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Posted by owlsabie | Aug 08, 2010 @ 12:27 PM | 6,911 Views
I think its time for some changes in my fleet- as my radio only has six memories

The keepers are
1) The urban hawk - its fast, its tough and a lot of fun
2) My new toy - as yet nameless
3) The Bazooka- I have yet to fly it again, but I like it, and I need it for flying at the club field
4) A new plane thats on its way

The two other memories are a problem. One will evetually be taken up by my autogyro.

The Avro and boat fly really well, but I haven't flown them for months, so they can be rested (I can always bring them back to life if necessary)
I think the Ultimate has had as much abuse as any plane should have to go through - so maybe that will be retired as well.

Oh - and there's the thought of an electric glider floating around in my head
Posted by owlsabie | Jul 23, 2010 @ 11:19 AM | 6,754 Views
While I'm between projects (well, the autogyro is progressing slowly), I decided to have yet another attempt at designing my own plane.

The criteria- it must be simple, easy to build, able to land on long grass, fairly small, tough and fun to fly. (ok - if it flies, thats success- fun to fly would be awesome!).

For this one I chose the rib profile I used for the waco, as I know it works, but made it longer and deeper- I wanted to add a top spar, and I wanted a highish aspect ratio wing. The power system is the one from the waco. For conveniance- to do with the space in the back of my van - the total size is 700mmx700mm. While I was about it, I roughly copied the fuse profile from a real plane- if this one flies I can just add a couple of wing bays, wing tips, and have a scale plane.

Although it looks a little strange, it is simple and lighter than some of my other planes of similar size. And its robust!

Today was to be the maiden, but there were people using the area I normally fly in, so I gave it a miss. Maybe I'll take it to the club tomorrow?

At the moment its pretty ugly, but if it flies I'll finish the cosmetics and I think it'll be a good looking little plane!

24.07.2010 - The Maiden. To my delight, the little thing took off nice and straight, and flew pretty straight. In fact, the rudder wouldn't turn it at all And the elevator was full up and it just kept it in a gentle climb

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Posted by owlsabie | Jul 03, 2010 @ 06:10 AM | 6,524 Views
Well, with the current building spate over, I'm gonna put some time into just enjoying my planes. In fact, it must be almost 2 months since I've been to the club field. I've just been doing park flying.

Projects? Well, I'm determined to get my bronze flying rating soonish, so I've got learn to fly a little better, and with that, get comfortable with the bazooka. I am also busy with a build of an autogyro (thread in the autogyro forum), but I am stretching that out into a slow- no pressure- build. Somewhere down the line is also a monster c 160 from foam, and I want to build a sperry messenger from Peter Rake plans
Posted by owlsabie | Jun 26, 2010 @ 08:28 AM | 6,817 Views
Eventually finished, and have maidened the little Waco
Posted by owlsabie | Apr 14, 2010 @ 02:13 PM | 6,805 Views
Some days you probably shouldn't fly! I waited until it was almost dark for the wind to die down- then took the Ultimate out for its maiden. With the preflight checks, the spinner and prop came off when i revved up. Then I decided to take the 'Hawk for a spin. You know when its so much fun you just want one more flight? Well, a black aeroplane against a dark background in the dusk is almost impossible to see...... Luckily, the damage was minor! But it was a good excuse to add some more decoration

I used some stickers off posts on the Sticker thread- thanks to the guys for posting them. I hope no one minds? (bit late now anyway)

04.07.10 Ihave added some stickers to the underside as well now, and am finally happy. She is still flying beautifully- today I was doing loops, and turns like the crop sprayers do. Such fun!
Posted by owlsabie | Apr 11, 2010 @ 05:04 AM | 6,688 Views
The "ultimate" park flyer? Ultrafly Ultimate. Waiting for the weather to improve. Stay tuned . . . .


07.05.2010 Yes- this a great park flyer!

04.07.2010 After an unfortunate attempt at acrobatics, I put the poor thing nose first into the ground! I fixed it, and then yesterday took it out again - and it flew like a dog! I got her low and had a slow semi controlled crash. Once the damage was repaired, I went really carefully through the set up and fine tuned everything a little- and today success- she flew like a dream. Until I caught a low lying branch on approach and removed the top wing. . .
But all fixed up and ready to go again!
Posted by owlsabie | Mar 21, 2010 @ 11:02 AM | 7,156 Views
In order to fly in a bit of wind at the club, I've just finished this one.

01.05.2010 Maiden survived (with help!- I would never have got it home on my own). Its very very quick, and a little over powered, but I'm looking forward to geting used to it
Posted by owlsabie | Mar 20, 2010 @ 10:50 AM | 6,153 Views
I really want to have another park flyer- the hawk is great, but 2 planes should be twice as much fun. I suddenly remembered I have a little piper cub- it would never fly in its standard set up as it didn't seem to have enough power, but I have a couple of brushless outrunners doing nothing at the moment . . .
Posted by owlsabie | Mar 19, 2010 @ 01:46 PM | 6,152 Views
Orientation can be difficult with a flying wing, and so I needed something to make it a bit more obvious which side was up. After a lot of thought, I decided to go with bullet holes, in keeping with the whole miltary theme
Posted by owlsabie | Mar 14, 2010 @ 12:20 PM | 5,397 Views
I had multiple flights with the urban hawk today. Fantasitic aircraft!

Unfortunately, the parasol is no more- but it was worth a try
Posted by owlsabie | Mar 13, 2010 @ 12:39 PM | 4,997 Views
Snoopy's plane and Hawk ready for more action . . .

The first attempt with the parasol was a low stall with take off, into a goal post, with a lot of very minor damage- which I fixed at the field. The second take off was perfect, until the right wing collapsed (seems to be a thing with me!). On reconsidering my repairs, I noticed that both wings were flexing in the first un sheeted rib bay, and so I have added flying wires. Now there is no flex. I guess old aircraft were built a certain way for a reason
Posted by owlsabie | Mar 13, 2010 @ 10:18 AM | 4,741 Views
The Urban Hawk is a truly fantastic aircraft- the most fun I've had in ages!

Unfortunately, the parasol didn't do so well - but better luck tomorrow!
Posted by owlsabie | Mar 08, 2010 @ 02:50 AM | 4,547 Views
And something just for fun- if the weather co operates, maiden this afternoon
Posted by owlsabie | Feb 27, 2010 @ 04:26 AM | 4,310 Views
At last - the boat has flown!
Posted by owlsabie | Jan 25, 2010 @ 03:21 AM | 4,428 Views
My folks very kindly sent me a flying wing for christmas- its an Urban Hawk, and I'm really looking forward to giving it a go
Posted by owlsabie | Jan 21, 2010 @ 12:14 PM | 3,977 Views
After a wobbly flight- to sensitive to rudder and an insane tendency to dive, the right wing snapped off while i was attempting to get near the runway. I think the wing is now strong enough that it will never break, and am nervously looking forward to the next maiden (or remaiden?)