Boy I wish birthdays were more than once a year, so many great planes and so few excuses to treat yourself to a new present.
Test flew my new treat today on the local slope, the air was very rough and I had no ballast in but the Satori penetrated surprisingly well.
I also flew the TOOL with full ballast and it was getting bashed around so the Satori was impressive flying light.
It has a good turn of speed for a thermal ship, the CG is very close at 103 mm as recommended and can be crept back a bit once it is flown in more suitable conditions.
Looks great in the air and floated in like a feather to land.
It is now an older design and there are super light versions available but this one with double carbon spread tow felt pretty robust, I had the choice of three at the local importer, which is good for the slope cos that's where it is going to spend most of its air time.
I guess now we wont get any quiet days.
I maidened my new F3F Vampire today the wind was gusting up to 45 km and it flew superbly with no ballast, penetrates really nice and was carving the sky pretty damn quick! Looking forward to a big south westerly and full ballast.
It is the double carbon F3F version (no tow hook to slow it down) and has MKS servos all round.
I brought it in direct from the manafacturer in Czechoslovakia.
They were great and very helpfull, they said it would be ready in 4 weeks and it was. Once payment cleared it was in Melbourne the next day!
Very well packed in a custom made wooden box.
Would be happy to deal with them again, the customs clearance process however is another story!
The MKS servos are from Andrew at Falcon Gliders, I have used DS 95's for the elevators and the 6125 Mini's for the wings, these are very nice servos.
Also for this piece of carbon artwork I am trying one of the self balancing Life batteries from Booma RC who have some pretty awesome products and are Aussie!
RC gear is Multiplex with an XPS 2.4 module and the receiver is an XPS Nano 6 channel that is hardly bigger than a postage stamp. There are no whiskers sticking out its all contained under the nose cone.
Before launch I did a full power range test and had full control at 650 meters with the plane sitting on a stand about 350mm above ground. These little receivers are reported to have a range of 2 miles.
Its been sitting around for a while waiting for the right conditions but finally my scratch built CB-15 Crystal had its maiden flight on Good Friday, it was a Great Friday for me cos she flew great, don't know what all the stress was about!
At five meters span she is a big bird but tracked really well and was very responsive to aileron for a large model.
Thanks to Captain Steve and Joel for launching and to Don and Steve and Damo for photos and video.