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Posted by Braddock, VC | Oct 08, 2010 @ 03:16 PM | 3,920 Views
I've started sorting the various components out to make this bird airworthy and have been spending time getting really tight linkages.

The designer, Chris Foss, is one of those who thinks less is more, consequently the plane has been designed with standard servos in mind. Just to recap, it's 72" wingspan and 60" long and a design weight of 10.5 pounds with suggested engines 91 - 150 2 stroke and 120 - 180 4 strokes.
The elevators and the rudder have aerodynamic balances ( bits of control surface forward of the hinge line) intended to reduce servo loads and when I bought it, it came with 5 futaba 148s, in honesty I was a bit dubious at first but the more I thought about it the more I felt hey, this guy is the designer and he's been successful for the last 30 odd years at it who am I to query his work.
So standard servos it's gonna be except I'm going to fit hitecs with karbonite gears, and two on the elevator, one to each half, two on the rudder and one to each aileron, also one for the throttle.
The engine is going to be a laser 200 Vee Twin, the prototype flew on a laser 150 single which gave it unlimited vertical but I got this brand spanking new twin for the same money as the single so that's what it's gonna be.
I hit my first snag, the guy who built it provided enough dubro 1/4 scale horns and clevises and I made up the pushrods.... DOH!!!!! the clevises are american ((4 40???) and all the roods I have are 3mm 2 hours work wasted as I now have to take the clevises off and tap out the holes to 3mm.
Back to the grindstone and will let you know the solution to the snag soon, it wasn't as difficult (on the ailerons anyway) as I thought!
Posted by Braddock, VC | Sep 26, 2010 @ 03:53 PM | 3,632 Views
Well, I've started fettling the extrawot, it needs several major decisions made which I'll talk through.
The engine is superb and initially I thought it would prove too heavy at 1.2 Kg so I tried to swap it for a saito 36fg then I found that was heavier still so I am going to use the laser, principally because I have thoughts about scratch building a fw 190 A4 at about 75" wingspan and the cowl will swallow the laser.
Anyway the builder had had made a beautifully machined alloy spacer that took the form of a flanged tube, this weighed in at 200 grammes, but the big disadvantage was there are no holes to allow the fuel tubes to exit so I bought some 12.5 mm thick maple engine bearers and they weigh 60 grammes.
With these in place and with the cowl fitted together with18x6 prop and carl goldberg spinner it balances nose heavy BUT it still has to have the elevator servo(s) fitted at the rear beneath the tailplane. I find I need 160 grammes to achieve the correct balance. The standard servos weigh just 84 grammes for the two so I'll have to fork out for two metal cased digitals that weigh 63 grammes each.
The other problem is the servo for the rudder, the rudder is simply enormous and a 2.00 cubic inch motor on the front is going to introduce some serious aerodynamic forces. Currently the fitted servo is a futaba 148 which is going to be operating at full load just to stay in neutral so I linked up another one in tandem, works just fine, and it's a little more weight behind the c of g.
I'll update from time to time.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Sep 09, 2010 @ 05:44 PM | 3,723 Views
Well the mate that sold me the wot 4 has now sold me an extrawot, 6 feet span which he's built to a very high standard and now decided to go all electric so it's never been flown and comes with a brand new in the box laser 200 V-twin christ man this'll sound like a hog......
See and
I'm now as happy as a pig in s**t but sometime I have to explain to the wife where my pension's gone......
Posted by Braddock, VC | Sep 06, 2010 @ 12:16 PM | 3,400 Views
I just love my wot 4, this plane was built nearly 30 years ago and my mate sold it to me in april, a weekend hasn't gone by (when it's flyable) when I've flown it.
He originally fitted it with an OS 61 4 stroke, long since discontinued but I pulled that out and e-bayed it and got the best part of what I gave for the whole plane back.
I fitted a saito 82a, and this is just a bit too powerful forit, wack the throttle open and she does half a torque roll, leaned out whell do 3 vertical rolls before falling off the top yet will slow down to walking pace.
Before I bought it I'd assembled an artf of the same plane, fitted with a saito 82 as well and I haven't flown it yet.
If you get the opportunity to try one in the states go for it ideal engines are OS 46 fx or ax some folks fit the 55 ax.
In the uk the artf is actually cheaper than the kit. You can see them on look under the Ripmax collection.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Sep 03, 2010 @ 07:49 AM | 5,141 Views
A couple of posts ago I mentioned about the Flying Dutchman and his half scale bleriot that he was hoping to fly across the channel, he didn't make it.
10 miles into the flight the engine packed up and he had to ditch in the english channel.
Though we informed both the british and french coastguard agencies, one ship diverted and recued the 1/2 scale louis bleriot and another ship, a dutch sailing/training 3 master picked up the plane and reunited it with its owner.
He came across to the UK by ferry and we had a consoling drink together.
Unabashed he now plans a 67% bleriot (remember the guy also flies a full size one and crossed the channel in it in May this year) which he is going to fly in the shows round europe next year.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Sep 01, 2010 @ 05:06 AM | 3,848 Views
My first son's mother and I were divorced over 25 years ago, I looked after my son right up until he left university when he went to live with his mother in London in the early 90s. We hadn't seen much of one another since except when I was in a clinic for surgery to remove a particularly agressive cancer about 8 years ago.
He is a self employed consultant to a large government run department and, as his second job, he has a rock and roll band which is kind of in the "2nd" division, he also has his own record company and freelanced for virgin media writing and producing songs for american girl acts trying to break in to the UK market. He's toured the midwest in the states but his biggest fanbase is in China where he has had several tours.
He played around a lot like rock and rollers do so I was amazed and delighted when about a year ago he announced he was getting married.
The wedding was last weekend aboard the HQS Wellington moored on the thames in london, google it, it's a hell of a venue.
I was the most laid back wedding I've ever attended the registrar had a fit of the giggles (she was a she) and both my son and his bride were literally laughing all the way through.
The booze was flowing and he asked me to address the wedding party. I'm not an extremely confident public speaker but I'd not had a drink then but I made a brief speech that halfway through had he and I on the verge of tears, filling up we call it in the UK, so there was a pregnant pause that...Continue Reading
Posted by Braddock, VC | Jul 11, 2010 @ 06:54 AM | 3,658 Views
I had a call last sunday from a dutch guy who flew a full size bleriot replica over the channel on May 20th this year.
He now wants to fly his half scale model from the comfort of a full size bell heli, which he won't be piloting.
Anyway he asked if I would check out the landing site and handle the PR for him on this side.
He was going to make the trip today but the wind is up over the 10knot limit also it's in the wrong direction so tuesday looks to be the day.
I'll post some pix and a link to a video shortly but I'm just off out to go flying.
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Posted by Braddock, VC | Jul 04, 2010 @ 06:50 PM | 3,170 Views
Turns out that the problem with the 82s was lousy fuel, changed to fresh fuel and the engines are back on full power and sounding better than ever.
So I've spent 220 on new engines and 24 on new plugs when all I really needed was a 14 gallon of 10%.
( Secretly I wanted the 55s as I have two ARC jupiters that need a good 46 size in them to fly well. But don't tell the wife).
Posted by Braddock, VC | Jul 04, 2010 @ 05:47 AM | 3,162 Views
The stats I gave in my last blog were taken from the on board computer which gives several averages plus also instantaneous readouts, I find it very helpful to reduce fuel consumption though most of the trip was driven on cruise control at about 120 kph which is the max speed limit in Spain and 110 kph in France, you can drive faster in France (130 kph) when it's dry on the autoroutes which tend to be toll roads but 110 - 120 kph gives the best fuel consumption in our car.

Since that blog, we've had some great flying weather, I took my caravan down to the Hastings flyin and had 4 great days, whilst there I assembled a kyosho calmato 60 low wing job which I've fitted an OS 91 Fx in which gives ample power for big lazy loops - I can thoroughly reccomend the combination.

At our flying site yesterday (see a mk 9 spifire (full size)was stooging round doing mock attacks on a helicopter which was obviously filming it for some forthcoming film.

It stayed for over an hour and our club president was flying his 1/6 scale spitfire when it first came over, no-one had a camera, bloody typical.

My saito 82s have been playing up and on my last two visits to the flying field I had to abort the flights so I bought two 55ax to replace them guess what a bit of a concerted twiddle with tha low needle plus a new plug in each sorted them, still I've got two loft queens that the 55s can be installed in.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Apr 18, 2010 @ 04:05 PM | 3,283 Views
Drove back from nerja in southern spain to dover uk, average speed 64.3 mph, fuel consumption 54.1 miles per gallon.
Four grown ups and their luggage in the car. 13 hours the first day and 9 ish the second day. 1350 miles in total.
We left nerja at 0715 and stopped for the night at 20.15; we stop quite often and eat and walk about which is included in the overall time. We stayed overnight in Bordeaux and left at 0845 and arrived in calais about 1800.
The uk immigration official was Irish, he had a round red face, ginger hair and beard and my wife, who is Irish couldn't believe it when he spoke to her in gaellic which she didn't have a chance to learn in ireland as she left at 6 weeks of age, he then spoke welsh to me, me being welsh and all, and my kids couldn't believe it when I said christ it's a leprechaun...lovely bloke.
Great holiday except I never got to maiden the multiplex merlin!!!!!!
Posted by Braddock, VC | Apr 12, 2010 @ 10:02 AM | 4,616 Views
We've been soaking up the sun in the south of spain for over a week now, great. Good run down just winding myself up to the drive back come the weekend.
Done 1500 miles so far and used 30.2 gallons of fuel.

finished the merlin and it's ready to fly, was going to fly it here but having second thoughts. I'll maiden it when I get home.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Mar 23, 2010 @ 05:58 PM | 3,075 Views
Since the last post, no training for weeks, matches rare as rocking horse cr*p down to flooded pitches then it all clears up, he's doing real well in his training and has been played in a position that he doesn't normally play in; it's just great what these pro coaches spot, his club team are just enthusiastic amateurs, admittedy they don't have the pool of talent to choose from.
Lets just say I'm one happy pappy!!!!!
Also I've recently bought 3 electric things, an ST fox sailplane, this is one fragile ship so sensitive to the cg location, my advice - walk on past it.
Also a local firm manufacturer makes flying wings, great foamie plane but weak as dried spaghetti where the ply motor mount is glued to the foam, my view - worth a try.
Latest one is a multiplex merlin, hot damn this is expensive, so much so that I spent an evening trawling the net to put together the power pack, in the event I got motor, esc two batteries, 4 servos spinner and two props for the same price that multiplex sell the motor, esc and spinner - rip off or what.
I bought it as we're off to spain for a few weeks and this box, charger and tx will just about fit under the seat of my car. I've not built it yet.
We drive down to spain, it's not like coast to coast USA, only about 1700 miles there but it's a good adventure and there ain't any Apaches on the way
Ok only joshing...what they do have is car hijackers, we've nearly been victims a couple of times but now, as soon as we hit france I buy pepper sprays (illegal in the UK) for each side of the car, one for wifey and one for me.
Hope we don't get to use them again.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Feb 04, 2010 @ 05:20 PM | 3,724 Views
Last night he went to his squad induction and 1st training event, he did rather well and came away quite pleased with himself.
I must be honest and say I was quite surprised how big he is compared to his peers, there were 53 in the squad and he was second tallest but because of his fitness and physique he was only 11th heaviest, there being some right old chubbies there.
Eventually there will be 23 in the squad so competition is absolutely fierce and he came back covered with stud bruises and he left one poor lad covered in blood from a particularly severe tackle.
The game of rugby in the UK has gone downhill in recent years, the rule makers have introduced so many new rules to prevent stamping and kicking (people not the ball) that the physical side of tackling and rucking (the art of players from each team squabbling on the ground trying to draw more players in to create openings for the backs to score tries) has become more and more violent with people ending up blinded from gouging etc and fistfights are not uncommon with blood substitution with another player whilst the injured guy gets his wound stitched.
It'll not be too long before they start wearing body and head armour.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm doing the right thing letting him play the game but hell, it keeps him off the streets and all the bad things that happen there, and he gets rid of all his pent up frustrations out on the field of play rather than on the streets.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Jan 15, 2010 @ 12:30 PM | 3,548 Views
In june of last year I blogged that my youngest hadn't made it into the Kent Rugby squad, well I'm absolutely delighted to blog that he's been selected to play for kent, now all I've gotta do is get him down off of the ceiling......
I should have said that he is now selected for the under 16s squad, one notch up.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Dec 10, 2009 @ 05:43 PM | 3,789 Views
Back again, I need a little help this time so I hope someone will come forward and point me in the right direction.
My Black Horse Ultimate is now completely finished but has yet to fly as the weather here in the Garden of England (Kent BTW) it's p*ss*d down for months and also the wind has been gale force most of the time. The engine is a well run in saito 125a and the prop a 16x6 jxf (apc lookalike in black).
During the build I beefed up the u/c mount and dumped the alloy legs in favour of the wire system from my carl goldberg Ultimate ( I do like these bipes!!!!) I have a 7.4V, 2100 mAh lipo with an 8 amp bec driving the electronics which are futaba 10 G 2.4 + a 7 channel rx from Futaba.
The wot 4 is ready to go, it has a saito 82a with a jxf 14x6 up front which is probably just too much for it but what the heck, radio is powered by a 7.4V, 1300mAh lipo
with a 5 amp bec driving a radio link 2.4 7 channel rx and 5 servos, the tx is also one of their 6 channel systems, I bought from a mail order firm here in the UK called, take a look at the site some interesting stuff on there, BTW the 6 ch tx and 1 rx cost 53 or about $100, rx are 10 each or about $18. very good value for money.
I've also bought an ST models rtf Fox powered glider from, it comes with all servos installed,b/l motor 18A speed controller and now sports an 11.1V, 1300mAh lipo to drive it, it soaks up 15.5 amps at wot so I guess the speed contrller is marginal.
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Posted by Braddock, VC | Nov 05, 2009 @ 06:25 PM | 3,716 Views
Sorry, in my last blog I mentioned a 20' plus span B-29 - wrong, 19' span B - 50, 80 lbs in weight.......see
Posted by Braddock, VC | Oct 26, 2009 @ 12:51 PM | 3,599 Views
Lotta water under the bridge since my last post, have really enjoyed myself over the summer. Had several changes of scene, went to two fly-ins and stayed over in my caravan.
The first fly-in was a 60th anniversary of a model club, as it fell on my 65th birthday I just HAD to go and really really enjoyed myself lovely weather and some great planes old timers right the way up to jets. Had (quite) a few beers and freedom, asked the wife if she wanted to come she replied I don't want to watch fat old men playing with toys. Now I know why she goes to watch the matches at the local rugby club!!!!
That was the north cotswold MAC fly-in, if you can buy RC Model World ( a UK Mag) the november issue has some pictures in it.
The second one was 5 days, the Hastings model flying club, they own their own field and once again there were some magnificent planes there including a prototype 1/5 or 1/6 scale ( 20 odd feet wing span) B-29 powered by electric. The only problem with the site is it's close to the coast and gets quite windy but I still managed to get the old timers up for some circuits.
Once again managed to swallow a few beers and some great piss taking.
Now I've just about finished a black horse ultimate bipe. I've put a saito 125a up front with a 16x6 prop and have yet to fly it. I also have a ripmax Wot 4 ARTF which is a classic design from the early 80s it's marketed by Ripmax over here but if you get the chance try one you'll be extremely pleasantly surprised, I know I was, it's very well built and has an undercariage mounting system that looks like it'll handle a few rough landings unlike the usual artfs which seem to regard u/cs as dollies.
BTW I've built 5 or 6 of the kit wot 4s since 1982 so you can tell I'm a fan.
I wonder how long it'll be before I get back posting regularly on this blog.... just in case Merry Xmas and a happy new year to all my readers
Posted by Braddock, VC | Jun 22, 2009 @ 03:12 PM | 3,655 Views
Well, he didn't make it.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 16, 2009 @ 03:07 AM | 3,754 Views
My son received a letter from the Kent School of Rugby inviting him to attend the trials for inclusion in the under 15 Kent School of Rugby Squad.
He is over the moon and it repays me for all those days I spent driving him around the County to matches when the weather was flyable.
He has ambitions to be a professional player and, if he's successful at these trials, this will be a big leg up as the trials and subsequent events are always well attended by talent scouts from the "big" Rugby clubs.
He wants to play for London Irish either midfield or as full back where he has the distinction of scoring the most points in his club side (Dover) and also in his school side this past season.
One proud father boring everyone to tears
Posted by Braddock, VC | Apr 17, 2009 @ 08:41 AM | 3,653 Views
I've not been able to get up the flying field and have therefore missed some of the best flying weather for ages. I can't get in my loft as the builders are in and looks like they'll be there for some time yet.
I've managed to repair one plane but the one I was building has slowed to a halt as I want to paint it and it needs the loft to be able to do that.
Hopefully, now the football season is over, I won't have to transport my youngest to his rugby matches, last couple this weekend, they've gone on tour to Leuvens in Belgium and have two or three friendly games to play. Poor little (13 years old and 5' 11" and 150 lbs) so and so injured his ankle in a match last week so he's been ordered by me onto short time as he plays either outside half or full back and uses his power and speed to smash through the opposing teams, that makes him kinda vulnerable. He's quite good at rugby, but I would say that wouldn't I; he's the number one points scorer this season in his club having 12 tries to his credit including a hat trick in one match.
That'sit for now, hope to get flying this weekend.