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Building and Flying Radio Controlled Aircraft

By David Boddington

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Format: Paperback, 248 pages
Other Information: 179 black and white photographs; 81 line drawings
Published In: United Kingdom, 11 March 2005
Over the past decade the developments in the technology of radio control equipment and model aircraft have been tremendous. Because of these advances there is now an even greater need for the enthusiast to be guided through the essential stages of selecting models and state-of-the-art equipment plus construction of, and flying, the aircraft. With this completely updated edition of his bestselling book, David Boddington encourages and instructs both the novice and the experienced aeromodeller. He puts all his immense experience - which includes creating and flying scale models for numerous television series and film projects - at the disposal of all radio control aircraft enthusiasts. The beginner to this hobby will benefit from the information contained in these well-illustrated pages, but the more advanced modeller will also gain from the contents because there is a wealth of author's practical experience and those of fellow modellers within the book. In logical sequence, it deals with the types of model and radio control systems available, the materials and tools required for building, constructional techniques, engines and electric motors and the basics of learning to fly the model aircraft.

Table of Contents

Radio Control Equipment. The Trainer. Workshop Tools. Materials. Construction. Basic Aerodynamics. Installation of Hinges, Linkages and R/C Equipment. Covering Methods and Finishes. Radio Control Engines and Ancillaries. Electric Flight. ARTFs. First Flights. Safety. Field Equipment. Model Selection. Small Field Flying. Gliders. Fun Flying. Floats and Skis. Ducted Fans and Gas Turbine Models. Mini-Models. Large Models. Helicopters and Autogyros. Maintenance. Onwards and Upwards.

About the Author

David Boddington had a world-wide reputation as a journalist and author, model designer builder and expert radio control model flyer. His experience in this field ranged from editing modelling magazines, creating and flying models for television series and films, full-size flying activities and the designer of over 500 model aircraft.

EAN: 9781854862396
ISBN: 1854862391
Publisher: Special Interest Model Books
Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Nick Ward on
Whether you are just looking for background information on this fascinating hobby, or have already decided to have a go but cannot decide how to go about it, David Boddington's experience, insight and general advice is truly enlightening.

With sections on RC equipment, Trainer planes, Tools and Materials, Construction, Basic Aerodynamics, Coverings and Finishes, Engines, Electric Flight, ARTFs, Safety, Field equipment etc etc, this book is a superb reference for experienced modellers and newcomers alike. Further chapters cover Model Selection and different model types, as well as different types of model flying experience.

Having built a David Boddington designed 'Tyro Major' trainer and flown it successfully, I can certainly recommend this book to newcomers to the hobby from a personal perspective. All his advice is very sound, and I found the book very easy to read. I am now truly immersed in this great hobby for life.

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