Control Line Aeromodelling
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If you are interested to start your journey in aeromodelling, here's the GOOD NEWS! Control line isn't that pricey to start as some may have perceived. A simple yet strong beginner's plane would cost only about $60, inclusive of the engine.
A recommended beginner's plane is be made from balsa wood, as it is light and yet sturdy. Other materials that can be used are compressed foam and corrugated plastic. The plane is either be powered by a gas-powered engine or an electric motor. Engine-powered planes are at present most commonly used, so the descriptions here will focus mainly on that.
Building your first plane will not take you more than a few sessions to complete. Once your plane is ready, its time to TEST FLIGHT!! This is the stage where you put your own design to the test and find out what dimensions works best for flying.
Control line flying is similar to flying a powered kite, except with 2 lines attached to the bellcrank of the plane. The other ends of the lines will be attached to a handle, and the plane will be flown within a space of a hemisphere around the pilot. The space you need for flying is determined by the length of the lines you choose to use.
The plane is controlled by the handle you hold, so the power is yours. Nudging the handle would affect the movement of the elevator, which would in turn cause the maneuvering of the plane.
For a start, perhaps you would like to find a mentor to guide you through the controls (like what you can see in the picture on the left). You will have some luck finding one if you drop by Bidadari Park on a Sunday morning.
Control line further advances onto 3 main categories we practice here in Singapore: Stunt, Team Racing and Combat. Click on the pictures on the left column to find out more about each of them.
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