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Posted by mintie | Feb 07, 2015 @ 07:34 PM | 3,522 Views
.I bought this wee motor for my Dad in 1973 when I was doing my engineering apprenticeship...I am not sure how much he used it.
In1984 when my kids were small we came over to see my parents and used the motor on my small row boat.

In 2013 we gave my parents a hand to shift as they were moving into a self contained rest home,and look what I found ....My Dad still had the tas motor up in the garage loft.....turns out he had never used it since we did in 1984.
Mum asked if I wanted it ...So off home with the motor and put into my garage.

Last weekend the 2nd Feb 2015 I decided to see if the motor would go..Checked the spark ,made up a bit of fuel and 10 pulls on the chord and it went.

This wee motor had stood for 31 years ,,had nothing done to it and it ran sweet as.

The motor is 0.9 hp at 6500.rpm
My wife and I are now intending to use it in our motor home with a 2.4m inflatable boat for fishing.
Posted by mintie | Jan 30, 2015 @ 01:25 AM | 3,229 Views
First glider tow for this year.....beautifull sunny, hot weather and some good flying.
A good turn out of pilots and three tugs doing a fair bit of work over the weekend
This is my first event that I have been active, and the T31 was test flown...Now needs some trimming and I think it will be a good flyer.

6.6 kgs turns out a good flight weight.The plane was into the air even faster than I expected and gave me a good surprise.
Posted by mintie | Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:19 PM | 2,169 Views
Now we are getting close to the test flight.Pleased with the progress and if I may say myself the T 31 has come out really nice.
Posted by mintie | Oct 12, 2014 @ 12:02 AM | 2,854 Views
Chassis all done and the body now has to be trimmed and painted.
Will end up doing a bit of painting on other bits once the make of car is decided.
Posted by mintie | Sep 27, 2014 @ 03:25 AM | 2,808 Views
Decided to start building one of the cars. spent about 3 hrs now and this is the progress.
Nice easy instructions to follow and all the parts fit very well together.

I have started a build log and can be followed here for those that are interested.
Posted by mintie | Jul 30, 2014 @ 04:29 AM | 3,775 Views
Just cant help it....these arrived today. So after the T31 is flying will have a go at building these.
Yes you see the pics correct ,there are two F1 car kits.
We have the 3 Go karts and have heaps of fun so thought why not some F1 cars to add the the growing fleet of toys.
These are not RTR they are full built up kits, and without opening the packages I would guess there are around 100 bits to each kit.
Will need two motors and ESCs but these will come later.
Watch this space.
Posted by mintie | Apr 17, 2014 @ 01:59 AM | 4,583 Views
Time to rattle the key board again and update the progress on the T31.
The pics will give an ideaa s to where I am up to.
Happy with progress so far and starting to look good.
Interior is painted and rudder,elevator and tow release controls in
Posted by mintie | Dec 25, 2013 @ 03:46 PM | 4,998 Views
A few mods and back into the water.This time we have a lot more speed.getting better all the time.
DSCF8498 (0 min 48 sec)

Posted by mintie | Nov 22, 2013 @ 11:01 PM | 4,949 Views
Finally the boat is going.we took it down to the lake and test run it..pretty pleased with the finished performance.
quite a bit of wind across the water so no high speed runs into wind. I did a couple of faster runs down wind,and it really does move along at a good speed.
A nice calm day we will see just how fast it can go.
My wife took the pics and the video.
DSCF8483 New hydro. (0 min 28 sec)

Posted by mintie | Nov 14, 2013 @ 03:32 PM | 5,023 Views
pics will show what is happening.Still have wing tips to go on yet, so this is not the full span.
Posted by mintie | Oct 03, 2013 @ 02:30 AM | 5,331 Views
My wife and I did a bit of a road trip north over the last week and a half and ended up with our two boys .
We spend a couple of days with them and I had a chance to try out our oldest boys new toy.
A lot of fun and a very quick little kart.
The next day I was shouted a few laps of a new track at Hampton Downs in a M3 V8 BMW.

will edit and put in videos
ok here is a small video of one of my laps
DSCF8442getting the feel of the new Kart (0 min 13 sec)

Posted by mintie | Sep 13, 2013 @ 12:52 AM | 6,955 Views
Been a while since I last put in an entry.Time flys and always something on the go.
Have repainted the Gokart,ready to take north in 2 weeks time for some racing.

Have been back onto the shovelnose hydro and near complete now..Just need to airbrush the front nose section with the scollops and fit in the rest of the r/c gear.

The 4 meter Slingsby T31 is being worked on and now have all the controls in the cockpit and working on the wings.
Elevator,rudder and tow release all working.Made a seat for the driver and have half the instrument panels made.

Back working on my mini Clubman after it has been sitting for 6 years.
I need it for transport so I can do some more work on our nissan powered Morris minor.
Posted by mintie | Jul 01, 2013 @ 03:47 AM | 5,892 Views
This is what I have been doing over the last few weeks.
Hope to put it in the water next weekend.

Two weeks later managed to dump it in the lake......will definately need a water rudder.
Posted by mintie | May 04, 2013 @ 10:56 PM | 7,356 Views
A project I have been on for a while now and near completion.
A 1/16th scale Shovel nose hydro of the 60s A Gary Findley design at 24 in[600mm] lenght.
All blasa and fiberglass constuction, with the odd bit of .8mm ply where needed.
The driver and Alison engine I got from Doug at ..classichydros.com in the USA
The upper deck I shaped from blue foam and glass.
Power is from a Turnigy 3900 kv water cooled motor mounted on a home made T3 ali frame with a 60 amp water cooled ESC
The flex drive and strut I made, and fitted a x430 octura metal prop.
Rudder system is a HK product with the water cooling pickup in the bottom.
So far wt is 1.5 lbs.
Finished paint will be Cream and orange ,same as the full size of that day.
1963 Tahoe Miss U-3
Posted by mintie | May 04, 2013 @ 10:35 PM | 6,984 Views
I have had this plane sitting on the shelf for a while and thought it was time to fly it again.
Looking at my log book showed that it is 18 years old and last flown 6 years ago.
Definately needs its wings stretched again.So 4 hrs later all ready to fly again.
It is a House of balsa Harvard semi scale of 43 in w/s..power is OS25FP.with 9x4 prop. 3 standard servos and one HXT900 on the throttle.
I made up a fiberglass cowl when I built the plane.
Checking in my log book it has done 13.75 hrs flying and 125 flights over its flying life.
Covering is oracover and still the original.All the graphics were computor cut by a sign writer friend, copying one of the NZ war birds at Ardmore that was with the roaring 40s.
All we need now is a good day and away we go. Remembering it as a really nice little flyer.
Posted by mintie | May 04, 2013 @ 04:59 PM | 6,929 Views
We have just arrived back from a week in Rarotonga...This is our second time there and love the place. the people,culture,warm weather,water and food.
Our secand boy Tristan decided to come with us so picked him up in Auckland on the way.
Beautifull warm weather for 5 days,and in the water at least 3/4 times each day
Yes you guest it, I am a water baby.
A very enjoyable 5 days and he loved the place as well...His comment was on leaving ...we need to do this again some time. yes agreed on that......Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Apr 13, 2013 @ 02:55 AM | 7,985 Views
All finished and flying....Turned out to be a very nice little plane to fly.
No trim changes straight off the board.
AUW 643gms.and take off is in about 30 ft. Cruise around on half power and fly for 8 minutes.
Done with my usual materials,of white foam and news print covered,depron,carbon fiber and the odd bit of light ply and balsa.
Scaled up off a peanut drawing to 36 in w/s
Powered by a Turnigy 1050 kv motor&18 amp ESC,3 x HXT 900 servos,and 1300 3s lipo.
Posted by mintie | Mar 19, 2013 @ 03:25 AM | 6,599 Views
A wellcome visitor turned up last night all the way for the USA.
He was really interested in the new glider being built and very keen to have a good look at it ,then hopped in and made himself at home.
Now will have to get my act together and get on with the build.

A excellent quality pilot made by Premier Pilots of USA.
Cant fault the service ,about 7 days from order to my house in NZ
Thanks Ren
Posted by mintie | Feb 04, 2013 @ 12:14 AM | 7,148 Views
WE go to it most years and this is the biggest turn out I have seen for many years.
Two full days of Classic Racing.
Cars and drivers from USA ,UK,Australia,HongKong,Singapore,Malaysia and NZ
Some of these cars are 50 years old and over.Pretty awesome machinery here. A few I remember as a teenagers when they raced at other events.
To all those interested in motor sport hope you enjoy....Continue Reading