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Posted by thewildweasel | Nov 09, 2014 @ 02:14 AM | 1,862 Views
I was walking home from the pub just now after having some friends over for dinner, two of whom are German, and was looking at the remains of Plymouth; what's left of it anyway; and thought about this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRjnoSLwe7M

Air Battles of World War II (59 min 8 sec)


My city was blitzed to the ground - only one single building in the city centre's left from before the blitz. But we took the rubble that was left of our houses and shops and made it into an airfield for spitties and hurries. http://www.rafharrowbeer.co.uk/ http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/RAF-...ail/story.html

No sense to this post other than a nod to the men and women who were true heroes - whatever side they were on. Resurgum!
Posted by thewildweasel | Mar 02, 2014 @ 09:29 PM | 2,468 Views
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.
Posted by thewildweasel | Nov 20, 2009 @ 05:43 AM | 4,703 Views
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.

Plans and three views:
www.parmodels.com
www.houseoffrog.co.uk
www.theplanpage.com
http://web.mac.com/tectonite/iWeb/Site%205/Mooney.html
http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw_fw.html#5
http://www.parkerinfo.com/plans/applans1.htm
http://richard.ferriere.free.fr/3vues/3vues.html

Parts and supplies;
www.totemhobbies.co.uk (this is my local model shop, I recommend them highly)
www.flying-kit.com
www.giantcod.co.uk
http://www.galaxymodels.co.uk/

CG calculator:
http://adamone.rchomepage.com/cg_calc.htm

Paint matcher:
http://scalemodeldb.com/paint

Racer schemes:
http://www.taichiunlimiteddrawings.com/