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Old 08-06-2020, 02:15 PM   #21
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It's appealing, but I can remember BIL's RC plane flying about 25 yds and nose diving into the ground in pieces. I'm not sure if the control systems today could prevent that happening from a beginner.
Yup, they sure can, this is just one of them, 18 seconds into the video. Now, that's a marketing video, there is no way a raw beginner is going to be able to fly it like that in such tight quarters. But given enough room, like a football field, it can pretty much land itself. It has three levels of control. The first limits you to 30 degrees of pitch and/or roll, the second moves the restrictions to 60 degrees, and the third removes all pitch/roll restrictions.

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Yup, they sure can, this is just one of them, 18 seconds into the video. Now, that's a marketing video, there is no way a raw beginner is going to be able to fly it like that in such tight quarters. But given enough room, like a football field, it can pretty much land itself. It has three levels of control. The first limits you to 30 degrees of pitch and/or roll, the second moves the restrictions to 60 degrees, and the third removes all pitch/roll restrictions.

That's pretty interesting Walt, seems the technology has come a long way. I am going share the video with my BIL.
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The reason I said N-gauge is that I do not want to devote much space to it; maybe 3'x6', and you can just get so much more into a smaller space. I'll have to check the local clubs and take a look at both N and HO.

DH is building a small HO layout in our spare bedroom. The room is 10’ wide. His layout is about 5.5’ x 18”. It hangs on the wall using elfa shelf mounting hardware. With this set up he still has a work/storage surface below and the layout is at a comfortable height for running trains.

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I fly turbine jets... It's crazy how technology has developed so much in the last 10 years. Not sure this meets a "frugal" lifestyle though
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I have some electric helis and planes as well as do ship model building.

I find I spend more time on the ship model building as it's not dependent on weather, available space, flying restrictions.


There are a few online ship building log sites, sites where newbie builders can get advice and guidance. Sometimes the ship you are building may have multiple build logs which you can use as a guide.



shipsofscale . com and modelshipworld . com are 2 great sites.



The first time can have some challenges, maybe start with a "block hull" instead of "plank on hull". With each model your confidence will improve and after it's done you have a beautiful piece of art to display.



I started with a "block" hull for the first build and now onto my first plank on hull build, Enterprise Maryland 1799 1:51 scale.



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DH is building a small HO layout in our spare bedroom. The room is 10’ wide. His layout is about 5.5’ x 18”. It hangs on the wall using elfa shelf mounting hardware. With this set up he still has a work/storage surface below and the layout is at a comfortable height for running trains.

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Building as a shelf is a good way to conserve space. It looks like a diorama of a working train yard. Very nice!

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I fly turbine jets... It's crazy how technology has developed so much in the last 10 years. Not sure this meets a "frugal" lifestyle though
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That jet is huge, definitely only for the advanced RC flyers.

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I have some electric helis and planes as well as do ship model building.

I find I spend more time on the ship model building as it's not dependent on weather, available space, flying restrictions.


There are a few online ship building log sites, sites where newbie builders can get advice and guidance. Sometimes the ship you are building may have multiple build logs which you can use as a guide.



shipsofscale . com and modelshipworld . com are 2 great sites.



The first time can have some challenges, maybe start with a "block hull" instead of "plank on hull". With each model your confidence will improve and after it's done you have a beautiful piece of art to display.



I started with a "block" hull for the first build and now onto my first plank on hull build, Enterprise Maryland 1799 1:51 scale.



hope that helps....
You have a done a great job on that ship looking at your log. I had already looked at those sites you mentioned and was considering the Lady Nelson as a first kit, but I still pause over the planking and all the different tools that might be needed, especially if you have to fabricate some pieces like you did.
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It's appealing, but I can remember BIL's RC plane flying about 25 yds and nose diving into the ground in pieces. I'm not sure if the control systems today could prevent that happening from a beginner. I only flew wire planes as a kid; had a voodoo with a McCoy .35.

This is one area that quadcopters excel. The racing/freestyle type are amazingly durable. I've cartwheeled 30 feet, dropped 80 ft from the sky, etc with just bent props.


The "drone" type such as DJI do not deal with crashes well, but they basically fly themselves. Pretty boring unless you are in a scenic area and enjoy photography/video.
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I’ve been active in HO model railroading since about 1967. I started with a fairly simple 4’x8’ layout, and kept enlarging it little by little until it was about 6’x12. I needed more space, so I added an addition onto my garage in 1985, and built a new 12’x20’ “around the walls” layout in it. Over the past 35 years, I’ve modified and tweaked it occasionally, but it’s still nearly the same track plan.

In the late ‘80s, I built a small, portable N scale layout in my bedroom, to tinker with when I didn’t feel like going out to the garage addition. It was okay, but I was to comfortable with HO, so I gave the N layout to a friend. The N layout was perfect for the space I had in the house though.

If you have a hobby shop near you that specializes in trains, you can hang out there and ask questions and learn things. I still do that after all of these years.
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