Radio Controlled Aircraft Hobbies
For several years I worked with a guy (Walt) who has been
in the R/C aircraft hobby for awhile. He was a member of one of the oldest
R/C clubs in the US - The District of Columbia Radio Control Club (DC-RC).
They have been together for over 50 years and currently count me now as a member
with over 230 members currently. Some of the folks at the club that I've
met are just amazing in their experience, knowing how to have fun, and
dedication to the hobby. I'm not usually (ok hardly ever) a joiner but
this group has been a lot of fun to be around.
I started on Walt's advice with an advanced trainer from
Hanger 9 - The Arrow. I quickly got the bug to build.
Maybe I'll learn to fly someday....
Since I enjoy building things my next airplane project has
been started and I've dove in with both feet. My new plane is a 1/4 scale Eindecker I WW 1 warbird. The kit is designed and sold by
SR Batteries company.
It uses very modern kit design techniques and construction materials and
incorporates improvements that makes the flying experience better than what a
real 1915 airplane could do. Watch the
construction process here.
My next major project took 2 years a Glenn Torrace Hanriot
that turned out beautifully.
Along the way a few ARF's (almost ready to fly) an Extra
300 and a Mini-Ultra-stik from Hanger 9, both electric power.
A cover to my credit!
Hear are parts of Glenn Torrance's web site who showed off my
new at GTM
July 19th - I received a hand full of photos over the last few
weeks and thought I would share some with you. It seems that some
of our Hanriot kits are being completed and finding themselves in the
air. The top four photos come from Tom Pfarr who hails from
Maryland. Tom has finished his Hanriot bi-plane in Italian
Squadron 81a colors. Tom says his Roto 25cc engine flies this very
maneuverable bi-plane just fine. It is a great feeling to see a
project that you labored on come to life and then go airborne. As
the original 1918 pilot reports state the Hanriot was a sturdy,
reliable, maneuverable plane. We agree. Another wonderful
aspect about this subject, there are a lot of great color schemes to
select. Basically, the Hanriot is a Sopwith Pup with a Italian
twist. Tom photo's show some great detail and how good looking
this plane is. The only main piece missing is the dummy engine
which Tom is working on now. Tom mentioned the original pilot was
the Italian ace Flavio Toello Baracchini with 21 victories.
We appreciate you sharing your project with us Tom. You did an
outstanding job. The next photo comes from Randy Matley who
resides in Idaho. You might remember seeing this Hanriot before as
Randy did the first build along a while back on this bi-plane. It
still might be on RC Universe if you have not seen it. Just search
for Hanriot or look under the Scale forum. He took this neat photo
showing his two Swiss color bi-planes ready for flight. Randy has
a decent amount of flights on his Hanriot and reports in that it is a
great handling plane that he enjoys flying. He has entered a
couple Scale Master Qualifiers with it and has taken home several
trophies. The last photo is a nice shot of a full scale Fokker D6
owned by Javier Arango. I like the fact the sun highlights the detail.
Something to remember when you take some photos, know where the sun is
and see how shadows appear. One trick I saw a magazine do was to
use a piece of metal (aluminum) to help reflect sun light under the
wings to highlight the underside area removing the shadows. You
might not have metal laying around but the idea is to use something
reflective to get that same result. I have done that on some of my
photos I use for ads and it works quite well. I added a new
link (below) for our aluminum struts which you can review. Our
struts are unique and can be used on a variety of WW1 projects.. As always any comments or questions
just email me. - Glenn