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Old Aug 28, 2014, 05:34 AM
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using brakes to slow a plane down

Are there any good brakes for rc planes? I want to get a 7lb warbird, but my local airfield is too small. Would reverse thrust work?
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 06:39 AM
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The only thing you can use is flaps and even with that warbirds have a very nasty bite when you slow them down. If it's too big, it's just too big and trying to force a square peg into a round hole will ruin the peg and maybe the hole too.

With almost no warning, a warbird will stall, snap and spin into a very picturesque and expensive crater.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 06:44 AM
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There are many kinds of brakes for RC planes. Just depends on whether you can find them of the size you need for that plane. A 7 pound plane must have fairly small wheels?

https://www.google.ca/search?q=rc+pl...w=1150&bih=627

http://shop.rc-electric-jets.com/Whe...Brakes_c46.htm
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 06:51 AM
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...Would reverse thrust work?
If you do it electric and have reversible ESC you will surely get some braking action from a prop but might not be super efficient. Should be enough to slow you down a fair bit though. I have all the equipment to try this on a twin engine tricycle plane but wonder if it might get a bit squirrelly on a tail dragger.

If you could go somewhere with a bigger space and try it out gently at first?.....?
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 07:06 AM
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Fit an arrestor hook ?, drop an anchor ?, raise a net crash barrier ?.

Which warbird ?


Add to that, what landing site surface ?, tarmac?, grass ?, long/short ?.

Plus the obvious one, how well can you fly and land ?.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 07:57 AM
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Arrestor hook is an intriguing idea because the landing itself can be done at a safe speed. But you're right, we don't have anywhere near enough information to even know what he wants.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 08:59 AM
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Its an asphalt landing strip about 350 X 25 ft. There's also a 50ft mountain with a roadway on top that's about 150 ft directly in front of the runway entrance. I almost hit a couple of cars a few times with a foam warbird. The plane I want to get is a VQ A6M5 Zero with an electric motor. I could fly good and my landings are ok.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 09:08 AM
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There always somebody out there trying crazy things. The guy in norfolk ,va when I was 10 years old was landing a control line plane on a aircraft carrier. I ask him to teach me flying he helped me build a balsa control line plane and fly it. His name was Ken he was in the navy. I land my planes in 3 to 6 feet most times even the big ones. None are 7 lbs that's a big plane. Just always have landed that way. I crash when I try the right way to land so I just stopped trying. Let's me fly just about any where.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 10:47 AM
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You want to put brakes on a tail dragger??
Go luck with that!
She will most likely noseover every time.

LURCH
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 10:58 AM
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Its an asphalt landing strip about 350 X 25 ft. There's also a 50ft mountain with a roadway on top that's about 150 ft directly in front of the runway entrance. I almost hit a couple of cars a few times with a foam warbird. The plane I want to get is a VQ A6M5 Zero with an electric motor. I could fly good and my landings are ok.
And you think you're going to fly a 7# warbird where you can barely fly a foamy?? "Irresponsible" would be the word I'm thinking of.

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Old Aug 28, 2014, 11:02 AM
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+1,000,000 Mark Wood

...I feel bad for the cars, a VQ model does not bounce off a car like a cheap foamy
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 11:27 AM
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Yeah this is a really bad idea, you should probably look for a better site, at least one where there is not a chance of property damage if something goes wrong.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 11:30 AM
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After the last time I almost hit a car, I decided not to go over the street anymore when landing. I think the best solution I heard so far is a catch net.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 11:34 AM
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A catch net? Seriously??
Learn how to fly and land. You are going to lose.

You are in LA, there are a million clubs and appropriate places to fly, and certainly many of willing instructors- use those resources.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 11:43 AM
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If you read the description of my local airfield you would see that it would be difficult to land a plane that size without going off the runway. This airfield is about 2 miles from my house, the next airfield which is bigger is about 15 miles from where I live.
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