Lumenier RB2205C-12 2400KV SKITZO Ceramic Bearing Motor
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Posted by FWAL | Jul 24, 2016 @ 03:49 AM | 1,230 Views
Just muckin round
Mi & Li (1 min 32 sec)

Posted by FWAL | Jul 17, 2016 @ 02:42 PM | 1,362 Views
The 15mph SW wind was full of sea mist which rolled up the headland in thick tracks. At times you could see half a mile and within a few secs the visibility was down to a few metres. However, the conditions just suited the Dream Flite Libelle perfectly and I had one of best half hour soaring sessions ever. Low, close and full of varying manoeuvers.
The Libelle is just less cumbersome than either of my Traceur or Vagabond 3D soarers. It's a very refined, special glider.
Posted by FWAL | Jul 08, 2016 @ 12:13 PM | 1,523 Views
Recently I put the Edge under the saw to hopefully reduce the foredeck windage and occasional drag caused by the former foredeck shape.
This experiment will help in the planning of my next design!
Posted by FWAL | May 22, 2016 @ 02:44 PM | 2,578 Views
OK this aint RC but between sloping and sailing this weekend I managed to build my first Cigar Box Guitar from scratch using scrap.
Cost 9 for the pickup, cost to families health
Posted by FWAL | May 14, 2016 @ 02:49 PM | 2,099 Views
Saturday Night Soaring Spot. The forecasters didn't predict SW winds today so this afternoon I popped over to Hunts and this evening I strolled over to the 8th Tee. I'm now a very happy soarer.

Sat Night out on the Slope (1 min 55 sec)

Posted by FWAL | May 07, 2016 @ 01:45 PM | 3,320 Views
Super afternoon on the slope. Smooth generous lift to start then gradually decreasing to a gentle drifting breeze. There were also quite a few designs being flown from a 44yr old Dynaflite Ranger 99" , A Fatbox with an original Skyleader servo, Cobra, Zagi, Easy Star, Multiplex 300MM Fox, Vagabond, Mefisto and Libelle.
Posted by FWAL | May 05, 2016 @ 01:44 AM | 4,133 Views
Following a major incident last season my 2.4m Blejzk Hammer has had a makeover. Retro WWII markings including D Day invasion strips. In my opinion she goes as good as she looks!
Posted by FWAL | Mar 27, 2016 @ 01:29 PM | 2,466 Views
Great racing today in very good 'B' rig conditions. Even managed to win an Easter Egg
Posted by FWAL | Mar 22, 2016 @ 06:03 PM | 3,128 Views
Last Sunday Joio had her first race. The conditions weren't brilliant with a light NW wind wafting over the lake leading to big holes and 180 degree shifts. Overall we finished in a fairly disappointing third position but I'm pretty confident that a few tweaks will see us performing a lot better. This evening I have re programmed the RMG winch end points to my new HiTec Flash7 transmitter having upgraded from a Futaba 6EX. There is now adequate travel for the sails to sheet right out. I have also started to alter the fin rake further aft. In the future I might resort back to the Dave Creed rudder but for the moment I'm going to stick with a higher aspect ratio rudder which should favour stronger winds.
The forecast for next Sundays race is looking a lot better so given these tweaks and a little more mast rake I hope Joio will be a little more assertive and be up on the pace.
Posted by FWAL | Mar 14, 2016 @ 04:02 PM | 3,312 Views
If you have any questions re the build just add a comment and I'll do my best to reply. Mk
Posted by FWAL | Feb 06, 2016 @ 02:15 PM | 3,217 Views
Not soaring or sailing but a bit of cycling! Here's my new bike. A bit different to those more common agricultural things you see being ridden by MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra).
Since the very first mass produced bikes in 1872 the designs have continued to develop and my new ROUX G8 is no exception. Shimano Nexus 8 hub gears, Gates carbon drive belt and Suntor swing shock make this bike fab, fast and fun. It's a real blast, looks great, completely silent with silky smooth gear changing. It makes the daily commute to work a really enjoyable experience.
Posted by FWAL | Jan 24, 2016 @ 11:01 AM | 3,471 Views
Edge, 7BOR ,Wotsit and Rescue Cover
Posted by FWAL | Jan 10, 2016 @ 11:38 AM | 3,208 Views
Laminated Joio's kicker, Pot Well on a GRP MDF plug, 2 coats of Carnuba wax 2 layers of 80g/m2 woven roving and 2 layers of 30g/m2 chopped mat strand to give a bit more strength. Generally very pleased with the result.
Posted by FWAL | Dec 26, 2015 @ 09:35 AM | 4,546 Views
Just a progress photo showing Joio's laminated hull de-plugged. I'm slowly working on the plugs to produce the mast/pot well and the mast/fin case. The lay up consisted of two layers of 135g/m2 and a top layer of 80g/m2. All three layers were applied at the same time using one mixed batch of West Resin which took 30ml per hull half. Once cured I applied two cts of just resin. Again, once washed and sanded I applied another 2cts of resin. At present her total weight is 328g or 11.5oz
Posted by FWAL | Dec 10, 2015 @ 03:41 PM | 4,061 Views
All faired and almost ready for glassing
Posted by FWAL | Dec 01, 2015 @ 03:29 AM | 4,589 Views
Each balsa strip is roughly 8 x 3mm. I've cut 34 lengths from 3N 48" x 3" x 1/8 sheet. The remainder will but cut from 36" long sheet which can be purchased at my local model shop.
Posted by FWAL | Nov 17, 2015 @ 10:07 AM | 4,381 Views
My1.9m Mefisto's make over is complete, repaired the snapped fuse, replaced the smashed wing with a new 4 servo wing, covered in clear and translucent blue Oracover, re painted fuse with white 2K paint, new servo's all round, new snakes, new paint job on nose cone, new tail feathers with go faster stripes and finally new Flash 7 TX mixing capabilities. AUW 925g
Posted by FWAL | Nov 13, 2015 @ 08:11 AM | 5,220 Views
A big shout out to:
New Tx delivered free within 2 working days. Not only that but it was also the cheapest total cost for a Flash 7 I could find.
Now I just need to complete the refurbishment to my Mefisto
Posted by FWAL | Nov 08, 2015 @ 11:15 AM | 5,250 Views
It seemed to take an age to finish off this build. Yellow paint proved to be a bit thinner than expected so prolonging the completion until this morning. Other than that everything came together quite well in the end and the finished product is pretty impressive. Even on a very dark, damp South Wales day she added an aurora of brightness.
We used my rigs for the maiden but I will be fitting the new owners rigs in the near future, I'm sure this IOM will give them many hours of enjoyment both on and off the water!
Posted by FWAL | Nov 03, 2015 @ 03:39 AM | 5,285 Views
Nothing special just a few more pic's for posterity