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Posted by insomaniac45 | Jun 03, 2014 @ 02:34 PM | 1,413 Views
Well......

I saw.
Thumper III she was so beautiful, and loud. I also saw the DC3 and the 2 Spitfires all in the DDay colours.

I must appologise for the quality of some of the pics, and the video. The video was taken on my phone, and i didnt get the good lens for the camera, as i was kinda in a rush... as you can imagine.

Now the sound was just beautiful, a loud harmonious roar, from all the engines, including the beautiful sound of the radial engines from the DC3. what a sight. what a sound.


[video=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLTS_17BzwA[/video]

It was as close as i could get. but you can kinda hear what it was like, the sound was so loud, it was distorting my mic.



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Posted by insomaniac45 | May 30, 2014 @ 01:07 PM | 1,176 Views
Well, i have been very busy today.

I took advantage of the warm weather,





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Posted by insomaniac45 | May 20, 2014 @ 04:51 PM | 1,466 Views
Well guys, this beast is almost finished.

It has been a LONG time coming. All that is left to do, is the port wing decals.
Which will be done tomorrow,

Here are a few pics.





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Posted by insomaniac45 | May 15, 2014 @ 04:52 PM | 1,634 Views
Well. slight update. This is a model, i have been working on for the past 4 years.
The past 2 weeks i have been beavering away on my lancaster. She is almost finished.
Had to do some repairs to the paintwork as had a slight reaction to the varnish i used.
But not looking to bad i think. Am really happy with how she is turning out.




Once i get back from my anniversary weekend, (mine and my wifes 1st year wedding anniversary ) I will put down some more varnish, this time hopefully there wont be any reaction.

Here are a few more pics.

Cockpit window being masked

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Posted by insomaniac45 | Apr 30, 2014 @ 03:21 PM | 1,874 Views
Well here she is in all her glory.



The decals are made of paper.
Printed off at my local library.

I applied foam Armour (or pva) to the area, placed the decal, then once set. i covered the whole plane with an 80/20 mix of foam armour.

I decided to mark the panel lines with permanent marker, as this really makes it pop.

I cant wait to see her in the air, as she has now got flaperons.

This is a trial, as my last attempt to maiden her, was not good with the flap mod.
so flaperons are seeing their debut on my 109


Please feel free to comment.
Posted by insomaniac45 | Apr 23, 2014 @ 04:06 PM | 1,608 Views
Well, here she is.

Not looking too bad i think,



She is currently drying, hence why she is a little white.

But if you look at the spinner, you can see a nice sheen coming through.
I watered down the Foam Armour down a tad, (prob 80/20) just because i didnt need a thick coat.

I decided to mark the panel lines, which i think really makes it pop.

What do you guys think?
Posted by insomaniac45 | Apr 22, 2014 @ 08:52 AM | 1,410 Views
Tis a sad day indeed. I went to go to my local hobby shop today. As i preffer to buy in person. that way i know the quality of the items i am getting.

And it was gone...

Mainly Planes and Trains was replaced by Diva hairdressers....

Yes it has been a while since i last went, but how many local independent hobby shops are going to go under because we choose to be lazy. Because we choose to buy from china, or hong kong.

Yes they may charge a little extra, but think of what your missing.

Meeting real people, with real knowledge.
Other hobbyists with similar interests.
Your stuff, INSTANTLY.

so dont choose to sit there behind a computer screen,

get out there, vist your LHS. do yourself a favor.

My LHS is now over an hours drive away. Yes there are others nearer to me, but they dont do the stiff we need, like Depron, or similar, Hinges, Piano Wire, clevises, Batteries, Motors.

All they do sell is a limited selection of glues, paints, and plastic kits.
Not as good as what i did have, but well, i will buy what i can from them. the rest. Well ill guess ill have to wait for them now wont i
Posted by insomaniac45 | Apr 20, 2014 @ 04:34 AM | 1,546 Views
Well, she is now painted.
Here are the decals i will be applying.



they are a depiction of another BF-109 model i saw. i am not sure whom flew it, but its not very often you see this paint scheme.

I know its not 100% accurate, but it is close.



Even the cockpit recieved a once over too.

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Posted by insomaniac45 | Apr 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM | 1,557 Views
Well, the time has come to re-do my BF-109.
She has seen better days, so, now im going to be completely re-painting her, the skin has gone gator like, and cannot be doing any good for aerodynamics, so its time to rub her down, and test a new product to me.

Foam Armor.
Here is a long term project having to yet again take a back seat.


it is a 1/32 scale lancaster bomber, with aluminium skin, and ply formers.

And here she is in all her uglyness......



the damage.
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Posted by insomaniac45 | Apr 14, 2014 @ 01:45 PM | 2,341 Views
LOADS have been happening in the world of my models.

First of all, there is my Spitfire/Hurricane Diorama.






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Posted by insomaniac45 | Apr 09, 2014 @ 03:59 PM | 1,815 Views
Well,
after much work with lostsoul with his apps,

we have a working version of his flight map.

This is an epic app, and an absolute must for any one like myself who loves FSX.



this is my basic setup atm.

Head tracking - PS2 Eye Toy with FreeTrack V2
3 acer monitors
Razer Mouse and Keyboard
CnM 7" Tablets x2
Saitek X52 Pro Flight Stick HOTAS
GTX 650Ti OC (2gb Ram)
Intel i7
8GB Ram


I thought that running these apps would impact my system. they do not, well if they do its not noticeable,
Posted by insomaniac45 | Mar 28, 2014 @ 04:40 PM | 1,815 Views
when i say near, i mean within travelling distance for a FB.
i have no one i can fly with, or meet to fly with, to have a common ground like this place would be a good start,

if you know of a club (personally) or are close to me, PM me,

Just would be nice to fly with someone every now an then, than think why am i doing this on my own some times.
Posted by insomaniac45 | Mar 23, 2014 @ 09:50 AM | 1,630 Views
Unfortunatly, i dont have a FB or a friend around when i can get out there and fly, so no footage of my flight unfotunatly.

But, the repairs on the Wot-Next were 120% successful, she flew fnatastically. A small amount of trim required, but she flew straigh and level.

Applied full power, and she went verticle. She kept pulling, and pulling and pulling, right until i was near the 400ft limit, she got there quick. rolled well, and great authority over all surfaces.

So much so, i could have flown, and flown, and flown. You know what its like, when it feels like all the forces in play, align together, and give you the best flight of your life. This was it for me today, i have never flown so well, Even so, i made a new friend today, some bloke, walked over and started talking to me while i was flying, expecting that i have been flying for years. and a well skilled pilot. NOOOO i said, i am a noob, he looked very very shocked, i guess i made it look easy today.

I even had the confidence to get the 109 back out. all repaired, and de-flapped.

She flew beautifully, a little twitchy, which seems as though the plane is out of balance, but rolls great, and flies beautifully.

A fantastic bird.
I cant wait to strip her down, and re-paint her.
This will be a whole new project in itself.
Posted by insomaniac45 | Mar 23, 2014 @ 04:05 AM | 1,905 Views
Anyone whom is following my blog, will know i had apretty bad day yesterday.

But, i had a good re-pairing session last night. It took me a few hours, but i got there





The main damage was to the wing, but once i removed the flap mod, re-secured the flaps, she was pretty solid again, once i hot glue welded the crack line,

Solid as a rock again

I also resecured the top section of the rudder, as this had taken a beating, Toothpicks FTW

But my main WIN is the Wot-Next, She is ready to fly again,
She destroyed her rudder and elevator servos, the aileron servos are ok, and so is the rest of the electrics. It took me a while to piece her back together, With the nose, i dismantled it completly, leaveing the motor on the firewall, and re-pieced it piece by piece, untill i had to put the speed controller back in, then i moved onto the tail, But hey, here are my results

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Posted by insomaniac45 | Mar 22, 2014 @ 01:50 PM | 2,119 Views
Well. I went to my local field today,
I was struck by a terrible run of bad luck, firstly i had that gut feeling something was going to go wrong...............

I should have put the planes away and gone home. But noooooooooooooooo, i had to get them out, as i am going away on monday for 5 days, and no matter the weather, i wont be able to fly.

But any way, I hand launched the Wot-Next, Way too steep, inverted and nosed into the floor... Yes that quick, before i could have chance to do anything.,,,,,,,,

pretty bad on the damage




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Posted by insomaniac45 | Mar 19, 2014 @ 05:56 PM | 1,737 Views
Well, being here in the south of England, the weather is about as predictable as the next lottery ball.
The wind has not really let up enough for me to get out there and Maiden my BF109, or fly my Wot-Next. So i am stuck not flying.

On the other hand i have gotten a few steps closer to getting my Truck on the road. Did some welding and fabrication, And on top of all that completly screwed my knees up again.
Its quite bad this time, as i cant straighten my left leg, and i cant bend my right knee. So as i bet you can imagine, i am walking a little funny atm. this also does not help the fact i need to bend down quite a bit to pick stuff up off the floor, small childern and a wheel chair user makes for stuff always ending up on the floor.

Tyler haad his Hospital appointment today, We spoke to his consultant, and got some good, and bad news.
The Good news was his Hip Reconstruction was a sucess, and has healed nicly, The bad news is his plates are almost ready to come out.
Lickily for us, Tylers comprehension of whats going on is quite limited, so he didnt twig he is going to have to go back in for another operation. His 4th in 12 Months.
Sometime this does get vewry tough for all of us here in the house. I am his night carer, and God, some nights it is tough, some days are evn worse.
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Posted by insomaniac45 | Mar 18, 2014 @ 04:34 AM | 1,803 Views
Hey guys and gals,

For those of us in the UK, where do you get your spares from?

Now i know i ramble on about what i want to do blah blah blah. but truth of the matter, i am on less than a shoe string budget. I am looking at the parts list just for a PD2 (Peace Drone 2) not including and FPV or Video recording equipment, and thinking How long is this going to take me to get....

Some times i really think is there any point to all this, i mean i spend hours dreaming will i be able to afford this stuff. probably not. I mean how do you guys seem to be able to build these planes so cheaply, everything here is so expensive, Foam Safe glue 5+ CA and Activator over 10 do we get ripped off in the UK,

and for those of us who find it difficult at the best of times, this is almost an impossible hobby. Now can you see why i am so hesitant to fly my BF109. Yes i paid less than 40 for her. but still, i cant afford to loose that.
I try to see the value in parts from her, but still, i dont want to destroy her by my own foolish dumb thumbs.

Most of all, i am really envious of some of you guys, Your building skill, and designs are epic. If i had 10% of your building skill, yes i can cut a few bits of foam out, and stick them together, (when i can afford the damb glue) but that alone is not as easy as it looks really. as get this wrong, and the whole model goes wrong.

I just wish life would give me a little break sometimes, actually make things easy for me for a change. instead of struggling for everything i had, and everything i have got, and just give me a little break. a little luck.

Rant over.............

But seriously tho guys and gals. is there any place you personally go to to get stuff cheap, ranging from batteries, to servos, and props. any help on being able to source these parts cheapier, would be really grateful.

Manaic.
Posted by insomaniac45 | Mar 17, 2014 @ 02:25 AM | 1,989 Views
Hey guys and gals,

Well, i have finally built a plane to fly the wot-next, I built this plane to shake off the first flight nerves, before i fly the BF109.

Now my main question is, do i do the flap mod or not? i am thinking of doing the 2 flaps on the inner wing, and 1/2 - 3/4 of the 2nd Flap, just to keep the ailerons large, and hopefully keep their authority. or will it be ok to go by the panel lines and do the full flaps? i dont know.

Now i have not yet flown this plane, so would it be good to fly before i mod, or after? what would you do?

As you can probably tell i am still a little nervous, this is the 2nd bought plane i have ever owned, and i dont want this one to end up like the first...... busted up and stuck to the wall..... I have been wathing youtube vids, and i have a good idea of how im going to achieve the mod, as i have the materials to do so, but do i go the whole hog, or stay reserved, or steer clear for the moment?


Maniac.
Posted by insomaniac45 | Mar 12, 2014 @ 06:31 AM | 2,044 Views
Hey guys and gals.

Well, i thought it about time i started some sort of blog, so unfortunately you guys are the unfortunate souls whom i have chosen to burden.

So i have been here in RCGroups for some time, and posted a few times, in various threads, blah blah blah.

Who am I?
i am a mechanical maintenance engineer, this means i fix alot of broken stuff. ranging from a small dynamo to a primary oil pump for a cargo ship, some of the places i have been would make alot of you physically sick....

So anyway. My RC history started when i was about 14,
My first proper car was a Tamiya Honda Accord JTCC FWD Touring car (1/10th scale). I did everything imaginable to that thing. but to this day, i still dont know what happened to it...... Its like it just vanished out of my life.
I stayed with cars up until i was about 21, i had a range of them, from Nitro Buggys, to Electric touring cars. Because of my job, i was able to make anything i needed, like anti roll bars that were identical to the real thing, custom backbones, and shock mounts, to split 3 spoke wheels, made from aluminium.

This was it, until about 4 years ago. I was given a P-51 Mustang as a birthday present.
Needless to say, she lasted all of 10 mins. a sever lack of skill, and an ego that told me i could fly anything, lead to its fatal crash, but it is hard to get it to fly straight and level when you forgot to switch the ailerons over to the correct orientation.... But this led to the birth of...Continue Reading