RC Hobbies

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Post by Hawkster13 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:33 pm

Is anyone here into RC hobbies?
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Post by Airshow4444 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:55 am

I've always wanted to get into it but never really did too much research. Any good sites I should look at for a beginner?
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Post by Larry I » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:38 pm

I'm into R/C & shoot the local events. I started into the building & flying of model airplanes in 1959 & have been in & out of the hobby a few times. It's very easy to get into these days because you can buy a flight simulator (for your computer) & already built models that just need simple assembly to fly. Many manufacturers sell trainers as a package that includes the plane which can be electric or wet fuel powered, a transmitter, all servos & a receiver installed & if it's electric a battery plus battery charger. In many situations you can shop in the morning & fly in the afternoon.
Power for these things has grown from a small glow plug ignition engine (now referred to as Nitro) or diesel to multi cylinder in line, or horizontally opposed or even radial gas engine to gas turbines.

This is a very popular model which is available from many manufacturers in various forms including with electric retracts. Made from different forms of foam (think styrofoam but a bit stronger), electric powered and replacement parts readily available. No need to learn how to build if that isn't your thing, and there are some really big planes available that are built & covered but need assembly.

ImageINGR3558 by Larry Ingram, on Flickr[/img]

Popular web sites are plentiful. Search out RC Universe, RC Groups, RC Canada, or even RC forums to find web addresses.
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Post by Copperbeltjack » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:41 pm

I used to fly when I managed a local hobby shop, but as of late I haven't dusted off the ol' transmitter and birds.

I have a couple electric warbirds in my hangar currently:
  • E-Flite UMX PT-17 Stearman
  • E-Flite Hawker Hawker Hurricane 25e
  • Blade mSR
Since the majority of our stock came from Horizon, I've been using Spektrum equipment. My Transmitter (Tx) is a Spektrum DX6, which I absolutely love. It has a terrific feel in the hand and all sorts of features that one would typically have to get a pro-line Tx to access.
Airshow4444 wrote:
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:55 am
I've always wanted to get into it but never really did too much research. Any good sites I should look at for a beginner?
I'd look through Horizon Hobby (http://www.horizonhobby.com/category/airplanes), Great Planes (http://www.greatplanes.com/).
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