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Posted by Broose27 | Oct 31, 2012 @ 06:45 PM | 3,139 Views
After we'd all recovered from the electric fun fly, and a weekend of wind following it, last Sunday was fantastic.

8 members plus a few of our kids, and included 2 new members who joined up after the electric show.

A variety of models on show - I flew my VQ Sea Fury with the ASP 61, the Cub with the ASP 61 4-stroke, the Durafly Vampire and the trusty Alpha 40 trainer - some buddy box flights with newbies. Wardy had an electric arvo, with his PZ Stinson, the BNF taxi thing he won in the raffle, plus some recent ebay purchases - lots of giggling there. Brett brought his Hangar 9 P-51 out, so we fly that with him on the box again, and also gave his 10 year old son a go on the trainer. Zac had his PZ ME-109, but the lipo was faulty so we gave him some nitro trainer time on the box as well.

Greg, Scott and John and others all came out for a quiet look and a laugh - it was great warm but clear weather, and some thermals to challenge you if you didn't choose your landing wisely.

Sort of a long weekend for the Melbourne Cup, and looking at two sessions out there, so dusting off some models that haven't had a run lately.

Have ordered a 90-size FW-190 for the ASP 91 4-stroke I bought some time ago, and also scored a secondhand Hellcat on eBay to use the gear from my departed Corsair, plus (finally) a replacement Mach II Sky Raider for the one that suffered from my stupidity and reversed ailerons last year!

Keen to have some tinkering time while waiting for the heat to disappear, so I should be right with that lot...
Posted by Broose27 | Oct 17, 2012 @ 12:06 AM | 3,112 Views
My beloved FMS 1400mm Corsair was the victim of OFS at the fun fly, so I have a pile of foam and all the electronics.

If anyone out there has a grey navy scheme one they'd like to offload, I'm keen!

Hoping to find a surplus one before buying a newbie.

Not sure where to post in the heap of Classified options in rcgroups, so starting here...
Posted by Broose27 | Oct 15, 2012 @ 06:22 PM | 2,774 Views
The members of SHMAC can't thank everyone enough for travelling from all over the place to the AEFA electric show.

Having the heli guys here was fantastic, and we'd welcome any feedback on making it better for those guys - we'd love to host a dedicated 3D heli show at some stage!

Thanks also to the volunteers who pitched in, brought extra supplies from town and helped out. Our little club of 15 members had 8 in attendance for most of the weekend and everyone's better halves and kids helped out as well. Two BBQ breakfasts, two BBQ lunches, and one huge spit roast dinner, plus the canteen rocking all weekend kept us busy. Even re-stocking the toilet paper, emptying the numerous rubbish bins and fuelling generators kept us on our toes....

Over 70 flyers were registered (we counted 150 people at the field Saturday), we had great weather, tons of funny stories, amazing aircraft and skills, and not too much carnage, although I was a victim of OFS (old fart syndrome - I'll explain that in a later post - I am not an old fart either...).

I conservatively calculated 300 fixed wing models, and 100 helicopters, plus having James Dargue here (ranked 8th in the world heli 3D Masters) was fantastic. I think we had 4 heli clubs from Melbourne represented, one or two from Sth Aust and Nate from Tassie! We can't thank those blokes enough for their promotion of the event and willingness to travel and work with our club who had never tried to coordinate a mixed fixed wing and...Continue Reading
Posted by Broose27 | Oct 09, 2012 @ 11:08 PM | 2,942 Views
Playing around with panorama, made this nice view of the flying fields at SHMAC, looking north from the southern end of the north-south runway.
Posted by Broose27 | Oct 07, 2012 @ 09:56 PM | 3,311 Views
After lots of preparation, shameless promotion and crossing fingers for good weather, the 12th annual AEFA Swan Hill electric fun fly is almost upon us.

We only need to collect food for the estimated 60+ flyers who'll be in attendance, and put a few signs up, then giddy up for the weekend.

With the start of daylight savings, yesterday afternoon the runways got a roll, the grassed areas a final slash, and the tractor was put away for a few months. A couple of dead trees were removed and cut up for firewood, and bugger me if we didn't have a fly!

Scott had two of his sons helping so they flew the trusty Boomerang 60 doing touch and gos, I flew my Eagle 40 (ASP 52 - what a great reliable engine!) doing the same and Greg flew an old super-heavy but small high wing Jabiru with a 40 in it. While I didn't witness it, Greg somehow made a hole full of yellow pieces later in the day....

Our two new members are volunteering to cook the BBQ lunches, so I'm gonna bring the electric warbirds out for a play:

FMS 1400mm P-51
FMS 1400 Corsair
Durafly Vampire edf
Durafly SE5a
Hyperion Extra 300L

I took some early morning photos and made a panorama of a couple to show the fields in such great condition, plus a close-up of our weathered but very effective clubrooms. We use the tables for set up during normal afternoon sessions, but spread them out for eating Wardy's famous spit roasts during a fun fly.

I'm camping out there on the Thursday night with my 10 year old son, who's going to help me set up some signs early Friday before he goes to school. The convoys from Melbourne are expected to arrive from 10am Friday onwards with most on deck from nearby (200km) clubs and South Aust by Friday night.

The wind forecast shows it dying down by Friday night, so we're excited to be seeing some fixed-wing and helicopter night flying both Friday and Saturday nights.

No doubt I'll add further updates during spare moments, but if not, BRING IT ON!
Posted by Broose27 | Oct 02, 2012 @ 07:43 PM | 3,421 Views
Last weekend we made the most fo the good weather and did the clean up for 13-14 October.

Runways look magnificent, the fields around have been slashed, we've made an easier driveway to avoid vehicles driving under an approach, the BBQ and spit roast stuff is sorted, toilets and shower cleaned, clubrooms cleaned out and everything is ready to go.

Had a couple of flights early today before work with the Eagle trainer and the EDF Vampire - dead calm, crystal clear and warm (28 forecast) - and had a ball. An old bloke from PARCS was travelling around and camped at our field for a few nights so he had a fly as well. Great start to the day.

This weekend is the Swan Hill Show so us family blokes will get the show stuff out of the way Saturday and look forward to a big fly in Sunday as a warm up.

Stay tuned for final updates, plus I'll post some stuff in the other forums.