Many many moons ago (1984 to be exact) my father bought an RC plane to build later on whilst traipsing through Europe. He moved on to full scale aircraft and the RC plane never got built. It was one of those things that as a child I was always dreaming about, expecially how much potential fun there was and it was constantly fuelled by seeing this box with sleek graphics all over it sitting on the top of the book case. Roll on 28 years and I've finally managed to find the time and spare cash to get into the hobby.
I've been hugely influenced by all the really cool builds using Foam Board as a medium and have had a go with pretty good success but they've all been 'bull in a china shop' builds all done by following concepts than chucking them together. My desire to see this wondrous thing sitting on the book case was so deeply ingrained that I reminded my dad about it and low and behold he said - "Yeah still got that, it's in storage downstairs!".
You can imagine my haste in barrelling downstairs to see if I could find it. I did find it but with an added bonus! He had two planes tucked away!
Here they are!
How cool are the transmitters!
Check it out - it still has a really old school inrunner and the battery pack
She's a fairly substantial trainer - 38 inches long and 49 inches wingspan
So I figured before ploughing into these beauties with my utter lack of experience I should take the time to learn the techniques involved in Balsa wood and film construction and do them justice. But they have given me a base with which to try building a similar aircraft from the plans out of foam. So with the little experience I have I've gotten started. My father and I are going to build the wing from hotwired blue foam and I've decided to not bother with the cockpit on the plans. We've changed the airfoil to a semi-symmetrical profile and so as not to run the risk of damaging the kits landing gear we're just going to make a skid and belly land it. Either that or I'll make some gear and make it a tail dragger.
We hope to get the wings hot wired out this weekend and there is a pretty hefty order on the way from HK with the rest of the bits that should get this up and going. I'm anticipating it looking a bit like a full fuse Slo Stick.