How did I end up in here?
I thought I would use this space to describe how I got here and what drove me to start doing what the rest of you are doing - discussing this fascinating hobby of RC.
Firstly I'll let you into a secret, I am no expert in radio controlled flight. In fact my first proper RC plane was bought for me in February of this year. I did ask for it for my birthday - thats my 40th birthday!
Some 30 years prior to this intro to RC aircraft I was very much into the kits of Airfix et al and my specialist subject was the warbirds of WWII. I had a room with 3 or 4 shelves worth of planes and a celling dripping with plastic classics from the war years. I spent a lot of time and attention on building and painting them even dabbling with airbrush techniques and weathering but that all came to a grinding halt when I realised my hobby wasnt cool with the fairer sex and I needed to learn how to drive a car, drink beer and play lots of manly sports.
It was only 5 or 6 years ago I started thinking how fantastic it would be to get back into the world of scale models but with the added twist of being able to encorporate a longing I had always had as a boy and entering the world of radio controlled flight. (Mid life crisis already?)
Unfortunately these thoughts closely coincided with me starting my own business so it wasnt the best time to try out two difficult ventures at the same time. Somehow I think I took the wrong choice - I would have saved a lot more money if all I had done was bought 5 or 10 radio controlled aircraft!
Anyhow, this year I spent some of my Spring & Summer evenings at one of three outdoor venues locally learning to fly my birthday present - a Kyosho Minium Super Decathlon. Yes I actually took some advice and went for a plane I had some hope in hell of keeping airborne.
Well, it all went swimmingly & I got away with only having to buy 2 new motors, 5 props, 2 prop shafts and remaking the tail section from 3mm Depron twice, plus a roll of Sellotape and a tube of POR cement to keep it all together. That plane took an absolute beating but still managed to get up there and I learnt how to fly an aileron and elevator controlled micro plane and enjoyed it more than I had ever expected to.
And there was also method in this madness. I desperately wanted to learn to fly so I could progress to micro or peanut scale RC warbirds. I had had the notion that I could make the planes through somehow molding lightweight foam using plastic model aircraft kits as the template for making molds. I really wanted to aim for building very light so I could get closer to scale speeds at the extremes of scale for RC aircraft.
I'd come across Depron when I'd been doing some armchair research into making extremely light foam aircraft. I made some enquiries and a very informative scientist at the Depron manufacturing plant in Holland told me in detail, the techniques they employed to mold Depron into food cartons. With this in mind I got hold of some of the light stuff and used choice parts from Revell 1/32 Hurricane Mk1 parts as a templates to create a mold from Plaster of Paris and started testing the pushing the Depron envelope.
I then came across the geniuses on RC Groups - Harpye, Aerogel and Heliman40 to name but a few - who had been molding Depron in similar ways like it was going out of fashion - and I thought I was the first! Always the way hey, but I think its going to be much more enjoyable to share techniques and ideas than try & do it all alone. And when it comes to motor choices, gear ratios, props and Lipos I'm gonna need all the help I can get.
Catch you all in the threads.
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