

plane26                                                                                                         4. 2 or 3 channels. 2-channel planes allow you to control the up/down and side to side (turning) movement of the plane. A 3-channel will allow you to do the same, but also allows you to control the speed of the motor. This allows you to control the pitch of the plane. A 4-channel plane is too much for a beginner. The 4th channel is used to control the ailerons which are used in more advanced flying.
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5. Anti Crash Technology (ACT). This is not found in very many planes, but if you find one that uses it this technology is great. These planes use sensors to check the direction of the plane. If they sense that the plane is going into a dive they take over control of the plane and adjust its altitude giving you more time to react and avoid a crash.

Following these guidelines will help you find a great beginner rc plane, one that you will enjoy flying for a long time. Good luck and happy flying.

Josh Elkins is an avid rc plane fan and wants to help those who are interested in the hobby. You can find more information about beginner rc planes at www.squidoo.com/BeginnerRcPlanes

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CARDS Aerodrome Warbirds and Classics Over Michigan – FG Coverage

 

We’ve got on-the-ground coverage from Warbirds and Classics Over Michigan, from reviewer Joe Vermillion!            bird1

Warbirds and Classics Over Michigan is Must-See-RC!

CARDS Aerodrome can be found in a nondescript field just south of Grandledge Michigan, and in this humble reviews opinion is one of the best RC Airfields in the country. (of course I am a member)

With its 1000ft well groomed runway, covered pavilion, covered bleachers, and plenty of room for pilots and spectators alike, it is the perfect first stop for the Indiana Warbirds Alliance!

With 67 pilots, about 150 planes and great weather, the turn out was fantastic! We had plenty of flying and fun all weekend long! Now let me stop blabbering on and let you enjoy the coverage!

Douglas C-124a Globemaster

Carl Bachhubers gigantic One-of Replica of the Douglas C-124a Globemaster flew on and off all weekend. This amazing model has a wingspan of 200″ and is powered by Zenoah G-45’s turning 20X10 3 bladed props, has scratch built retracts and SPC brakes. The nose cargo hold actually opens up to carry an RC Tank! This airframe is a true work of art! Carl is one amazing builder for sure! Well done sir! For more info on Carls amazing builds check HERE.

We had a a great event

The weather cooperated nicely and the event was a huge success! Other then the wind being a little high at times, most pilots got plenty of flight time and really took advantage of this fantastic field! There was barely a moment when there wasn’t three or four planes in the air all weekend.

Indiana Warbird Alliance

The CARDS Club Warbirds and Classics Over Michigan event was the first stop in the 2016 Indiana Warbirds Alliance 7 event tour for 2016. CARDS has hosted this event for the last 4 years and it has been a huge hit each time. The Warbird & Classics Alliance is a group of giant scale r/c warbird and classics events. All share a common goal, to KEEP AVIATION HISTORY ALIVE. They support the radio control industry and promote the growth of warbird and classic flying events. More info can be foundHERE

Unique Aircraft

Not only did we see lots of commonly modeled airframes, but we also had a chance to check out several models that you just don’t see at many events. These modelers have some real talent and spend hours on there airframes getting the “just right” touches in place.

Volunteers

CARDS had no shortage of Volunteers to make sure that this years event ran smoothly. Every thing from parking, to concessions, to flight line management, to just answering questions. They also took the time each day right after the noon demos to open the pit up for people to come get a closer look at these awesome aircraft!

Awards

The winners of this years awards where, Nole Hunt with his SPAD for Best WW1 Aircraft, Jon Seese with his Stuka for Best WW2 Aircraft, Andy Low with his 1/3 Cub for Best Classic Aircraft, Jim Gebboney with his Tiger Cat for Best Multi-Engine, Jack Kezilian with his BAE Hawk for Best Jet, and Al Ferguson with his Newport for Best Realistic Flight. Congrats to all the winners! It was well deserved!

In Closing

In closing I would have to say the the CARDS Club WarBirds and Classics Over Michigan R/C Airshow is absolutely “Must See R/C”! It is not only a great event for pilots to come out and enjoy a fun filled weekend of flying and friendship but is also a great place to bring the family for a cheap day of family friendly entertainment! If your ever in the area during the event its a stop you will want to make! Thanks for coming to check it out with me! See you next time! “Mean Joe V” for FlyingGiants.com!            Credits:

  Matt Gunnhttp://www.flyinggiants.com/CARDS

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Barnstormers over Champaign 2014 Videos

 

Published on Aug 28, 2014

Taken at the “Barnstormers Over Champaign” event August 23 and 24, 2014. An event I went to on a whim, but next year it will be intentional. Everyone there was friendly and hospitable and made me feel like I was one of the family. If you like radio controlled flying, I strongly recommend that you make it a point to go to the event.                                                                                                                                                plane20

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The Top 10 facts about RC toys and RC vehicles!

RC-Vehicles-1  http://Red Line Remote Control

When it comes to RC toys, remote control toys, RC vehicles and remote control vehicles there are 10 really important things that everyone should know! This is especially the case if you are looking to buy a toy or vehicle for the first time or even if it’s just been a fair while since you last bought and you’re getting back into things.

The 10 things I’ve covered below are the best starting point to get a good understanding of the current state of the RC and remote control world including some of the common jargon and terminology used.

If there is anything else you think I’ve missed here that would also be great to have listed please feel free to leave me a comment below and perhaps we can later do a revised version of this post extending our list of 10 out to a top 20!

1. What is the real difference between ‘RC’ and ‘remote control’?

Now this is a very interesting one! Often when you read anything on the subject of remote controlled toys and vehicles you’ll either see the term ‘RC’ or just ‘remote control’ used. Often these terms are also used interchangeably (just like I do on this site).

So is there really a difference between what these two terms refer to?

To some degree this really comes down to who you ask. Just check out any of the forums on the internet and you’ll see there are even often some varying views within the community itself as to what the distinction really is.

Let’s start by looking at the term ‘RC‘. This is generally acknowledged to be short for ‘radio control’ and refers to the technical set up of the gadget in question which (keeping it relatively simple) is essentially:

  • A ‘transmitter’ which is the hand held controller you use to control the direction, movement etc of your gadget. When you move a joystick on push a button on your hand held controller effectively converts this movement into a message which is sent out as radio waves to your gadget.
  • A ‘receiver’ which sits inside your gadget to be controlled and receives the radio wave instructions sent from the transmitter.
  • A ‘servo’ (or even more than one servo) which is passed the instructions from the receiver and in response to these instructions will send an appropriate message to the motor (or motors) in your gadget.
  • A ‘motor’ (or even more than one motor) which once it receives is instructions from the servo takes action to put those instructions into effect e.g. makes your car race forward or backwards or turn left or right etc.

If you’re after a more in depth explanation of all these different components and how they interact on a more technical article then check this out

So in comparison to this very clear technical based understanding, what does ‘remote control’ actually mean? Now this is where a bit more disagreement often arises.

Unlike the very clear technical basis we have to define the term ‘RC’ when it comes to remote control we are much more looking at a descriptive term which on its most widely accepted meaning refers to any method of controlling a toy, vehicle or other gadget from a distance.

So this could refer to methods of control such as by wires, by infrared (as a lot of the cheaper models today use very effectively) or even arguable by RC as of course when you use an RC transmitter to operate a car you are still operating it from a distance.

So while all RC gadgets could be seen to be ‘remote control’ not all ‘remote control’ gadgets have the necessary technical make up to be considered ‘RC’ gadgets.

BUT increasingly people use the terms interchangeably (even I tend to on this site) and in all honesty it doesn’t really matter unless of course you are looking at buying and are really specifically after some of the advantages radio control may have over some of the other forms of remote control. In these cases make sure you do spend some time looking at the detail behind the name used to make sure you are really getting what you want.

2. Are RC Toys and RC Vehicles expensive?

Yes and no! The answer here really depends on what you are after.

The great thing we are seeing about some of the developments in new technology in the space (as I talk about further below) is that the range of toys, vehicles and gadgets is increasing not only in terms of the overall number available but also the previously existing boundaries are being pushed in terms of what is available to high end buyers as well as at a much more affordable entry level.

For example you can pick up a pretty impressive and fun little indoor RC helicopter for less than $30.        RC-Helicopter1 http://Red Line Remote Control

But at the very high end of things you can also spend into the thousands on a top of line nitro powered remote control car for competitive racing, particularly once you invest in the replacement parts and upgrades most people who get involved in competitive racing would consider necessary.

3. Are they just for kids?

In some cases definitely yes but in some cases definitely no!

You can of course get some great looking and very reasonably priced cars for kids of all ages that are great for safe indoor use. However at the other end of spectrum some of the high end modern nitro powered cars can hit 100 mph (and come with a price tag to match)! Definitely not a toy!

Similarly planes and other vehicles that can also achieve significant altitudes and velocity (such as some helicopters and drones) need to be used responsibility at all times and definitely wouldn’t fall into the toy category.

4. Is it a solo hobby?

Although when many people think of remote control vehicles they often associate it as a fairly solo pursuit there are in fact a number ways that is becoming more of a community focused pass time if you want to get involved in that way.

The internet has of course introduced a wide number of forums and social networking sites on which you can discuss all aspects of remote control toys and vehicles from maintenance, to new technology and even ‘vintage’ collectables. However there has also always been a strong club culture for real enthusiasts who want to get involved in competitive racing or just want to enjoy and show off their vehicles with others.

Today clubs for all types of vehicles are still strong and if anything recent years have seen resurgence in some areas, particularly as some of the more high performance and competition focused vehicles also come down in price.

5. Are remote toys and remote control vehicles easy to break?

Overall the higher end remote control toys and remote control vehicles are generally more robust these days than they have ever been, but the true answer to this really falls into parts.

Firstly all vehicles are of course generally designed for a specific purpose.

For example a remote control sailing boat is not going to go well in rougher waters and waves and also anRC car designed for on track racing will not cope well on a rough dirt track.

Using a remote control vehicle outside of its intended areas of use is not only going to increase the chances for breakages or permanent incapacitation but – let’s face it – it’s just not going to be as much fun if the performance of your vehicle will be hampered by the environment you’re trying to use it in.

Secondly, no matter how robust something is you need to be aware of its inherent limitations and also what maintenance it requires to keep it in the best condition. A higher end RC vehicle may be sturdier in the short term but its optimum performance and overall state of repair may deteriorate more noticeably overtime than a lower end vehicle if it’s not properly maintained.

So when choosing an RC vehicle think about how committed you really want to be to maintenance of the vehicle and also just how respectfully you are likely to treat it and tailor your purchase accordingly. This is a particularly important consideration when buying for kids!

6. Is the technology improving?

Definitely! The speed of motors, the robustness of the vehicles manufactured and of course the size and expense of the other component parts are also decreasing meaning that there are a lot more possibilities theses days when it comes to the purchase of (or building your own) RC vehicles in all price ranges.

At the lower end of the spectrum some of these technological advances have been especially seen in the greater quality of infrared and non ‘radio controlled’ RC vehicles (and most particularly those that fall into the ‘remote control toy’ category) that we’ve seen come onto the market in recent years.

The other really interesting development (I think!) in the space has also been the increasing emergence of iPhone and all the mobile phone and tablet controlled vehicles. These use a range of technologies from infrared ‘dongles’ that connect to your mobile device (like these ones do) to even blue tooth (like this one does) to control your vehicle.

7. Are there more to RC vehicles and RC toys than just cars, planes, boats and helicopters?

Yes! Yes! Yes! These days you can pretty much pick up any time of RC vehicle you can wish for. From tanks, jets, and submarines to even more exotic models like this one: http://Red Line Remote Control

8. Do all RC toys and RC vehicles run on batteries?

Although controllers will always use some form of batteries (whether standard off the shelf or more specific rechargeable ones), vehicles themselves can run on either batteries (in varying forms once again) or what is referred to as ‘nitro‘.

Nitro fuel is essentially just a methanol-based product that has had varying amounts of oil and nitromethane added. The type of nitro fuel you want to use depends on the type of vehicle your running (and also of course your budget!). Speciality nitro fuel can be purchased from all hobby shops and for the more intrepid amongst us you can in fact mix up your own!

Although less common than Nitro powered vehicles it is also possible to get vehicles which run on variations of more traditional gasoline.

Nitro and gas powered engines are generally only found in the more highline or competitive focused models. Definitely not something you want running inside your house!

9. Are old RC toys and RC vehicles able to be refurbished or updated?

This really depends on the model you have but for the ones which were more expensive when purchased generally you can update and up-spec them.

To some degree this will also depend on just how old the vehicle in question is and whether any newer parts can be substituted for the older materials.

There are however some fantastic examples out there of the refurbishment of older vehicles – check this out from the guys at IconicRC featuring a refurbished and modified Tamiya Hot Shot II 4WD Buggy (also actually the first car I had when I was 11!). http://Red Line Remote Control

10. Are the best ones only for use outdoors?

Although you can get some amazing RC toys and RC vehicles intended to be primarily used outdoors some of the developments in the whole RC space in recent times have most definitely benefitted what types of vehicles and toys you can run indoors.

From really fun and robust helicopters and drones to mini cars, iPhone controlled vehicles and even robots.

Whether you want something for indoors or outdoors these days you can be guaranteed to have a wide range of options to choose from!                                                                                                                                 Credits: http://www.myrctopia.com/

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Electric Radio Controlled Airplanes

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