Remote Control War – A Childhood Dream

Coming from a poor background, and not having an especially well-paying job there is a particular mindset that I have to struggle to get out of.

Not Much Fun For A KidI’m talking of the ‘That’s cool, but I couldn’t afford it’ mindset. I’ve had this attitude for years – for example I used to get dragged around National Trust manor houses and gardens as a kid. Instead of looking at the old buildings or marvelling at a tree like everyone else I used to vividly imagine an enormous RC battle going on.

To be fair, my scenes probably would have cost the best part of a million dollars to do – I’m talking metal battleships complete with ball bearing cannons, helicopters with bottle-rockets, aircraft carrier ships in the lake, tanks on the ground and all kinds of remote control weaponry and layouts. It turns out National Trust gardens would be amazing locations for an RC war.

Nice Building, Where Are The Jets?

It’s now over a decade later, I no longer dream of remote control wars (although that could just be because I no longer voluntarily go to old buildings for a day out) and I have a job. Which means I have a little money.

It’s amazing how long it’s taken me to figure out that I’m a big boy now, and if I want to spend my money on an RC jet and fly it around – I’m allowed to. It’s absolutely fine. Nobody’s going to shout at me if I break it straight away either!

The Product Box of my A4 Skyhawk

You’ve no doubt guessed that I’ve gone and bought an RC Jet – a 55mm EDF A4 Skyhawk Jet in military grey no less. It took me ages to build and put the stickers on though, mainly because I kept messing about and was being overcareful.

I took it out down the road to a massive field that has around 4 football pitches on it, fired her up and let her loose! Her engine screamed, she flew from my friends hand… straight into the ground.

OK. Bad start.

Fix it up and try again!

This time I took off from a tarmac strip and she flew beautifully! I’d bought myself a copy of the ClearView RC Sim and spent  a couple of hours getting to grips with flying on that – so I was ready.

It’s an enormous amount of fun flying these things! It’s a constant attention grabbing activity – you can’t just let her rip and then go make a cup of tea. You’re flying the model 100% of the time constantly making tiny adjustments (and occasionally big, disaster-averting ones).

 

The A4 EDF Sky Hawk RC Jet

 

Going back to my first point, what I mean by all this is that it’s ridiculous how long it took me to do this. I’ve dreamed of flying these machines for years, and yet even when I could afford to buy several a month if I wanted to it still took me ages. I guess sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to do what we want to do. To fulfil old dreams.

Now in my case I haven’t fully appeased my younger self’s dreams – after all I’m not landing this A4 Skyhawk on a remote control Aircraft Carrier in the middle of a lake… at least not yet. But I do own my own remote controlled jet, which actually flies! Not only that but it’s an absolute joy to control and a great challenge, and it means I get outside more. Fulfilling your dreams is good for you, period.

Remote Control Battleship

*Sigh* I will rule the waves one day...

An A10 Thunderbolt Suitable for Beginners?!

It’s easy enough these days to build up and impressive mental wish-list of things you’d love to own. What with TV advertisements, YouTube videos featuring cool toys, online ads, eBay, blog features and almost every kind of media showing us what the world has to offer… if you have the money.

The Awesome A10 Thunderbolt Design

Add up the total of your wish-list and chances are you’ll be left with a pretty big sum! So what to do?

Well, chances are if you’ve ever seen a remote control helicopter, plane or jet you’ve wondered what it would be like to fly! But how much are they? Can you afford one?

Ultimately that’s a question we all answer for ourselves, but I’m here to shed light on something you probably thought was out of your reach – the cheap rc jet.

Now there are a few rc planes for beginners out there that cost only a few tens of pounds – but you get what you pay for and will be flat out bored pretty quick. That’s not quite true, as if you’re a first time flyer the world of remote control planes is very exciting. You’re having fun while learning new skills and challenging yourself – perhaps the best kind of fun there is.

Streaming Smoke Trails from the Ferocious A10

But there is a way to guarantee yourself more fun and excitement without spending much more at all. You see the cheap rc jet is a marvel that will get you outside more often and having more fun than you thought even remotely likely.

Why? Three reasons. Speed, Performance and Robustness. Rock solid indestructibility and aircraft don’t really come into the same sentence, but with the special tough and shock-absorbing foam these rc planes for beginners are made out of you can get very close. Nothing is more frustrating than taking your new rc jet out into the field only to annihilate it on your first flight.

That’s why robustness is a key factor, with an edf rc jet you’ll be able to make a hard landing or three and still be flying with no problems.

As for performance the thing that separates most rc planes for beginners on the market today and the new cheap rc jet is that the first concentrates on slow and simple, and the latter is more interested in slow and capable.

Detailed Model Plans

What that means is a simple trainer will waft around the sky slowly and gently, and that’ll be the sum total of its ability. With a remote control fighter jet on the other hand you can still fly slowly and predictably whilst you build up your skills, but the aircrafts ability goes much, much further!

As soon as you’ve mastered simple banking turns and can land smoothly, you don’t need to go out and get a new rc plane to stay interested. You simply need to pick up the pace!

And that brings us to our third factor – speed! Even a cheap rc jet has a top speed of 80-90mph! That makes for extreme fun as you rocket around your flying field or abandoned carpark pulling aerobatic stunts!

The top speed is made possible by powerful motors, ducted air scoops and high discharge batteries housed inside fighter jet fuselages!

Missile Destroyer A10

For the first time ever you can add this amazing machine to your wish-list, and go ahead and buy it scott-free. Never has so much fun been so affordable!

For the best pick of the bunch, an astounding rc jet that will stretch and excite you for the cheapest price in the UK, click here : Cheap RC Jet

How To Control Your RC Jet Plane – A Guide

There’s no doubt about it, flying an rc jet plane is very, very exciting.

F18 RC Jet Plane Fighter

Part of it is seeing a miniature F18 fighter jet scream over your head and burst into barrel rolls, but another large part is the challenge of flying. Learning new skills is some of the best kind of fun we have, as long as it’s not forced.

If the skill is fun as well, then we’re set for a great time. When you first learn to fly an rc jet it’s all about the basics – primarily not crashing the thing into the ground. Takeoff is surprisingly easy, as it is in real aircraft too. All you need to do is face the jet along a strip of concrete or tarmac, preferably into wind if there is any, and increase the throttle stick.

Once the jet is up to its full speed most models will start to climb by themselves. Those with shorter wings such as the A4 Skyhawk don’t naturally climb and so will need a touch of elevator to get them airborne.

Either way, by applying a bit of elevator your rc jet plane will be streaking along skywards and you’ve successfully taken off.

F9F Panther RC Jet Plane

Keeping with the challenges facing the new pilot the next manoeuvre to master is the banking turn. These performance EDF rc jets have a very high top speed. Assuming you have a standard transmitter and receiver on the 2.4Ghz band, you’ll be out of your 1km range within 25 to 30 seconds if you don’t turn!

On a Mode 2 transmitter the ailerons are on the right stick’s horizontal axis. By moving the right stick to the left and right you’ll  bank the aircraft – keep the movements small however.

A big jerk to the right will cause the rc plane to roll and lose altitude quickly. By keeping the adjustments small you have better control and more time to react.

To avoid losing altitude whilst banking be sure to apply a touch of elevator during the whole turn. Once you’ve got the hang of this you’ll be able to take off and fly in nice easy circles – which is more exhilarating than it sounds! Many rc pilots go out to the field time after time to do just that, and the fun is not to be underestimated!

Moving onto the final challenge of the day, it’s time to land the thing.

F18 Landing an RC Jet Plane

Real aircraft are notoriously difficult to land, so much so that pilots have their own saying “You’re only as good as your last landing”.

Unlike real aircraft with real people onboard however, rc jet planes are simpler to land and any mistakes won’t be catastrophic. The new breed of edf rc jets built using compressed EPO foam are very resilient and robust. This is good news to the first time pilot attempting their first landing.

There are no real surprises here – the easiest way to land is to fly in a wide arc approaching the best landing spot. Be sure to leave a big space around your chosen runway to allow for overshoot, undershoot, misalignment and last minute decisions to throttle up and abandon the landing.

Slowly decrease the throttle as you finish the last third of your arc, turning to face the runway as you straighten up. Most performance jets take some time to lose momentum and glide well so you’ll need to approach the runway a surprisingly long distance away.

Swirling RC Jet Plane SmokeContinue cutting the throttle until it’s completely off , all the while making small adjustments to the elevator and ailerons to keep the jet in line and gliding. Be wary of using the elevator too much whilst gliding – you can end up stalling the plane quickly and nose diving. This shouldn’t be a big problem though, as all your speed is bled off and your foam plane will bounce harmlessly on the ground.

Just a touch of elevator will do for most models, continual touches should keep the nose up and the aircraft gliding smoothly along the runway. The art of landing is not to try and steer the aircraft to hit the ground softly, but to keep it flying as smoothly as possible until the ground rises to kiss the wheels.

After a bit of practise it’ll be a total non-event, which leaves aerobatics as your next challenge to master!

Merry Christmas

Hello folks!

This is my first post, just a quick message to say hello!

I’m going to be writing some tutorials and info for the budding RC Jet pilot and posting it here – check back whenever you can!

If you know someone that’s into RC Jets let me know or send them the link. 😀

I hope you have a great Christmas,

All the best,   Tom

This is the real version of one of my favorite remote control jets, the A10 Thunderbolt II