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« on: August 09, 2009, 03:14:16 PM »
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Hi guys,
My name is Gaurav, and i am an avid aeromodellor since 1993. I love building as well as flying, and currently building :
Cessna 182 - 90 size
Goldberg Chipmunk 90 size

My Hangar otherwise includes :
Extra 330S .60
Piper Cub 46
Goldberg 3D 46
Tiger 46
Scanner 46
Javellin 90

Other than aeromodelling, i am a big Microsoft Flight Simulator fan, and have innumerable hours on various commercial flights.

Though by profession into IT, I  have a MPL and occassionally fly a X-Air microlight.
If anyone needs any help or information, PM me !
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2014, 12:32:19 AM »
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well !!

nearly five years this thread hasn't been bumped, all you enthusiasts you can see there is future in this hobby provided you are prepared to take to the level were gaurav has taken it, here is the news clipping from the NDTV


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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2014, 10:02:54 AM »
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Congrats once again here Gaurav. That was a commendable effort.  Thumbs Up  Clap Clap
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Thanks all especially Gusty, Sandy and my dear friends. I am indeed humbled.
To all you everyone, out there, please fly very very safe, and respect the hobby, and its community. Commercial interests, at any costs, should never come in way of endangering people, or our hobby community.


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This forum has given me wonderful friends. People whom I would have never otherwise known.
Got reminded of this fact today when a gentleman from Allahabad, called ( shobhit17 ) and is a keen aeromodellor.

I do have to give back to this forum a lot more than I do. It is always my endeavour to make this wonderful hobby and sport popular. In real life I try to do my bit by sharing knowledge with those who reach out to me. I have been trying to develop ways in which newcomers can be introduced to the hobby with minimum investment of resources and time, and learn flying with minimal crashes/damage.

Off late I started spending more of my hobby-time on the field than on this forum, but after this shobhit's call , I realised I must be more active here, and share what I know with everyone here.

I''ll be updating this thread with some pictures, videos and posts that relate to aeromodelling activity in Allahabad also. We do so much of building, flying and activities and its kinda sad its not put up on the web yet.

There's hardly a community of fliers in my city, its either myself, or Neeraj, so we need to motivate ourselves to update this thread more with our activities !


So guys, watch out - there will be a deluge of posts to come by from my side soon Smiley

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Thanks Sandy !

http://www.rcindia.org/electric-planes/coro-slowstick-basic-low-cost-trainer-5th-anniv-sweepstakes-entry/

is a build thread for perhaps the most basic airplane that one can build. I do not take credit for the design as its inspired from Mr. Moss and many other places.
However the measurements, and actual build is a true scratch build - From plans to flying.
Got the cost down to <5000k with electronics. Want to reduce further by 1-1.5K

Ideal for students, new comers who approach me - This airplane is super easy to build, great to fly, and if it crashes super cheap to repair.

May not look good , but trust me, if someone wants to learn this is the way to go ...

I have gotten about a dozen of these made for new comers and all have been pretty happy Smiley
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Here's my usual day at the field - With kids, college students, and youngsters - Helping them build stuff, tune stuff and learn to fly the "right" way.


I love simple flying - Clean easy and pure. Things have to be built right, straight true to the perfection.
Flying has to be crisp, clean and precise with a goal/aim in mind.


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Here's an old video from 2010 -


Reminded the good times I spent on the airfield with Amir, Akshay, and others.

A few of my other best loved videos :



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And though this is now historical, here is the RC event Neeraj and myself organized way back in 2005.
called Vortex 2005.

Here are some pictures :
https://plus.google.com/photos/112530304634056436105/albums/5032169297579308625

I had a writeup somewhere on IndiaRC but will need to dig out for the link .

Great event and again had the chance to meet wonderful friends - Sudipto dada, Ravi gupta , Sharad goyal and others...
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Nice videos Gaurav Thumbs Up.  If you could remove/delete the https:// preceding all the video link actual video will appear in the thread.
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Wanted to post my Hangar.

Will add a post for each of my birds.

My Trusty Great Planes PT-40.

This one I built up from a GP kit back in 1995. Powered with a OS .46FX and covered with monokote - I thoroughly enjoyed building this model . Flew absolutely marvelous and though currently in need for a little repairs/maintanence is a wonderful airplane.

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Next one up - Dynaflite Daydream  a 2 Meter glider.

This one I built up as a copy from the original kit. I still have the original kit and plans.

As a true glider, did not put up any power source on this. Used a Bungee cord for launches and it is an exceedingly great plane to fly.

Later in 2009 i added brushless power system to it , and its a wonderful glider to fly with . Perfect for those lazy sundays !

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Next up - Again a plan built, Piper Cub .40 size.

This one was copied of a Great Planes .40 Piper Cub plans. and took me months to build back in 1997.

Powered with a OS .70 Four stroke engine, and covered with Coverite Fabric, this was a stunning airplane to fly around.

The engine had this severely overpowered and to fly it scale I always flew it at <50% power.

This airplane helped me learn/master the tail wheel takeoffs .. Smiley Piper is so much known for its ground loops !

With the big FS engine swinging a 12 inch prop, the airplane has remarkable takeoff and landings... slows down to a crawl to land like the real thing...

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Next up - Kit build Carl Goldberg Tiger 40.

This was my first Low winger model. I powered this with a Thunder Tiger .46PRO

and the trim I gave was with Monokote - as the name says in Tiger Stripes !

Really one of the best planes I have flown. Most have done over 200 sorties on it. Extremely rugged, Great slow speed performance,
Really one of the super awesome planes I have flown .

Unfortunately lost it it on one of a radio glitch crash on Aug 15th 2005.

If I would be asked to build another low wing trainer It would be CG Tiger 40 without any doubt !

PS: the only mods I made to the original build was to strengthen the landing gear are in the wings.


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Next up is again a Kit built Great Planes P-51 Mustang.

This one was the first airplane I built with retractable landing gear ! Powered with a OS .46 FX I built this airplane in year 2002.

Flew super awesome, even though had a slightly higher wing loading. Also had flaps, and was the first of my airplane to use all 6 channels !!

Lost this airplane to a crazy crash on the new Futaba 2.4Ghz radio in 2006. My radio later on turned out to be one of the first batch radios that had a FASST Lock bug. Futaba sent me a brand new radio as a free replacement, but did not compensate me with the model/engine. Futaba did acknowledge the glitch as a recall for certain radios during that time.



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My first ARF. Carl Goldberg 3D Profile airplane.

Though i powered this one with a TT .46 Pro, the airplane would have been best powered with a .70 FS.

Anyhow a wonderful airplane to learn 3D with . I never really got on blowing the dust out with this but did have some fun.

Given some company in Allahabad, would like to bring this back to life again !

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Looking back, I feel that somehow the ARF bug had gotten to me. Maybe due to lack of time . Well my second ARF was a Phoenix Models Tiger 40.

Beautiful low wing plane, however with a few flaws. Maybe as a builder, I wasnt used to seeing flaws in design, and due to this they seemed exaggerated . Here is what I noticed :
- The Main landing gear needs to be either bent forward, or places a little further towards the nose. With the plane a little tail heavy ( for aerobatics, ) it had a tendency to sit back .
- The fuse area, just behind the wing is structurally very weak and needs reinformenet . I hard landing can bend the fuse.
- The landings usually are bouncy with this due to the higher stall speed, and the position of landing gear.

Otherwise a great airplane. I must have easily done over 150 sorties on this bird. Took part in some competitions as well with this !

Was my first airplane to master the knife edge flying. I could sustain a clean knife edge flying with this !


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Next up - Another ARF ! Javellin 90 from Minicraft Models.

I powered this with a Saito 120 Four stroke. Superrrrr awesome engine and matched the airplane perfectly.

My first airplane with digital Hi torque servos. I basically got into this to practise pattern flying.

Did my first entire fuel tank flight on knife edge with this. Knife edge rolls were too cool .

With the long tail, was an ideal airplane to do serious pattern flying.

As with any ARF, I had to do several mods with this . Including strengthening the landing gear, and moving the servos aft at the tail .





I must have done over a 100 flights on this one as well. At one time I used to go to the flying field with a goal to finish off a 3ltr fuel can over the weekend !


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Perhaps the only airplane in my hangar with the least amount of airtime - The grand Great Planes Extra 300S .
This one i built from a GP kit . Enjoyed the build over the period of one year . and covered the airplane in a beautiful white and metallic blue theme.

The airplane flies too good to be true. initially i had apprehensions of flying the Extra, but this one was just too docile ! Maybe the reason for me not flying this much was the hard work put into the build.


I have this powered with a OS .91FX engine with a Pitts muffler. I upgraded the servos to be digital on this one.

Very aerobatic. Rolls are a treat to watch on this. and the airplane really tracks as if on rails.

With the pitts muffler the engine sound is also really too good.

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Next one - A Kit built again . This time a Carl Goldberg Super Chipmunk.

This one was built over a period of 2 years, in between which several life events happened. Maidened this in 2009 and is powered with a OS .91 FS Has flaps and is really a stunner in flying.

I just love building airplanes versus ARFs . The ones Ive built are just so much better flying and to my taste.

This one also has not flown much, and is one of the best looking airplanes in my hangar.

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Another ARF - This time a Phoenix models Scanner. Bought from PaylessFlymore in 2003 . Pretty good aircraft. Very fast with no bad characteristics . Did all aerobatics fairly well.
I have flown this lots. In fact even won a couple of competitions with this one Smiley

Powered with a TT.46 PRO there was a time I just loved this easy take anywhere fly anywhere Sunday airplane.

This airplane found a new home at Amir's hangar in 2010

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Well yet another ARF - Phoenix Models Extra 60-90 size.

Got it from PaylessFlyMore . This one came slightly damaged and despite many attempts to reach them we could not reach a settlement. Anyhow, I repaired it and got it up in the air with a ASP 120 Four stroke.

Later gifted this bird to Amir, who I believe won a prize at IIT-K sp4mm3r with this bird.

He lost the bird when doing a low 3D and the engine quit. Currently I have passed on the bird to Akshay, who I hope will re-build it soon and get it back up in the air soon !

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Next up my. My first gasser . A 50 CC Yak-55 from RCDhamaka. It was a Goldwing model I got from them in 2009.

Powerplant was a DLE 55CC Gas engine I got from Rotor Hobbies Singapore. Servos all around Hitec 7955 Titanium Gear hi torque digital.

Got the engine broken in with Lawnboy ashless, then went to Castrol-2T. Must have done about 4-5 gallons on it and moved to Synthetic Motul. Awesome engine and extremely reliable.

Had only a couple of minor incidents on it. Once the canopy flew off Smiley apparantly the bolts had vibrated loose ! Landed safely though. and once the stock landing gear mounts collapsed. which after re-strengthening are now sturdy as anything !

Beautiful plane to fly with. Must have done a 75+ sorties on it. I had even put in a smoke system on it, though I later removed it as the added weight was reducing the performance.

Ill be posting videos and photos of this bird in flight very soon. Really loved the way it flew.


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Next up. My first heli - the electric Thunder Tiger Mini Titan.

I got this as a kit from Rotor Hobbies, with a challenge to assemble it myself. Was a super awesome experience to build it all and though it took me a couple of crash kits, I finally learnt to hover it !

At one time I was like crazily addicted to flying this . Super heli to start learning from and I would say very cheap too, when you compare the quality and availability of parts.





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Once I mastered the orientations with the mini Titan, I had to move on to the bigger nitro Helis.

Got a TT Raptor 50 Titan kit. Again chose a kit for the sheer challenge of it. Took couple of months to build it . I believe i started a build thread here as well
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I enjoyed tuning the heli, learnt all about governors, gyros, and maintenance .

Can boast of not having even one single crash, despite learning all by myself.

Got to the point of doing loops and rolls effortlessly.

Loved this heli... great to fly !








PS: If you wonder what the heli is doing on the Maruti roof - Well In order to tune the engine at full throttle, I devised a way to tie it up very very securely and get underneath to tune the needle... Smiley Perhaps a dangerous thing to do but i figured it would be better than having someone hold it while i went full throttle.
BTW That pic has Amir with my Heli on the car rooftop.

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I enjoyed my TT Raptor 50 so much so that I built another one !!! Just as a backup heli in case I crashed one .
I couldnt think of putting a break in the weekend heli flying !!

So here came another Raptor 50 V2 ... Same setup as the first one . TT Engine, Align servos and Spartan Gyro.

However i soon realized that i wouldnt be crashing my helis soon Smiley so this brand new Raptor found a new home with Ace heli pilot Laxman Suthar.

I believe he has had some wonderful flying with this !

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I wanted to get a taste of the then very popular and newly released HK helis. I got the HK PRO kit - a clone of Align 450 PRO.

Pretty cheap and decent quality. It actually flew well . But I somehow always preferred my mini Titan over this ..

Perhaps this was more of a 3D kind of machine, not much of my style !

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Next one up .

Multiplex Funjet. Put in a 600Watt 4000kv Heli motor on this and this one was a rocket !

Initially had a tough time getting to launch on with this. First launch was by Akshay Smiley and several attempts of mine had the Funjat pancake on the ground. Finally got the knack . This had to go full power, with a strong throw upwards !
With a bit of mixing on the launch the torque roll was taken care of.

Loved flying it, though on a 2200 3S it gave only a 4 minute full speed flight.. What a sight to watch it come low and fast and climb straight up like a rocket till it became barely visible !

I must say i was surprised by the brilliant slow speed flight of this .. Landings were just like an Easystar, well almost !




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Next up - My Twin Twinstars  Smiley

Well, me and Neeraj both got one of each for some fun flying together. Cant write enough of prasies for this bird.

Easy hand launches, very predictable flights, and smooth, low landing speed. I must have referred this plane to tens of modellors ( And even got half a dozen of these Smiley for friends ! )

I converted mine to a brushless setup. RcTimer 1200kv motor , with a 2200mah - 3300mah 3S Lipo and this is a take anywhere fly anywhere plane.  !

I wouldnt say this is a beginners' plane, as its very agile. the controls are super responsive and the airplane is not self correcting.
For intermediate pilots and above this is a treat though !

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Well, inspired with David's build of a tricopter, I built mine in 2010. I made several enhancements, in fact some major modifications to the original build that improved upon the stability and flight.

Featured on the cover page of AMA's 2011 magazine, had immense fun flying this in Karnal 2011 AMA meet.

Thanks to Grp. Cpt Tahlan for the wonderful pictures !

Also here is one pic with Grp Cpt Sajan when he was in Allahabad !

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i see my good friend Sajan there !

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The training gear on the heli is damn neat. Is there any such gear available to avoid plane crashes ?

@ Gaurav your Hindi commentary sounded super cool ...namaste main aapka dost Ameen Sayani Bol raha hoon style Clap
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hello sir i'm also from allahabad
im interested in quadcopters so can u please help me
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Hello sir. I am not able to PM you. I really need your help. I am studying in IIIT Allahabad. And i am building my rc plane for the first time. The problem is coming in flying it. Sir please help me out... it is my childhood dream and if i don't succeed i will be hopeless throughout my life.

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Gaurav sir, the request mentioned above looks exactly like my case. That day in MNNIT football ground when my first plane crashed Giggle Giggle

@Shefali: Don't worry you'll receive the best possible help and support for this.
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Hello sir. I am not able to PM you. I really need your help. I am studying in IIIT Allahabad. And i am building my rc plane for the first time. The problem is coming in flying it. Sir please help me out... it is my childhood dream and if i don't succeed i will be hopeless throughout my life.

Awaiting your reply... sir.


PMed you, wih my mobile no. Please call. and first of all relax !


@Utkarshg13 , sure remember the day very well. in fact miss times when you were here in allahabad.
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Same here sir. Those were beautiful days. Preparation for workshops, Vortex products, multiple testing sessions, working till late hours, leaving early morning, etc etc...
Miss everything a lot.
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Hello Gaurav Bhai
Remember I came to ur house regarding hobby.
Can you send me ur whats app number by private message.
I had the number of yours but I lost it in my phone
can you send me
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