|Is modelflying difficult ?
Of course all the begin is difficult, but modelflying is good to
learn, and a bit depending on natural talent, it will take some weeks till some years to
learn it properly. Flying with a model airplane is just like a real airplane, because
rudders can move, the plane can be steered up and down, and to the left and right. The rudder is
for moving to the left and the right. The elevator is for going up and down, when the
elevator is going up, it pushes the tail of the plane down and thus the plane is going up.
Later, when you are flying good, you learn to fly with ailerons. The ailerons are also for
going to the left or right, but have to be used in combination with the elevator, and
turns can be made even sharper. With the use of ailerons there are more possibility's to
fly other figures, but because it is constantly in combination with rudder and elevator, it
becomes more difficult, and only useful for the more advanced pilot.
We are always starting with a "beginnersmodel". These are
not difficult to built airplanes from about 1,50 meter wingspan, and are mostly
made of wood, so inevitable repairs can be made very easy. The ideal beginners plane is
a plane with the wing on the top of the fuselage. Because the heavy part of the plane (the
fuselage) is below the wing, these kind of planes have a great own stability. Don't let you be seduces by
those nice scale planes. Of course those scale planes are beautiful to see, but are very
often difficult to fly. Of course you can buy and built such a plane, but to prevent
a disappointment don't go flying with it until you have some experience with flying, and
of course starting and landing. Good trainer models are the Robbe Charter, the
Taxi from graupner, but also models like the T-2000 and student are good.
the joy-stick A and B we are going up or down, and we steer the elevator. The joy stick C
and D is for going to the left and right and is steering the rudder. The throttle of the
engine is be moved with E, F where F is full throttle and E for idle. The joy stick G and
H are used with the next trainer plane, and will be use with a plane with ailerons. Don't
think that it is all very simple, because up and down looks not very difficult but you are
not in the plane. You are standing with both feet on the ground (I hope) and then it is
very difficult to see at what height the plane is flying. Also going to the left or right
is very difficult at the beginning. When the plane is flying from you, and you are
steering to the left, the plane is going to the left to, and the same goes for the right,
but when the plane is flying towards you and you are steering to the left the plane is
going to the right (for your feeling). When you are in a real plane you don't have to worry
about this, because you are always going in the same direction, in the direction of the
nose of the plane, but with model flying you are looking one moment to the tail of the
plane and the other moment to the engine of the plane. Al those contradictions makes
flying with remote control difficult, and you really have to learn it.
Model flying is not so expensive as it might seem. Today there are models for beginners
that sell for between 30 and 80 dollars, and will provide for many years of fun. Look at Tower hobbies, or take a look on our link site for other firms. The costs of transmitter, receiver
and servos is a bit more expensive but there are complete and good sets for sale from 100
dollars. Usually you have to buy a transmitter just once, because it can be used with many