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Posted by Biggles1 | Jun 26, 2016 @ 07:30 PM | 1,135 Views
It’s no secret at my club that I love foam warbirds, big flying Airfix kits I call them and of all of them I’ve owned and flown I especially love Spitfires. I think I’ve had six of them over the years including the Parkzone, Dynam, FMS and Hobbyking versions. All of them were,.. well,.. just passable. Each required a repaint, a bit of scale detail and a bit of physical remodeling here and there to become semi-respectable attempts at replicating the famous British fighter...and as good (or bad) as some may have been, none of them actually hit the mark with me and I always yearned for something better.

With the Spitfire just about “done to death” by the big manufacturers and being pretty sure that “peak Spitfire” had been reached in terms of market saturation, I had all but given up hope of seeing a true scale version of my favorite fighter ever hitting the internet shelves… but then ..out of nowhere ..Durafly came to the rescue!

Seriously, I think I’ve died and gone to Spitfire heaven. A Mk1a and a MkV(b) within a few months of each other... excellent!!

I recently ordered the Mk5 desert scheme version and it's just amazing. I got the desert scheme because I wanted something different and I was just so impressed with how true to scale it is. From its correct color scheme, operating flaps, retracts with true scale Spitfire wheels!! and the other plastic parts, cannons, mirror, radio mast and the volks filter. It’s a perfect Spitfire!

I had to...Continue Reading
Posted by Biggles1 | Dec 09, 2013 @ 09:17 PM | 2,923 Views
Hi all, Hobbyking had their first Australian BBQ and Fly-In two weeks ago at our Sydney club PEMAC. It was a great day and a real pleasure to meet Toby, Stuart and Chris. Here's the link to the HK youtube video.

Hobbyking Australian BBQ Fly In - Event report. (14 min 42 sec)

Posted by Biggles1 | May 05, 2012 @ 01:04 AM | 4,023 Views
I love warbird foamies, they are just like giant airfix kits that fly, but I dont think I've ever enjoyed an ARF as much as I have the Hobby King Memphis Belle. It had been sitting in the box for the last 3 months but once I started putting it together I found I couldn't stop. Its an impressive model and goes together very easily. I did change a few things, like using FMS B25 props and hubs and added a few scale touches but fundamentally it flies beautifully straight out of the box. Its a great looking model of impressive size and easily my favourite at the moment. My advice to fellow warbird fans is go get one, you wont be disappointed.
Posted by Biggles1 | Feb 16, 2012 @ 08:07 AM | 4,142 Views
Being retired for a few years and with time on my hands I helped kick our club off in 2009.

I was flying electrics for a couple of years in a local park with a growing group of weekend flyers and I suggested to the group that they let me try to find a block of ground and that we think about forming a club.

The rationale behind it being that our numbers were growing, the park we were using was well used by other members of the community and the risk of injury to other park users or damage to vehicles in the park was becoming a major concern. I wasn’t the only one that felt this way; the majority of the other guys who were flying there had similar concerns.

The group gave me the nod, wished me luck, and off I went.

I spent the next three weeks on Google maps looking for any suitable open space in the local area (and further afield) and after quite a few “NO you cant use it” responses, I finally located an area which my research established was… 1) council owned land, 2) was zoned recreational RE1, 3) was flood prone and never likely to be developed, 4) had been disused for over 30 years, 5) was a big enough flying area and just far enough away from homes for use by electrics.

Sure the area was a mess by anyone’s standards, for it had been used illegally over that 30 years by 4wd clubs and trail bikes, even stolen cars and other things had been dumped in the area during this time. This activity had caused council to shut off the access road which was now...Continue Reading
Posted by Biggles1 | Nov 02, 2011 @ 04:03 AM | 4,812 Views
From a short kit by D & L Designs. A good challenging build with a few scale modifications and a perfectly well behaved flier. 60" wingspan. Completed over 10 months.
Posted by Biggles1 | Jun 07, 2011 @ 09:40 AM | 5,356 Views
We are an electric only club (formed in 2009) based out of Hart Field at Emu Heights.

Hart Field is available for club member use 7 days a week, 365 days a year and it is our objective to continue improving our field to provide one of the best dedicated venues for the flying of electric models in Sydney.

If you are looking to join a club in western Sydney please feel free to check our website at www.pemacflyers.com for further details. PEMAC is an AMAS affiliated club.

Please note that our field has an 80dBa noise limit on all models flown....Continue Reading