I love the smell of JET-A1 in the morning!

growingupisoptional 7 September 2010 6

If you liked the video about the F18 you might really like this.

Imagine an engine with a 60,000rpm idle, climbing to an ear splitting 166,000rpm. Burning Jet-A1 with a 5% oil mix, an exhaust temp of over 600 degrees, and producing 14lbs of thrust. Failed the RAAF pilot entry exam, but would still like to fly a jet? You can put this engine in an RC model plane and get your share of jet pilot fever. The requirement for Top Gun music is up to you.

Canberra has 3 main Remote Control Flying clubs those being:

    — Belconnen Model Aircraft Club (BMAC), funnily enough located in Gunghalin near Michell after a number of moves.
    — Canberra Model Aircraft Club (CMAC) located adjacent to the Monaro highway just up from the prison.
    — Namadgi Sports Flyers Club (NSFC) located just south of Tharwa.

At these clubs they fly aircraft from small electrics to the high speed jets. They have instructors that can teach you the basics and as you progress with skill can fly heli’s, RC turbine jets or 3 meter Red Bull like monsters sporting 200cc petrol engines billowing think white smoke as they enter the ‘box’.

Sound interesting? Go to www.actaa.com.au for the ACT body that looks after aeromodelling. This website will show you the location of clubs and contact details.

Or just turn up any Saturday or Sunday when the weather is calm usually between 9am and lunchtime.

You too might find a love for the smell of JET-A1 in the morning. 😉


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DavoDavo DavoDavo 11:11 pm 08 Sep 10

Nice! Probably big $$ though.
If you want to see a stonking great model with eight (yep, 8!) jet engines, Google B52 model aeroplane.
The guy successfully built and flew it but he crashed it on a later flight when he got disoriented. Totalled it!
Eight gas turbines at $1500 each apparently, and took two years to build. Ouch!!

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 6:26 pm 08 Sep 10

androo said :

noice… if I didn’t already have horses, and cameras/photography, and want to eat… I might have found a new hobby! LOL 😀

Shoot the horses…

androo androo 6:44 am 08 Sep 10

noice… if I didn’t already have horses, and cameras/photography, and want to eat… I might have found a new hobby! LOL 😀

nhand42 nhand42 6:51 pm 07 Sep 10

Holy crap.

growingupisoptional growingupisoptional 6:49 pm 07 Sep 10

We’d all like to have the scale airframe but you have to start somewhere.
This airframe is called a jetmach and is a turbine trainer airframe.
Very easy to build and very easy to access the turbine engine for setup and maintenance. Makes learning how to start and run a turbine engine successfully a lot less of an issue.

Start with this type of airframe and as your skills get up spend the dollars and get the scale type airframe.
Scale airframes can have nasty tip stall tendencies (not controlled by onboard computers for stability) and generally have a much higher wing loading. This causes landings to be much faster and stall speeds to be higher.

The best scale airframe that flys nice seems to be a copy of the Eurofighter, followed by F14s and then possibly the F18s.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:22 pm 07 Sep 10

Outstanding. And a sweet landing.

My only question is obvious: why isn’t that powerplant in an F18 (and better F111) body??

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