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« on: June 30, 2015, 02:02:05 PM »

I'm new to the flying side - I've always built static models, can someone explain control line flying to me please.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2015, 02:09:38 PM »

RockOrang,
Try this for starters.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4rqILAs_xo

Lots more on this forum and youtube. Use google.

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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2015, 02:29:15 PM »

Brilliant, cheers Dave
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2015, 02:33:06 PM »

Rock,
Search the controline forum here on HPA.
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2015, 02:43:30 PM »

It's a pair of strings, with a fool on one end and a toy airplane on the other.

But the fool is happy, and sometimes the toy airplane is pretty damned nice.

If you're interested, ask here and we'll help you get into it.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2015, 02:50:59 PM »

It's a pair of strings, with a fool on one end and a toy airplane on the other.

But the fool is happy, and sometimes the toy airplane is pretty damned nice.

If you're interested, ask here and we'll help you get into it.

AMEN!
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2015, 03:35:21 PM »

Tim I think you plagiarized Robert Frost.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2015, 05:05:16 PM »

Tim I think you plagiarized Robert Frost.

Paraphrased, perhaps.  I've looked for the quote on line and can't find it -- if you have a link to post I'd appreciate it.
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2015, 05:23:21 PM »

ok maybe I'm wrong but you sounded like him

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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2015, 02:29:34 PM »

Sometimes it's a fool with a frown, slack strings, and a plane-shaped hole in the ground.

Or so I've been told.
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2015, 03:11:37 PM »

My wife is just learning to fly CL.  Today she did a perfect figure 9.  Plane's rebuildable.
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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2015, 12:16:23 PM »

Many thanks for the replies, any suggestions for an ARF kit to start me off?

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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2015, 12:25:09 PM »

Brodak ARF Super Clown: http://brodak.com/control-line-kits/brodak/brodak-arf-series.html.

It's not an ARF, and 049 engines can be temperamental, but a basic trainer kit will survive your initial crashes a lot better: http://brodak.com/control-line-kits/brodak/1-2-a-series/basic-trainer-049-kit.html.  Build time won't be much longer than with an ARF, and you should be able to use their 1/2-A power package with it (with some nudging and fitting) if you don't want to mess with a fussy 049.

You will crash.  It's just part and parcel of the control line learning experience.  The nice thing about an all-solid kit is that it'll bounce where other planes will present you with a big repair job, and where it doesn't bounce it'll be easy to fix by fitting the bits together and applying thin CA glue.

Edit: If you live anywhere close to Oregon City, Oregon send me a PM -- I'll be happy to help you out in person.  Whoops -- I just noticed that you're in GB.  Never mind, unless you come visiting in Portland Oregon.
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2015, 12:33:42 PM »

Since I just noticed where you are: if you're remotely close you should check out these people http://controlline.org.uk/phpBB2/portal.php.  Getting some hands-on help, particularly having someone check out your equipment before you fly, is a really good idea.  If you're out back of the beyond and can't find anyone, post pictures on this forum and we'll try to help.

I'm working on a design that would be perfect for folks in your position.  Around $2 of material for the airframe, $60 for electric power and a car radio, and you're flying something that'll take minor crashes and just bounce, AND will let you land if you get dizzy.  But, it's not done yet, much less flown.  (Sorry for the crappy picture -- it's taken on my crappy-picture-taking cell phone).
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