Equipment (F2D) - a brief summary
F2D gives the new flyer lots of possible routes with regards to equipment. There are many different suppliers for engines, models, and accessories. Indeed, you can buy literally everything needed to fly F2D. Some might say this is a bad thing, but that's an entire subject on it's own.
There is currently one favoured design for F2D. I believe the design is accredited to Slava Believ but don't quote me on that. They have foam leading edges, reinforced with spruce, balsa ribs and tips, and a spruce trailing edge. This is the model I started with, and you can't really go wrong with it. Apparently the Wakkerman style model is easier to fly but I have never tried this. Basically, buy from the known suppliers or build from proven plans.
A typical modern F2D combat model. This particular one built by Igor Dementiev and Son (Sergei) of Moldova.
If you want to build your own models you need to be prepared to put in a fair bit of work. Plans are available and all the materials can be bought from most normal model shops. Look at Loet Wakkerman's web site for a fairly detailed description on building your own models. This is something I am currently messing about with. When I finally get around to having a proper go, I'll put some details on the site.
There are so many different engines being produced for F2D at the moment. They must all be a maximum of 2.5cc. Air intake (venturi) and exhaust outlet size are also restricted. I started with and am still using Redko's. These were recommended because of their reliability and pretty good speed. There are certainly faster motors out there, but we've never had any major problems with Redko's. I'm not an engine man and so consistency and reliability is important. At the start of the 2003 season I started using Fora's, and they are very nice! Excellent speed and low cost compared to other hot engines. Fora's are now my main workhorses. I would recommend them to anyone! A competitive combat engine can cost as little as £100, but when you consider the performance and quality, it's really excellent value. Some flyers have literally dozens of engines ready to go. Others, including myself, have comparatively few (I've been using the same 3 since 2003!) It's what suits you and your pocket. If you want it to be a fairly cheap hobby, it can be!
A Fora F2D combat engine made in The Ukraine, probably the most popular engine in the world today.
There is a fair amount of extra equipment that is needed for F2D but it is not too bad. A lot of this can be contained in 1 decent pit box, here is a list of the very basics:
Then there's all the usual gear: handles, lines, fuel etc.
See the links page for suppliers.
This article was first published: 13/05/2003
This article was last updated: 13/05/2007