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bouncebounce crunch18/01/2013 07:16:57
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There are good ways, easy ways and great ways of doing things

So what Aeromodelling book would you put on top? (not mag) but genuine book.

NO puting down, only genuine enjoyment and respect for others said book please.

Tony H18/01/2013 08:49:59
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I'm a fan of all Peter Millers books, How to design a model aircraft, An aeromodellers handbook of Essential tips and techniques vol 1/2 & High flying on a low budget.
Peter Miller18/01/2013 08:58:00
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Gordon Whitehead's Scale Models for Sunday Flying is superb, covers everything that you could need to know. Pity it is out of print.

Dave Thornburg's "The Old Buzzard's Soaring Book". Really great and full of humour. Covers flying and designing.

Edited By Peter Miller on 18/01/2013 09:00:27

Ernie18/01/2013 09:01:10
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Yes, Gordon whitehead by a mile (sorry Peter)


IanN18/01/2013 09:09:15
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Obviously dated now but Ron Moulton's "Control Line Manual" is a great example of what an aeromodelling book should be. Covers everything from basics to advanced in a logical progression, and an entertaining read to boot.

I've been looking for the Gordon Whitehead book mentioned above as I had heard good reports. In the interim I bought the more readily available SImon Delaney's "Scale Problems Solved" and didn't regret it - plenty of useful stuff in that one

Peter Miller18/01/2013 09:10:10
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Posted by Ernie on 18/01/2013 09:01:10:

Yes, Gordon whitehead by a mile (sorry Peter)


Don't apologise...I agree

Yes, Control Line Manual was my bible for years

Edited By Peter Miller on 18/01/2013 09:11:02

John Cole18/01/2013 09:27:04
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Model Aircraft Aerodynamics, Martin Simons. £9.56 from Amazon

Terry Walters18/01/2013 09:36:10
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You can find Gordon Whitehead's book here - second hand. Just over £30. There are some jokers asking over £300 for it elsewhere!


MikeS18/01/2013 09:40:39
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Rc scale problems solved by Simon Delaney. Best book I have read while building the P47.

00118/01/2013 09:53:28
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'R/C Sports aircraft from scratch', by Alex Weiss is very good, covers the basics and presents calculations in a graphic form, i.e. not much maths needed. Easy to understand.idea

Lindsay Todd18/01/2013 10:50:11
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Gordon Whitehead again, plus I have others by Dave Boddington and Peter Miller.

All good without needing a phd to understand and thats important for me!


Andrew76718/01/2013 10:59:26
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Posted by Chris P. Bacon on 18/01/2013 09:53:28:

'R/C Sports aircraft from scratch', by Alex Weiss is very good, covers the basics and presents calculations in a graphic form, i.e. not much maths needed. Easy to understand.idea

I'll second that...thumbs up

bouncebounce crunch18/01/2013 11:01:26
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I hope this thread keeps up.

there are a lot of passionate aeromodellers out there and there will be plenty that will move on from ARF.

Thank you gentlemen.


Martian18/01/2013 11:32:30
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How about this for an oldie The Complete Book of the Model Aeroplane by Norman G Taylor . covers from how an aeroplane flies to how to plot aerofoil sections and more but no RC models , had it for years maybe since aged 16 . The knowledge doesn't change to much but the presentation does

kc18/01/2013 11:33:50
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Didnt I see some new book from Martin Simons recommended somewhere? I cannot find it on Aazon or Waterstones. Anybody know about it?

I agree with Peter, Ernie& Terry that Gordon Whiteheads book is the best and it's mostly applicable to non scale too. But the correct title is Radio Control Scale Aircraft Models for Everyday Flying ( not ' Sunday' unless there is a religous version too.........)

But David Boddingtons 'Scale Model Aircraft for Radio Control' is equally good and quite different but rather more advanced..

For a beginner then any of David Boddingtons other books are very useful, and so are Peter Millers books.

But most books are so out of date regarding brushless motors & Lipo that there is nothing to recommned for electric. A chance for someone to write a bang up to date book perhaps..........Tim ( either of them ) or Nigel perhaps......

Broken Prop18/01/2013 12:14:40
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Alistair Sutherland's seminal work: 'Basic Aeronautics for Modellers'. A good reference book. I now understand why and how I crash, but am still unable to predict when...... blush

For glider guiders, George Stringwell's 'Complete Guide to Radio Controlled Gliders'. Originally published in 1997 so a bit dated, but the principles still apply.

Devon Flyer18/01/2013 17:58:05
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I seem to recall Gordon telling me that he has his book saved in PDF format and could burn it to disc, if I wanted a copy. Might be worth having a word with him to see if it is available?
jeff2wings18/01/2013 18:59:21
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The RM Propo Book, taught me how to install the radio and set up the controls as a 15 year old kid , with no one to get advice from it was invaluable, and this was when you had to do it manually, not just jam it in any nook & cranny like now, then scroll through a menu to make it all work properly, not that’s a totally a bad thing, but there’s no substitute for good control horn geometry thumbs upsmiley

Bob Bertram21/01/2013 20:48:28
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Traplet have some of the books on offer till the end of the month, have ordered the Peter Miller ones.

Daithi O Buitigh21/01/2013 21:36:11
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My 'bible' for many years now was Ron Moulton's 'Flying Scale Models' - it may be old, but it never went out of date (I ended up having to buy a replacement copy recently - my original one fell apart)

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