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Posted by steve wenban | Feb 26, 2012 @ 02:44 AM | 3,180 Views
really starting to get to the boom in the boomerang rang shaping up the Undercart fairingwas probably the hardest thing to work out .But I got there in the end.
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 21, 2012 @ 05:34 PM | 3,287 Views
I've always used Lithographic plate for scale metal detail , but my supply was running very low so I was using it sparing lately ,but I've sourced a new supply now so I can use it as I please again
If you want some thing to look like aluminium then use aluminium The Boomerang will get a lot more Lithographic treatment now
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 05, 2012 @ 03:36 AM | 3,066 Views
After some life drama's thrown my way I've got back into the build mode and started to feel good again . The Boomerang has moved on and I'm happy with the progress
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 31, 2012 @ 04:10 PM | 2,951 Views
Unfortunately the homepage that I and many others had worked on for the West Sydney slope soarers club was attacked for a second time but this time all info was lost a stupid act on a forum set up in 2004 to support young and old alike with information and help for new people coming into the hobby .Dont know how they got through RCG system but they did and now its all gone
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 23, 2012 @ 01:27 PM | 3,140 Views
It Saddens me that there is the rift between these groups , Perhaps not internationally but in Australia , its the us and them mentality. The whole thing seems to loose sight of what we like to do and thats fly RC models regardless of the discipline we are in . Unfortunately Power flying in New South Wales is taking a huge hit with club fields being lost at an alarming rate. That aside its a few bad apples on either side of the fence which in turn leads to each group condemning the entire clubs or park flying groups .
its was nice years ago when everyone just enjoyed the company of like minded people and getting together at the field spending the day flying and talking with people who become good friends. Instead it seems that the talk is about denegrating each other rather than enjoying the hobby. Still thankfully I've met a lot more of the nice people than bad that still enjoy the flying the building the talking about flying and different models and exchanging of idea's rather than exchanging insults .
Anyway enough of a rant from me ,onwards and upwards.
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 09, 2011 @ 03:02 PM | 4,255 Views
The dates have been set and the thread open in the slope forum ,for the annual Manilla Slope Fest 2012. I've got 44 weeks to get it all set up and going again http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1536870
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 01, 2011 @ 10:22 PM | 4,025 Views
Thanks to Matin of Ubercraft for posting the video of the scary maiden flight of the Hurricane
Steve's Hawker Hurricane at Manilla Slope Fest 2011 (2 min 50 sec)

the fact the the CG was nearly 1 1/2 " rearward didnt make it comfortable ,but even so it really didnt do anything silly like other tail heavy machines I flown before .And again thanks Matin
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 31, 2011 @ 12:32 AM | 4,062 Views
As an Aussie I enjoy building Aircraft with Australian markings so this is my next build ,the CAC Boomerang. I drew it up a while back and then promtly lost the drawings ,still I found them again in the last place I looked ,Anyway I'm 2 weekends into the build now and its looking as it should like a Boomerang...Continue Reading
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 16, 2011 @ 04:41 PM | 4,041 Views
After checking my calc for cg I was left scratching my head as I got the same answer as before at 115mm from the L/edge at the root . And then it dawned on me when I remeasured the original cg mark on the root section and to my amazement it was marked at 150mm ,another one for the books measure twice to get the cg right the first time ,took another 650 grams of lead to balance her out . It does however show how well behaved the Hurricane is as yes it was a bit of a hand full but it really didnt do anything nasty during its flight.
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 02, 2011 @ 03:29 AM | 4,153 Views
Well another Manilla slope Fest done and dusted ,and it was huge . Unfortunately I still have not flown the Fouga 90 but did get the Hurricane up and going it was tail heavy but was still well behaved .Managed to drop a wing on landing with some minor damage resulting Still I'm very happy with it performance . My Mate Dave gave the Hurricane the perfect launch
Posted by steve wenban | Sep 12, 2011 @ 04:26 PM | 4,384 Views
Well The 2011 fest is due to kick off in 2 more days , really looking forward to catching up with all the regular crew plus all the new faces that I'm sure will become regulars . The Manilla Slope Fest has worked out extremely well and our sponsors of the event are just awesome with the amount of gear they put forward for prizes . I'm proud to be part of this event as it just has so much to offer and highlights whats great about our hobby . So there will be lots of photo's and videos to come all in the slope forum on the Manilla slope fest thread http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1322695, even if your not a slope flyer drop into the thread and say hi and have a chat with some of the crew ,you never know it might be right up your alley .
Posted by steve wenban | Sep 03, 2011 @ 09:40 PM | 4,563 Views
I got a little under 2 weeks to get ready for Manilla Slope Fest 2011,so today I assembled the fleet in preparation ,just to make sure all lead, bolts, nuts, and wing joiners are accounted for . Also started packing the support equipment as well . Really glad i've got hold of a boogie wheeled covered trailer thats for sure .
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 26, 2011 @ 11:29 PM | 5,036 Views
Had a bit of spare time ,so I stuck a few vids together of some of my models
I like they way they move (6 min 32 sec)

Posted by steve wenban | Jul 25, 2011 @ 04:44 PM | 5,305 Views
The times ticking away to the Manilla Slope Fest 2011 and I'm almost done with the organizing details The event should be huge again this year with international visitors once again signed up for the event . Matin from Ubercraft in the US just posted this vid from last years event taken from his Raven
Manilla Slope Fest 2010 (7 min 20 sec)

I also happened to be lucky enough to win a competition to build a prototype model for a New Zealand maker call RidgeHogs , the Prototype will get air under its 2.4 mtr wings at this years event also
So I'm really looking forward to just getting the event kicked off so I can relax and get on building my next PSS machine
Thanks for the interest
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 03, 2011 @ 11:36 PM | 5,287 Views
I'm doing a build for a company called Ridgehogs at the moment of a 2.4 mtr EPP sailplane,but I'm waiting on a few items from them to be able to continue the build. So I took some time to finally sort the programming out for the Hurricane plus reprogram the Bearcat and cycle the batteries in all aircraft . So I took a couple of shots of the event with all three together
All the linkages for flaps and ailerons are internal on the Hurricane so nothing to grab when that big air scoop touches down
Posted by steve wenban | Jun 21, 2011 @ 02:55 PM | 5,316 Views
Been awhile since I posted here ,thats cause I'm up to my ears in home Renovations as well as organizing the next Manilla slope fest in September
if you dont know about it look here for info http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1322695
. Still the Hurricane is now fully operational and ready for its Maiden flight,which will be at the slope fest . and another good thing about the reno's is that my workshop also increases in size which is excellent more building room as these bigger models tend to fill up a lot of space
anyway thats all for now . If you have any questions about any of the builds Or need a hand to work out a problem with a build give me a yell ,cant promise I'll solve it but 2 heads on a problem are always better than 1
Posted by steve wenban | May 21, 2011 @ 11:36 PM | 5,645 Views
Well almost, the only thing left now is the pushrods for the ailerons and flaps and the blue for the roundels and tail flash . She's all balanced and fitted out .
AUW 6.5KG wing Span 2.16 mtr wingloading (imperial) 26.7 oz sq ft
quick up date* finally got the rest of the vinyl and now the markings are complete . That only leaves the aileron and flap pushrods and she's complete
Posted by steve wenban | May 18, 2011 @ 03:11 PM | 5,889 Views
Whilst looking through some photo's the other evening I came across this photo I'd forgotten about it . I'm pretty sure it was taken by 1 of the visiting US pilots to last years Manilla Slope Fest ,It may have Been Jim (Pismo) I suspect but possible by Matin. Oh well either or but its a good shot of 2 of my babies awaiting flight time, which last years event did not happen due to low wind speeds but maybe this year
Posted by steve wenban | May 15, 2011 @ 02:39 AM | 5,382 Views
Got some time in the workshop this afternoon ,flap and aileron servo's mounted and wired up I'm so close to done on this one and I'm keen to start the Boomerang.
Posted by steve wenban | May 11, 2011 @ 02:39 PM | 5,233 Views
Last night I hinged the last flap on the Hurricane ,so all that remains is to connect the aileron and flap servos up and finish the markings and we are ready to fly . But as usual we have moved into the winter season now and the local inland slope is not suited to big PSS models so unless I jag a day at Otford then September will be its maiden flight at the Manilla Slope Fest,along with the Fouga and the faithful old Bearcat will get airtime again .