Colin's Radio Control

Hi and welcome to my radio control website.

In the mid 1980s I had a keen interest in radio controlled cars and spent endless hours modifying and racing my Tamiya Frog car. I then started to get into nitro powered cars but it proved to be too expensive for me at the time and I lost interest.

In 2016 due to a number of factors that I won't go into here, I am starting to rekindle my interest in nitro radio controlled models.

Initially I intended to have some fun with cars with a view to progressing to planes. This has now expanded to include Helicopters, Multi-rotors and Hovercraft. With the advances in battery and motor technology over the years I have also drifted back to electric power.

I will post pictures, videos and articles on this website relating to my endeavours.

If you're interested in model planes then check out my Fathers website

Keep checking back for updates.



We are currently experiencing some problems on the website.

  • Detail images not appearing in gallery;
    • I have applied a workaround for this and it is now working.
  • Images not appearing in articles;
    • This is currently under investigation
  • Videos not working in articles:
    • This is due to me changing my Youtube account (there is an actual "" account now :-) ) and not realising that all my old videos would be deleted.  I am in the process of re-uploading the videos. Ones already uploaded can be viewed at the new YouTube channel
    • 24th May 2021 - The videos are now on the Colin's Radio Control YouTube channel and have been re-linked in the relevant articles.

    Armed - Widget to indicate Safe or Armed if a transmitter switch is in a certain position.
    ModelName - Widget to display the model name in double size text.


Hey, what a coincidence. NASA are going to fly an octocopter on Saturn's moon Titan in 2034 and they're calling it Dragonfly!

Here is a link to the BBC article and the NASA article on the Dragonfly octocopter on Dragonfly.


  I have started using FreeCAD to design parts for my models. I will be making some of these available for download from the site.

  One of the things that I found useful was to create parts objects for things I use in my models (servos, prop guards etc.)  I can import them into the FreeCAD drawing of the part I am designing to see how they fit.  I will be making these available for download also.  They are available as .step files so I guess they could be used in a number of 3D CAD packages as well as FreeCAD.

  So far there is a SG90 9 gram servo and a DJI Phantom 2 prop guard.  You can check them out in the FreeCAD section.


I have updated the Dragonfly plans after a trial build. The new plans are available for download.

The main updates are:

  • Improved tail servo setup;
  • Updated parts list;
  • Some changes to the build instructions.

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