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Posted by mintie | Apr 13, 2013 @ 01:55 AM | 8,449 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 @ 02:25 AM | 6,958 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 03, 2013 @ 11:14 PM | 7,328 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
Posted by mintie | Feb 03, 2013 @ 10:16 PM | 6,828 Views
We have seen this advertised every year ,and this year went for a look.
A beautiful hot sunny day and it did draw the crowds.It is organized as a family day ,and bring your own kite along.
There was the usual commerical teams there and some pretty neat kites.
Big and small and plenty of kids flying their own .
Really a good family fun day on the beach.
Sorry for the quality as these were all taken on our Phones....Yes .... forgot the camera.
Posted by mintie | Jan 11, 2013 @ 11:04 PM | 7,278 Views
never done it ,aways wanted to ,kept talking about it ,so decided to do something about it.
My good mate Paul [ Paul NZ] has talked about it to me numerous times and we said it could be fun to give it a go some day.
He has a scratch built 1/5 scale ASW 20 3 meter wing span glider,weighing in at 5 lbs,and I have a scratch built 1/6 scale Piper Super Cub,powered by an OS46.weighing in at 6 lbs.
Could we get this combination to work..
To tell you the truth I did have my doubts as to the possible lack of power.
So in the end bit the bullet and went ahead and made the tow cable on the Cub and he put in a tow release on the glider,and made up a dolly for the glider to ride on.
Well today was the day 12.1.13 and off out to a private air strip at 7.30 to get all set up.Perfect weather no wind and hot.
The take off run was round 65 meters before the glider flew off the dolly then the Cub was in the air. I had to trim the cub to say on the ground until the ASW lifted off.
The cub had to work hard to get the glider up to speed,but once in the air the OS46 had the power and we had a good climb out.
We had 6 flights,and getting better each time ,but still a way to go..A little more difficult than it looks,to keep both planes in line.
Paul had just bought a small video cam so he had that on the glider tail. pretty good videos
It was really a good day , happy to succeed and looking forward to some more.
Hopefully the video works..A near mishap early on where the glider near hit me, but go to round half way and that is the action.leave your speckers off as it is only wind noise. enjoy.
MINI0007model ASW 20 glider towed by a model Piper Cub (7 min 28 sec)

Posted by mintie | Nov 30, 2012 @ 02:15 AM | 7,018 Views
Holidays over ,back at work now 7 weeks and into the modelling again.
Progress is slow on the cadet but am making head way.
Fuse well on the way ,and starting on the tail feathers.
The weather was so good the other night went out flying with the Fourier and had two really pleasing flights.Must remember to take the cam out next time.
Still deciding on the wing sections to use ,but leaning toward clark Y.Plenty of time to get it right I hope.
Been setting one of my other gliders up as we now are getting lots of good wind for slope soaring.
This time of the year we get predominately NE and sometimes very strong.So usually get a bit it stick time in on the sand dunes close to home.
The cadet build can be followed here for those interested.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1677141
Posted by mintie | Sep 18, 2012 @ 02:36 PM | 6,147 Views
Since NY,have travelled to Binghamton,and stayed two night at B&B.Spent a bit of time hunting round this area .Found a few points of interest.
Moved on then to Niagra falls..
Now this is a place to visit.Our B&B was very near to down town so was able to walk each day.
Did a trip behind the falls,up the river in the Mist of the Maid and the white water cat walk.
A truelly amazing experence.
We had been told about Niagra on the lake , by a follow traveller we meet,so went for a look.Really beautifull up there.
So now our trip is very near the end and in Toronto now ready to fly out tomorrow and back home.
Six weeks has just gone so fast,but looking back have covered a hugh area and done 7264kms with the car..So in topping off where have we been .Started at Toronto,montreal,Quebec,Edmonston,miramichi,PEI.Ha lifax,Fredericton,Bar Harbour,Peggies Cove,North Conway,Concord,Harvard,Boston,Yarmouth,Cape Cod Rehoboth,New Port Rhode Island ,New York City,Niagra,Toronto.[And all the little places in between.
A fantastic trip.
Posted by mintie | Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:23 PM | 5,924 Views
We have done quite a bit of travelling since last post.
Been to Yarmouth,and did a trip out to Cape Cod for the day.About an hrs drive each way. A really nice area with some neat beachs.not a lot of people in the water even though it was a very hot day.
Travelled onto Rehoboth stopping in on Woods Hole ocean research,and looked at the aquarium
Our two days at Rehoboth gave time to go to New Port Rhode Island to have a look at the rich mansions.This place is just $$$$$.
Rehoboth to New York. Set the GPS and away we drove.
Interesting time getting to our hotel..Got lost many times,GPS is not 100% reliable but not always its fault. NY has many one way streets,which is fine ,BUT during set times of the day,you cant turn into them. GPS says turn ,but signs says NO. Fun I can tell you.
Have now spent 3 days here ,two bus trips,and boat trip ,and many kms on foot.
Interesting place,people and cars everywhere,all trying to get somewhere as fast as they can.
On the road again tomorrow.
Posted by mintie | Sep 06, 2012 @ 07:47 PM | 5,466 Views
After North Conway onto Concord,and this place has a lot of the history of the American Revolutiion.The battles in Lexington,Concord and starting from boston.
I didnt know any of this so was very interested in learning of this history that took place.
Also followed this up in Boston when we got there with the Tea party.
Spent three days in Boston,so had a chance to have a look around.Did The trolley bus tour which included a harbour cruise and stopped at the Tea party museum.
Did a Harvard tour ,spent some time walking round the area from our Hotel getting lost,but did see quite a lot.
Interesting city, big , bustling,noisy,lots of people,heaps of shops,cars every where,dangerous if you are a pedestrian, but we had a cool time.
On the road again today heading to our next destination.
Posted by mintie | Sep 06, 2012 @ 07:10 PM | 5,321 Views
since the last posting have been to Fredericton,which was a very nice place.We had a very enjoyable time there just walking and exploring the town.
Most of our stops in the smaller places are for two days so dont see all but do give us a taste of our surroundings.
Now we leave canada and start into the USA
Next stop is Bar Harbour in Maine..Now this is a vey nice stop. After getting set up in our B&B had a bit of a walk around the down town part.
Next day took a harbour cruise,which was a nature and scenic cruise and went right out to the open sea.Away for about 2.5 hrs
Travelled onto North conway.
Every stop has something of interest.Now starting to get into a bit of American history.
Posted by mintie | Aug 28, 2012 @ 06:56 PM | 5,071 Views
We had a very enjoyable stay in Halifax..Two days of beautifull weather and some very nice sceniery.
Did a day trip out to Peggys Cove and onto the light house.Stopped at some very nice little sea side villages on the way there,then out further to Chester which was a nice sea side village as well.
All this sea coast is just so amazing and the sea was calm and a very dark shade of blue.
No doubt it can become a ragging sea when the weather turns nasty
On our way out of Halifax we stopped at the airport Aviatiion museum for a look around.A lot of displays in a small space,but well set out.. there are pics included but you must click onto continue reading [dont ask me why?]
Next destination is fredericton,and that is a nice spot to visit. There for two days then on again.
So far we have done 4000kms on the trip. Still quite a few to go....Continue Reading
Pei
Posted by mintie | Aug 25, 2012 @ 05:46 PM | 4,601 Views
We have had such a good time on PEI,and am real sad to have to leave.spent 5days on the Island and travelled 700kms.Even at that there is still more to see.
.Meet some very nice people,and had the surprise of a drop in visit one night of a Lockheed,which was on its way further on to an air show..The B&B we stayed at had a 4000 ft grass run way beside the house., and aircraft still frequently visit this spot.
Took the opportunity one day to have a swim in the atlantic..rather cool first off but did fell warmer as you stayed in longer.We ended up being in the water round half hr.
Nice and refreshing.
On to Nova Scotia now ,and as writing this we are in Halifax.
Posted by mintie | Aug 22, 2012 @ 05:41 PM | 4,502 Views
At the moment we are in PEI...today spent the day in charlottetown and went for a look at the Airport.Guess what was there ..seven of these all lined up by the fence. just had to post here
Posted by mintie | Aug 17, 2012 @ 04:06 PM | 4,223 Views
Here we are in canada and have been to Toronto ,a beautiful city,and spent quite sometime walking around down town area. Stayed at the Hilton Hotel.We did 3 days here before driving up to Montreal and stayed in the st denis.Now we start to meet the French and was interesting with the languge but got by.Two days here then Quebec.Now this is a really beautiful city,both the old and the new..All of these citys did bus tours and in montreal and Quebec, used our car and did our own adventure as well.
These are fun as you get lost heaps but also see so much more.
Drove up to Edmunston on friday and staying at a nice B&B. So far we have done 1300kms.and shot off around 400 pics and movies. Always need good pics to look back on.
Will sort out more of the pics when we have time and load on here,
Posted by mintie | Aug 09, 2012 @ 02:24 PM | 3,990 Views
Well the day has finally arrived. After 12 months of planning we are on our way today back to Canada.
We Fly from Christchurch[NZ] Auckland [NZ] to Vancouver to Toronto.all in one go.
Our trip starts from Toronto,where we pick up a car and start the trip.
Toronto ,Montreal,Quebec,Edmunston,up to the St lawence Gulf to miramichi,Prince Edward Is.Halifax,Boston ,New York City.Cape Cod,Niagara,Toronto. and all the bits inbetween.
I did a quick calculation of around 10,000kms. by the time we do all the little deviations.
Six whole weeks of adventure.
Mostly staying in B&Bs,and looking forward to meeting all the people and exploring this beautiful country again.
We did a trip in 2005 and covered the west side of Canada and just loved the place.
My wife is a real fan of Anne Of Green gables so we do spend some time on the Island around this area.Even stay at Kindred spirits B&B.
Posted by mintie | Jul 22, 2012 @ 01:03 AM | 4,460 Views
Have now started building the cadet.
Building to 29% which gives me a 12 ft w/s, a nice size to fit the car for transport.
Fuse is 1.9 ms long and each wing is just over 1.8 ms.
Have a build log going here for those that are interested.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1677141
Will have built up wings and tail sections.
The fuse is hot wired foam,news print and fiberglass.
The structual center section is made up of 6mm ply formers and these attach to the main wheel frame work.
Will be a center section for the tow release to mount onto .
Still doing design work as I go along.
Keeping my fingers crossed,as Ren from Preimer Pilots is doing a new 1/3 glider pilot and hoping one of these will go in this glider.
Posted by mintie | Jul 02, 2012 @ 02:09 AM | 4,087 Views
Construction all done on the PA8 Skycycle and had it running around the back grass area at home. Goes really fine and plenty of power.
While on the PA8 have also been working again on the Edge 540 T.that I started in April last year.
Fuse and fin all glassed and the cowl plug is now ready for a lay up.
Pilot and seat are done and need mounts made, but need to be removeable so as to get to the rear servos.
Still a bit of work to go on this model...

Have started getting ready to build a 30% Slingsby Cadet mk 3.Have all the patterns for the fuse layed out.This will be a big project,but looking forward to the build.
Always wanted a larger glider as my other ones are only 6ft and 8 ft w/s.Also love vintage gliders.
Posted by mintie | May 08, 2012 @ 01:21 AM | 4,296 Views
A really cool little plane ,so decided to build it .
Using my usual materials of white,blue foam,carbon fiber,depron and news print.
I enlarged a peanut scale pencil drawing up to approx 1/6 scale which gives my around 37 in w/s.
A nice park flyer size.
Power is a turnigy 1050kv motor with a 18 amp esc on a 1300ma 3s battery.
3 x HXt900 servos on 2.4 radio. Aiming for a AUW of round 500 gms.We will see at the end.
build log here so as to follow if interested.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1606446
Posted by mintie | Feb 24, 2012 @ 02:18 PM | 4,067 Views
Here we are with the completed model.
Finally finished and ready to go to be displayed. Very happy with the results.
Approx 200 hrs of total scratch building ,working off of a small 3 view drawing , measurements from other full size aircraft that we own, the paint and graphics from our club archives of the plane we owned in the late 1960-70s .
Posted by mintie | Feb 18, 2012 @ 02:43 PM | 4,038 Views
Getting pretty excited now as the 140 nears completion
I did all the airbrush work yesterday and unmasked last hight and really happy with the results.
All the construction is back in some of my other blog entres.
Just need a couple of computor cut labels to put on and the project is complete.
Here is one pic as of yesterday after the masking was removed . more to follow later.