July is nearly half way over and we have not posted the Top 10 most downloaded plan on Parkjets for June yet! Well, time to fix that little oversight. We have some real changes to the Top 10 list this month, probably due to a better way we are now keeping track of the number of downloads, but much remains the same. Let’s get to it.
Let's get Chiggy! The lastest plan uploaded is another Robertus special, the Chiggy. It's a fantasy aircraft with a crazy design that makes the two wings and vertical stab all the same. Putting the prop on the front of the aircraft, in a traditional tractor configuration allows for awesome vertical take-offs. The Chiggy pairs nicely with the Hammerhead, and almost looks like a flying bomb.
We just uploaded another plan to the growing catalog of FREE PLANS right on our site. Now that brings the total number of free plans up to 135, which is a pretty big deal. We can’t believe we are only 15 plans away from crossing the big 150 milestone. It will be here soon enough. Building a good quality catalog is not easy and takes a lot of time, but with over 35,000 people downloading plans every month, we know there is always room for one more plan!
Getting a jump start in RC Airplanes is not easy. There are so many planes, so many designs, so many different opinions on the best way to get started and of course one big question we always get is, “How can I learn this stuff quickly?”
Nowadays, with busy schedules and fast paced lives, it can be hard to really get into a hobby and feel confident in what you are doing. That’s why we have the “New Pilots” section where we review and preview products that can help you get going in the hobby. Yes, if you purchase, we get a small commission, but that’s not why we endorse another company’s product, we do it because it works.
And now, we just finished updating the page with an all new V4 Pro Pack that includes new plans and some great beginner’s guides. So if you are wanting to get a jump start on RC flying along with some excellent plans, check it out.
We just added a new plan to the expanding catalog, the T-720 Broadhead. It's from the same designer of the Hot Spot, so you know it's a proven plan. The zip file contains the parts drawings along with construction photos to help you out when you get yours ready to glue up.
The T-720 is a stable flyer but also nimble and capable of good manuevers, suitable for beginner flyers as well as the more experienced RC pilot.
For those of you that have been with Parkjets for a while now, you know that our main sponsor, 6mmFlyRC.com offers some really cool kits for many of the designs right here on Parkjets. As a way to celebrate small business, and 6mmFlyRC is a small business, they are offering our followers/subscribers $5 off any of their kits, both full fuse (Original Series) and the profile style (Quick Build) parkjet kits.
Now, I'm told that in the nearly 10 years that 6mmFlyRC has been offering kits, they have never done a discount for anyone, but starting now, through the last minute of May, you can get a sweet $5 off.
Ehh, we skipped a month there on the Top 10 list, and that can happen from time to time as life gets in the way. But we do have the numbers from March 2014, and we nearly had a new #1. But, with just 13 fewer downloads (out of 2,100), a newcomer just came up short.
Let's get to the Top 10 most downloaded plans on Parkjets!
We just finished up adding in three new plans from the designer of the X-Shuttle, which quickly brings Robertus' total to four plans in our ever growing FREE PLANS catalog. So let's not waste anytime, here is a brief rundown of the new designs.
We just posted a new plan over in our free plan catalog, one of the biggest and most comprehensive on the internet today. The X-Shuttle is from a designer that is just starting to feed Parkjets some plans, so we look forward to getting more online soon.
The X-Shuttle is a simple form build, with simple formers and a skin over a smooth looking body. The designer put a bunch of LED lights on his and the results are awesome on low light flying.
The X-Shuttle can move well in the air with plenty of speed, but slows down to a float when the power is cut. An excellent addition to the catalog.
Now, before it gets too hot outside, get out there and get to building and flying!
So the first month of 2014 is already over and we are just pressing halfway through Feburary. How time flies! Hopefully many of you trapped by the mountain of snow in much of the country have had a great opportunity to get in some much needed build time on your spring fleet.
As always, let's take a look at the most popular plans for January 2014. We have a couple of old friends crack back into the list and the reigning king is de-throned for the top spot. Here we go.
Okay folks, been a few weeks on the new plans. But this one makes up for it. Now you know we look at a lot of plans before we post them. We want to make sure they work, we want to make sure the documentation is good. And we want to make sure you know what you are getting with good pictures and video. This is not an exageration: This new plan is one of the best we have ever seen. Period.
We thought it would be useful to do a comprehensive overview/review of what we feel is the best e-product, one that we have recently used and checked out in an effort to bring more information to our readers. Let's get started.
Recently, RCPowers made some significant changes to their e-product (The V3 Complete Package), designed to get new and experienced builders up in the air with a quality build, all while passing on years of knowledge, gained through experience, and some really great advanced RC techniques as well. If you have visited RCPowers recently, you already know the offereing, but without actually buying it, you might be wondering exactly what you are getting. Well, let us tell you!
The V3 Package includes the following:
- Scratch Building, a comprehensive video tutorial on building the F-35
- An "Advanced Techniques" audio series
- FIVE Parkjets Plans, each with detailed instructions in tiled and full size plans
- A browswer based RC Simulator
Now, we know, if you are looking at the RCPowers website, it just looks like you are getting the plans and the simulator, but it's much more. And worth every penny. Cutting to the chase, Parkjets fully endorses this product. We used it, we continue to go back to the information and simulator, and believe it will save you time and money.
2013 has come to a close and here at Parkjets, we like the idea of looking back and seeing what we accomplished and what we want to do in the near future, also known as 2014. It was a busy first half of the year and we rounded out the year with some more plans and some new resources. Let’s take a dive into what was 2013 and see what we can remember.
We just posted a new plan for the new year! The Hot Spot came to us a while ago and we let it slip down the priority list but the designer sent us a nice reminder. Hey, sometimes its needed!
The Hot Spot is a great looking fun jet style foam parkjet.
A customer of 6mmFlyRC sent over some pictures and we thought we would post them to show off some of the best craftsmanship on a foam model you will ever see.
Rafal is from Poland, which only highlights how global the hobby of RC flight is, but he clearly takes his models to the next level. By incorporating killer decals, etching in panel lines, going through the extreme detail in the exhaust and every other part of the plane, he takes a standard kit from 6mmFlyRC (free plans here of course) and takes it up several notches. By making drop tanks, different under wing ornaments, this is the best example of taking the hobby to a new heights.
Remember, if you have any photos or video of your model in action, send them on over and we will share them with the world!
Check out the photos and begin to drool!
We just added in a new plan late last night, the SAF-14. Think of it as a combination of the F-35, SU-37, and bunch of originality. Better yet, this design comes from a new designer, Eduardo Flores. This model is built for EDF and based on the results, getting better than 1:1 weight to thrust ratio means it will perform like a good EDF should.
We just added in a new resource for new flyers from the good people of Make Magazine. We have always loved the publication and have done a few of the projects on the weekend. So we were thrilled when we say they put together a 12-part series on RC Flight. The entire thing is quality video, with great explainations and plenty of tips. And the best part about it, its totally free.
From servos, receivers, covering foam, to free plans for a good trainer, Maker Hangar provides a good foundation for new flyers.
Go ahead, check it out, watch a few videos and soak it all in.