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Defense Hill Modeler's Association (DHMA)
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The purpose of our club is to promote the flying of Radio Control Model Aircraft and to have fun Safely and Responsibly. The many other activities we undertake are geared to these objectives. Another of our objectives is to assist newcomers to this hobby through advice on:
THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
The first people you meet in this hobby will most likely be the owner of the Hobby Shop. The right guy behind the counter can steer you to the right plane and engine combination and radio plus the basic accessories you'll need to get started. This booklet is made available to you in this Hobby
Shop for these reasons;
For us to help you out in choosing the right plane to begin with we will start with a bit of advise, forget for now, the idea of fancy Warbirds, Aerobatics Planes with break neck speeds etc... To borrow an old phrase, "you have to crawl before you can walk". Remember, even the greatest of Aces started out in Trainer Aircraft and so should you. A Primary Trainer will be easier to deal with as you keep your trials and accomplishments on an even level. Look for a Trainer in the .40 engine (Displacement) range. It should be a high wing airplane, which will offer the best stability in flight for the novice. Your trainer should also have a flat bottom wing airfoil (the cross section shape of the wing) so it can fly slow enough for you to keep up with. Also the wing should have a generous amount of "dihedral" (the up-ward "V" angle of the wings, when viewed from the front). This "basic" type of trainer is more forgiving of pilot error than any other type. Lastly make sure you choose a plane with tricycle landing gear, tail draggers take a bit more skill in landings and takeoffs so you'll want to avoid them for now. There are two types of Trainer kits to choose from;
You'll need a .40 size engine, as well, but don't get anything to fancy first time around. Something in the $70-$100 range will do. Even the lower price engine will last a long time with just a little care. Radio Start out with a four-channel radio for now. Don't bother with all the bells & whistles, etc... Of 5,6, and 7 channels till later as you become more experienced. They have options you don't need just yet.
OK, lets assume you have everything ready to go, plane, engine, radio, all the other niceties like fuel, a fuel bulb, a 1.6 volt battery to start the glow plug, a glow plug clip, and a chicken stick to flip the prop for engine starting, your radio and receiver batteries are fully charged and now your going to head for the field at your local school and take her up, right?
This is why many newcomers to the sport quit right off the bat, because they try to fly on their own and there is only one outcome a crash, with the loss of your plane and perhaps injury to a bystander. Its a 99.99% sure thing so don't even think of attempting it. Flying R/C aircraft is not hard! It just takes some time to develop the skill and control and theres, only one way to get it and thats with time and help.
Crashes will happen. They happen to the novice and the expert as well.
In most cases damage can be light and easily repairable. Those choosing the kit planes always have the plans to fall back on and your hobby shop is well stocked with balsa and light plywood. "CA Glues" (we know them as super-glue) is the glue of choice for building and repairs and can quickly turn a disaster into a miracle. ARF's can be repaired too but when the damage is severe, it may pay to get another kit. Fly your Trainer as often as possible, remember practice makes perfect. It will all come naturally, as your reflexes become trained and with enough practice you could start that Warbird or aerobatic hot rod you were thinking about.
Thanks from DHMA!