I purchased the HobbyKing parafoil which is 2.15 meters (85'') which seems big I guess. It was cheap and I wasn't sure what to do with it, but am thinking about using it for an RC Skydiver.
What size / scale diver do I need? How much weight? Does anybody make one that is ready to go? Am I nuts for trying to do this?
This is the wrong way to go about getting into R/C Skydiving. For this chute you would need a diver that weighs about 8 lbs, just a estimated guess. Also the angle of attack is critical with parachutes, you would have to restring it many times until you found the proper angle of attack that it would fly good at. Quite honestly if it were as easy as buying a $25.00 chute and converting it to R/C we would not spend 5 to 6 hours sewing ever chute we sell.
If you ask any guy in here that has a successful skydiver they will tell you they either bought it ready to go or spent hours and hours perfecting it so it would fly right. If they tell you the whole truth they will even tell you they spent a bunch of time hitting the ground with no chute at all.
don't want to be harsh, or discourage anybody from entering the hobby, but it really isn't as easy as some people think.