Website owner, Builder and Pilot Rich Baker with the SU-27 Flanker from http://www.ak-models.com/.
Pictures and a video of this Plane available at The Jettengineering.com website under the Hall Of Fame tab.
Here is the link: http://www.jettengineering.com/hall/baker-su27.html
The RC Universe Build Thread: http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_2186098/mpage_1/key_/tm.htm
Welcome to RCINFORMER! My name is Rich. I started this site to provide very useful, “how to” information about all things R/C. My primary focus will be on airplanes, but I plan to incorporate many facets of R/C. I have been in the hobby since the early 80’s and after nearly 30 years of R/C experience I feel an urge to promote it in my own way. The hobby has grown beyond my expectations and it keeps getting better.
In recent years I have built and flown some outstanding models manufactured overseas that if flown “out of the box” would have ended in disaster. The quality and complexity of many currently produced models have vastly exceeded my expectations. Especially foam planes. We have gone from full build kits, to wood/composite ARFs, to all foam airplanes. It is amazing to see all the things that have been done with foam models. We now can fly many different kinds of aircraft that were previously cost prohibitive, but can now be acquired at an affordable price. Many of their shortcomings come from the assembly process and marginal instructions/product support. The models themselves are mostly top notch and ultimately fly great, it is the assembly process that often falls short and leaves many parts of the model needing attention before it can be flown successfully. In no way is it my intention to bash those who assemble the models, they mostly do a great job. In fact, I am grateful to them for taking a lot of the work out of the building process and allowing us all more time to fly. Without overseas labor the hobby would not be as great as it is. I speculate that the problems we run into with our models are that the assemblers, in many cases, probably have no knowledge of airplanes or understanding of the air loads imposed on them. When we get the models, we find that some planes need only minor tweaking while others have a laundry list of things that need to be corrected before flying the model. In football terms, they get us to about the 7th or 8th yard line, we need to carry the ball the rest of the way! I have found that there are few truly “Ready To Fly” or “Receiver Ready” models. Most need some kind, if not a lot, of tweaking.
I often find myself showing people the different or unique things I have done to my models to make them fly well so that they can make their model fly better. I been relatively successful at incorporating “outside the box” thinking and try to avoid being bogged down by conventional methods…..often however the simplest solution still seems to be the best. My objective is to use this site to report on those things that I have done to my models so that you to can enjoy the success of a great flying machine.
I will show you what I look for and how I recognize potential issues prior to building my models that improve safety, increase performance and simply make them fly better! More importantly, I will offer my successful solutions/modifications that will resolve those issues! My goal is to address both the modeler and manufacturer to improve the overall safety, quality, and enjoyment of our building/flying experience. Although there is a wealth of information available on-line, I also hope to save you time digging through the many forums trying to find a setting or solution to a problem with a particular model by creating a permanent database of models and products.
With the launch of this site, it is my intention to enhance the hobby for all. If there is anything you would like to see, please let me know and I will try to include it on the site. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions and let me what you think. Enjoy the site!