A complete and comprehensive guide to the popular hobby of radio controlled model aircraft, written with both the beginner and the experienced modeller in mind.
It covers, in a logical order, every aspect from how to enter the hobby and choose the right model, engine and how to build a basic trainer model. It is full of useful information on materials and construction techniques.
A significant part of the author’s instruction deals with learning to fly. He covers both the essential and the advanced manoeuvres and aerobatics, and also more specialist areas such as electric flight, gliders, autogyros and helicopters, advanced models for aerobatics, pylon racing, ducted fan powered models and turbojets.
Lavishly illustrated with amusing cartoons, detailed line drawings and informative photographs, the book examines every aspect of radio modelling in a simple and straightforward manner.
Alex Weiss has been aeromodelling for half a century and has built more than fifty radio-controlled models of which 28 were original designs and 14 were published in RCM&E or Radio Modeller magazines. As well as monoplanes and a biplane, the list includes an autogyro, canards and deltas. He has also written magazine articles on subjects as diverse as four stroke engines and flutter. The author first went solo in a Chipmunk with his University Air Squadron at Tangmere and his early adult life was spent as an RAF pilot, flying Jet Provosts, Vampires and Hunters, including three years as a qualified flying instructor. Much of his professional experience has been dedicated to the complex subject of teaching people to fly radio controlled models.
Contents: Getting Started; What You Need To Know; Basic Materials; Building Your Model; Finishing the Model; Radio Equipment; Connecting the Controls; Providing the Power; Electric Flight; What to Build; Building the Hi-Boy and the Cub; Preparing to get Airborne; Airborne at Last; Once You’re Solo; Getting More Advanced; Gliders; Autogyros and Helicopters; Bibliography; Specialist Organisations; Glossary of Terms.
Originally published in 1998 by Nexus Special Interests Ltd.
Special Interest Model Books Edition published in 2004
236 x 189 mm
216 black and white photographs
160 scale plans and line drawings
20 tables of data