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Old 12-14-2019, 02:02 AM
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Default Anyone here fly giant scale RC Airplanes

Saw a post on RC cars so I thought I'd see if anyone else beside me is flying models.
I've been messing with flying model airplanes since I was 8 or 9. Started out with .049 control line and moved up to .35's. Man, I smacked a lot of balsa back then!
in 1973 college happened, then women and suddenly it was 1995 and I had a son. Took up C/L again and then a coworker talked me into RC. Around $15-20 grand and 24 years later I'm still playing with toy airplanes only now they're bigger. A lot BIGGER! Up to 110" wingspan and 100cc 2 cylinder gas engine. 1/5 scale warbirds and 1/3 scale Cubs which aren't even that big in todays RC world.
How about you?


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Didnít know they went that big. Wow. Iím telling you itís amazing the myriad of interests on here.
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Biggest is 78" wingspan.
Last several years I have bought several UM planes. I can take them out and get some time in my cul-de-sac. Much cheaper and get more time flying since I do not have to drive to the local field.
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They have a whole airport for those things where I live. It has a long concrete runway and grass strip.
Sometimes I’ll fly overhead at altitude in my acft and I can see the RC planes below in the pattern.
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I think it’s a great hobby. Biggest I have owned is quarter scale. Have also owned a 1/1. In recent years I’ve messed with the little electric ones in my yard. Sort of like model trains, model planes have so many different aspects of them for people to enjoy different ways.
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Ever visited triple tree in upstate SC? Used to go annually. My sister worked for the brothers that own it right out of school. Really cool place for both RC and general fly ins.
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I was into model planes years ago, but I stuck with CL for two reasons.

First. Money, I just could not afford RC at that time.

Second, I am lazy. No matter how bad I Fed up with CL planes, I only had to walk 60 feet to pick up what was left of my plane.
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There are some serious pros in the giant scale RC universe. Real scale jet engines, big airframes, lots of working parts, impressive work, $$$$$$$$$

It is not a hobby, it is a disease.

Just google "giant scale rc airplanes"
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I too grew up with those Cox and Tester control line planes, .049 engines. Got into RC a bit as a kid....(also Estes rockets of course). I never got into giant scale but going to R/C shows, and flying fields, always enjoyed looking at them. Also WWII planes were a hobby of mine growing up.

Later in my late 30's or early 40's got into electric park fliers.
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The YouTubes on those things are very impressive. I could watch those multi-engines, turbines, radials and helicopter videos for hours. Formation flying, lights, retractable gear, etc. etc. Amazing.
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Originally Posted by The Revenge View Post
They have a whole airport for those things where I live. It has a long concrete runway and grass strip.
Sometimes Iíll fly overhead at altitude in my acft and I can see the RC planes below in the pattern.
humblebrag 2019 challenge winner right there......
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This must be huge in Germany and other places in Europe....You Tube is full of these...some of them are 747's the length of a truck..

It's cool watching them maneuver..
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I have always wanted to get into it and make the move from RC cars but haven't ever done it.

those planes are really bad ass!
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Just remember that the step from "jumping into" RC aircraft and those "bad ass" planes is pretty big and expensive
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Like others have said, those planes are bad ass. Maybe a dumb question on my part, is is that one on your left actually jet engine propelled?
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Originally Posted by Brad1 View Post
Like others have said, those planes are bad ass. Maybe a dumb question on my part, is is that one on your left actually jet engine propelled?
yes, its a jet just not an internal combusted jet.
Electric ducted fan powered by 24 volt Lithium batteries. It's also made of foam and cost $550. ready to fly. The stuff you can buy now is amazing!
Here's mine

And here's the $20K version .This one is turbine powered. It is a miniature version of the real jet that uses Jetx for fuel.
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Crazy flying skills on that Messerschidmt
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Originally Posted by RIDE2GETHER View Post
Just remember that the step from "jumping into" RC aircraft and those "bad ass" planes is pretty big and expensive
The jump from your $500 trainer set up to the next level of sport planes isn't that bad but when you jump from sport planes to scale be ready to spend some $$$$.
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A friend of mine is passionate about these things. A couple of them are worth 40-60k. Every time he crashes its a huge bill. He lost a 34k plane the other day. It is not a poor mans sport thats for sure,

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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
I have always wanted to get into it and make the move from RC cars but haven't ever done it.

those planes are really bad ass!
believe it or not, we found cars to be more expensive than airplanes.
My son and I decided to try cars for days it was too windy to fly. Holy shit! Everday we'd go from the track straight to the hobby shop for new parts. It never ended and it was expensive.
With airplanes, once you're a proficient pilot, you can fly many , many days needed nothing but fuel.
There are those days, well, you know, this happens



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