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Mark1616 Dec 2, 2009 5:36 AM

RC Planes and Helicopters
 
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I was inspired by our new member Jennifer who just posted some nice RC shots to dig out some of mine.

Shot with Canon 1D mkIII and Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 with 2x TC.

Mark1616 Dec 2, 2009 5:39 AM

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Now a couple taken with my camera but of me flying a couple of my helis.

The first of the 2 is my favorite heli, although it is electric the power to weight ratio allows me to throw it around the sky much more than my much larger glow fuel model.

Bynx Dec 2, 2009 5:56 AM

Great shots. Im interested in anything man made that flies. Im particularly interested in your heli shots. The parasail in Jennifer's post I like as well. Your fixed wing planes have amazing detail considering how fast they are zipping by. Thanks Mark. By the way, I have a small heli I fly around inside here.

Mark1616 Dec 2, 2009 6:38 AM

Thanks Bynx. To the the shots that are very sharp I have a load that are not sharp at all as I'm working with pretty low shutter speeds and framing tightly so any error in panning will make a shot useless. I fly both helis and fixed wing and prefer the challenge of the helis. I have a couple of indoor helis as well as the bigger ones and they are great fun. Your challenge now is to get a creative shot of your little heli ;)

Bynx Dec 2, 2009 9:18 AM

Just noticed, the 4th shot of the jet has no prop. What keeps it up? Also thats one amazing shot. Your focus, exposure and panning are absolutely perfect.

Mark1616 Dec 2, 2009 1:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Bynx (Post 1024499)
Just noticed, the 4th shot of the jet has no prop. What keeps it up? Also thats one amazing shot. Your focus, exposure and panning are absolutely perfect.

I couldn't resist this facetious answer, but it is kept up by aerodynamic lift, the same as all aircraft :p hehe.

Being serious it is powered by EDF (electric ducted fan), so it has a very high speed fan inside the fuselage powered by an electric motor. This is one fast little beast.

A major advantage of EDF and real jets is that you don't have to bring the shutter speed down to freeze a propeller so getting a sharp shot is quite a bit easier.

I thought you might like a real radio controlled jet, you can see the jet wash behind the aircraft..... jets rock!!!!

TGP Dec 2, 2009 1:56 PM

Awesome shots Mark. I remember several years ago I was fortunate to be able to go to a trade show here in Australia where they had a RC F111 which was about 2 metres long. I cant remember the specs of what was in it but it was a mini jet engine.
They took it outside and staked it down to the ground and then fired it up. It was amazing listening to it winding up before igniting. The heat from the flame coming out the rear could be felt nearly 5 meters away. The force from the propulsion nearly pulled the stakes out of the ground when they gave it a quick burst. Something I will never forget.

Mark1616 Dec 2, 2009 4:21 PM

Thanks TGP. They do sound amazing when they fire up don't they?!?!?! One of the guys from the club just put his jet in due to a pilot error so he wasn't a happy man.

jennlynn130 Dec 2, 2009 4:46 PM

Heeey another RC Pilot! Those are fantastic shots. That heli in your second post is too close to the ground for comfort! hahaha. At least you have an easy way to cut the grass ;D

Mark1616 Dec 2, 2009 5:07 PM

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Originally Posted by jennlynn130 (Post 1024586)
Heeey another RC Pilot! Those are fantastic shots. That heli in your second post is too close to the ground for comfort! hahaha. At least you have an easy way to cut the grass ;D

LOL, the committee keep suggesting I join the grass cutting rota with my helis.

Bynx Dec 2, 2009 6:53 PM

Amazing stuff. I never knew there was an actual jet engine r/c plane.

Mark1616 Dec 2, 2009 8:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Bynx (Post 1024620)
Amazing stuff. I never knew there was an actual jet engine r/c plane.

Yep, there sure are. Here is a video of that one being flown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvgYI...layer_embedded

Also for something a little different, here is our top guy one his second flight which a new aircraft so he was still feeling his way, but you will get the idea of what can be done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IROeN...layer_embedded

Maxsamsung Dec 3, 2009 8:10 AM

Fantastic set Mark, crystal clear.

Bynx Dec 3, 2009 9:10 AM

All I can say is WOW and double WOW when I saw those vids. That guy Brain is some flyer. He did things Ive never seen anyone do before.
As a side note Ive always wanted to have a camera mounted in the cockpit and fly the plane while watching a monitor instead of the plane itself. I wonder if its possibility on a civilian level.

Mark1616 Dec 3, 2009 3:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Maxsamsung (Post 1024752)
Fantastic set Mark, crystal clear.

Thanks, glad you liked them :)

Mark1616 Dec 3, 2009 3:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Bynx (Post 1024773)
All I can say is WOW and double WOW when I saw those vids. That guy Brain is some flyer. He did things Ive never seen anyone do before.
As a side note Ive always wanted to have a camera mounted in the cockpit and fly the plane while watching a monitor instead of the plane itself. I wonder if its possibility on a civilian level.

You mean Dean Brain ;), yes he is a clever lad and unfortunately I cant find any vids of him doing a proper demo flight.

You can now get live video feeds back from a flying aircraft quite cheaply so I'm sure with a couple of cameras for the view needed to land safely you could do it. I'm not sure of any safety protocols etc but sounds like a fun plan.

Mark1616 Dec 3, 2009 4:19 PM

As the videos have gone down well you might like this.

This is one of the top RC Heli pilots in the world with the newer version of the heli that I'm hovering inverted in the above photo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3gYr...eature=related

Bynx Dec 3, 2009 6:38 PM

Well he has incredible control over his heli but I would think it would all get boring after a bit. Now with the camera and monitor its a whole new world. It would be as close to actually flying in a heli than anything else.

Ordo Dec 5, 2009 5:41 PM

Wonderful picks! Such nice toys you have!


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