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Posted by SafeLandings | Sep 20, 2013 @ 05:17 PM | 2,514 Views
Nearly completed my new delta type model I have called the Whistler, really simple design using again solid balsa sheet wings profiled to shape.
Motor is one of the Hobby King Fun Fighter types and will be powered with a 4s 800mah Lipo.

A week and she will be ready.


Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Aug 15, 2013 @ 05:33 PM | 2,745 Views
My new design goes against the grain being a fixing model. I am hoping it will pick its feet up a tad! maiden has yet to happen as the weather in the UK is not favourable, but it shouldn't be to long.

1700 Kv motor with 350 watts on a 3 cell 2200 Mah Lipo.

Like the others it has got 2 chances!


Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 16, 2012 @ 04:59 PM | 4,590 Views
After some fine adjustments and larger fins I now have my Canard flying pretty smooth. Looking forward to flying it over the winter months.

Rc Canard 'UnCanny' (2 min 54 sec)



Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 04, 2012 @ 04:01 PM | 4,616 Views
Here's my flying Bat, designed for a laugh as a Halloween treat for a kids party.

I will upload the plans for free very soon if anyone is interested?

Regards

Rich


RC BAT!! (1 min 21 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 02, 2012 @ 01:57 PM | 4,844 Views
A few shots f some of my models which have been sent to me, from a few months back.


Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 30, 2012 @ 12:48 PM | 5,717 Views
My first real attempt at designing a fixed wing from scratch has ended up being a Canard. Electric powered using a 2200 kv motor spinning a 6" prop.
Have finished it today but may not get to maiden it for a week or so, pretty pleased with how it has turned out.

Video will follow good or bad.




Regards

Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | May 23, 2012 @ 07:22 PM | 7,124 Views
You have got to smile?
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 13, 2011 @ 02:56 PM | 8,144 Views
The MKII version has turned out a bit heavier and with careful adjustment to the angle of attack of the foil I have managed a few controlled flights CRASH FREE!

It was a little windy today and it seemed to rock from side to side due to this but we did manage to get a video of some of the flight.


RC ParaMotor in the Wind (3 min 47 sec)



Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 09, 2011 @ 05:39 AM | 8,797 Views
I just couldn't resist the purchase of a para foil from our Chinese friends a few weeks back.
The first para motor Gondola I constructed was made from wood, after several attempts and many many repairs I did finally manage to get it air borne.
But roll control was very limited. After a bit of reading on the net I came to the conclusion that this effect was due to the Gondola being way too light.
So I decided to construct a new 'heavier' MKII version that should hopefully be a bit more crash proof
This has now been completed and I am just waiting for the the good old UK weather to improve.

A few photos below of the wooden version and the new MKII version.

Here is a crappy video I made of the best flight achieved with the wooden version and another of its last flight. This was caused by myself adjusting one of the control lines way to much causing a roll to the left and SPLAT!


Para Motor Best flight yet! (0 min 49 sec)


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Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 09, 2011 @ 03:34 PM | 8,601 Views
Got this BD-5J on the cheap off a mate yesterday and after a couple of hours work it was ready for a maiden today.
I am unsure who kitted this model but if anyone knows then please let me know?

This is my first EDF and it flies like its on rails despite the windy conditions! Really enjoyed flattening those lipos at the field today and makes a refreshing change for me.

Now I just need to change the colour scheme and 'Bond' it to go along side 'Nellie'.


My First EDF 'BD-5J' (4 min 48 sec)



Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Jun 08, 2011 @ 01:07 PM | 10,625 Views
I made this last weekend for a charity fly in in a couple of weeks, roughly about 14" span and flies pretty well on a 2s 300mah battery.
It was a bit blustery for such a small model, a lot of fun for a piece of depron!


WebBipe (3 min 11 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | Jun 05, 2011 @ 07:32 AM | 9,859 Views
Here's my 2nd Little Nellie from the bond film You Only Live Twice, this time it has all of the weaponry.
Seems to handle ok with the add ons.



RC Autogyro 'Little Nellie' (3 min 4 sec)



Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Apr 20, 2011 @ 08:30 AM | 10,534 Views
Here's a photo and a video of my newly finished 'WebBit', this model has been built for a charity fun fly event in July over here.
This is the fixed winged version and I am going to try a removable pod to convert it to an autogyro at the field.

Well that is the plan any how, whether it will work is a different matter!


Model aircraft 'The WebBit' from the RCME Mass Build 2011 (4 min 15 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | Jan 16, 2011 @ 05:30 AM | 11,524 Views
Decided to finally give this model a go and started the build a couple of months ago. The model and plan is kitted by Whirlybirdaviation and it really did speed the build up some what.
I have made a lot of structural changes to the model so that I could incorporate a fully working UC and scale detail but the basic shape is still the same. The head is a cnc machined flapping type designed for 4 blades like the real thing with full rigging.
The model has had about 20 flights to date and each time I go out it seems to be an improvement on the previous.
It flies very much like a fixed wing at a higher speed, at a lower speed its like an autogyro. So as you can guess a bit of thumb juggling is required.

Great fun and an interesting build

A few photos and a video to the second flight, hope they are interest

Model Autogyro PCA-2 second flight (6 min 8 sec)



Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 06, 2010 @ 04:25 AM | 11,735 Views
This video was taken last year in Holland. There were a couple of chaps there with these impressive things. The video really doesn' do the extreme noise justice...these things are seriously loud.

The chap flying was a Dutch guy and I helped him strip the engine apart to change a faulty injector. I cant speak Dutch and he couldn't speak English! We had a German friend translating for us!!

Heres the vid

Hope you enjoy


Pulse jet flight..400 KPH !!! (4 min 27 sec)



Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 27, 2010 @ 01:27 PM | 11,617 Views
Here's my OD Flying wing hot wire cut from insulation foam, total cost without the rc gear was 3 (less than a pint!). I plan on building a few of these for my mates so we can have a bit of air to air combat for a laugh.


Flying Wing Fun! (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 11, 2010 @ 02:52 PM | 11,993 Views
This has been a whole new learning curve for me as the closest I have ever got to fibre glassing is a wing joiner!!
This Nellie was made to scale from drawings supplied by the designer Wing Commander Ken Wallis. It has to be the hardest thing I have made to date but luckily the maiden has gone hassle free.

Here is a video of it flying on the second day.

Model Autogyro 'Little Nellie' at 1/4 scale. (3 min 26 sec)


The frame work is a mixture of carbon tube and aluminium, the cockpit is made from Fibre Glass. Fin and rudder are depron skinned in tissue and epoxy resin. I copied the full size and opted for an offset Gimbal head rather then the 'tried and tested' head types usually used in models.

Now that it flies I will add the missiles, correct pilot and flame throwers


Here are a few photos, hope its of interest.


Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | May 31, 2010 @ 05:13 PM | 12,882 Views
I managed to Maiden the Coquette this evening as it went nice and calm. I need all the power from the Mills to keep it up but it flew really well.


A few photos and a video of the maiden

Model Aeroplane... Vic Smeeds COQUETTE converted to RC (2 min 38 sec)


Rich