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Posted by mintie | Sep 18, 2012 @ 02:36 PM | 5,962 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 | 5,724 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 | 5,267 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 | 5,128 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 | 4,879 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 | 4,394 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 | 4,303 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 | 4,027 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 | 3,792 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 | 4,126 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 | 3,884 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 | 4,061 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 | 3,876 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 | 3,839 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.
Posted by mintie | Dec 29, 2011 @ 01:43 AM | 4,108 Views
A flight of my Fournier RF4
Getting the feel for it now and it is flying well.
Had 6 more flights yesterday and to day.

Graeme's RF-4.mpg (4 min 15 sec)

Posted by mintie | Dec 29, 2011 @ 01:22 AM | 3,880 Views
Over the Xmas break both our sons came home for a visit and both bought their R/C Go karts with them.
Because we live in a nice quite cul de sac with good smooth tarmac we used this as our race track.
Each lap was about 150 meters long so where able to really make these karts sing along.
We now have them fine tuned and can take the big corner at full power with the kart only just hanging on for grip.
Of course we have had numerus spin outs and curb hitting which does a bit of damage to the karts.But with just enough spares was able to keep them going.
A very short video of a part of a race.

RC Go karts street racing (0 min 19 sec)

Posted by mintie | Dec 13, 2011 @ 11:01 PM | 3,668 Views
Have been wanting to have a go at forming my own canopies for a while now.
Having my latest build near on finished I really needed a canopy
Several years ago I started to build a vac box so now was the time to get my butt into gear and get it finished .Finally got to done and used it.
It had to be an easy build and not require any real expensive equipment.
The vaccum is delivered using a house hold vaccum cleaner.
The main frame is 12 mm custom board and 3mm board.
The plastic holder is 12 mm custom board and some 20x12mm stick timber.
Last night I pulled my first canopy and am very happy with the result.
There are a few wee mods I might do in any future pulls but as always most things are a learning curve.
The plastic was heated in the house hold oven ,while the vac frame was sitting on the door of the oven with a surport under it.
This way I didnt have very far to move the hot plastic in the frame,onto the former in the vac box.
While I was waiting for the plastic to heat up, the vaccum cleaner was running so the pull was there the minute the frames came together.
Posted by mintie | Nov 26, 2011 @ 12:49 AM | 6,822 Views
Just cant help it ..more building...here is my latest build. A 52 in 1370 mm Fournier RF 4.
Built off a RCM&E free plan from a few years ago that I had stashed away.
Original was all balsa and a cox dragon fly for power.
I have used depron,white and blue foam,news print and tissue paper, a bit of balsa and carbon rod.
Wings are hot wired white foam covered in news print with thinned down PVA glue. Then a squirt of white paint.
Cowl is blue foam covered in tissue with thinned glue. A squirt of white paint.
Fuse is depron with a few balsa formers as is the tail end depron with carbon spar and balsa tail post.
Power is a blue wonder 1700 kva,18 amp ESC,3 x HXT 900 servos,1300 3s lipo battery.
This has been built in between working on the PA 140. Very handy to have a small model on the go while glue etc is drying on the big builds.
Build log here. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1537554
Posted by mintie | Oct 29, 2011 @ 06:31 PM | 4,205 Views
Have been working quitely away on the 140 and getting up to the finishing stages now.
Just need to finish the flaps and hinges ,put in all the cabin glazing and then start on the first of the under coats.
So far everything is shaping up very well and I am pleased with the results.
Posted by mintie | Oct 24, 2011 @ 01:24 AM | 3,924 Views
My wife and I had a small break in august with a trip to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. The Island is 3.5 hrs from new Zealand which is around 3500kms by air.
We spent 7 days there and the weather was just fantastic all the time. 29deg c during the day and 25 c at night. the water was about 25c most of the time so swimming and snorkeling was the main thing to do every day.
We did a glass bottom boat day trip which included a good time in the water snorkelling amounst the tropical fish and I mean heaps of them. If you just lay in the water with your gear on and looked down towards the bottom the fish would just swim all over your hands and body.An island lunch on the beach was later in the day with a good bit of entertainment by the crew.
A cultural night and dinner was really worth going to .
Most of our time was then spent just exploring the Island and mixing with the local population with was really good.
Would I go back again? most definately as it is a very good way to just have time out ,and we just loved the island way of life.