|Burning Fuse DT|
“Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, push the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits, and then push further. The intangible desire to explore and challenge the boundaries of what we know and where we have been has provided benefits to our society for centuries.”
|Braiding a Large Rubber Motor New Challenge|
In the last couple of years in building and competing with free flight model airplanes I feel like I have been continually pushing my technical limits. I have been exploring different means of propulsion, covering methods, and sizes of aircraft. It seems like I have been on a quest to try just about every method of bringing the aircraft down from a thermal (DT) from burning rope to several electronic dethermalizers.
|Electronic Band Burning DT|
In writing my articles of free flight model aviation I realized I really do not have anything new to offer as far as new knowledge on aspects of free flight. What I can offer is how I have approached the many challenges and the experiences I am having. No doubt the experienced modelers have gone through very similar experiences and my writing makes them think of the similar experiences they had while learning.
|Building from Plans was a Challenge|
Delving even farther to the psychological aspects on why I enjoy this hobby so much I found this in an article in Psychology Today:
“Too much time on technological devices and the fact that we buy almost all of what we need rather than having to make it has deprived us of processes that provide pleasure, meaning and pride. Making things promotes psychological well-being.”
Next Free Flight Challenge
My next big challenge is building a larger glow powered free flight model, the Witch Hawk 500 from the BMJR kit. Building is not too much of a challenge but this will be the first time I will setup a pressurized fuel system controlled by a mechanical timer.
http://www.bmjrmodels.com/witch-hawk-500 - Witch Hawk 500 BMJR
http://www.texastimers.com/timers/two_function_full_dt.htm - Texas Timers Max III