|The aeronautical distractions, bottom to top in order of preference|
The bottom two planes in the above photo are my favorites. The Parkzone micro T-28 (second from bottom), and an E-flite micro Beast (bottom). The T-28 is a very fun plane to fly. It's very well behaved, yet still pretty maneuverable - loops, rolls, and other stunts are pretty easy. Relaxing and fun. It also has the distinction of being the only micro RC plane I haven't crashed (if you don't count a few bad landings). The Beast is, well, a beast. It's the only plane in the bunch to have a brushless motor and a 2 cell (7.4 volt) lipo battery - the others are all single cell. It's got very large control surfaces. It goes fast, can turn on a dime, and can roll fast enough so you loose orientation (i.e. you think it's rightside up when it's upside down). It does exactly what you tell it to do, and has no self correcting tendencies (if you let go of the controls it won't level out). It can get into a lot of trouble very fast. If you look closely you'll see the that left top wing has been broken off right at the inside corner of the aileron. The bottom wing has been broken twice. The guy wires have been popped off a couple times. The nose has been mushed in once. Medium thickness foam safe CA with a kicker can work wonders. But the wing does have a slight twist to it now that messes up some maneuvers. It's still in good enough shape to teach me a few more things though. It is most definitely NOT relaxing to fly (at least at my current skill level), but it is a lot of fun.
To tie this back into model railroading, you'll notice the planes are sitting on the benchwork of the N scale Palmer Industrial Park - in fact they're sitting on Trans Plastics. That photo was taken after I finished installing and painting the fascia (the subject of the next post I'll write), but before I finished tracing the pounce wheel dents in the foam with black magic marker to make the track plan more visible.
Now that the weather is colder and the wind seems to insist on being too gusty to fly these little planes when it's still light enough to see them, perhaps I'll get back to some more model railroading.