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For such models a bungee or catapult launch is an excellent method to get airborne. The solution is a bungee or catapult launch for which the model requires only a suitably positioned hook. A typical bungee consists of long length of elasticated bungee elastic plus an additional length of non-elasticated cord at the model end. The model is connected to the bungee in its stretched condition and, when the pilot is ready, it’s released. A foot operated release mechanism is invariably used.
A refinement which is sometimes employed is the use of a ramp which increases
the model’s angle of attack and helps it gain a little height at
the beginning of the launch. Alternatively a small set of wheels may be
added to the bungee itself which serve a similar function. Catapult launching
models may sound a bit dicey if you’ve never seen it in action,
but in practice it proves to be a very reliable way of getting a model
|An F15 getting airborne from a ramp assisted bungee launch (click small images to enlarge).||This VC10 is built entirely from foam and is incredibly light, allowing it to be hand launched. Richard Vale is the builder, seen holding the transmitter (click small images to enlarge)|
|Typical nose high attitude of a jet being landed(click small images to enlarge).||Typical nose high attitude of a jet being landed|
Flying EDF models
EDF models often fly fast, and this means they'll need more space than a smilarly sized prop driven sport model.
The speed of EDF models need not be intimidating; you can practice with a high performance prop driven model before taking the plunge into the EDF variety.
Landing an EDF model is not very different from a prop driven model. However, planning the approach is a little more important, since EDF models are often slippery, and with no prop to act as a brake they may be more challenging to slow down.
Larger models can be equipped with flaps, and these, in conjunction with a well planned approach, can allow a model to more easily be brought in to land at easily manageable speeds.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this foray into the world of jets. I’ve endeavoured to do more than simply provide you a set of pretty pictures; the spread of captions combined with the text is an effort to give you a broad overview of the exciting world of EDF models.
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