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Posted by Broose27 | Aug 20, 2014 @ 10:54 PM | 1,277 Views
I was browsing the previous RCMN issue and saw the Seagull Lysander displayed - I thought what a great idea to swap the gear from my old Cub?!?

Asked the good people at Model Engines, and apparently it was pulled from the market but Seagull are releasing a bigger version next year.

Does anyone know anything else? That would have been a sweet 46-size alternative to the multitude of Cubs, Decathlons, Mr Mulligans around the place...
Posted by Broose27 | Jul 06, 2014 @ 05:31 AM | 2,049 Views
Looking forward to the Robinvale fun fly, 16-17 August.

The Robinvale-Euston Aeromodellers are a great club, sort of our nearest neighbours 135km up the road towards Mildura.

I first attended the 2010 event, my first fun fly, and haven't missed one since. Usually held in August, the fun fly is just that: fun. Flyers from all over Victoria, South Australia and NSW descend on Section E of the irrigation district from Friday onwards. Nestled in a flat piece of Mallee between vineyards, the flying fields are awesome red sand, with great sheds and large grassed pits and camping areas.

The layout, like Swan Hill, isn't 'traditional', lacking a long pits area or extensive taxi way. Instead, it has a sociable square pits running along the central part of the long north-south runway, and a simple cleared area to place your model beside the runway. At fun flys, this grassed area fills up with everyone's models and flight gear, and migling is unavoidable.

I see lots of photos of dozens of models lined up along a defined pits area, but having models all spread out over a square area is pretty cool.

They're a great bunch of blokes too - active and show a lot of pride in the place, with regular working bees (unlike us lazy buggers!). Sprinkler systems are installed, and they have great support from local farmers who keep and eye on the pace and asssist with irrigation and equipment for slashing/mowing.

The fun fly has no events or real structure other than some basic...Continue Reading
Posted by Broose27 | Jul 03, 2014 @ 02:03 AM | 2,138 Views
Swan Hill Model Aero Club has now got 5 newbies learning to fly, which is fantastic.

Some have bought their own trainers secondhand, and bring their own fuel for some wireless trainer action. Very good sign for the future!

What hasn't been so good is the weather: the usually calm winter afternoons have been pretty blowy, although this Sunday is looking ok. Hopefully we'll all get some decent airtime...

Two highlights of our year coming up: in August we head up the road to Robinvale for their fun fly, which is always an absolute blast. Then in late October (25-26) we host the AEFA electric fun fly, our biggest event of the year.

The rains have made the place nice and green, and we gave it a slash and mow, plus sprayed the runways on the long weekend in June. However, some idiots got in and did circle work, including a smash into our pits area.

We still haven't caught them, but the police are on the job, and we've now got cameras set up...

Some bonus pics of el Presidente flying his Stempe, powered by an OS 120 four-stroke on a nice calm but rare morning.
Posted by Broose27 | Mar 03, 2014 @ 04:20 AM | 2,054 Views
It's that time of the year again - Swan Hill Model Aero Club's 3rd annual 'anything that flies' event.

What we really enjoy about this event is the relaxed tone of the place, and the regular 'locals' that attend from neighbouring clubs (i.e. within 2 hours): we fly, eat BBQ, enjoy campfire time and nightflying, and generally get tons of air time.

As usual, free camping, cheap food, and simple rules that rely on commonsense, and it even has scope for newbies to get some buddy box time and ask questions of the experienced flyers.

I'll post a flyer a bit later... April 12-13, always the week after the Echuca Moma event.
Posted by Broose27 | Jan 22, 2014 @ 06:47 PM | 2,169 Views
Another wow.

After shooting a few texts around the other night, we had a big turn-out of 7 on Wednesday night!

A few regulars absolutely hanging for a flight or three, some new members keen for some buddy box time, and a new arrival to town who decided to take up the hobby. Flying from 7pm until dark, then a quiet beer while we packed up and chatted about the hobby was a cool way to get through hump day.

Scott flew his big 38cc Stik a few times, I flew my trusty World Models T-34 and a 40 trainer (one tank on buddy box with a mate and his son getting some stick time), then the little Habu had a squeal and we maidened a little foamie trainer.

Really looking forward to a few of these blokes nailing their landings so they can be flying independently, and I reckon that will happen very soon the way they're going...

Hoping to dig out some warbirds early Saturday, lock in some buddy box time Saturday before dark, and start winding up for the better weather.

I took my son's Skipper out for a sly maiden on a pond early today before work - added a small rudder and it is a fun boat! Flew off scaring the bejesus out of some sea gulls and pelicans, did a few circuits and landed where I wanted, so tonight it'll be his turn to (at least) try it out as a boat to start getting his thumbs working.

Planning will start in February for the SHMAC Down event, tentatively set for April 12-13. Once again, we're hoping to keep it simple and fun.
Posted by Broose27 | Jan 20, 2014 @ 05:16 AM | 2,436 Views
Wow. Last update here was in October.
After recovering from the electric fun fly in October, we got into some flying on more casual basis. Then harvest started, a member got sick, the rest of us got busy and some took holidays.
Now, after days and days of 45 degree heat, enough sprinkles of rain to bring the weeds out on the runways, and general negligence, the ol' SHMAC fields are a bit of a disgrace...
The strips will be sprayed tomorrow, 4 of us are heading out Wednesday night, and within a week normal transmission will resume.
A few blokes have new models to fly, including me.
A UMX Habu is great fun, the B17 badly needs airtime, and I've ordered one of those Skippers for my son, who has had some buddy box time on the nitro 40 trainer. A trainee is coming back with his Boomerang 60, and a new arrival to town is heading out for a look, so bring it on.
Have been sneaking 15km out the road to Lake Boga to fly the Catalina, right out the front of the Catalina Flying Boat Museum which is cool. They are planning a seaplane 'splash down' sometime this year, and asked us to fly some models as a sideshow.
Also coming up is the Echuca Moama fun fly, our own SHMAC Down, then Easter, winter, Robinvale in August and so the merry go round continues...
Stay tuned for some photos in coming weeks as we get some serious flying in.
In the meantime, here are some random pics from before silly season...
Posted by Broose27 | Oct 08, 2013 @ 08:41 PM | 2,487 Views
This is the best time of the year in Swan Hill - mild weather, the bloody wind starts to back off a bit, daylight savings has started and the kids are back at school.

I took the opportunity to tidy my shed - after filling a 2m skip, lots of swearing and some creative stacking/shelving/storage options were applied, I can actually move in the shed, surrounded by 22 large models, spares and flying gear.

I also 'found' heaps of odds and ends, enough to get my trusty old FMS P-51 flying again after 12 months of poaching items for other projects. In hindsight, I didn't need to poach anything!

Everything has been checked out, from silicon tubing on linkages, to fuel lines, to glow plugs, esc's, props, wheels (found two with cracked hubs that could've caused unnecessary damage anytime when landing), and even decals, covering and pilots.

Recently purchased a secondhand B-17 electric from a SHMAC member, and a scratch-built Eindecker so looking forward to getting those into the air.

The Swan Hill Electric fun fly, which we host for the AEFA, is only a little over three weeks away, so we'll get rid of rubbish and blown-over trees this weekend, and do some slashing next weekend.

Stay tuned via the rcgroups thread!
Posted by Broose27 | Aug 23, 2013 @ 12:25 AM | 2,516 Views
A heads-up on accommodation: if you're not planning on camping at the flying field, please get online or pick up the phone ASAP.

The new date clashes with a Victorian basketball junior tournament on the same weekend 25-27 October, so accommodation will be in short supply as thousands of kids and their families descend on the town!

Many thanks to Surtz for the info - the AEFA have shifted the date back two weekends, and we didn't notice the clash.

Remember free camping on site, with a gas hot water shower, toilets and canteen, so bring your tent, swag, caravan, camper trailer or hire a caravan locally if you get stuck!
Posted by Broose27 | Aug 14, 2013 @ 01:43 AM | 2,342 Views
This weekend kicks off the second half of the year's fun flys, with Robinvale just up the road.

Despite a pretty ordinary weather forecast, the event will attract close to a hundred flyers and onlookers, and will be a blast.

The weather will determine what we each take, but hoping to burn some nitro, catch up with good mates, and limit the carnage.

Flying at SHMAC has been limited thanks to the ongoing 'retiree weather' - awesome conditions all week, but the weekend is wet and windy! 5 weeks in a row... Finally, last Sunday was very flyable, so we took to the chance and flew a long session.

Before we know it, we'll be hosting the VMPRA pylon event in mid-September, then the AEFA electric fun fly. By then the weather will be more predictable and daylight savings means some morning flying before work.

Our new members have all bought trainers and other models, and one is very close to solo flying, while the others remain on the buddy box.
Posted by Broose27 | Jul 08, 2013 @ 11:22 PM | 2,399 Views
Since Swan Hill Model Aero Club formed in the '70's, it has gone up and down - it was massively popular in the '80's and '90's, then as a lot of original members moved away from the hobby (or moved away), it got pretty small in the mid to late 00's.

In 2010, the only event on the calendar was the electric fun fly, which is hosted on behalf of the AEFA, and for the rest of the year the place was getting left alone except for 2-3 blokes having an occasional fly (often on their own).

Now we've got 18 members, 10 of those have joined and started flying in the past 2-3 years.

A typical Sunday afternoon usually has 8-10 people, and up to 12 models being thrown about the sky. Our families are now more involved - we've started having late afternoon fires maybe once a month, putting the BBQ on, cooking hot dogs for the kids, and then some night flying. At any one time it seems there are 3 people having buddy box training, and three new members have all bought their own trainers, and are starting to accumulate tool boxes and equipment. Daylight savings is always welcome, as we get stuck into some after work flying again.

SHMAC also has its own fun fly with April's SHMAC Down, and we're also hosting a pylon event in September. We've got some money in the bank, our facilities are low maintenance, and working bees are the exception not the rule.

There are several annual visitors who while up here camping and fishing, join us for a fly, and even last Sunday an older bloke...Continue Reading
Posted by Broose27 | Jul 05, 2013 @ 12:28 AM | 2,333 Views
Now we've got dates locked in for the electric show, thought I'd better start getting the word out. Apologies for posting across several forums...

This year will be a few weeks later than normal, but Swan Hill Model Aero Club will be hosting the Australian Electric Flying Association's fun fly on October 25-27.

For some teasers from the 2012 event, please check out:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1727400

As usual, SHMAC will have free camping, hot gas shower, toilet and canteen facilities, and meals provided from Saturday onwards at a small cost.

We'll post more information as things get closer, but wanted to promote the later date...
Posted by Broose27 | Jun 23, 2013 @ 06:23 PM | 2,442 Views
The last few Sundays we've had a good turn-out at SHMAC, with three new members getting some decent buddy box time, and some variation in the flying taking place.
A couple of us have gotten into night flying, after digging out some old foamies that were semi-retired. That has been a good escape from the crap TV on at the moment, plus gets the kids outside on these nights for some running around before it gets too cold.
Yesterday was one of those 'something for everyone' days: two maidens, one near miss of awesome proportions, another controlled crash landing, and some nice general flying.
6 blokes, 9 planes.
The near miss was on a new member's Boomerang 60, with his 7-year-old son having some buddy box time. He's been doing a great job on the sim, and has had a few tanks on the box, but today he got a bit tangled. Banking around, he lost his orientation, and somehow the thing was going flat out inverted then towards the ground. Somehow I got the thumbs organised and honestly thought it was toast - no way there was enough time to get out of it. I pulled back and tried to complete the loop to at least bottom it on the ground, but it went behind a slight rise at our fields, then emerged heading back up!
I eased some throttle, could hear the engine, so brought it around and landing - noticing some grass hanging off the gear struts, and a flap of wing cover hanging down.
The thing must've gone through the weeds, with a dried out thistle or something punching the hole in the...Continue Reading
Posted by Broose27 | May 26, 2013 @ 06:05 AM | 2,853 Views
Very busy and great times at Swan Hill Model Aero Club since the successful SHMAC Down event in April.
We've now got three local blokes - some with their kids - learning to fly. All have bought trainers (or more - one bloke has several scale foamies for when he's got the hang of it) and getting plenty of buddy box time.
The event was the second fun fly and it was bigger and better - 30 flying and over 80 models. Great night flying, some big petrol action and plenty of fun with ribbon cutting, super low passes and the campfire sessions.
The FW190 is now built and flying - looks and sounds awesome with the 91 4-stroke!
The trailer I bought goes out every weekend, with 5-7 models for all occasions.
Here are some pics of the action since March......Continue Reading
Posted by Broose27 | Mar 25, 2013 @ 06:13 AM | 3,359 Views
Seems like ages since an update.

In the last few weeks, the heat went away and we got heaps of flying in at SHMAC. I've been averaging two flying sessions per week, usually 3 nitros and 2 electrics each time.

There has been some carnage: a faulty switch led to the VQ Sea Fury - 30 flights and it looked great, but the third flight of the day and she lost signal, I got it back long enough to get the wheels down, then lost again and smash.

Ironically the FW-190A I ordered months ago from Col Taylor arrived a few days later! The OS 61SF and servos will go into this one during the build, and the split flaps can use little HS-81's instead of the single servo suggested. I'm going to try some large metal geared electric retracts, so plenty of work to do.

I scored a BNIB FMS Corsair for 1/2 price so the one lost in October is replaced, and the Hellcat wreck I bought and returned has now had a dozen flights - not bad for $100!

So the flight totals now stand at

Durafly SE5a, 100
Black Horse Eagle 40, 83
Thunder Tiger 40, 117 (retired)
FMS P-51 128
FMS Corsair 93 (gone but replaced)
Mach II Sky Raider (2 planes) 71
Cub 61 4-stroke 39
TWM T-34, 40
Sea Fury 25 (gone)
Durafly Vampire 39
Hyperion Extra 27
Alpha trainer 49
Black Horse 91 4-stroke T-28 16
Dynam Catalina 7
Art Tech Hurricane 12
FMS Hellcat 12

Gearing up for Easter camping out on a creek with fishing and flying the Cub in nearby paddocks, then SHMAC Down, then autumn/winter flying then we've scored a gig hosting the VMPA pylon racing comp in September before the electric show in October!

Great weather for great flying!
Posted by Broose27 | Feb 04, 2013 @ 12:22 AM | 3,346 Views
Last April Swan Hill Model Aero Club held its first fun fly event for a long time, and about 20-odd flying model enthusiasts came along and had a pretty good weekend, with anything that flies.

This year's SHMAC Down is on April 20-21 at our flying fields, Blackwire Road, 4km outside Swan Hill in NW Victoria.

Hosting the Australian Electric Flying Association Fun Fly for the past 11 years, SHMAC is going through a revival, and is keen to establish an annual fun fly event of its own. This will help build interest in the hobby, and more importantly, make visiting flyers welcome and let them sample the great climate we locals enjoy (almost) every day.

As a result of last year's event, we picked up 4 new members, all locals who have bought or are building their own models, and learning to fly at SHMAC.

We had great representation from local clubs, particularly Robinvale, Sunraysia and Echuca, with some Cohuna visitors and others from further afield. There were electrics, glow, petrol, helis and even IC jets. Hoping at least one turbine will be here this year from South Australia too.

Registration is free, the food is cheap, and relaxation guaranteed.

We have free camping, hot shower, toilet facilities and SHMAC will run a canteen on site, plus organise Saturday dinner, BBQ breakfasts etc.

The fields are showing the effects of only 4mm of rain since November, so we'll be pumping water onto the pits and grassed areas to spruce the place up a bit in preparation.

Please contact me for more info and stay tuned!

Some pics from the first event last year
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...59&postcount=3
Posted by Broose27 | Jan 13, 2013 @ 11:01 PM | 3,233 Views
The few days without family proved to be pretty good for flying - maidened the Catalina on Friday before work, and after they departed Saturday I took over the table and installed the ASP 91 4-stroke onto the Black Horse T-28. Had the engine run-in by that afternoon, so put it away and went for a fly with my TWM T-34 and Mach II trainer. The Trojan is easily my biggest plane, looked huge compared to the Mentor!

More tinkering at the table with a beer Saturday night - checked out a few models and adjusted some transmitter settings on the DX7.

Sunday morning was unseasonably cool and a bit breezy so I flew the same nitros again, and my Art Tech Hurricane, then tinkered some more with the Trojan.

Later our club pres and resident guru Scott turned up with his big Stik, with the 38cc petrol, and after a few flies we tuned the 91 on the Trojan. Started raining (whatever that stuff is - hadn't seen it since October), and met up with 3 other club members after 6pm, and maidened the Trojan. Wow - I love the thumping sound of a big 4-stroke! Looks and sounds like a 'real' plane and the missing cowl was the only down-side to the appearance.

Watched a couple of videos of the model in action and with similar engine so no surprises when flying it. I don't know about you, but I've found that invaluable to watch a model in action first...

I did 3 tanks and tried most of my limited range (rolls, loops, inverted) and plenty of touch and go's. I hadn't programmed in the flaps/...Continue Reading
Posted by Broose27 | Jan 10, 2013 @ 04:58 PM | 3,301 Views
I love school holidays. And I also really enjoy the fact that my wife and kids have the opportunity to go away to stay with old friends from her school days.

January = 'normal' days = less after-hours meetings or early starts.

Thrown in 5 days including a weekend, and you know what I'll be doing.

Tonight I'll do all the chores, tidy the yard and make sure I know my domestic stuff is done, then tomorrow let the games begin:

- Scored a stack of spares from the good people at ArkRC in Melbourne, and will be fixing up my neglected little Blade helicopters, for the kids to have a crack at later in their holidays (they're keen on quads, so the MCX should be a good start).
So in theory the MsR and MCX will be shmicko tomorrow morning.

- I have a 60-size Black Horse T-28 with an ASP 91 4-stroke just gaggin to be set up - only needs the engine installed then will start running it in, for a maiden on Sunday hopefully.

- The Sea Fury has been repaired since the cowl scrubbed the prop causing it to destroy itself mid-flight - retract box epoxied back in and new engine mount arrived so an hour should sort that out.

- I bought some RAAF decals, so changing a few planes into more Aussie look, with Aust Day coming up...

And then I'll do some flying: Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Monday evening, Tuesday.

The words 'giddy' and 'up' sping to mind.
Posted by Broose27 | Jan 09, 2013 @ 09:39 PM | 3,370 Views
It just struck me that next week will be 3 years since I first flew an rc model plane - an Electrafun XP, at the local soccer ground with family to witness. I'd practiced on the Phoenix simulator, and hand-launched it for a successful series of circuits then belly landed near my feet. The adrenalin rush was cool as, and I was soon into 800mm and 1000mm RTF foamies purchased cheaply, using only their supplied chargers.

The rest is probably a typical story: bought more lipos, a decent charger, a secondhand 2-stroke nitro trainer, moved into programmable transmitter (DX6i) and standardised rx's, then to DX7, 4-stroke nitros and so on...

About 12 months into the hobby I started logging the flights and airtime, and I've continued to do this since then, as I moved into those lipo electrics, larger electric warbirds, nitro trainers and nitro scale models and warbirds.

I spent some time totalling the models flown since then, excluding the Art Tech and Skyartec Cessna 182's, the Efun XP, Art Tech Corsair, and other small foamies still hanging in my shed.

The totals at 31 December 2013 were:

Durafly SE5a (EP) - 97 flights
Black Horse Eagle 40 - 81
Thunder Tiger Easy Trainer 40 - 117
FMS/Airfield 1400m P-51 (EP) - 128
FMS/Airfield 1400m Corsair (EP) - 93 (gone in OFR incident October)
TWM Mach II (2 planes) - 53
82" Cub with first 4-stroke - 36
TWM T-34 - 34
VQ Models Sea Fury - 14
Durafly Vampire (EP) - 32
Hyperion Extra (EP) - 26
Hangar 9 Alpha trainer - 36

This is pretty much two years, and excludes those other smaller models when I was "learning" (do we ever stop??). It also doesn't include others flying my trainers on the buddy box.

Averaging at least 7 flights per week ain't too bad, and confirms what a $%#@ infectious hobby this is!!

If my wife reads this I'm a dead man.
Posted by Broose27 | Jan 09, 2013 @ 08:08 PM | 3,437 Views
Last winter I bought a secondhand Dynam Catalina from a fellow who had built, flown and reviewed it for an rc magazine.

It was a bargain, and I know it was assembled very well and in excellent condition.

Unfortunately, although I have tons of lipo's for this beast and others (2200 3S), the nearest place to fly is a large pond at a housing development, which ironically used to be the former site of the Swan Hill Model Aero Club until the early 1990's. With everyone now on a health kick, there are too many people walking, running and riding to make that a viable dawn option.

Lake Boga is 15km away, so I'd need to be sure the weather conditions are worth the trip.

As a result, I've had one aborted flight on a too-windy day and before I'd checked the throws on the elevator/ailerons (rookie mistake). Bugger me if the thing didn't zoom vertical then get caught by the wind and find itself up a massive gum tree. All videoed by the wife peeing herself laughing (sent it to Funniest Home Videos - haven't seen it yet!). With the help of the kids climbing the tree and sticks thrown, I got it down with some damage but easily repaired and ready to go again. That was in October....

So last night I decided to head out early today and fly it off the grass at a local footy ground, where there were no walkers etc. Tested everything again on the back lawn and cycled the lipos, the loaded the car.

Wake up early, drive the 5 mins to the fairly remote footy ground, no one there -...Continue Reading