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Posted by leccyflyer | Apr 18, 2015 @ 11:44 AM | 2,634 Views
Great turnout today, with some fine spring weather in the NE - at least a dozen folks at the field and some lovely models on display -pictured below. Plus a new windsock installed - which seemed to make it windier than usual . Derek's Puppeteer is even more majestic in real life than in the pictures, and that removable hinged motor mount and cowl is a brilliant idea. Jim's lovely little Peter Rake designed SE5a was completelyaerobatic and really looked the part. Graham's Fournier has had a massive power transplant since last time out and flies like a dream now, and his Habu EDF is a real screamer. There was. a rare glow model there as well, a very impressive Hangar 9 Toledo that was thrown around with great aplomb

Had a bit of a curate's egg of a day myself, with enjoyable flights with the PZ Spitfire, and a bit of fun joining the buzzards to sniff out a few thermals with the Searching 400, and a few other flights with old favourites like the PT-19. Marred however by the unfortunate demise on her maiden flight of my new Parkzone Mosquito, which had been put into service for next week's fly-in.

That isn't going to happen now, since she lies back broken, one nacelle off, with several bits of crush damage to the foam, having rolled hard to the right on climb out and suffered major damage. The tracking was beautiful, straight down the strip and the lift off was fine, but the hard break and roll into a ball remains unexplained. All the controls were checked before light,...Continue Reading
Posted by leccyflyer | Apr 18, 2015 @ 11:20 AM | 2,678 Views
Aircraft Name: De Havilland Mosquito
Manufacturer/Designer: Parkzone
Construction: Z-Foam fuselage wings and tail
First Flight: 18 April 2015
Wing Span: 49"
Wing area:
AUW: 43oz
Power type - Electric twin
Motor:2xPK22116 brushless outrunners
ESC: 2x PZ 18 amp
Tank/Battery: 2200 Turnigy 3s1p Lipo
Propeller: Contrarotating 8.25x5.5"
Receiver: Spektrum AR610 2.4Ghz
Flight Pack: n/a
Servos: As supplied 2xDSV130 2xSV180
Throws -As manual
Undercarriage - EFLG 100 electric retracts
Accessories: None
Covering: None -pre-painted foam
Current status: In workshop for repairs -crashed on maiden flight
Posted by leccyflyer | Mar 27, 2015 @ 02:40 PM | 1,321 Views
Well, though I've been keeping my hand in with regular indoor flying sessions every couple of weeks, I haven't flown outdoors since Boxing Day last year.

On holiday for a short break and with the opportunity to get to the field midweek saw lovely flying conditions for a first trip to the site on Wednesday. It was great to see the lads again, and there were a few new models on show that I hadn't seen before, including a nice Sea Vixen pusher and a Curtiss Hawk. Unfortunately I'd made the error of stashing my spare camera battery with my wet weather camera and my fair weather camera arrived at the site with no batteries on-board.

Thanks to clubmate Derek who played a blinder again with his usual excellent crop of pictures that are reproduced here. The weather played ball for a couple of hours, as a lovely calm spring day, then the clouds started to roll in. It was a decent day's flying, in good company.

Had a great flight with the Easyglider, with the highlight of catching some fairly weak thermals, sharing them with the resident Red Kite, who was better at sniffing out the thermals that I was. Very enjoyable sharing the air with such a majestic creature though.

The Parkzone Spitfire always goes well, this time from a handlaunch, not trusting the wheels on the damp patch this early in the season and she beat up the sky quite convincingly. Rusty thumbs nearly caused a mishap, getting overconfident in placing her to have her picture taken, but I managed to...Continue Reading
Posted by leccyflyer | Mar 26, 2015 @ 04:26 AM | 1,712 Views
Aircraft Name: SE5a
Manufacturer/Designer: Flyzone
Construction: RTF EPS fuselage, depron wings and tail
First Flight: 30/11/2014 Indoor Bridge of Don
Wing Span: 16"
Wing area:
Power type - Electric
Motor: geared brushed motor
ESC: built in
Tank/Battery: 70mah 1s1p Lipo
Receiver: built in 2.4Ghz
Flight Pack: n/a
Servos: Built in on micro board
Throws -
Undercarriage - Fixed, delicate, frangible.
Accessories: None
Covering: None -pre-painted depron
Current status: In Service
Posted by leccyflyer | Mar 26, 2015 @ 04:01 AM | 1,685 Views
Aircraft Name: Twister Quadcopter
Manufacturer/Designer: J.Perkins
Type: Quadcopter
Construction: RTF
First Flight: In the garden, 18/07/2013
Wing Span: n/a
Wing area:n/a
AUW: No idea
Power type -Electric,
Motor: 4xbrushed motor
ESC: RTF already fitted
Tank/Battery: 1s1p 500mah Lipo
Propeller: 4x no idea
Receiver: RTF, already fitted
Flight Pack: N/A
Servos: None
Throws -n/a
Undercarriage - None
Accessories: none
Covering: None -removable plastic bodies
Current status: In service , occaisional indoor flights. Summary - meh.
No pictures - it;s an RTF mini quadcopter - there are pictures on eBay.
Posted by leccyflyer | Dec 06, 2014 @ 02:32 AM | 2,780 Views
Aircraft Name: DeHavilland DH82a Tiger Moth
Manufacturer/Designer: Ares
Type: Ultra Micro
Construction: Depron, RTF
First Flight: In the garden, 18/07/2013
Wing Span:
Wing area:
AUW: 5oz
Power type -Electric,
Motor: brushed geared motor
ESC: RTF already fitted
Tank/Battery: 1s1p 50mah Ares Lipo
Receiver: RTF, already fitted
Flight Pack: N/A
Servos: Elevator (pushrod) -, Rudder -direct electromag actuator
Throws -n/a
Undercarriage - wire, magnetically attached
Accessories: none
Covering: None -RTF sprayed yellow RAF training colours
Current status: In service
Posted by leccyflyer | Aug 28, 2014 @ 01:34 AM | 3,843 Views
So, the great start to the holiday weekend continued with day 3 and 4, spent at the club field. Conditions were excellent on the Sunday, with zero to very light winds and lots of flying.
A good day for in flight pictures with some stunning aeroplanes on show.

This was the turnout on Sunday....Continue Reading
Posted by leccyflyer | Aug 23, 2014 @ 02:39 PM | 2,956 Views
This slope flying is highly addictive and this weekend saw a first trip to Brimmond, which was a totally different style of flying than at the Cairn O Mount. Having seen the excellent flying capabilities of the Cambrian Spitfire on the slope a couple of weeks ago, the Bf109 had her motor whipped out, a 2.4ghz receiver fitted and a 5 cell RX pack added, plus some lead weights and a dummy spinner. After a few bottle building flights with the Easyglider and Speedo the Bf109 was launched into the blue. Unfortunately that's where it all went wrong. The funfighter didn;t get away from the slope, the pilot put too much up elevator in, far too early and she tip stalled and plunged in vertically from about twenty feet.

The nose is off, the back is broken in the same place that it was broken at Barrow all those years ago, and the canopy is cracked. Repairable, but the end of flying for the Luftwaffe on the day.

The Easygllder was a lot of fun though, in stronger winds than at the Cairn - not absolutely convinced with the wings just being held on with friction though, added a couple of strips of tape for peace of mind, but she definitely has a bit of a wing waggle when coming out of a dive.

Thanks also to Derek Robertson who provided some additional pictures of my models in flight. It's quite difficult to get hold of in-flight pictures of my models these days and these are excellent pictures, some of the best I've seen - thanks to Derek for permission to use them here.

Good company, stunning scenery, fresh air and a nice little stroll up the hill -it does not get any better than this
Posted by leccyflyer | Aug 03, 2014 @ 04:18 PM | 3,260 Views
Last day of my week off, and yesterday was decidely damp and rainy, so it was nice to wake up this morning to signs of an improvement in the weather, with a strengthening breeze, in a nice S to SE direction and forecast for 13-17mph, with a small risk of rain.

Whilst waiting for that to firm up, I pulled the motor/esc and 35mhz receiver from our RCM Pelikan Eurofighter and stuck a Frsky 2.4rx, switch harness and 4 cell nimh RX pack in there for some PSS fun.

Arrived at the hill - about a 15 minute drive on beautiful country roads - with Matt Munro crooning the theme from The Italian Job on the car stereo. There had been heavy rain yesterday, so the path was pretty soaked, but we made our way the 200 yards clear of the car park with a few models and got set up.

First flight was with the Zagi, and in contrast to my previous failed attempts to slope the venerable 14 year old model, this time it was a roaring success - getting straight away into good slope lift and climbing steadily. Enjoyed throwing the Zagi around for a while and it's certainly a very different proposition on the slope, that wit a high revving pusher prop on the rear.

My boy and me then had a couple of flights with the Easyglider Pro and the conditions were perfect for the model, alternately hovring stock still whilst climbing in the slope lift and making swooping passes along the slope, with a few loops thrown in for good measure. We'd had some great flights hunting thermals on Friday at the...Continue Reading
Posted by leccyflyer | Jul 28, 2014 @ 04:31 PM | 3,496 Views
I posted about a year ago that, after a break from flying, with very little chance to get to the field, I felt that I;d got my mojo back and was enjoying the hobby again. Having restarted the hobby 20 years ago, as a lad and dad activity, it was a big change when my boy went off to Uni and our flying sessions ceased. That also concided with my best flying pal more or less giving up the hobby and moving onto other things. Anyway, long story short, today I was lucky enough to be able to go flying with my boy for the first time in a couple of years and it was great. Got to the new club field and found that we had company, with several of my new clubmates also taking advantage of a fine summer's day. We had a blast of a low key day, with some interesting models flying, lot's of good chat and flying and finished off by a short trip to the local slope field for a couple of glider flight, into the bargain.

So, very happy to be back in the groove, enjoying the flying, and the workshop and right back into the swing of things.

Some pictures from the day, coming after a fantastic weekend's flying, on the flat and on the slope....Continue Reading
Posted by leccyflyer | Jul 26, 2014 @ 12:34 PM | 3,742 Views
Aircraft Name: Easyglider Pro
Manufacturer/Designer: Multiplex
Type: Electric glider
Construction: ElaporFoam
First Flight: 18/06/14 - Kerloch
Wing Span: 1.8m
Wing area:
Power type -Electric
Motor: Himax outrunner - C3516-1130
ESC: Multiplex MULTICont BL-37/II
Tank/Battery: Maxpoly 321p 2500mah 20C lipo
Propeller: Graupner Cam Prop 10x6" - effective diameter 11x6"
Receiver: Frysky V8FR - 8 channel 2.4ghz
Flight Pack: Separate 5amp BEC
Servos: Built-in, Elevator (pushrod) - , Ailerons -Pushrod- x2, Rudder
Throws -as manual
Undercarriage - none
Accessories: None
Covering: N/A - bare foam and vinyl stickers
Current status: In service
Posted by leccyflyer | Jul 26, 2014 @ 12:19 PM | 3,651 Views
Aircraft Name: Spitfire Mk IX
Manufacturer/Designer: Parkzone
Type: Ultra Micro Electric Scale
Construction: Foam RTF
First Flight: 18/06/14 - Kerloch
Wing Span: 15.9"
Wing area:
AUW: 1.65oz
Power type -Electric
Motor: 8.5mm Brushed
ESC: Built in Parkzone
Tank/Battery: Eflite 150mah 35C 1s1p lipo
Propeller: 4 bladed 100x100mm
Receiver: Built in Spectrum 6 channel UMX with A3X Warbird type
Flight Pack: Eflite 150mah 35C 1s1p Lipo
Servos: Built-in, Elevator (pushrod) - , Ailerons -Pushrod- x2, Rudder
Throws -as manual
Undercarriage - fixed but removable
Accessories: None
Covering: Prepainted depron foam, preprinted and applied self-adhesive decals
Current status: In service
Posted by leccyflyer | Jul 26, 2014 @ 12:04 PM | 3,443 Views
Aircraft Name: Speedo II
Manufacturer/Designer: Oshmans
Type: Slope glider
Construction: Fibreglass fuselage, built up balsa wing and sheet balsa tail
First Flight: Cairn O Mount, 26th July 2014
Wing Span: 1.2m"
Wing area:240 sq in
Power type -Slope glider
Motor: None
ESC: N/a
Tank/Battery: N/A
Propeller: N/A
Receiver: Frsky 4ch 2.4ghz
Flight Pack: 4.8v 300mah AAA Nimh
Servos: Elevator (pushrod) - HS-55 , Ailerons -Pushrid-HS55 x2
Throws -as manual
Undercarriage - none
Accessories: None
Covering: Precovered white film, dark blue detailing
Current status: In service
Posted by leccyflyer | Jul 13, 2014 @ 05:33 AM | 3,394 Views
Marker for first successful slope flights yesterday.

Following unsuccessful attempt with the venerable Zagi a few weeks ago, a light to moderate southerly at the Cairn, coupled with the Easyglider Pro gave a couple of very enjoyable extended flights off the slope. Drizzly rain stopped play, before the Speedo II could have her maiden flight, but it's potentially the start of a(nother) brave new era.

Joined by a young paraglider just on packing up to leave - looked like quite a hairy activity
Posted by leccyflyer | May 24, 2014 @ 12:00 PM | 3,886 Views
Aircraft Name: E-Flite PT-19
Manufacturer/Designer: E-Flite
Type: Electric sports scale
Construction: Built-up balsa fuselage, wing and tail
First Flight: Kerloch, 25th May 2014
Wing Span: 42"
Wing area:
Power type -Electric
Motor: E-Flite Park 480 Outrunner
ESC: Hobbywing Platinum 40 Amp
Tank/Battery: 3s1p 2700mah Tipple
Propeller: APC-E 11x7
Receiver: Spektrum AR500
Flight Pack: Hobbywing U-Bec 3amp
Servos: Elevator (pushrod) - SG50 , Rudder (pushrod) SG-50 Ailerons -Pushrid-SG50 x2
Throws -as manual
Undercarriage - fixed
Accessories: Pete's Pilots 1/9th scale US-WWII
Covering: Oracover
Current status: In service
Posted by leccyflyer | May 24, 2014 @ 11:54 AM | 3,861 Views
Aircraft Name: Ripmax Spitfire
Manufacturer/Designer: Ripmax/Peter Nicolson
Type: Electric sports scale
Construction: Built-up balsa fuselage, wing and tail
First Flight: Kerloch, 25th May 2014
Wing Span: 48"
Wing area:
Power type -Electric
Motor: EMAX outrunner
ESC: EMAX - 40 Amp
Tank/Battery: 3s1p 3000mah Tipple
Propeller: JP 10x7
Receiver: Frsky-4channel D8RF-II
Flight Pack: BEC
Servos: Elevator (pushrod) - , Rudder (pushrod) Ailerons -Torque rod
Throws -
Undercarriage - none - dolly capable
Accessories: none
Covering: Printed Ripmax own brand
Current status: In service
Posted by leccyflyer | May 03, 2014 @ 06:59 AM | 4,134 Views
Aircraft Name: Searching 400
Manufacturer/Designer: Miniature Aircraft Factory/Peter Kent
Type: Electric sports
Construction: Built-up balsa fuselage, wing and tail - bought second hand
First Flight: Kerloch, 2nd May 2014
Wing Span: 34"
Wing area:
AUW:22 oz.
Power type -Electric
Motor: Keda 28-35-2300kv
ESC: Pentium 30 amp
Tank/Battery: 7x Sanyo AR500 Nicd
Propeller: Graupner Cam 6x3" folder
Receiver: Frsky-4channel V4RF-II
Flight Pack: BEC
Servos: Elevator (pushrod) - HS80, Rudder (pushrod) HS80
Throws -
Undercarriage - none
Accessories: none
Covering: Blue and transparent orange Solarfilm
Current status: In service
Posted by leccyflyer | May 19, 2013 @ 04:52 AM | 7,067 Views
So, a new workshop and the start of a brave new era. More room now and finally a chance to set up a spraybooth for the queue of airframes waiting for a dash of colour. It was a bear of a job transporting all the airframes, but accomplished with minimal hangar rash and a few rolls of bubble wrap.

The mummified mothballed airframes are tucked away in the rafters and the in service and nearly in service airframes stack tidily on cord loops from cuphooks set into the timber frame. Still got a few mostly one piece models hanging from the rafters too.
Posted by leccyflyer | Jun 04, 2012 @ 04:34 PM | 7,834 Views
#BC051- WM P-51 Miss America Mustang
Aircraft Name: P-51 Miss America Mustang
Manufacturer/Designer: World Models
Type: Electric sports scale
Construction: Built up balsa-liteply: Built-up balsa fuselage, tail and wing
First Flight:
Wing Span: 36"
Power type -Electric
Motor: Keda brushless outrunner
ESC: Hobbywing Pentium 30amp
Battery: 3s1p 1800mah Tipple lipos
Propeller: 8x4" APC-E
Receiver:Frsky 7ch 1 way
Flight Pack: BEC
Servos: Aileron (pushrods) -2xHS55, Elevator (pushrod) - HS55, Rudder (pushrod) HS55
Throws -
Undercarriage - Wire
Accessories: WM pilot
Covering: Red white and blue Lightex
Current status: In service - no maiden flight yet.
Posted by leccyflyer | Jun 04, 2012 @ 04:22 PM | 7,656 Views
#BC050- SWM Webbit
Aircraft Name: Webbit
Manufacturer/Designer: Steve Webb Models -Peter Kent
Type: Electric sports
Construction: Built up balsa-liteply: Built-up balsa fuselage and wing sheet balsa wing and tail
First Flight: Warrington Model Club, 4/6/12
Wing Span: 40"
AUW:40 oz.
Power type -Electric
Motor: Mystery brushless outrunner
ESC: Hobbywing Pentium 30amp
Battery: 3s1p 2300mah Tipple lipos
Propeller: 7x4" APC-E
Receiver:Spectrum AR500
Flight Pack: BEC
Servos: Aileron (torque rods) -Futaba s148, Elevator (pushrod) - HS85MG, Rudder (pushrod) HS81
Throws -
Undercarriage - Dural
Accessories: none
Covering: Orange and yellow Solarfilm.
Current status: In service -maiden flights dodgy-check wing incidence and thrustline.

Two flights today - CofG just behind mainspar. Checked current draw with fitted 9x5 prop - over 30amps, so propped down to 7x4 apc-e for 28 amps. Took off, nose came up, and kept coming up - settled into a very dodgy half circuit very twitchy and node high. Down in one piece. Replaced 2300mah 3s1p pack with 3000mah 3s1p and a chunk of lead. Balanced on mainspar. Took off, nose came up, and kept on coming up. Landed in outfield, no damage save a broken prop.