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Posted by Rob Knox | Nov 21, 2015 @ 06:00 AM | 704 Views
Back in June, dad and I discussed the merits of attending this years Warbirds Downunder air show.
The event is held in Temora, New South Wales, Australia.

Basically, Dad had to drive to my place, 240km, then we both drove to Temora, 1100km.
A full days drive, but, the worst thing about the drive down, wasn't the roads because they were very good, it wasn't the traffic, because there is bugger all traffic on the Newell Highway, it was the weather. 45 degrees C and blowing 30-40 knots.

Long and short of it is, we drove the 11 and a half hours to Temora, and were thoroughly entertained by the best air show either of us had ever seen.

The seats we had were about as good as you could get. FRONT Row, with the major war birds parked 50 m in front of us. Every time they started up and taxied for a display, we got the full effect of smoke, sight and sound of these classic aircraft.

I have about 1000 photos on the Nikon, which I'll down load after I get home and post the best of them here, but for now, here are some of the War Birds parked in front of us taken from my phone.


Posted by Rob Knox | Nov 18, 2015 @ 07:41 AM | 1,035 Views
Today, one of the guys at work gave me another crashed model aeroplane. It's an1100mm Park Zone F4U corsair.
I brought it home and fixed up the tail, then put in a receiver. Once I'd bound it, I ran it up. The Electronic Speed controller burned out straight away. The model filled with very dense, white smoke. I quickly disconnected the battery and pulled it out. Luckily, I had a spare 40 amp ESC, which I quickly tested and then installed.
I called my friend Kyla, who I am teaching to fly RC, and asked her to come over.
You see, Kyla's favorite war bird is the corsair, and I told her I had a surprise for her.

Once she turned up, we went to the park for the test flight. I fully expected the model to be twitchy and difficult to fly. Boy, how wrong I was.
This model is just an absolute JOY to fly.
It was gentle to fly, and performed all of the usual loops, rolls and inverted flight.

Once I'd landed the model, I handed it to Kyla and said, " Merry Christmas, it's yours".
Posted by Rob Knox | Nov 01, 2015 @ 06:03 AM | 2,779 Views
Last week I said that I'd started teaching a new trainee to fly RC.

Model of choice for this Job is the PEE ZED T 28, such a great model.

Kyla had 4 instructional flights today.
She's really showing an improvement in skill.


Pics from today
Posted by Rob Knox | Nov 01, 2015 @ 04:32 AM | 2,837 Views
2 more great flights with the Seagull PC9 today.
There would have been more, but a fellow RC Pilot, who is an ACFT Mechanic for a living, noticed that there was some grinding and graunching in the engine between flights.
On the spot, we removed the engine, and tore it down.
The bearings were shot.
My fault entirely. When it was in storage for a few years, I failed to inhibit the engine with oil. So, the bearings rusted, and, according to Doug, were on the point of failure.

Anyway, here are some pics from today's flight.

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Posted by Rob Knox | Oct 25, 2015 @ 02:59 AM | 1,019 Views
Since finishing my glo- PC9, my flying rate has increased incredibly.
Additionally, I have a new trainee.
One of the nurses at work, Kyla, is very keen to learn to fly.
I have loaned her my 'Real Flight G5' simulator, and given her some instruction on same.

Today was her first training flights.
Thanks to the wonders of buddy leads, I was able to give Kyla 5 instructional flights.
She has had a fantastic morning.
While we were waiting for the batteries to charge, I also got in 4 x 15 minute flights with the Seagull PC9, and 1 flight with the FMS T28.
10 flights this morning, a really great time.

Posted by Rob Knox | Oct 20, 2015 @ 11:02 AM | 1,660 Views
Back To The Future
Posted by Rob Knox | Oct 18, 2015 @ 02:11 AM | 262,995 Views
I arranged to meet my old flying buddy, Ray Baines, at TARMAC Toowoomba this morning at 0600.
I took along my FMS P51B and my new Seagull Models PC9.

Ray arrived with just one model.
His new 85" Robin 2160.
He has a DLE 50 as the power plant, and what a sweet model it is.

These are some snaps of his flight this morning.

Great stuff Ray.

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Posted by Rob Knox | Sep 26, 2015 @ 08:58 AM | 1,888 Views
My favorite flying buddy, my daughter Bronte, has started taking photos for me again.
On Friday arvo, we took the FMS Zero, customised as an A6M2k 2 seat trainer variant, to the park.
These were the best of the pics Bronte took for me Friday.

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Posted by Rob Knox | Aug 23, 2015 @ 06:52 AM | 1,302 Views
I have just returned from The Gratton RC Fly-In 2015 where I was treated to some very special models and some exceptional flying displays.

Gratton Field is about Half way between Rosewood and Laidley which is only about 40 mins West of Brisbane,
My Father, John Knox Snr, and I provided the commentary for the event perched inside the tower at the fantastic Gratton Field facility.

My opportunity to fly was in the early mornings where, this time, I flew my FMS 109F and my FMS T28. It is a great time to fly these foamies as the air is quite still, and you can really enjoy the peace of the morning without the sound of bellowing IC engines or the scream of turbines.

Anyway, here are a few pics of some of the people and the models they flew over the weekend.

Posted by Rob Knox | May 31, 2015 @ 05:46 AM | 2,411 Views
Today, I had the honour of showing off my model P40E to the daughter of the man who flew the full sized aircraft back in 1942.

How did it come about?

Last year, September, a friend of mine had the misfortune to crash his FMS P40E.
Knowing that I am a bit of guru with repairing crashed foamies, he gave the model to me to fix and to keep.

The repairs didn't take me too long, and I flew it serviceable within a day of starting the repairs. I flew it a few times, then tried to sell it, without success.
SO, it hung from my ceiling for about 6 months gathering dust while I procrastinated over what to do with it.

A short while ago, I learned the story of Squadron Leader John Jackson of RAAF 75 SQN in 1942. John and his pilots were the only fighter squadron standing between The Japanese and Port Moresby between late March and early May 1942. (see 44 Days
44 Days: 75 Squadron's Defence of Port Moresby 1942 (Part 1) (17 min 26 sec)

I have also read the Book by John's two children, Patricia and Arthur, which is his diary and his letters home to his beloved wife Betty. A truly fascinating read.

As a result, I chose to customise my model after John's last fighter, A29-8.

Naturally, my detail info came from the internet, old B&W photos and photos of a plastic model of his aircraft.

Once I had completed the model, I posted photos here on RC Groups, Face Book, and onto the 75 SQN Association web...Continue Reading
Posted by Rob Knox | Nov 02, 2014 @ 06:51 AM | 2,728 Views
Today, The Caboolture War Planes Museum held their annual Wings and Wheels day.
My Dad is involved with the museum, and they now have a retired Army Huey that I had crewed on a few occasions. Dad volunteered me to stand at the Huey telling people about it.
I had heard that Tim Berry, the owner of the Full Size T28A which I had customised my FMS model after, would have his aircraft there. With that news, I loaded my model into the car, and headed off.
Long story short, I took the model to Tim at the show, where he finally got a chance to inspect the model first hand. He was absolutely chuffed.

A second T28 was due to fly in to display at the show, so Tim asked me to join him, and go and meet it in the air, plan being to do some fly overs in formation.

Once we got established in our loiter area Tim handed over to me so I could fly the orbits while we waited. Wow, what a hoot, I got to fly a Trojan.

After the other Trojan formed off us, Tim lead us in a couple of fly passes, prior to a very nice initial and pitch over the runway prior to landing.

Just fantastic.
I'm one very happy fellow right now.

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Posted by Rob Knox | Jul 28, 2014 @ 12:11 PM | 3,423 Views
The CRAMS Club is holding an event over the last weekend in August at Gratton Field.
Details are on the attached Flyer, but should you have any other questions, just contact me here and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Posted by Rob Knox | Jul 06, 2014 @ 08:30 AM | 3,344 Views
I filmed the maiden flight of young Brett Gordon-Brander's Ziroli SBD Dive Bomber on Saturday the 5th of July. This the video I put together.

Giant RC SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber (14 min 15 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | Mar 30, 2014 @ 03:41 AM | 3,975 Views
While I was at the Spektrum Gratton Air Spectacular over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Wayne and Harlee Homan.
Wayne, naturally, is an RC enthusiast, whilst his wife Harlee, is an RC widow.
Harlee works for Discount Foam and Rubber on the Gold Coast, and she had with her a dozen of these model aircraft stands.

They fit together like a 3D jigsaw puzzle, and are made of very dense foam, and are therefore, quite sturdy. They retail for just $30 and are very handy.
I placed different models onto the stand to check for fit, and for support.

Seems like a good idea to me. If you're interested, just send Harlee an email
attention Harlee
Posted by Rob Knox | Mar 08, 2014 @ 06:26 PM | 3,844 Views
Believe it or not, I've added 2 new models to my fleet of RC model aeroplanes.
For Christmas, my Family gave me the Dynam Hawker Tempest. A delightfully simple model to assemble, and a very agile and fun model to fly.

More recently, a friend of my brothers crashed his FMS P51B. Not interested in fixing it, the model came to me.
The damage was a snapped fuselage and a destroyed prop and spinner.
After having made those repairs and purchased the necessary replacement parts, I customised the model as a RAAF 3 SQN aircraft from about the 1943/44 period in Italy.

This is a very stable model to fly, and land. Simply a joy.

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Posted by Rob Knox | Mar 08, 2014 @ 06:02 PM | 3,731 Views
Since about September last year, I've been quite busy.
A friend and colleague asked me to teach his 11 year old son, Shaun, to fly RC.
Naturally I agreed.
Shaun got himself a Phoenix simulator and I had a crashed Pee Zed T28 which I knew could be repaired to use as a trainer.
Given that I am a qualified Aircrewman instructor, it was a case of adapting my Airborne Instructional Technique (AIT) to suit the RC skills.

During about 5 sessions, spread over about 3 months, I managed to teach Shaun to solo. Shaun now has his Bronze wings.

I've also, more recently, instructed another friends son to fly RC. This was during about 4 sessions but over a much shorter time period. Young Jack solo'd only last weekend. Again I used a Pee Zed T28.
Posted by Rob Knox | Nov 24, 2013 @ 03:53 PM | 3,690 Views
Well, after some 2 months, with time availability being a major issue for me, young Shaun has finally solo'd.
This was filmed yesterday at the Club field in Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.
The first 3/4 of the vis is with me on the buddy box, and the last minute is his solo flight.

It was quite windy yesterday, but Shaun handled it very well.

Congratulations Shaun. Well done.

RC Trainee Pilot Shaun Rotherham Flys Solo (5 min 28 sec)