Looking for a plane to help you learn to fly control-line, or to get back into the hobby after a layoff? A kit for the simple Fly Me wing by Hobbins Hobbies is a good choice. Hobbins photo.
By Gene Pape
News flash! New Nelson Combat engines are coming
Andy Minor is taking orders for a batch of new Nelson 36 Combat engines. Availability will be limited to pre-orders so if you want one or more you should contact Andy immediately.
A great approach to training new control line pilots
Tim Hobbins is a well known control line flier and kit maker in England. What is written below is copied with permission directly from his Facebook page. While one would want to use glow engines in place of the diesels he recommends as diesel engines and fuel are hard to come by in the USA, all the rest is pretty much spot on.
One of the Ukraine-built F2D models with a sport glow engine for power described in my last column seems like a perfect model for use as he describes. It is really something for those of us who have been flying for a long time to consider as well. I know my practice sessions are affected by the desire to not destroy my competition models.
The Yuvenko F2D plane with sport glow engine power. Gene Pape photo.
Newcomers or returnees to Control Line
(From Hobbins Facebook page)
I see regular posts on some of the many Control Line-focused Facebook groups asking for information about how to start flying control line, or how to get back into it after a long layoff. These requests have become more popular during the periods of lockdown enforced by the pandemic.
I took it on myself to do this post after seeing some of the stupid answers given to newcomers requests for advice. This is my take on the subject. I don’t class myself as an expert but I do know how to fly CL and I have helped a few folk get started.
A young pilot shows off a ready-to-fly Fly Me. Hobbins photo.
I should note that most any vintage English combat model would do the trick for this. In addition to the Fly Me plans I’ve included plans for the Warlord which will give you a bit more of an idea what this model should look like. The Fly Me airfoil is 1” thick and flat nearly to the trailing edge. The engine mount is just two ½”x3/8” hardwood bearers glued to a piece of 1/8” plywood with a cutout in the plywood shaped to glue over the wing.
A Fly Me ready for action. Hobbins photo.
A Fly Me kit framed up. Hobbins photo.
Click on the plan for a full-size pdf version.
Another vintage Combat plane that would make a good trainer. Click on the plans for a full-size pdf.
This page was upated Jan. 21, 2021