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Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

Old 10-04-2010, 03:54 PM
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Default Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

I'm curious what you all think of this. AMA probably wouldn't approve, but if it's at a private shooting range, they would have their own rules. I like when he rattles it. The coroplast must slow down the shot enough not to exit the other side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLLAKnVej9o
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You can DO anything you want. But don't go asking AMA to cover it if things go wrong.

The Armed services use RC planes to learn how to shoot at aircraft. During WWII Jim Walker sold them a bunch of those folding wing gliders, the trainer would shoot em up in the sky and the trainee would shoot at em with a shotgun. Fact is, before Control line in WWI there were Big, RC Bi-plane target drones. RC predates CL, go figure. I had to research that a bit in college.

So this isn't the first account and as I said, you can do what you want with your own toys on your own property. If it goes out of control and nails somebody its on YOUR head.

Personally, we shoot paint balls and it's a blast.
Old 10-05-2010, 10:46 AM
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That sure is very interesting. The safety end certainly has to be covered with proper procedures and insurance. I shot skeet in north western PA for about 18 years, twice per week. Occasionally I would hit one and get a puff of smoke like seen in the video. It was always from the center station where the range was very short, maybe 25 feet. The smoke was black because the clay pigeons were black. In the video it appears they are using a small explosive charge to create the puff of white smoke. It may not be explosive at all; maybe a tight piece of paper that shatters when struck by a pellet and releases some while flour or similar powder contained in a round container. Interesting, but very dangerous. Of course firing shotguns also has a level of danger connected to it.
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Default RE: Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

I think it's pretty amazing that the thing takes continuous hits and still flies.  I wonder if they've got anything protecting the receiver.  Obviously, they're an entertainment company who gets paid to do this so they may get paid enough to not worry about receivers and engines getting destroyed.
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Some pieces of material from a bullet proof vest could protect many of the vulnerable components. The control rods inside aluminum, or even steel tubing, could protect them. The plane seems large enough to handle a little extra weight.
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They seem to be able to swap parts and repair the planes in a few minutes. I think all the electronics, servos and gas are contained in a box on top, and they only shoot at the bottom. I bet these guys pay $50 or so to shoot at the planes, so they can afford a few repairs.
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Default RE: Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

Very cool! There's a bit of information at their web site: http://www.gnatshoot.co.uk/

They describe the explosive pods you can see in the video.

They claim the plane can fly up to 120 mph, which is not bad for a spad!
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Default RE: Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

Ya got to admire their technique for recovering the airplanes out of a tree. Hmm, just shoot 'em out

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Default RE: Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

I must say, this looks cool.
Is there any plans available for that plane. And where does one get to buy the pods that does the nice thing. What size motor. Has other people tried this.

Our club want to try this, so any help will be welcome.

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Flash targets for target practice, search on shooter supply sites, or just use google. I don't know if their's are a premade off the shelf item.
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Default RE: Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

It looks like an old OS FP on this one.
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Default RE: Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

I think a PBF with a .25 would work exactly as well as the model shown, no?
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Default RE: Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

Hi,
Wild stuff! A PBF would not be stable at these speeds.
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Default RE: Shooting at r/c planes? ATS Gnat.

look at this one.
I know its not SPAD planes but still cool.


http://www.youtube.com/user/RCSuperP.../2/4HGmoxotBi8

theres also a vid on how they made it.

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