Monday, April 6, 2009

Gas RC Jets - Pros and Cons

Gas RC Jets:

The post before the last one had me make a promise with all of you that the coming one will be about gas rc jets, so here it is. In the last post we have already discussed about the gas rc jet engines, i.e. turbinejet and other kinds which are used in gas remote controlled jetplanes. In today’s post I will only make my focus to gas remote controlled jets, not gas engines. Like the post earlier than the last one, we put all our focus to electric side and discussed all the positive sides of them, today its gas remote controlled jets turn and unlike the concept which was developed in the electric remote controlled jet post that gas powered jets have all the disadvantages attached and who are the smart guys out there who even try them; this concept about gas powered planes is going to change because these are the ones which are called veteran in the rc jet hobby and nobody can get the crown away from them. There are jet properties which electric remote controlled jets don’t have and those features and properties make gas rc jets a hard core choice for the enthusiast hobbyist. Let’s talk about what they have to offer: first the cons.

Gas RC jets- The disadvantage side:

The new comers to remote controlled airplanes hobby always make gas rc jets look at a disadvantageous side, though it’s not that gas powered planes in general do not have any but it will only be logic if we see them in the right perspective. Gas rc jets have complaints of being noisy, yes they are, but they also give more power than the electric ones. The maintenance of these gas types is also a concern for some flyers, well I don’t think one who doesn’t want to take care of his stuff in whatever field he is has anything good going for him there, individuals like these are better advised to leave the hobby and start flying paper planes . Yes I know gas rc jets give smoke, you have to clean the exhaust, change the engine oil etc etc. One rather disadvantage for beginners is that nitro planes are expensive, they are expensive to buy and expensive to keep… and for a beginner it is a big No. Beginners must get the slower electric ones first and once they are all done with it, then they should try the gas rc jets because once the gas rc jet is broken you as a beginner gets a broken heart and a hole in your pocket. You will require a full scale repair kit and an indepth working knowledge of gas engines in order to maintain them and repair when they get broke. Gas rc jets possess a real threat of fire when they crash because of the fuel they use. Gas rc jets use A-1, which is kerosene and is highly flammable. Despite of all these disadvantages, gas remote controlled powered jets have something to offer which electric ones do not have in them, the advantages are here:

Advantage side of Gas RC Jets:

Are also called nitro remote controlled airplanes, these are very close to the real ones out there. The things which you must take into account are that for a nitro remote controlled airplane you will have to deal it as like owning a real airplane. You will have to fuel it and then refuel it (which requires money), change the engine oil for keeping it clean, tweak it adjust its parts to get the optimum. I hear some of you are saying hell that is a lot of work to do. Well I would say it is good for people who like doing things from their hands; I think all of us who are in this hobby are the ones who like to do things with their hands, it is possible that you don’t know it unless you do it. I actually like building something with my hands and get my hands dirty, but once it is repaired or made, I really enjoy it and I hope it does the same for alike in this hobby.

Gas rc jets have longer duration of flight as compared to the electric powered, nitro rc airplanes once fueled can fly for hours, where electric ones only can last for half hour or so. Though electric powered are now coming with longer battery times and with brushless motors the loss of current is very less and so their flight time has increased but they still can’t beat the duration of gas rc jets.
The factor that gas remote controlled aircrafts are the stamp for a hobbyist that he or she is really into the hobby if they possess one. This authenticity factor is what makes gas rc jet a must have for all of those who want a more realistic experience of flying. Their engine sounds like the full scale passenger carrying jet, they operate and fly like them too. They have much more torque and speed than the electric ones could have ever. Yet another advantage to be used in gas rc jet races and for the thrill which comes out of fast machines. A good finely tuned gas remote controlled jet can go more than 200 miles an hour. Now that really thrills and if you remember what brought us in this hobby? Yes exactly… the speed.

I believe all the advantages which I have described above are enough for those of you who were reluctant to have a try for a gas rc jet but again you must learn the skills on a slower electric airplane and a electric rc jet one before going for a gas rc jet. It is all worth taking the hassle of cleaning and maintaining your gas rc jet when this pretty machine gives you the thrill of speed while flying it.

You just have to take care of few things and sure your gas rc jet will never break on you. Keep the it and its engine as cleaned as possible, dirt is bad for everything moving and gas powered planes have many moving and rotating and spinning parts. Do a little maintenance before and after the flight, the maintenance procedures come with every plane and are easy to follow. Change the engine oil regularly for keeping your remote controlled jets clean from inside, tune the engine for better performance and longer life.

Happy flying!


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