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Michael Baker
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This would so screw with your depth perception. I'd love to fly one.

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That is one beautiful build job.

I tinkered with RC airplanes back in the early nineties. I built about six of them from balsa kits, which was just as fun as flying them. It is indeed difficult to fly these things. I never did master it. I had a teacher and I was able to get airborne and to flying, but when it came to landing, I just couldn't handle it. The most difficult part to flying them for me was learning how to think in reverse. You use the directional controls differently when the plane is going away from you, but you have to reverse your direction when it is coming back to you. Hand eye coordination to the max.

I built six and crashed three. These were actually easily repaired if you didn't damage it too bad. But when it nosedives into the dirt, it's all over. In the end I sold my remaining planes and radio equipment and went on to other pursuits. Glad I tried it though.
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That was awesome and then some. I wonder if the plane had an on-board camera so the pilot could "see out."

It looked weird when it was flying low over the trees and under the clouds, like it was going too fast. If it had been the real thing, it would have been doing a gazillion miles an hour. That's scale for ya.
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Michael Baker
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On Jun 9, 2014, George Ledo wrote:
That was awesome and then some. I wonder if the plane had an on-board camera so the pilot could "see out."

It looked weird when it was flying low over the trees and under the clouds, like it was going too fast. If it had been the real thing, it would have been doing a gazillion miles an hour. That's scale for ya.


If you saw it fly on approach, and didn't know the true facts, you would think it was a lot further away. There would be a point where your mind would cease to process the info as first thought. That epiphany would really mess with your brain. Up in the air, there would really be little point of reference to indicate the size.

I was amazed how the fly-byes even sounded somewhat authentic.
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That was really cool! You just got me stuck on youtube for a half hour looking at the other ones as well. Well worth it- those are fun.
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That was really cool! You just got me stuck on youtube for a half hour looking at the other ones as well. Well worth it- those are fun.


I watched some of the others, but stuck to discipline and pulled myself away. I could probably watch more, for sure. I never took the plunge into R/C (all available funds went toward magic and monsters,it seems), but I did build some sizable balsa wood airplanes. I don't think most kids have that kind of patience today. Do they??
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We don't have as many nice green fields as they do over in Germany (?). Ok, we probably do, but I just don't see grass that green very often here.

MAN! I have NEVER seen anything like that! No idea RC planes got so big. And they even sound like an actual jet!

I was wondering what the propulsion on planes like that are - compressed air? I would be shocked if someone told me they really were little jet engines, but these days maybe I shouldn't be shocked.

Just astounding.
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Http://www.troybuiltmodels.com/items/ESMMIG3-80FAF.html

This would be my dream machine Smile

I wonder, though, from watching the videos it seems that the plane doesn't come with the guts - engine, electronic rigging, retractable landing gear, etc... I did see electronic landing gears for sale down at the bottom of the page, though.

I know nothing about this hobby - I guess for the bigger models it is usual to buy the outer plane and inner workings/engine separately?
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Beautiful aircraft. I also got sucked into additional videos.

I dabbled in R/C for awhile in the 80's. My favorite plane was a trainer called a "Sturdy Birdy", a trainer with a PVC pipe for the body and wings made of Styrofoam that were held on with rubber bands. It was a great flyer and virtually indestructible. No matter how hard I crashed, I could replace parts and be back in the air in a matter of minutes. Most other planes, you crash and it comes home in a box.
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Incredible ! I wonder how much that cost, wouldn't want to be the one who crashed it.
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Wow, and I thought the old Cox control line model I had a a kid was cool. Anyone remember those? You had to lay down for 10 minutes after a flight because you were so dizzy from spinning round and round. lol
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Wow, and I thought the old Cox control line model I had a a kid was cool. Anyone remember those? You had to lay down for 10 minutes after a flight because you were so dizzy from spinning round and round. lol


I DO remember those! LOL
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I DO remember those! LOL


Kid finally gets it going around the :50 mark.



I remember spinning around sometimes thinking "I wish this thing would run out of gas already" lol
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@Michael Baker,
Many thanks for posting this. I've never seen
one of these. I watched the entire sequence.

I used to fly rc planes with my pappy until the
time he lost one over a new housing development
as it drifted out of radio range, due to his
diminishing eyesight. This brought back some
good memories.

We never found it nor did anyone get hurt since we
didn't read about it in the papers or police reports.
In hindsight we should have affixed a sticker with
contact data and insurance claims...on second thought...

The first time we visited a pro flight line for R/C Planes
he remarked, "Son, this is a rich man's hobby." as he smiled
broadly.

When I took a gander at the other top of the line aircraft in comparison
to our flight entry, I thought to myself, "Dad's not doing too well."

I still have lots of Futaba Servos and radios lying around somewhere.
Thanks again Mike!
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Michael Baker
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When I was a kid, there was a big field near me where some guys would gather and fly their planes. This was way beyond the $2.00 a week paper route money that I made, but I would go there anyway just to watch. One guy had a Sopwith Camel with a cutout of Snoopy in the cockpit, while another guy had a Fokker Triplane. They would have mock dog fights and Snoopy would always come floating down on a parachute with smoke trailing from his plane. How cool was that??

All of my flyable planes were either gliders or rubber band driven. The rest were plastic models.
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That's totally awesome! What a piece of work. Reminds me of my first special effects shoot in late 80's...Visited a set of a WWII movie and they used huge RC planes. On screen they look very real!
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