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Posted by mintie | Dec 13, 2011 @ 11:01 PM | 3,814 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 | 6,980 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 | 4,385 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 | 4,073 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.
Posted by mintie | Aug 06, 2011 @ 09:28 PM | 4,368 Views
A small video of the lake and surrounding area at the float fly day. I used my Ultralight as the cam platform,and had to hand launch as no runway ,and land back onto the shingle beach area.
A really nice man made lake for the ARA vineyard and an ideal flying area.
This is the second year my wife and myself have been up to this flyin and the lake was just like this last year. NO wind,sunny and smooth,and a good bunch of guys.

Float flying day (4 min 26 sec)

Posted by mintie | Jul 31, 2011 @ 11:57 PM | 4,367 Views
My wife and I have just returned from a float fly in Blenhiem. 3.5 hrs trip from our home town.
What more could one ask for,the weather was just spot on ,no wind ,not a ripple in the lake and all day to burn up fuel and batteries.
Have done a couple of videos with my Ultralight and will load them on as time permitts....Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Jul 24, 2011 @ 05:33 PM | 4,433 Views
The next scale model for my work place.
After the years of using super Cubs ,the PA 28-140 was the next progression to training aircraft within the club.
So number two model was to be one of the PA28-140 aircraft that the club owned. This is being built to the same scale as the Super cub of 1/6th. For me it is a nice handy size to build and there are lots of bits if needed that are within this scale size.
I had a small 3 view of the early model 140 so it was just a matter of drawing up to 1/6 to give scale outlines.
Construction this time was to be all white and blue foam,with the odd bit of balsa and ply where needed.
I have gone back to one of my older building techniques of covering the foam with news paper and tissue. This builds a very strong and light structure.[have built and flown many models using this building technique over the years]
The fuse was cut out of 15 seperate pieces,then all glued back together.Tail plane was cut out of three bits,each wing done in 3 bits.Fin and rudder all out of one piece.
Nose leg hand built as is the mains gear legs.
When all the covering is done a coat of sealer then undercoat.
Next all panel lines will then go on ,more undercoat then top colours.
There will be an interior with pilot and seats...More updates later.
Posted by mintie | Jul 16, 2011 @ 10:25 PM | 4,450 Views
Have been messing with the ultralight again..this time I made a fibregalss nose pod to try .Test flight went perfect no changes at all,flew as before.
It does look different in the air now and I like it.
Changed over to 2.4g TX and RX and that performed excellent as well.
This model is a very good aerial platform and mounted the cam on for the second flight.
The park has no landing strip so had to hand launch no problem, but the landing is a bit hard as the model stops very fast. perhaps a bit hard on the airframe.
Ultralight flight with nose pod fitted. (2 min 9 sec)

ultralight aerial views (3 min 31 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Jul 03, 2011 @ 04:29 AM | 4,670 Views
Yes I have this plane flying,not without a lot of problems at the begining.
All trimmed and flying very nicely now and have completed 19 flights as of today.
I had a few wing issues in the begining, but have now worked through them and got the problem solved.
Pretty happy now.
Next stage is to do some water flying.
All the testing has been hand launch and land on the grass.
Need to take my canoe down to the lake for the water flights as the water is to cold for a swim if needed to go after the plane .winter time here now.
Posted by mintie | Jun 01, 2011 @ 12:44 AM | 4,878 Views
Zero test flight video. lots of little bits made into one.

Test flight of my new Zero (2 min 51 sec)

Posted by mintie | May 21, 2011 @ 07:31 PM | 4,612 Views
A few still sequence action shots taken from the videos that my mate took of the test flight.
This is my first decent size war bird and am very inpressed with its flight performance.
Flys just alike a big trainer....Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | May 21, 2011 @ 01:17 AM | 4,566 Views
The big day for the Zero....well what can I say....the plane flew absolutely awsome.
A very small bit of down trim on the elevator just after take off and a very good rate of climb out.
The biggest surprise was on the take off roll,with a slow throttle advance the tail was up and flying with only about 1/4 throttle,and the plane tracked straight down the runway.
Flying... the plane is true and very stable and will slow down for a very scale like landing.It has no tenency at all to drop a wing which I am really pleased about.
I can see I am going to have a lot of good flying with this plane.
I had two really nice flights before it was to cold to fly again,so packed up and headed home with a huge smile on the dial.::
My mate did the video shots and we set the plane up in some really good turns and banks and low passes. Like 600 mm from the ground. so hope the videos come out good .. will post when he has them all edited.
One real happy chap here now,considering I started this aircraft 21 years ago.
Posted by mintie | Apr 16, 2011 @ 10:35 PM | 4,796 Views
Some time back a good mate of mine was interested in building a 1/6 size edge 540 T
He drew up some working drawings and asked if I could help with some construction ideas.When I looked at the drawings decided we should build two as I might just have one as well.
So I made up wing templates and did two sets of foam wings,made undercart molds and did two sets of fiberglass legs,and two sets of fiber spats.
He made up two fuse blocks.when I got mine I made up inner templates and cut all the inside out giving me a 10mm walled shell.
The plane will be all fiberglassed skinned. The wing joiner /spar is carbon fiber and fits into a ply box in the fuse and boxes in the wings.
My plane is to be powered by an OS 46 and 5 servos.
The other plane has been shelved and he on to other models, so I have carried on and finding the project very interesting. Basically design as I go along.
Pics show where I am up to and there is a bit of an update log on RC groups.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1405079
Posted by mintie | Mar 24, 2011 @ 03:14 AM | 4,970 Views
All painted now,did get put back a bit as I wanted the osprey flying first.
Have made an effort over the last couple of nights and done all the airbrush work on the driver.
Now needs a lot of use which it will get.
Posted by mintie | Feb 22, 2011 @ 07:40 PM | 4,915 Views
this day was nice and fine,sunny and near high tide.
Didnt leave a lot of beach for a run way,which can be seen at the end .Only a small lenght of solid sand.
Did a bit of flying over the water then out over the camp area with houses out at the camps end.
In all a good flight and happy with the results.
video from my RC ultralight trike (3 min 19 sec)

Posted by mintie | Feb 22, 2011 @ 01:53 PM | 4,528 Views
Finally finished and my target of 6oogm was very close as it came out at 577gms.
At lot of different materials used in this model so will be interesting to see how they all work together.
I put my watt meter on the motor and at 3/4 throttle I have 93w and 9.3 amps. all on a 3s 1300 turnigy with a 9x4.3 prop.
This is more than enough to fly out of my hand.
test flight will reveal all.
Posted by mintie | Feb 22, 2011 @ 01:32 PM | 4,312 Views
My wife and I have just had our 2 week summer holiday,and went back to our favourite spot at the beach ..A nice flat beach 6 hrs from home.
This is where we have a good chile out,reading ,swimming,fishing and this year I took my RC ultralight to fly off the beach.
12 days at the beach and I did 4.3 hrs flying and took 11 movies from the trike. Before leaving I made a mount up to carry my key chain cam on the side of the trike.
One day I had a few early fights and had a bunch of seagulls chasing me around. Managed to catch some on video.
video from my RC Ultralight trike (3 min 12 sec)

Posted by mintie | Jan 22, 2011 @ 06:24 PM | 4,328 Views
these pics where taken after I did the ground runs with the plane.

Now ready for test flight
Posted by mintie | Jan 22, 2011 @ 04:46 PM | 5,278 Views
a test run down the drive way ....
1/4 scale gokart test run. (0 min 13 sec)



then mounted my key cam on one of the side pods and did a run down the street.
a spin down the street with my 1/4 scale gokart (1 min 1 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Dec 11, 2010 @ 09:51 PM | 4,786 Views
Now have the Zero cowl done with the panel lines and top coats.
Baffles for the engine half done.
Getting very close to flying. Test flight will be in the new year as we are away for the next two weeks.


I cant help myself just have to have toys and have just bought two 1/4 scale gokarts.
Now if it is to windy to fly, can use my boat, if the water is to rough for the boat , I can use the karts. Have to be able to cover all avenues of the hobby.
The hangers at work have very smooth concrete floors so they are going to be my race track.
At home , the street out side is very smooth road carpet so that will get used as well.