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Posted by steve wenban | Aug 03, 2009 @ 03:12 AM | 4,817 Views
I settled on doing Lt Richardson's aircraft of the U.S.S. Midway. lots more to go but its just the pretty up stage now.
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Aug 01, 2009 @ 03:36 AM | 4,368 Views
Finally got paint on the Bear and now scratching and marking panel lines
fairly happy with the result so far .
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 16, 2009 @ 05:22 PM | 4,339 Views
My JR 2720 recently switched off just after launch of my Carbon Miniblade
which rolled on its back and lawn darted. The cause ? the radio gave a long beep and then displayed Backup Error, a lot of discussion on the topic concluded that the lithium Battery on the board had failed .However furthur research revealed that in fact the 2720 does not have the battery and in fact has flash memory and the problem was firmware failure , this means the radio has to go back to Japan to be reprogrammed.And Ive been also told that this problem also can affect the DX7 sets as well. I was also told that it happens on power up ,unfortunately my radio proved that wrong as it was already on. My radio is only 19 months old but still thats out of warranty.
I'm not grumbling about it these things happen this posting is more or less a warning for other users of this radio as well as other check your manuals and if you see the error code BACKUP ERROR listed just keep your eyes open .
Hopefully the reprogramming may upgrade the firmware and eliminate this error happening but thats a big ask I think.
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 15, 2009 @ 03:52 AM | 4,688 Views
The Bearcat is moving along now and hopefully by the end of the coming weekend it will be ready for top coating, I have not really had time to think about it flying but now its getting close the knees are starting to shake abit , however its built to fly (just hope it agrees )
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | May 13, 2009 @ 04:50 PM | 4,655 Views
About time I put a few words together for the blog again.
as per my previous entry Ive been busy build a big foam and Balsa bearcat for our September slope festival which has built momentum at an incredible rate . And has drawn International flyers to attend But enough of that heres a photo of the Cat about a week ago , since that photo the starboard wing is complete including the Aileron and flap and the cowl plug has been manufactured so its nearly ready to start the finish process
Looks Like I'll actually finsh an aircraft well befor the deadline .
SteveW
P.S full build thread here http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1002157
just incase
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 15, 2009 @ 02:01 AM | 6,036 Views
Ive started work on a 103 inch span F8F2 Grumman Bearcat aimed at Camperdown 2010 ,but maybe I'll get it done for the Manilla 09 slope fest but not going to push it . I'm make this aircraft up as I go along ,working of my old Nick Zirolli plans . Got a reasonable start today after it rain all day ,doesnt look much at the moment but you can get the Idea.
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Posted by steve wenban | Feb 06, 2009 @ 03:10 PM | 4,827 Views
Well After missing this years Camperdown get together I was determined to put something together that a lot of slope flyers and I have discussed many times regarding a NSW event .Now Thanks to Godfrey the owner of Mt Borah in Manilla ,near Tamworth it looks like that event is becoming a reality with solid dates set in September for a week long get together ,so if your into slope and feel like getting together for some good air time with a crew of other slope flyers from around the country and maybe even a few O/sea visitors as well ,then check out the slope forum and the thread with the above title .
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 30, 2009 @ 01:40 PM | 4,590 Views
Picked up a used Mini Blade for a very good price with all the gear in it. However it wasnt a sparkling new model by any stretch of the imagination ,an so I took to it with gusto for a full face lift .Now its almost ready to fly again and looks pretty good i'm happy with the finish ,just needs a cut and polish but thats nothing . So this is another one to go fast in circles on the wrong side of the hill.
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Posted by steve wenban | Jan 23, 2009 @ 02:10 AM | 4,855 Views
tried the water drop finish will see how it works out may mean a complete rub back and start again but you never know till you try.
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 21, 2009 @ 12:20 AM | 4,540 Views
Once again the carbon bird is almost back to flight ready, one stuffup on the wing was the use of a new spray putty looked great when sprayed, however half hour later Orange peel every where . Then to top it off The fuse had only a few scratches to clean up ,I just finished spraying and turn to walk away when I hear click bang ,arggggggh the damb hanging clamp let go and my Fuse was rolling around in the dirt . After some serious Acetone wiping I got it back to basics primed and back top top coat in 1 day . The wing on the other hand took hours to get back to top coat ready sanding,filling sanding again . But its ready to top coat again now . I'll be picking up a stable mate for the bird to DS its a second hand Miniblade and it will get a complete face lift before it hits the slope.
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 11, 2009 @ 02:55 AM | 4,883 Views
After the glassing and a resin wipe to fill the weave ,I use a high build primer coat as a witness coat to find high spots . But get the bottom fill right and there's not much work to do other than polish sanding.
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 10, 2009 @ 02:09 PM | 4,339 Views
Well what can I say but whoops I done it again
but this time it was a dud Xystal in the Rx time for my photo's of carnage and the repair underway once again I'll update the blog with the completed after shot
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Posted by steve wenban | Dec 08, 2008 @ 02:29 PM | 4,621 Views
Well I finally put the Osprey in the magic circle club it felt very powerful but wing flex really had me concerned . So its probably not advisable to keep going as I'm prettty sure it would explode around the 110mph mark. best to keep it front side. The poor old Carbon Bird copped yet another run in with the foilage this last weekend but carbon wrapped and bagged the fuse and its now painted again ready to go by next weekend
Also Ive got a new Plank on the boards at the moment which will be a fully moulded the pod mould and the lower wing surface mould is done will be doing the top skin this weekend . Hopefully these ships will live up to my expectations . and maybe even see a few on special order brought to you from the Downhill Hanger
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 13, 2008 @ 02:15 AM | 4,517 Views
Sad I must say that our winter season is over ,but its not that bad as the coastal season has now started ,however we will still get the southerlys coming through and thats when the Osprey is going to go over the wrong side of the hill . Flew and dialed my new plank design the Sickle 72 in this weekend as well at Hill 60 at Port Kembla gotta say it quick frontside so looking forward to to a chance to see where it goes speed wise wrong side of the hill.
Posted by steve wenban | Sep 30, 2008 @ 03:48 PM | 5,181 Views
Just returned from a trip to Ashhurst NZ the slope sites are huge but have very poor landing areas and are mostly suited to foam . The undulating foot hills are the main problem , and the steepness of the slope just make the turbulance worse . However at certain points of wind direction the lift is big and smooth ,and even in the worst direction once away from the slope the lift is good and smooth ,just gives you a hard time on landing. I flew the bird a few times and used sheer speed to pass through the turbulance on landing ,but damage risk is very high. I managed to get away with it a few times and then called it quits . Went back to the mates place and put an EPP wing together he had stuffed away inthe corner of the shed . Turned out to be a very nice flyer and even got into some slow DS'ing with it http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=931515
. I'm sure Dave will test it to its limits on his year long trip around both north and south Islands (keep your eyes open for the Fly NZ DVD) .
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Aug 12, 2008 @ 09:52 PM | 4,844 Views
We have it all worked out now ,and have cleared the problem trees from the bottom of the circuit .Found that the hill is at its best in a southerly but you can DS it from SSE to SSW even push a few circuits in when its SW but gets pretty bumpy back there then. We have just received the radar gun so now we can start looking at how fast we are going
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 28, 2008 @ 05:43 PM | 5,614 Views
Yesterday I was able to get Video of the DG600 prototype in flight
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...mentid=1986001
I know its going to be a very good machine for the this market and with the mods incorperated into the production model its going to be a gotta get one model. Once I ve finished with this review I will only respond to Pms from the Australia forum , and wont post there again . For all the people whom Ive met along the way that have given me encouragement to continue thanks for your support and friendship you know who you are
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 12, 2008 @ 05:57 PM | 5,585 Views
Dsing at Mt Annan is a hair raising exprience .It is getting better with the removal of the Olive trees though. Anyway 2 weekends back my Bird locked into a rotor and when through the top of one of the trees in the bottom of the circuit. The photo's will explain the rest I think .if anyone has questions dont be affraid to ask .
SteveW
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Posted by steve wenban | Jun 17, 2008 @ 03:40 PM | 5,754 Views
My recent purchase of the 3.2 mtr Osprey from Falcon Gliders has been one that will give me many many hours of airtime , its a beautiful machine to fly and loves the Mt Annan slope ,We have also started to explore the darkside of Mt Annan I was a bit sceptical at first but after a few wild circles with my Carbon bird I started to find the groove . The site is just going to go from strength to strength as we remove the Olive trees not only from the frontside but the plane grabers in the circuit of the dark side which have already taken out 2 mouldies . Currently I'm involved with a prototype build of a DG600 for Falcon Gliders I feel that this aircraft is going to be a big hit with many modellers ,and I hope the work I'm currently doing will take all the guess work out .
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Mar 15, 2008 @ 03:57 PM | 5,375 Views
A lot has gone on since my last entry including the numerous scale gliders and a new mouldie in the hanger my Jart fleet is back to 1 which is under repair after quicker than normal arrival between 2 rocks exit 2 wings , but all repairable ,and in fact on the bench almost ready to fly .
SteveW