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#250504 - 09/21/08 09:00 PM This One's For the Boys
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If you are even remotely into R/C stuff...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFypnPK1dPU&feature=related

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#250627 - 09/22/08 07:37 PM Re: This One's For the Boys [Re: Still]
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This is a lot like one of my experiences with RC aircraft:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6suhk7hMNs&feature=related


And this is like my dad's one experience with RC aircraft:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlVpnCJAIkw&feature=related


And if you liked that I have a slightly-used Fox 40RC motor
for sale. It is almost 40 years old and was used just once
by my old man. The original price was $24.95 brand-new. It
has a slightly-bent throttle linkage. Make offer!!!

I wonder if it would work in my 3-ft long RC destroyer model?
(Once I get it built).

he, he, he,

Mark

Just trying to cheer everybody up!



Edited by Trucker51 (09/22/08 07:44 PM)
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#250628 - 09/22/08 08:02 PM Re: This One's For the Boys [Re: Trucker51]
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that looks really fun, maybe i will make an RC model one day, hey Mark, have u seen the RC trucks they have, i don't remember who it was that made some, but they are really cool, and the guy put a little camera in the cab of the model so that he could drive the truck around a model village he made looking out of the cabs window, and as far as i remember the model man in the cab could also move his arms and steering wheel

i'm not sure what i would make, a flying model i think, but it would have to be special somehow, oh i know! do you know in the RC battleships they have and they have mines and guns that actually explode and stuff (i remember this one battleship that is designed to look like it gets blown up and then actually sinks! that was cool) well i would make a fighter plane that actually shoots! that would be cool (but probably illegal and dangerous), or maybe make a really small one, like an insect that i can send into spy on people, huh, do you know nanobots and stuff, like they want to use in medicine, do they qualify as RC models?

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#250683 - 09/23/08 02:41 AM Re: This One's For the Boys [Re: king tut]
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I've got one here for you old timers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxNkP2qM3Sw&feature=related

And another for you DC-10 fans.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcedGXSjsJU&feature=related

I'm glad that we don't have to fly one of those anymore!

Mark

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#250697 - 09/23/08 08:03 AM Re: This One's For the Boys [Re: Trucker51]
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I am surprised by the size of the aircraft...they are really cool. How much does something like that cost?


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#250854 - 09/24/08 04:09 AM Re: This One's For the Boys [Re: DanM]
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Most RC enthusiasts don't start-out with a 4-engine jumbo as their first aircraft. My dad spent 6 weeks building his first RC model, which was a Piper Cub with maybe a 30-inch wingspan. Just the motor was $25 new back around 1970. That plane lasted about 30 seconds in flight, then the motor died, and it made a kamikaze dive into the parking lot from at least 50 feet high. All that was left come the following Monday morning was the motor (which I still have) and my dad's frustration. And yes, I really did get nailed by someone's out of control single-engine RC plane, which hit my arm from behind when I wasn't looking, and the impact tore the plane's wing right off. I would guess that a 747 RC model that size could easily run several thousand bucks, plus all of the other experience leading up to taking that big of a chance. And yes, I have seen RC 18-wheelers, and even bought one that was 3 feet long for a friend's 8 year old for Christmas a couple of years ago. It was $79 brand new, and it still works almost 3 years later.

Maybe Rob would know more about the current costs involved in RC aircraft. I wonder if liability insurance is an issue?

Have fun,

Mark

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#250855 - 09/24/08 04:24 AM Re: This One's For the Boys [Re: Trucker51]
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These guys have to wear jeans and t-shirts because they spent all of their money on this!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmKdA6L_MWk&feature=related

Here's someone else with way too much time and money on their hands:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urtrGa3R8O0&feature=related

And here is one for Lewis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfy9K1iz_xg&feature=related

Mark

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#250856 - 09/24/08 06:26 AM Re: This One's For the Boys [Re: Trucker51]
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Here's a typical JET engine for R/C.
http://rcjetmodels.com/?gclid=CJGTqIaZ9JUCFRoSFQodJyEdjw
I'm pretty sure they begin at about $1500 USD.

Here's an engine running in a test-bed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofJVCddTpYM

So the big 4-engine jets get about $10,000 in no time.

If you add Nukes and/or conventional weapons to the bombers, you get into six figures real quick.

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#250886 - 09/24/08 12:06 PM Re: This One's For the Boys [Re: Still]
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Just by adding the prices of a kit for a fighter jet on the RCJet Models site, to the price for an engine, fuel system, landing gear and braking systems, radio and flight control systems, and various other necessary subsystems and accessories, the total price for a single-engine 1/8th scale jet fighter could easily run in the $7000-$9000 range. And to that figure has to be added the total costs of gaining enough experience to get to the point where you are ready to take that kind of a chance. Based on these figures, the cost of that A-340 flying model with 4 jet engines is likely near six figures alone, plus a tremendous amount of construction time and all of the cost gaining enough experience to get to that level of a product.

Owning a snowmobile or an 18-foot ski or bass boat would be much less expensive than owning that A-340 RC model, and much less risky. But RC flying can be much less expensive initially. I bought a 12 year old nephew a cheap ready-to-fly single-engine flying RC model for Christmas 6 years ago that provided an immense amount of fun and survived many hard landings before finally succumbing to its many injuries 2 days later, and its engine still lives on in an RC boat that he built himself. RC models can be quite a bit of fun and I would encourage anyone to take the first step and try one.

Mark

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#250923 - 09/24/08 05:19 PM Re: This One's For the Boys [Re: Trucker51]
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One last little hobby that could be less-expensive than high-end multi-engine jet RC aircraft. I have 250 hours in a C-172 myself. It took me about 60 hours to get my license and I can rent a plane for $60-$70/hour including fuel which will do 120 knots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ppDKUpmGck&feature=related

Mark

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