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Flying with real miniature engines

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Wow... one could almost believe those are 1/1 scale radials!

 

Yeah, shame about the prangs.  I went to a huge RC invitational at the Palm Beach polo club one time many years ago.  A guy had a HYUOOOOOOGE C-47 (wing span was like 10 feet) powered by two  actual radial engines like these.  When it was in the air you'd have sworn it was a real airplane.  Something happened when he was on short final to land, and it stalled and dropped nose first into the canal at the end of the field.  Smashed into a million bits and in nasty Florida canal water.  That had to be tens of thousands of dollars worth of hardware and untold amounts of work *poof*.

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I used to build and fly control line models when I was a teen. They were almost always scale models of something real but almost invariably they would end up in a thousand bit scattered over the park. All the work trying to make them look like the real thing all painted up and gone. Hence why I started building large scale plastic planes. When you've finished all that work you put them in the cabinet and they can be enjoyed and admired for years.

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Me too, did the flying stuff when younger and got fed up of the time effort and expense just to come home with a bag of broken balsa bits. Concentrated on static plastic and been happy ever since

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