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Posted by mintie | Jul 03, 2011 @ 04:29 AM | 4,364 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 | 4,554 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 | 4,294 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 | 4,276 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 | 4,506 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 | 4,633 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 | 4,621 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 | 4,233 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 | 3,984 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 | 4,047 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 | 4,986 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.
...Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Dec 11, 2010 @ 09:51 PM | 4,474 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.
Posted by mintie | Dec 01, 2010 @ 02:10 AM | 4,557 Views
Time for an update on the Zero.Airframe all ready ,all radio in ,control surfaces all working,retracts working,motor bench run.
Cowl needs the panel lines and black paint.
I am making up the engine baffles at the moment so as to direct the air flow straight onto the cylinder head.
Need to airbrush the burns around the gun turrets
Do a final check on the CG ,and we are then ready to fly.
Getting excited now as this is really starting to look good .
Posted by mintie | Nov 02, 2010 @ 03:02 AM | 4,337 Views
A few pics of my ultralight FLM and the Autogyro at a recent indoor event.
Never flown at one of these events before and wasnt sure how the models I took would go .
Both these models I normally fly out doors so was very pleased that both performed well indoors,and had a good time hooning around the Gym
Posted by mintie | Oct 24, 2010 @ 11:38 PM | 4,153 Views
Like most of us here we tend to have a few models in various stages of build. I am no different and sometimes have trouble deciding which one should be done first even though I have others on the board.
My latest plane is the osprey 1x 28. I have had a dissire to build this for some time now and finally decided, get it done before time runs out.
Some time back I found a very small plan for a three channel indoor model ,took it to work and enlarged on the machine.Didnt come out very good but I really only wanted the out line as would build how I wanted.
Construction is with Blue foam,depron,fiberglass,balsa & carbon. It has been a design as I build and so far pretty happy with the out come.
AUW target is 600 gm and it looks like it might just finish at 420 gms..
Not bad for a 1100 mm w/s 4 channel with a 3s 1300 battery.
I am doing a build log and progress can be found here...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1299970
Posted by mintie | Sep 09, 2010 @ 01:40 AM | 4,378 Views
A good spell of sun shine allowed me to get the green sprayed on the airframe [once the power came back on]
Just need to get the airbrush out now and do all the dirtying on the plane
It has to look used and old.
Can still do some modelling as our home is not bad for damage,can still live in it . Others are far less fortunate than us,losing every thing they own,including house and employment.
Posted by mintie | Sep 06, 2010 @ 03:23 AM | 3,876 Views
Well this weekend no time for modelling after we where hit with a 7.1 scale quake in the early hrs of Saturday morning.A pretty scary experence when it is pitch black dark and your whole world is shaking so bad you can not stand up.
Very lucky that there was no deaths at all from the quake,but the city and out lying areas have a huge mess to clean up and at this stage a figure of $2 billion to start the rebuild.
In the city center of Christchurch [population of 450 .000] there are 120 buildings are to be demolished and 500 are in need of repairs now.
We ourselves got out very sweet with very little damage,but just around the street there are at least 12 or more homes that will be dozed down,as others over the other side of our town will be in the same situation.Our town [Kaiapoi population of 5000] center is closed as are the schools and most of the surrounding areas. Residents only allowed in.
An interesting site to follow the quakes www.geonet.org.nz. This shows the fault line and all the shocks we have had since.
Another site for info updates www.stuff.co.nz...Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Aug 14, 2010 @ 06:59 PM | 3,901 Views
test flight of model Ultralight (2 min 54 sec)
As promised I would update the ultralight progess.
Well it flys and It is going to be quite a good model.
The weight shift system on the wing worked really well,flew most of the test flight using that. The rudder is real powerfull and needs toning down a tad,the elevator is very positive just need to get use to only using small imputs. The video was taken using my key cam mounted on an old pair of safety glasses...this system works very well as the cam then follows where you look. BUT when looking up one needs to move the head as well as the eyes as the cam misses the plane. You will see in the mid part of the video I didnt look up enough. This was a test run as well as the flight so will get sorted in time. The video is not editored as I have no way of doing that so this is what took place on the testing.
specs on the model....BW 1700 kv motor with a plush 18 amp ESC
1300 mah3c battery weight shift 1x HXT900 servo
rudder and elevator Dynam servos =to HXT 500.
RX Dynam 5 channel micro.
auw 13.25 oz 376 gms.
Posted by mintie | Jul 27, 2010 @ 01:27 AM | 4,056 Views
My wife and I decided to do a float fly weekend away so headed up to Blenhiem which is 3.5 hrs from home.
This is the first time to this event and was surely not dissappointed.
During the past few weeks the weather has been garbage and lots of flooding but this weekend gave us some really good flying weather.
I used my trusty Super Club and my foamie float plane along with the boat.
I would say about 12 people attended with about that many planes and one chopper
As you can see from the pics the lake was absolutely superb.I have never had such an amazing day ..thanks guys ..will be back again....Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Jul 23, 2010 @ 03:09 AM | 4,266 Views
Tuesday night saw the AGM and the hand over of the model BNL
There was a good attendance and alot of surprises when the model was put onto the bench,as most had not idea that the project was being built.
In general business the president did a speach about the project and its significants to the club and half way through I produced the model from the next room ,bought out and put on the bench.
The club now own the model and it will be hung in the lounge when all the repainting is finished.