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Old Dec 25, 2014, 12:09 PM
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Whats the wrst that can happn?
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Yep the group ebbs and flows over the years. I primarily flew FPV multirotors over the summer with the Chicagoland FPV Flyers which turned into a weekly gathering of almost a dozen people.

I love sailplanes, well powered sailplanes, which for right or wrong were my first RC planes but haven't flown one since I crashed the last one about 4 years ago....they are tricky in the turns if you don't have enough speed.
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Old Dec 25, 2014, 12:09 PM
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Yeah, it IS awful quiet in here!

I fly sailplanes, my first RC was a Gentle Lady. I now have a Radian which is just a fantastic motor glider, it has an excellent sink rate and I've nearly had it speck out of site a few times (no spoilers).

I fly it mostly at the Schiller Park field, but have also soared it at the "church" field on Devon, just east of Cicero. The best field is the one at 107th & La Grange Rd, HUGE field, which is conducive to scratching for lift down low.

Is the Ka8 a pure sailplane? I've used a hi-sart at the LaGrange field, although I've gotten some dirty looks. There was a sailplane club with a field near Plainfield, but haven't flown with them in years. You might look over on the glider forum.

Also, how good a deal was that Ka8, and where did you get it?
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Old Dec 25, 2014, 12:12 PM
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they are tricky in the turns if you don't have enough speed.
Which is why they're good trainers, imho. You learn to fly the wing and not rely on power to get you out of everything. Also depends on the kind of glider, my Radian turns well at a crawl, but a sloper needs some speed.
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Old Dec 25, 2014, 02:13 PM
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Yes, it's unmotorized and scale. I've considered getting something like a Radian (not the Pro version), but at $99 this was a no brainer impulse purchase.

I'd like to try slope flying, too - I'm not too far from the field in Naperville, but they are closed for the year.

Plainfield, huh? That's close - I'll try and find out who they are. If anyone knows the name of the club that might help me.
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Old Feb 08, 2015, 11:26 AM
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Best hobby shop, Chicago area?

I was pretty stunned when Al's closed. First Stanton Hobby, where I bought my first RC years ago, then Venture, now Al's. I know their service wasn't the best, but it was still well stocked with all kinds of RC planes, helps and gear. It also looks like the shop I used when I lived in Oak Lawn on 95th st. is gone as well.

So what are the best hobby shops left?
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Old Feb 08, 2015, 11:37 AM
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Hobbytown USA in Orland is surprisingly good. You wouldn't know there was any sort of franchise connection by going inside. They actually have multi rotor and FPV gear to play with. Lots of plane building supplies. Several of the guys there fly FPV.

Oakridge Hobbies has an RC department, but they seldom have anyone there who knows about the stuff. RC is also probably only about 1/10 of their business. They have frequent promos, none of which applies to any of the stuff I would ever buy, though.

Strictly RC up north is small, but they know a lot and will totally help you with your project. I've even had a guy solder something for me when I first got started--and battery leads, nonetheless!

Now that Amazon has to charge sales tax Illinois, that should take a little bit of the pressure off some of the smaller local shops, but there is still eBay to contend with for ultracheap prices. That's the nature of business.
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I was pretty stunned when Al's closed. First Stanton Hobby, where I bought my first RC years ago, then Venture, now Al's. I know their service wasn't the best, but it was still well stocked with all kinds of RC planes, helps and gear. It also looks like the shop I used when I lived in Oak Lawn on 95th st. is gone as well.

So what are the best hobby shops left?
Leisure hours in Joliet is decent
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 07:57 PM
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Anyone been to the palos rc field at 107th and Lagrange? Is that field underwater? I'd love to get some flights in with my 50cc. Thanks
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 10:40 PM
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I've been by there 100 times, but I've never flown there.
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