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Posted by SafeLandings | Feb 22, 2016 @ 11:55 AM | 1,829 Views
The last few months weather over in the UK have been wet and horrible, taking advantage of the 'build time' I designed and drew up a scale Piper Pawnee.

It has been flight ready for a few weeks. this afternoon after work the sun was shining and the wind had dropped for a change so I went out to maiden my newest creation.

The grass is still long so ROG was out of the question, a hand launch into the light breeze and she was away with just a few clicks of trim.

It flies really well and I soon drained two 500mah 2 s packs.

Wingspan is 900mm and the AUW is 350g.

I will add all of the finishing touches and wait for a decent day to take flying photos.

Thanks for looking in


Piper Pawnee flight (3 min 36 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | May 30, 2015 @ 01:11 PM | 3,224 Views
My new design, 'Snap Dragon, was drawn up 12 months ago. My nan had just passed away at the time and she was a very keen gardener, Snap Dragon's were one of her favourite flowers hence the reason for it's name.
I have now completed two , the first was a small free flight version powered by a home made 0.2 Mills diesel engine. This flies well but required quite a bit of trimming and ducking to say the least!

I enlarged the smaller Snap Dragon to around 30" wing span and electrified it, using elevator, rudder and throttle for its controls. It flies really well and is quite relaxing to fly in calm conditions (which seem to be rare over in the UK at the moment!)

A few photos of my efforts, I am hoping to get this plan published in Aeromodeller magazine one day:

Posted by SafeLandings | Sep 20, 2013 @ 05:17 PM | 7,130 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.

Posted by SafeLandings | Aug 15, 2013 @ 05:33 PM | 7,286 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!

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 16, 2012 @ 04:59 PM | 9,164 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)

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 04, 2012 @ 04:01 PM | 9,178 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?



RC BAT!! (1 min 21 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 02, 2012 @ 01:57 PM | 9,422 Views
A few shots f some of my models which have been sent to me, from a few months back.

Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 30, 2012 @ 12:48 PM | 10,581 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.


Posted by SafeLandings | May 23, 2012 @ 07:22 PM | 11,653 Views
You have got to smile?
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 13, 2011 @ 02:56 PM | 12,656 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)

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 09, 2011 @ 05:39 AM | 13,485 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)

Last Flight of the MK1 para motor! (1 min 53 sec)
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Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 09, 2011 @ 03:34 PM | 13,118 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)

Posted by SafeLandings | Jun 08, 2011 @ 01:07 PM | 15,116 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 | 14,381 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)

Posted by SafeLandings | Apr 20, 2011 @ 08:30 AM | 15,061 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 | 16,241 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)

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 06, 2010 @ 04:25 AM | 16,230 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)

Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 27, 2010 @ 01:27 PM | 16,122 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)