It is just as critical for a nitro engine to have adequate lubrication and cooling as it is for an vehicle engine. Some of the heat from a nitro-powered engine is removed by air from the propeller moving across the fins on the engine’s head. This is not nearly enough to keep the engine from overheating. For this reason the fuel acts as a coolant to remove the heat from the engine.
The following article will give you an insight to what is required basically to get started into RC Flight with a trainer type model powered by a brushless electric motor. The model used for this purpose is the MaxThrust Riot but many other models follow a similar pattern.
We will take you through in simple form the types and versions available, the assembly, setting up, testing and preparation before taking your new model up to the flying field where you should consult an experienced pilot who will give your model a check over before it's maiden flight.
There are a few more specialised items you will need for this type of model but read on....
There is a popular saying, “Takeoffs are optional, but landings are mandatory,” and for us RC pilots this is most relevant.. If your engine is not properly tuned, the landings or possible "deadsticks" can become very interesting to say the least. Landings need precise throttle control as you begin your descent on approach. Deadstick aptly named if your engine quits is to be avoided at all costs especially if you are downwind and have little or no chance of attempting to glide back to your field unless you have significant height when it happened.
Taking up a new hobby or interest can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Lot's of questions run round in your mind. How much is it going to cost to get started? Where to start? Wimborne Model Aero Club (WMAC) offers help and advice in taking up radio control flight to all ages and abilities.
Whether you have flown before or not and do not have a model just yet then come along to our airfield for an introductionary flight with the clubs trainer aircraft and one of the clubs instructors. We do have "buddy box" equipment, this is two transmitters linked by cableor bluetooth, the instructor has the master and you take the slave. Once in the air the instructor can flick a switch and you will have control. Exciting!