|Dec 05, 2012, 04:39 AM|
Less rules is easy, but some people always go to the extreme in using them. Large number of limitations seems complicated, but with a good drawing you do not need to even think about most of them. Just build scale and you are within the allowable tolerances.
Open class is good, because maybe the harvester guys will leave. I saw a scale competition once where a Bellanca 28-90 Flash was wreacking havock. It had sand on every possible leading edge and it got multiple cuts every flight. I saw from other guys faces that they were not having fun at all. This is rc combat with model planes not Formula One World Championship. I just don`t understand why some participants want to win so badly that they are willing to ruin the whole competition class. Let others chase you and chase others in style. Rare planes add colour, but I don`t like the way these are used.
Maybe people should think more about how to make mainstream fighters more popular. The Germans experiment with reduced streamer catchers idea that I like. They allow catchers only on wing leading edge 30cm from the fuselage or engine gondolas in case of two engined planes. So no matter what wingspan the model has, only 30cm from the fuselage cuts the streamer. At least in theory. Maybe allowing attack planes, divebombers etc to use one category lower engine or only 0.15 engine helps.
Building the first model of a type is most time consuming, especially If one wants to build a different plane every time. Serious competitors usually make several models of a same type. Second balsa model could be made ready for covering and accessories in a weekend. Those who want a quick build may take a simpler design, like Timo Starkloff Yak-9, Steve Hergett P-51, Martin Elmberg P-39 etc. Many fighters used a one or two colour scheme and most those tones are available as iron on covering. When building from foam you do not need a CNC cutter. Rectangular bow and the gravity of Earth make almost every fighter easily doable. Cover with balsa or brown paper. Some inspiration: http://aircombat.modelarji.com/viewforum.php?f=9
Instead of building a robust balsa warbird, many buy foamy warbirds that cost considerable amount of money. Some guys crash the same number of foamies in a year that rc combat pilots.
Anyway, here are some plans and other stuff: I haven`t designed any plans myself yet.
http://www.profili2.com/eng/default.htm Plans and drawings from the left menu and you can search combat models there.
Diverse bauplšne in left menu.
http://www.rc-network.de/forum/showt...TBM-3R-Avenger Plan is in thread.
|Dec 06, 2012, 12:29 PM|
Google "covering models with brown paper" and you will get even more information.
|Dec 14, 2012, 12:07 PM|
Joined Dec 2003
The latest scale class in the U,S. Is the 2948 scale.Rules at www.rccombat.com. It has leveled the playing field when compared to earlier scale classes. Back on topic, the Gnat is designed to get new combat pilots in your club. If they never advance beyond the Gnat, at least you will have local pilots to chase streamers with. Have fun. Some of us hope to see some of the new pilots move into other classes with time.
|Dec 14, 2012, 05:11 PM|
A few in our club are starting some combat with 150 watt motors, 1300 MA batteries. The plane is fanfold 1/4inch insulation with a wood dowel leading edge. Hitec HS55 servos or equivalent do the steering. 12 to 16 ounces ready to fly depending on how you build them.
We have yet to have our first contest. A couple of the guys are ordering the parts in bulk. I think 30 motors were bought in one batch along with ESC's, deans connecters, batteries etc.
I think it will be fun.
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