This page is all about the building and flying of radio controlled model aircraft. It's a highly diversified hobby that takes in as many skills as you like to use. Everything from electronics to carpentry, to painting, to drawing and designing with a little bit of metal work thrown in. Some builders even go into doing their own machining, pattern designing, fibre glassing, moulding and engine design. You can use electric motors, 2 stroke or 4 stroke internal combustion engines or even minature turbine (jet) engines for power. My own models use 2 and 4 stroke internal combustion engines and range in size from about a metre in wingspan to well over 3 metres from tip to tip!
Old models never die - they just crash and get rebuilt! I don't really know what this model started life as - It's one of the models I rescued from the ceiling of a hobby shop. I brought it home - fitted some servos and a motor and crashed it after a couple of flights - the bloody ground jumped up again. Not a lot of damage the first time - just some gravel rash and a bent up beyond recovery under carriage. So I cleaned up the gravel rash, fitted an aluminium undercarriage I had lying in the box doing nothing and took it out again. Result - the ground again?? - nah - a bloody tree jumped out in front of me when I was flying inverted. This time the result was a little more painful - Soooo - rebuild #3. Half a dozen flights and - this time the aileron servo went on strike - in the middle of a roll - I MUST remember the 3 crashed high rule.
Photo of what I brought home in the first place
And - what happened the last time - if you want to know more the latest rebuild now has it's own page.