View Full Version : First time flying a plank
07-11-2004, 09:17 PM
Well there's a guy at the field who I'm trying to teach to fly heli's. I've let him barrow a few things and given him allot of help with the setup. Saturday he brought out a J-3 Cub for me to fly. This thing isn't a new ARF but one that had to be painted and the stickers made. It has a prop that is hard to find and an engine that didn't look like it would have gotten a 30 size heli off the ground let alone it. Well he got it up in the air trimmed it out and let me fly. It was fun. It flew strait by it's self. Maybe a little correction but not much. I had fun almost make me want one.
07-12-2004, 06:27 PM
I've been flying "planks" (fixed wing) for 18 years. Most of my planes are 1/4 or larger WWI and WWII. I just now got into Heli's and love it but I'll still build and fly fixed wing as long as I can.
I say fly everything and all you can. Fixed wing can help you with your heli flying and vice versa.
I like to bring out electric park fliers with my heli to break the monotony.
Not to mention if you have kids that like RCing. Building a plane with your kid(s) can be fun.
07-12-2004, 10:05 PM
Fly it all.... anything in the air is a good thing !!! :mrgreen:
All RC flyer's should be a voice of one !!! :hug:
09-04-2004, 08:15 PM
A friend and I just got done with a day of flying some of our planks. He had his ACRO back in the air after cutting the throws WAY down so it could be controlled and it flew great until he came around and the complete left side of the elevator and horizontal stab got ripped off, but he was able to fly a complete circle and land it safely. No doubt do to its huge control surfaces.
Then we finished the day with quite a few tanks of dog fighting with my Flitecraft Aerobat and his Fourstar 40, both with 46 LA's on them. We need bigger motors!
09-04-2004, 08:32 PM
Fly what ever you can get your hands on. I fly planks and helis, and a lot of us Invaders do. Planks are always welcome at Heli Invasions and anywhere we get together. This is a great hobby and especially in the last few years, you are really missing out if you limit yourself. I think it is ashame when events like IRCHA and many others shun people with 3D Foamies and other flying things besides Helis. Yea some events are dedicated to celebrating helis, but what harm is flying a foamie in your alotted space doing to the event? Rest assured if you come to a Heli Invasion, there will be plenty of Foamies to dog fight with and strap glow sticks on for night flying and stuff.
Fly what you bring, be safe and have fun doing it. That is the way it works with us.
10-27-2006, 03:16 PM
I miss my Fourstar 40! Had a Super Tiger .51 on it! Perfect for it, awsome power and 10 foot of runway and straight verticle! Plated the leading edge for a sturdier wing. That was the funest plane I ever had! Had a radio glitch and she went nose down full throttle! OUCH! Debating between another 1 or a funtanna.
But that will be awhile, just getting into heli's, no more funds for fun!