Tim Howe's Flying Things
My First RC Plane: Soar Ahead Sailplanes (SAS) Ace, 1990
I had a reasonable mental idea of how to fly, so I wanted my first plane to have 4-functions and be fairly symmetrical so that I could progress onto aerobatics; self-stabilisation was not something I wanted. The SAS Ace is a slope soarer that was recommended to me as a good beginner plane at a model show (though I forget who it was). Its key features for learning were:
- it is reasonably large and therefore easy to see
- it has a good wing area (lift/weight ratio) and is therefore relatively hard to stall
- its symmetry allows it to fly equally well either way up
- hand-launch only (no wheels to get stuck in the ground)
I already had a ~1980 Enya 15 RC glow engine and this is more than sufficient to power this model. I fitted a 4-oz thank which is large enough to run for over 15 minutes...
There were a couple of incidents of 'pilot error' during my time flying the Ace but I still have it and it is in flyable condition; not bad for a first plane.
My Second plane: Cambrian Fun-Fighter Mustang, 1991
My second RC plane was a Cambrian Fun-Fighter Mustang. This is a low-wing sport model, again intended for hand-launch and has no undercarriage. The maximum engine recommended for this plane is a .25. I thought I knew better and fitted an S.C. 32. In retrospect, whilst this gives the plane silly performance, the extra weight is not desirable, as this plane already has a higher wing loading than the Ace I was used to and it will stall easily if air speed is not maintained.
Old PAW 1.5 Diesel Run, May 2016
I fired up an old PAW 1.5 diesel recently to show my boys: The 'kids of today' only know of electric power! Electric is great but has no soul! Long live IC and the smell of diesel and glow fuel....... :o)
Video 1: PAW 1.5 (a bit overloaded with an 8x4 prop)
Video 2: PAW 1.5 vs Ethan shouting
Last updated: 2.6.2016