So. After quite a break from RC I'm feeling the need to get back into it. What's taking my fancy now is the realisation I live on the coast, there's more onshore-breezes and cliffs/beaches/wild, wild moors near me than almost anywhere else in the world, and I love the idea of using the wind to power a plane the same way I used it when I was a kid and raced my Mirror dingy.
In other words, I'm into gliders now; and especially designing them. First own-design wing built was... very solid, 40g for 1m span uncovered. Could chop a tree down with it, but it's too heavy and I can do better - either lose the weight and keep the strength or keep the weight and gain control surfaces and have it as a two part wing for example.
My next step is to experiment with different construction techniques to figure out how close I can get to having my cake and eating it. I think I've come up with a way of rapidly making test structures good enough to stress-test repeatably enough whilst still being able to form a good aerofoil.
I'm expecting this to be an on-going project over many years, hopefully leading to me having a better (some would be nice) knowledge of the principles of aeronautic design and some models I've designed myself to share back with the community after all of the plans I've downloaded and built over the years. Most of all though I'm expecting this to be fun.
Thanks for all the 'where are you?' messages everyone, my life's taken a wierd one over the last six months or so. Found out my wife was cheating on me (curiously enough, about six months ago) so I've had that to sort out - divorce is an awkward bastard to cope with, not least losing (as well as my wife) my cats, home and centre. Modelling has had to take a definate backseat; though those of the true faith will be pleased to hear that I still regularly fly my mCX and Champ. I've got more into photography now; love my KX as much as any plane I've ever built and it's nice to have a hobby others are pleased to talk about.
I'm getting back on my feet now though it's been a long, stumbly route to take, aided by many friends and many more beers. I've learnt the value of true friends. They make me realise how lucky I am to be young, healthy and loved, just by their friendship.
Soon I'll back with a workshop full of mess and half-finished projects, so shortly there'll be a Walrus in the colours of Plymouth taking shape and ready to crash about three seconds after takeoff; at least now I have the camera and skills to capture its demise properly.
Finally decided to add something to my blog. This is a list of sites that I find useful and others might as well, though I am largely writing it for myself so I don't have to carry on searching for things I've found before... I'll add to it as and when.