My RC Hero!

RC Heros – Tips from “The Father!”

When it comes to modeling and RC (well, most things quite frankly), my dad is unquestionably my hero.  As some of you know, he is the owner of Jet Hangar Hobbies, Inc. as well as an Academy of Model Aeronautics Hall of Fame member.  He is the most talented and skilled builder and flyer I’ve ever known.  So, I am excited to be able to feature him in this blog and get contributions from him and my mom (Cyndy).  I’ve started a new category entitled “RC Heros” where I will feature posts from my folks.  So, welcome to the inaugural post for “Tips from The Father,” written by Cyndy Wolfe.

photo 2After a winter hibernation, Larry Wolfe [my dad!], also known locally by friends and fellow modelers (tongue in cheek) as “The Father” or “Da Fath”, has been located!  He is engrossed in building a 36″ span Easy Built Models’ Rearwin Speedster rubber band model airplane.

photo 1Returning to stick and tissues, where he first began building models, is one of Larry’s favorite activities.  Not everything needs to be long-term or a difficult task.  It can be a relaxing effort and as simple as 1, 2, 3!  Prior to foamies, model airplanes required balsa wood and glue.  Putting the sticks together into a something that could and would fly was required.  This is still something that EVERYONE can do with a little patience, an xacto knife, and a bottle of CA glue.  Depending on size and construction materials, models can be powered by rubber bands, glow engines, gas engines, electric motors, or turbines….the sky’s the limit! Continue reading

How to Build an RC Jet – Part 1

Let the Building BEGIN!!

plans out, resources ready, time to start building!

I’m starting this blog with a series titled, “How to Build an RC Jet.”  The subject of the study is a Mark Frankel F4D-1 Skyray kit (I love deltas!) of which I plan to build into a competition ready model for the US Scale Masters (and/or Top Gun if I can ever afford the trip some year).  As I build the kit and document it here, I plan to cover not just basic building techniques (including tutorial videos along the way) but also all of the details that go into a competition model and the tools that are used in the process.  These techniques are extensible to any model aircraft project and so I hope that I can provide anyone out there reading this some basic tools to do something out of the ordinary.

Regarding some specifics on the kit, the design is an exact 1/7 scale which puts the fuselage length at 77.6″ and the wingspan at 57.4″. This kit was first designed around glow ducted fan back in the mid to late 1980’s and flew excellent with that power. According to Mark, he designed it as large as he could while still getting a great flying airplane given the available glow power systems. The design has flown on glow and turbine power, however this will be the first to fly on Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) power and I expect performance to be excellent!  Some of the features I intend to build into the airplane are: Continue reading

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The RC Geek Blog is your place to learn about all aspects of the RC hobby.  Learn to build, design, drive or fly that RC project you’ve always wanted to build, but have been intimidated to try.  This blog is here to help you on your journey and provide tips and tricks as you go!  My hope is to inspire builders both experienced and new!  So, welcome, please look around, it’s an exciting beginning!  I’m currently documenting my latest competition scale RC jet build, a Mark Frankel F4D Skyray, along with some other fun tips and videos.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this front page, click on any of the categories to the right and it will show just posts related to those categories.  Please feel free to add comments and/or contact me directly if you have questions, I’m here to help!  And don’t forget to check out my YouTube Channel, I post new videos every week!

Chris Wolfe (The RC Geek)