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Archive for June, 2012
Posted by FWAL | Jun 28, 2012 @ 02:53 PM | 3,203 Views
The conditions were perfect for a maiden this evening. 15-20mph wind direct onto the slope. I self launched and the Solange just climbed and penetrated gently up 15m until I put a bit of down stick on, then I had almost an hour of really enjoyable flying including lots and lots of rolls, loops & bunts. What a fab glider it just flew straight off the work bench no trims were added and the rates and mixes just seemed ideal for the conditions and getting me used to her flying characteristics.

I'm really impressed and looking forward to many happy hours of Solange soaring
Posted by FWAL | Jun 24, 2012 @ 11:09 AM | 3,080 Views
Just finished and balanced the Sun Angel AUW 1445g (51oz) It was a beautiful afternoon for a maiden flight but it would have been rushing things. When I tend to rush things often go horribly wrong.
However, tomorrow evening the weather looks perfect for the Fournier's first flight.
Posted by FWAL | Jun 24, 2012 @ 03:46 AM | 3,186 Views
I haven't managed a test flight but the conditions are looking good tomorrow with very light warm winds.
All my other West Wings models have done exactly what they were meant, designed to do so I hope the Fournier wont prove to be the exception. I do have a small problem with one of the wing servo's due to a careless error whilst setting the controls. I managed to jam a linkage and strip a spline either on the control horn or more than likely in the gear box so It looks like I'll be cutting sections of the wing covering to remove and replace the servo
Posted by FWAL | Jun 21, 2012 @ 05:10 PM | 2,767 Views
I have found some time in between finishing off the Fournier and Solange to varnish the Hammer's wings. I did this first so any glue that is where it shouldn't be can be easily wiped away without staining or marking the very attractive veneer. I also started to prep the wing joiner prior to it's permanent installation
Posted by FWAL | Jun 14, 2012 @ 11:38 AM | 3,501 Views
Oh yes........it's Hammer time.

Yesterday I took delivery of a F3F Hammer from Blejzyk. The quality of the fuse and wings is really good. I just hope it's strong enough to cope with some dodgy landings. It comes complete with two outer sheaves so you can add a motor etc to one and have the other for the slope. The control surfaces are all pre hinged and you have a choice of Vee or Classic tail. I chose the Classic.

I will start the build next week and according to the instructions there's roughly 15 hrs of work to do before the Hammer flies
Posted by FWAL | Jun 10, 2012 @ 04:34 AM | 3,034 Views
Over the past week I have managed to cover the Fournier. I find the covering process a bit of a double edged sword. It's nice to see the colour scheme pan out from your imagination to something solid but I can never really get the finished quality I can be proud of. Covering the model ends up to be a compromise and I hate having to accept the fact that those small creases will never disappear no matter how much I try
Although, when it's soaring at 100' who cares about the slight covering imperfections