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Posted by Toby W | Jul 18, 2012 @ 03:04 AM | 3,434 Views
This is a gorgeous design with airfoils by Andreas Herrig ...it is a sleeker version of the Europhia 2V with the same airfoil as the Freestyler 3 but with a slightly larger wingspan. Martin Webershock built this ... he is an incredible pilot & has earned medals for his achievements flying F3B sailplanes & F5B hotliners in Germany. The best part is that this is a hand built cottage industry sailplane; strength in the right place (joiner) matters! Wouldn't we all rather relax amongst the clouds or drop down for a fast F3B/F lap using wind/thermals to gain altitude ... a much more soulful approach to flying than using motor IMO Beautiful model & I'm sure it will get the time it deserves in the sky ... Webershock site: http://www.weberschock-development.de/enfmb/...Continue Reading
Posted by Toby W | Jul 02, 2012 @ 09:41 PM | 2,639 Views
Harris Nelson founded NCFM ... he is a super cool guy from Oceanside, CA who helped me build my 1st Moth 48" ... check out this timeless pitcheron beauty he built circa 1995. The Elf 55" wing is my favorite ... despite minimal lift it draws really smooth lines. Halfpipes, loops, and barrel rolls are effortless. Moderate to heavy lift allows the 60" Shrike wing to penetrate incredibly well, especially when it's ballasted. Try this model ... I have found it incredibly rewarding!...Continue Reading
Posted by Toby W | Sep 06, 2009 @ 12:37 PM | 4,196 Views
Only watch second half or end of video ... best dynamic soaring video I can think of using F3F or F3B airframe ... very end of video is uber These pilots perform figure 8's & all maneuvers, pumps circles or loops gain speed if your wing deflections are correct ... very fun flying
TOOL F3B - Dynamic Soaring (4 min 21 sec)
Only watch second half or end of video Listen with sound! New video ... fun fast DS action with Joe Wurtz...Continue Reading
Posted by Toby W | Sep 03, 2009 @ 12:46 PM | 3,843 Views
To stand at the windy bluff edge
With model in hand
Can be nerve racking, down-right scary!
…. but exhilarating …

Let the model go and it’s a test of physics
Preparation has its place, but luck plays a major role
What if the incidence is off, or we get a bad toss?
Money and heartache brother, money and heart ache

But let’s get past this … for once the model is airborne
It’s like having sprouted wings
A little piece of me flies with this model ...
And we shall fly together wherever we want

Magic happens at times –
Good wind, thin crowd, sun at my back, and a weighty model
Up & up she goes with a belly full of lead (how strange!)
Point her down and all the air sees is sleek frontal profile
…. my goodness the sound is incredible ….
…. like air being separated by a pterodactyl dinosaur ….
…. Wham! She rolls off to the north after a series of loops & rolls ….
…. climbing altitude for another attempt …

For these models require no motor, no engine
But rather extract energy invisible to the naked eye
Wind currents are like water currents except more elusive
We Gulls surf the air

So get out there and try it for yourself
Even experienced modelers, after a winter in the workshop
Need to get slope side to remind themselves why they do it

*** Piano wire through the thumb again (Ouch!)
*** Glue on the carpet again (Dammit!)
*** How long does it take for this glue to cure? (72 hours … I want to fly tomorrow!)
*** How do I program this transmitter again? (Jeepers!)

But after all the money spent, the heartache of mid-air collisions & botched repairs,
We come back for more; perhaps the wind turns south & we must wait
… patiently ... patiently …
And then it all comes together just right
This endeavor must be experienced first-hand to be appreciated!
Posted by Toby W | Oct 12, 2008 @ 10:24 PM | 6,291 Views
This is what started it all; the NCFM Moth 48" is very agile and still amazes me. So does this video (click on it a lot to see full screen & listen with volume; no motor needed):

Europhia Overshoots
Posted by Toby W | Jun 13, 2008 @ 12:39 AM | 6,339 Views
Hope shattered (see pictures below)

But ... there is hope! I visited Gary Legerton and brought the bones of the Vector 2 along ... the first thing I spotted was less than half of a mangled carbon bird in his driveway! Gary is awesome and advised I tackle the fuse. I was so despondent I wanted to just give the plane to him. He was super generous and gave me good epoxy, 1/4 ounce S fibeglass, 1/8 ounce E fiberglass, and thin 1/16 E weave. He told me just how to fix the boom by placement with CA and strengthening by layering one weave over the other in thicker strips and I did it! Super rewarding build night. The nose was gone so I mixed the epoxy with carbo-sil, no it was shredded fiberglass, and made a glutinous mass to remake the nose. The wings are something else and we will get together next week to tackle them. Just wanted to let you know this plane is so completely awesome and will fly again. I will take video this time I promise.
Posted by Toby W | Sep 05, 2007 @ 02:58 PM | 6,542 Views
I have never flown at Torrey Pines for five hours before. The Vector 2 is king! First flight was at 12:30 and I did find it a bit hard to launch. My hands were perspiring with anticipation and the space beneath the wing is quite small. The wind was gusting 12 mph and I did not want to it to slip when I threw it ... off she goes and I countered with a bit of elevator up trim. It flew marvelously -- lovely carving and the Vector 2 likes to keep it's nose down. My first landing was interesting. This plane does not want to do lots of circuits to burn off speed like I thought. It drops pretty quickly and so I did just one far circular approach. First flight was unballasted ... I managed to bring her in rather gently and at the last second the nose caught on a grassy nub! The tail flew up to 90 degrees and it pitched itself onto nose and left wingtip. The airframe shuddered, but it was a solid vibration and no cracking noises were heard -- my heart leapt and I went to pick it up ...bulletproof. Next flight had heavy wing rod and one ballast brick. I chucked it off javelin style by holding the fuse behind the wing. Holy moly this plane is the Jane Fonda of aerobic aerobatics. It is extremely fit. Winds were a solid 15 mph & it just carries the momentum. Gigantic loops ... monumentous loops. 4 pt. rolls and inverted flight was executed. I pushed it hard and almost lost it in a rotor. I got carried away and did downwind loops coming right at the cliff face and did lose control...Continue Reading
Posted by Toby W | Sep 05, 2007 @ 02:41 PM | 6,032 Views
>>>> Look at these wind speeds (in red ink) >>>>
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/mwm...ap=sgx&limit=1