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Does anyone here fly model planes?

I haven't flown an RC plane in almost 10 years. A couple guys at work are starting to get into it and I'd love to do it again. What club do you fly with and where?
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How many hobbies do you have? My grandpa used to fly (RIP) all the time, it can get expensive, especially if you crash em' They are like couple hundred bucks for a cheap one and the remotes are like 200+ bucks too.
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I was considering getting a RC Heli, My problem with RC's that I would need to stick with electric because I know I'd end up getting lazy and not maintaining a Nitro engine properly.
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heli's kinda suck, very hard to control (not that planes aren't), and just kinda limited. Electric anything is even worse unless you plan on doing it indoors in the winter.

I know all about RC planes like I said I used to fly them and have 2 and 1 sail plane currently that are sitting in my attic. I'd like to get with an instructor again though because I'm sure I'll be extremely rusty. I don't believe the club I used to fly with is around anymore.


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Used to be into it big after I moved back to WI. Used to fly with a buddy at teh local club field (members were allowed 1 guest 'pilot' at a time). I never joined them due to them being more stuck up old timers who looked down on anyone who didnt use a taildragger. Planted a few into the ground. Still have 1 just for kicks. Got into ducted fan r/c and its a BIG money pit. When I pretty much stopped flying on a reg basis I had a F-105 Thunderchief with a Rossi.91 ducted fan. The flight line steward made eveyone else land before letting me take off. Its bad juju having a ducted fan model doing 100-140 with some guys .40 doing 40 flying at teh same time. Was a handful having to deal with an 8ch radio. Was sad watching it leave in teh back of the guy who bought its pickup.
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lol nice. I've seen a couple of those fly and they are pretty nuts. I'm into the scale wwII stuff personally, jets are nuts. If I get back into it I'd like to get a BIG P-51
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Whats even more nuts is when you come in for a landing, flip the retract switch and then notice the gear ISNT DOWN. Then right when you line up to the "ya know its coming" crash landing teh gear pops down right when you start thinking on how much $$$ this will cost about 10' above the ground. Was trying to get it slowed to near stall within 2' of the ground to minimize it.
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Or this is even funnier. Was carrying the plane (well about as easy as you can carry something thats 80" long and has a 44" wingspan) from my truck to the field. Retracts were retracted (I had a cradle for it in the truck that I could strap it down) and was carying the radio in one hand by the bar across teh top of it. Apparently I didnt realise that I switched the planes reciever power on and the apparently somehow the retracts servo activated. If you ever seen how fast some of these pop out, think about getting one slammed in the nads.
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Yeah, I used to fly a bit as well. Have a Tower hobbies trainer 40 and Starfire 40 in my basement. I remember when I crashed my first trainer, apparently the battery in the plane was minutes from dying. Took off fine, did a flew around the field a few times then I lost all control. The plane did a few circles before it smashed into the ground in a 5' high blaze of balsa wood . I want to get back into it again, but I got into motorcycles, which directly conflicts with the flying season.

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LOL. I went through my fair share of trainers also... 1st crash- flying at schiller woods there's one tree that sticks out from the rest if you land heading west... I miss judged and and clipped a branch. 2nd crash someone turned on, on the same freq. as me and the damn thing full throttle dive bombed off into the woods. Found the plane in a tree and the motor about 4" into the dirt.


I just learned the flying field in naperville is like 5 blocks from my house so I'm definitely getting back into this!
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Crazy got into building and flying these planes. they look pretty damn nice too.




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heli's kinda suck, very hard to control (not that planes aren't), and just kinda limited. Electric anything is even worse unless you plan on doing it indoors in the winter.

I know all about RC planes like I said I used to fly them and have 2 and 1 sail plane currently that are sitting in my attic. I'd like to get with an instructor again though because I'm sure I'll be extremely rusty. I don't believe the club I used to fly with is around anymore.


As far as hobbies lol not that many:

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You can never have enough hobbies.
Car stereo is a hobby? What exactly do you do with your car stereo that makes it a hobby?
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I know that Wink used to. Gee I bet your suprised.

There is a field near you in Naperville. I don't recall where. There is one in Chicago on Irving Park near Cumberland, one in Palos Heights. There is one with a paved runway in St. Charles.

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Car stereo is a hobby? What exactly do you do with your car stereo that makes it a hobby?

definitely. You build it... as in an aftermarket sound system. Proper staging, highs, mids, lows, etc. Custom speaker locations, custom speaker boxes, and so on
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I had enough trouble keeping my RC truck under control. I've always wanted to fly RC, must be the pilot in me, but I was always afraid of the resulting crashes.
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I'm into it....got 3-4 planes and a heli. I fly at the local high school by me. They don't mind and it's close. I just got a big warbird and a 3d plane this week. I'll be putting them together over the winter

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cool. I think I'm going to run over to Al's today and pick up an indentical trainer to the one I have. I just don't trust it after sitting in my attic for 10 years lol. I should be able to get the motor going so all I'll need to buy is a radio cause I sold the one out of my old plane.
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Thanks for supporting a local hobby shop Nick.

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lol no problem. I've been going to al's since I was a kid... only difference between them and online prices is tax and I'm impatient so it works for me
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cool. I think I'm going to run over to Al's today and pick up an indentical trainer to the one I have. I just don't trust it after sitting in my attic for 10 years lol. I should be able to get the motor going so all I'll need to buy is a radio cause I sold the one out of my old plane.

Nick, I would check over that old plane. I've seen alot of guys fly old stuff just fine. If you're worried about the motor you can run it on the ground first. For your radio look into a computer radio. Futaba has them for $179 with 6 channels and can handle up to 10 planes. If you get into it like I did that'll save you $$ down the line

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Nick, I would check over that old plane. I've seen alot of guys fly old stuff just fine. If you're worried about the motor you can run it on the ground first. For your radio look into a computer radio. Futaba has them for $179 with 6 channels and can handle up to 10 planes. If you get into it like I did that'll save you $$ down the line
+1 on the new radio. Old radios work fine, but the new ones are narrow channel. Less chance of interference.
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Ya I looked at my plane more today... the tail cracked off in storage, I think I can repair it pretty easily though.
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Here's some pictures what do you think...

I was thinking since it's fits together pretty decently, uncover the surrounding area and 5 minute epoxy it together. Hold it together with T-pins until it dries and then cover the damaged area with a thin sheet of balsa to reinforce it. Then recover? Making sure the tail is straight of course
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I was thinking since it's fits together pretty decently, uncover the surrounding area and 5 minute epoxy it together. Hold it together with T-pins until it dries and then cover the damaged area with a thin sheet of balsa to reinforce it. Then recover? Making sure the tail is straight of course

Definitely, also check out towerhobbies dot com website. If a kit was assembled missing pieces let's say a wing, you can get a plane for close to half price or less. This is how I rebuilt my first plane after a crash. The retail cost of the plane was 150, bought one of those unfinished kits for 40 bucks at the time, plus have extra parts for future incidents

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Here's some pictures what do you think...

I was thinking since it's fits together pretty decently, uncover the surrounding area and 5 minute epoxy it together. Hold it together with T-pins until it dries and then cover the damaged area with a thin sheet of balsa to reinforce it. Then recover? Making sure the tail is straight of course

Just epoxy that back on. I've had a crash worse than that and epoxied the tail back on. It held up to violent snap rolls after the repair just fine. When your done just cut out some strips of covering to go over the effected area. Remember it's your trainer not a show plane. If you get into this further you'll probably get bored with it and want a low wing plane anyway

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sweet. My next plane will be a Sig Rascal 110
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sweet. My next plane will be a Sig Rascal 110

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I'm telling you, you'll get bored with that too quick. Practice with your trainer for a couple months and on a simulator. You'll want a low wing or 3d plane fast. Come out with me and my neighbor on a weekend and you'll see what I mean. Better yet just stop by and see my winter projects. I have a 6ft wingspan 1.20 size P-47 thunderbolt I'm building with a Saito 1.50 motor, and should get my Great Planes UCD 3d today in the mail.

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Oh I'll definitely have a couple more planes, that one is just going to be next. I love giant scale. Plus my trainer has semi symetrical wings, back when I used to fly I could do snap rolls, flat spins, endless loops, inverted flight, etc. It's an avistar 40 with an OS FX .61 motor. Suppose to be an intermediate trainer but I did fine on it. I really want a BIG plane, most likely the rascal but I've been looking at the sig four-star 120. I've never built a kit and I hear that one is pretty straight forward. On the other hand if I get the rascal I'd love to get a set of floats for it and an onboard camera setup

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