View Full Version : Vintage Nitro Planes!

08-17-2006, 06:02 AM
Before I bring out the planes, just a little background.

No these are not 1:1 planes, but back when my dad was my age, 1970s, he flew nitro planes, because electric R/C was not common. So they flew nitro planes and he and his dad built kits and flew them.

So move forward to 2006. After my room was finished, my dad hung a nitro plane from the cieling in my brothers and my room, also in the computer room. I never really took notice until now because all I do is walk in when im almost asleep and crash in my bed. Well today I decided to take it down and dust it. I wiped off all the dust using about 20 paper towels and then got my brothers plane and dusted it and took it outside. They both have engines, but the reciever, all servos and anything else in the plane is gone. Even the rods for the elevators, rudders and ailerons are gone. Anyways, its cool to look at, and I'm currently studying nitro engines, but I don't think there's any chance of savung these. Oh well, it is still cool to see what R/C used to be like.

First off, a pic of both nitros and my commander 2 for size comparisson.



Here's me and my dad's nitro, I don't know what kind it is, so if anyone could inform me, that'd be great. My dad would probably know, but it's midnight and I'm not gonna go wake him.




And here's my little brother's and dad's


Thanks for viewing, this is a cool experience for me, and I'm having fun cleaning them up.


Bub Steve
09-27-2006, 01:16 AM
aircruiser:: the warbrids an aerocobera It looks like a 19 on her and would be a bear to fly so your dads no doubt a heck of a flyer, The build on both is top-notch so he's a darn good builder as well, nether seem to have muffelers,( you'll need em) the other moters a KB 40 I think, as for the servos an receiver& trans you can get in one box from most hobby stores for a 100$ or there about's, THOSE BRIDS WILL FLY!!!! you'll need to learn alorons an low winged planes are a bit tippy so get some one on a buddy box with you till get the feel of em, good luck my bub, steve your bub

09-27-2006, 01:23 AM
Aircruiser, those planes look like they're still in great shape. Not too often you se a P-39 Aerocobra. Is the other one a Piper Cherokee? The KB 40 is a good engine. That's what I used to fly in my sport planes. Although it would be really cool to fly them, they are a great piece of memorabilia to keep around. Looks like he did one heck of a good job building them.

Sky Sharkster
09-27-2006, 01:32 AM
Hello Grant, it's good to see your Dads' planes, nice building job! Steve's right, the military plane is the P-39 Aircobra and I'm pretty sure the other plane is a Piper PA-24 Comanche http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piper_Comanche
Both good planes but tricky to fly, you'll need a lot of hours on different models before you try these!
It's great that he can help you with the hobby, maybe he'll get back into it too. Wouldn't be the first time Electric have re-ignited the old flying bug!
Good Luck and Fly Safe!

09-27-2006, 01:37 AM
Thanks a million all!

Actually, neither planes have left the ground!

My dad and his dad built them for fun, but after you put alot of work into a plane, he says it was fun to build, but it would be devestating to crash.

So far, he'd like to just keep them as shelf queens.

But I have a huge itch to build a 4 channel plane! :D