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Posted by mintie | Jul 30, 2014 @ 03:29 AM | 1,403 Views
Just cant help it....these arrived today. So after the T31 is flying will have a go at building these.
Yes you see the pics correct ,there are two F1 car kits.
We have the 3 Go karts and have heaps of fun so thought why not some F1 cars to add the the growing fleet of toys.
These are not RTR they are full built up kits, and without opening the packages I would guess there are around 100 bits to each kit.
Will need two motors and ESCs but these will come later.
Watch this space.
Posted by mintie | Apr 17, 2014 @ 12:59 AM | 2,279 Views
Time to rattle the key board again and update the progress on the T31.
The pics will give an ideaa s to where I am up to.
Happy with progress so far and starting to look good.
Interior is painted and rudder,elevator and tow release controls in
Posted by mintie | Dec 25, 2013 @ 02:46 PM | 2,723 Views
A few mods and back into the water.This time we have a lot more speed.getting better all the time.
DSCF8498 (0 min 48 sec)

Posted by mintie | Nov 22, 2013 @ 10:01 PM | 2,651 Views
Finally the boat is going.we took it down to the lake and test run it..pretty pleased with the finished performance.
quite a bit of wind across the water so no high speed runs into wind. I did a couple of faster runs down wind,and it really does move along at a good speed.
A nice calm day we will see just how fast it can go.
My wife took the pics and the video.
DSCF8483 New hydro. (0 min 28 sec)

Posted by mintie | Nov 14, 2013 @ 02:32 PM | 2,732 Views
pics will show what is happening.Still have wing tips to go on yet, so this is not the full span.
Posted by mintie | Oct 03, 2013 @ 01:30 AM | 3,009 Views
My wife and I did a bit of a road trip north over the last week and a half and ended up with our two boys .
We spend a couple of days with them and I had a chance to try out our oldest boys new toy.
A lot of fun and a very quick little kart.
The next day I was shouted a few laps of a new track at Hampton Downs in a M3 V8 BMW.

will edit and put in videos
ok here is a small video of one of my laps
DSCF8442getting the feel of the new Kart (0 min 13 sec)

Posted by mintie | Sep 12, 2013 @ 11:52 PM | 4,675 Views
Been a while since I last put in an entry.Time flys and always something on the go.
Have repainted the Gokart,ready to take north in 2 weeks time for some racing.

Have been back onto the shovelnose hydro and near complete now..Just need to airbrush the front nose section with the scollops and fit in the rest of the r/c gear.

The 4 meter Slingsby T31 is being worked on and now have all the controls in the cockpit and working on the wings.
Elevator,rudder and tow release all working.Made a seat for the driver and have half the instrument panels made.

Back working on my mini Clubman after it has been sitting for 6 years.
I need it for transport so I can do some more work on our nissan powered Morris minor.
Pa8
Posted by mintie | Jul 01, 2013 @ 02:47 AM | 3,607 Views
This is what I have been doing over the last few weeks.
Hope to put it in the water next weekend.

Two weeks later managed to dump it in the lake......will definately need a water rudder.
Posted by mintie | May 04, 2013 @ 09:56 PM | 5,013 Views
A project I have been on for a while now and near completion.
A 1/16th scale Shovel nose hydro of the 60s A Gary Findley design at 24 in[600mm] lenght.
All blasa and fiberglass constuction, with the odd bit of .8mm ply where needed.
The driver and Alison engine I got from Doug at ..classichydros.com in the USA
The upper deck I shaped from blue foam and glass.
Power is from a Turnigy 3900 kv water cooled motor mounted on a home made T3 ali frame with a 60 amp water cooled ESC
The flex drive and strut I made, and fitted a x430 octura metal prop.
Rudder system is a HK product with the water cooling pickup in the bottom.
So far wt is 1.5 lbs.
Finished paint will be Cream and orange ,same as the full size of that day.
1963 Tahoe Miss U-3
Posted by mintie | May 04, 2013 @ 09:35 PM | 4,700 Views
I have had this plane sitting on the shelf for a while and thought it was time to fly it again.
Looking at my log book showed that it is 18 years old and last flown 6 years ago.
Definately needs its wings stretched again.So 4 hrs later all ready to fly again.
It is a House of balsa Harvard semi scale of 43 in w/s..power is OS25FP.with 9x4 prop. 3 standard servos and one HXT900 on the throttle.
I made up a fiberglass cowl when I built the plane.
Checking in my log book it has done 13.75 hrs flying and 125 flights over its flying life.
Covering is oracover and still the original.All the graphics were computor cut by a sign writer friend, copying one of the NZ war birds at Ardmore that was with the roaring 40s.
All we need now is a good day and away we go. Remembering it as a really nice little flyer.
Posted by mintie | May 04, 2013 @ 03:59 PM | 4,645 Views
We have just arrived back from a week in Rarotonga...This is our second time there and love the place. the people,culture,warm weather,water and food.
Our secand boy Tristan decided to come with us so picked him up in Auckland on the way.
Beautifull warm weather for 5 days,and in the water at least 3/4 times each day
Yes you guest it, I am a water baby.
A very enjoyable 5 days and he loved the place as well...His comment was on leaving ...we need to do this again some time. yes agreed on that......Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Apr 13, 2013 @ 01:55 AM | 5,634 Views
All finished and flying....Turned out to be a very nice little plane to fly.
No trim changes straight off the board.
AUW 643gms.and take off is in about 30 ft. Cruise around on half power and fly for 8 minutes.
Done with my usual materials,of white foam and news print covered,depron,carbon fiber and the odd bit of light ply and balsa.
Scaled up off a peanut drawing to 36 in w/s
Powered by a Turnigy 1050 kv motor&18 amp ESC,3 x HXT 900 servos,and 1300 3s lipo.
Posted by mintie | Mar 19, 2013 @ 02:25 AM | 4,285 Views
A wellcome visitor turned up last night all the way for the USA.
He was really interested in the new glider being built and very keen to have a good look at it ,then hopped in and made himself at home.
Now will have to get my act together and get on with the build.


A excellent quality pilot made by Premier Pilots of USA.
Cant fault the service ,about 7 days from order to my house in NZ
Thanks Ren
Posted by mintie | Feb 03, 2013 @ 11:14 PM | 4,842 Views
WE go to it most years and this is the biggest turn out I have seen for many years.
Two full days of Classic Racing.
Cars and drivers from USA ,UK,Australia,HongKong,Singapore,Malaysia and NZ
Some of these cars are 50 years old and over.Pretty awesome machinery here. A few I remember as a teenagers when they raced at other events.
To all those interested in motor sport hope you enjoy....Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Feb 03, 2013 @ 10:16 PM | 4,584 Views
We have seen this advertised every year ,and this year went for a look.
A beautiful hot sunny day and it did draw the crowds.It is organized as a family day ,and bring your own kite along.
There was the usual commerical teams there and some pretty neat kites.
Big and small and plenty of kids flying their own .
Really a good family fun day on the beach.
Sorry for the quality as these were all taken on our Phones....Yes .... forgot the camera.
Posted by mintie | Jan 11, 2013 @ 11:04 PM | 4,991 Views
never done it ,aways wanted to ,kept talking about it ,so decided to do something about it.
My good mate Paul [ Paul NZ] has talked about it to me numerous times and we said it could be fun to give it a go some day.
He has a scratch built 1/5 scale ASW 20 3 meter wing span glider,weighing in at 5 lbs,and I have a scratch built 1/6 scale Piper Super Cub,powered by an OS46.weighing in at 6 lbs.
Could we get this combination to work..
To tell you the truth I did have my doubts as to the possible lack of power.
So in the end bit the bullet and went ahead and made the tow cable on the Cub and he put in a tow release on the glider,and made up a dolly for the glider to ride on.
Well today was the day 12.1.13 and off out to a private air strip at 7.30 to get all set up.Perfect weather no wind and hot.
The take off run was round 65 meters before the glider flew off the dolly then the Cub was in the air. I had to trim the cub to say on the ground until the ASW lifted off.
The cub had to work hard to get the glider up to speed,but once in the air the OS46 had the power and we had a good climb out.
We had 6 flights,and getting better each time ,but still a way to go..A little more difficult than it looks,to keep both planes in line.
Paul had just bought a small video cam so he had that on the glider tail. pretty good videos
It was really a good day , happy to succeed and looking forward to some more.
Hopefully the video works..A near mishap early on where the glider near hit me, but go to round half way and that is the action.leave your speckers off as it is only wind noise. enjoy.
MINI0007model ASW 20 glider towed by a model Piper Cub (7 min 28 sec)

Posted by mintie | Nov 30, 2012 @ 02:15 AM | 5,440 Views
Holidays over ,back at work now 7 weeks and into the modelling again.
Progress is slow on the cadet but am making head way.
Fuse well on the way ,and starting on the tail feathers.
The weather was so good the other night went out flying with the Fourier and had two really pleasing flights.Must remember to take the cam out next time.
Still deciding on the wing sections to use ,but leaning toward clark Y.Plenty of time to get it right I hope.
Been setting one of my other gliders up as we now are getting lots of good wind for slope soaring.
This time of the year we get predominately NE and sometimes very strong.So usually get a bit it stick time in on the sand dunes close to home.
The cadet build can be followed here for those interested.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1677141
Posted by mintie | Sep 18, 2012 @ 02:36 PM | 5,319 Views
Since NY,have travelled to Binghamton,and stayed two night at B&B.Spent a bit of time hunting round this area .Found a few points of interest.
Moved on then to Niagra falls..
Now this is a place to visit.Our B&B was very near to down town so was able to walk each day.
Did a trip behind the falls,up the river in the Mist of the Maid and the white water cat walk.
A truelly amazing experence.
We had been told about Niagra on the lake , by a follow traveller we meet,so went for a look.Really beautifull up there.
So now our trip is very near the end and in Toronto now ready to fly out tomorrow and back home.
Six weeks has just gone so fast,but looking back have covered a hugh area and done 7264kms with the car..So in topping off where have we been .Started at Toronto,montreal,Quebec,Edmonston,miramichi,PEI.Ha lifax,Fredericton,Bar Harbour,Peggies Cove,North Conway,Concord,Harvard,Boston,Yarmouth,Cape Cod Rehoboth,New Port Rhode Island ,New York City,Niagra,Toronto.[And all the little places in between.
A fantastic trip.
Posted by mintie | Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:23 PM | 5,243 Views
We have done quite a bit of travelling since last post.
Been to Yarmouth,and did a trip out to Cape Cod for the day.About an hrs drive each way. A really nice area with some neat beachs.not a lot of people in the water even though it was a very hot day.
Travelled onto Rehoboth stopping in on Woods Hole ocean research,and looked at the aquarium
Our two days at Rehoboth gave time to go to New Port Rhode Island to have a look at the rich mansions.This place is just $$$$$.
Rehoboth to New York. Set the GPS and away we drove.
Interesting time getting to our hotel..Got lost many times,GPS is not 100% reliable but not always its fault. NY has many one way streets,which is fine ,BUT during set times of the day,you cant turn into them. GPS says turn ,but signs says NO. Fun I can tell you.
Have now spent 3 days here ,two bus trips,and boat trip ,and many kms on foot.
Interesting place,people and cars everywhere,all trying to get somewhere as fast as they can.
On the road again tomorrow.