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Posted by leccyflyer | Aug 28, 2014 @ 01:34 AM | 2,028 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 | 1,219 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 | 1,591 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 | 1,845 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 | 2,007 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:
AUW:
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 | 1,983 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 | 1,743 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
AUW:
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 | 1,752 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 | 2,236 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:
AUW:
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 | 2,220 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:
AUW:
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 | 2,509 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 | 5,446 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 | 6,149 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"
AUW:.
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 | 6,034 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.
Posted by leccyflyer | Mar 18, 2012 @ 03:59 PM | 6,005 Views
Bit if nostalgia today at Northwich Swapmeet. I'd been umming and aaahing about whether the make the Mini Super build electric, or go all nostaligic and fit here with the same PAW diesel that the original was fitted with all those years ago.

Anyway, there on the table today was a PAW 15 RC diesel - said it was unrun, but I'm not certain - but certainly in good order. The chap was happy with a lower offer than that he had marked up and seconds later I was holding a diesel for the first time in many a year.

The die is cast, the Mini Super shall be a diesel model - it's now a question of either rediscovering the joy of covering in dope and nylon, or checking for a film alternative. Maybe Profilm is diesel proof?
Posted by leccyflyer | Dec 31, 2011 @ 01:22 PM | 6,612 Views
So, it's the end of the year 2011.

Weather and work commitments have meant no flying for a couple of months and the workroom hasn't been touched either. I've made the commitment to take part in (and hopefully attend) the RCM&E 2012 Vintage Build and Fly-in at Greenacres. That means finger-out time and retrieve the Mini Super from it's position towards the top of the overflow kit mountain in the next few weeks.

A mega tidy up is in order first though, just to be able to see the surface of the work bench. As a record, and in advance of some New Year Revolutions, it was time to take a few shots of the current state of the workroom. The last set of resolutions, aiming to fly as many of the featured airframes during the year was a bit of a damp squib. Maybe this time, without setting an actual target, more of them will see air over their wings, including some of those in boxes.

Hopefully by this time next year the kit mountain will have diminished somewhat, there will be more airframes hanging up, and a clearer bench. Yeah, right.
Posted by leccyflyer | Oct 01, 2011 @ 04:10 PM | 7,543 Views
Aircraft Name: Spitfire IX
Manufacturer/Designer: Parkzone/Horizon
Type: Electric scale parkflyer (PNP)
Construction: EPO foam
First Flight: Warrington Model Club, 1/10/11
Wing Span: 42"
Wing area:
AUW:
Power type - Electric
Motor: E-Flite 15
ESC: E-Flite 30 amp
Tank/Battery:3s1p2300mah Loong Max 25CTipple Lipos
Propeller: parkzone 9x7
Receiver: Spektrum AR600
Flight Pack: On board BEC
Servos: Elevator (wire pushrod) -Parkzone microservo Rudder (wire pushrod) - Parkzone Microservo Ailerons - (wire pushrods) 2xParkzonemicro servos
Throws -
Undercarriage -E-Flite 10-15 sized electric retracts
Accessories: E-Flite pilot
Covering: Painted foam, stick on decals.
Current status: In service
Posted by leccyflyer | Sep 19, 2011 @ 05:57 AM | 7,631 Views
I came back into the hobby of aeromodelling in 1993, soon after my boy was born. My idea was that it would be a great hobby for us to share and so, when he was a baby I embarked on learning to fly and a bit later, when he was 6 or 7 years old, he'd be ready to start flying models.

As a result, we've enjoyed some great times together at various flying fields around the country and made some great friends.

This weekend was the weekend when my boy left home, as a young man, to take up his place at University and start his career. It was quite an emotional weekend - even though he's only a couple of hours away, it's still a wrench.

Made all the more so by yesterday being the first club fun-fly event that he's ever missed. There was a big hole in my heart yesterday at the club field and something of the end of an era. One consolation though was that a clubmate, whose son went off to University this time last year, enjoyed a great day with his lad, who was back home for the holidays - so I have that to look forward to

So, I thought I'd put a few pictures up here in my blog of those earlier days and some very happy memories.
Posted by leccyflyer | Jul 31, 2011 @ 02:13 AM | 7,950 Views
Aircraft Name: Cricket
Manufacturer/Designer: Modelshack - Dave Ridgeway
Type: Electric trainer
Construction: Veneered foam wing, built up balsa/liteply fuselage, solid balsa tail
First Flight: Warrington Model Club, 2003
Wing Span: 60"
Wing area:
AUW:
Power type - Electric
Motor: E-Max 2820/07
ESC: Jeti Advance 40
Tank/Battery:3s1p3000mah Loong Max Tipple Lipos
Propeller: Graupner 12x7 folder
Receiver: Futaba 5-channel
Flight Pack: On board BEC
Servos: Elevator (wire pushrod) -Hs101 Rudder (wire pushrod) - HS101 Microservo Ailerons - (wire pushrods) 2xUnknown micro servos
Throws -
Undercarriage -Carbon copy
Accessories: None
Covering: Pink, white and metallic blue Solarfilm.
Current status: In service
Posted by leccyflyer | May 16, 2011 @ 11:54 AM | 9,424 Views
Aircraft Name: Elektro Junior S
Manufacturer/Designer: Graupner
Type: Electric glider
Construction: All moulded Solidpor foam
First Flight: Warrington Model Club, 23rd April 2011.
Wing Span: 1.9m
Wing area:
AUW:
Power type - Electric
Motor: Graupner Compact 345Z
ESC: Tornado 40 amp
Tank/Battery:2s1p1800mah Loong Max Tipple Lipos
Propeller: Graupner 250x150mm folder
Receiver: Spektrum AR500
Flight Pack: Separate 5a switching UBEC
Servos: Elevator (wire pushrod) -Unknown Micro servo Rudder (wire pushrod) - Unknown Microservo Ailerons - (wire pushrods) 2xUnknown micro servos
Throws -
Undercarriage -
Accessories: Al'sZone voltage stabiliser
Covering: None,
Current status: In service