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Posted by FWAL | Nov 02, 2015 @ 04:13 AM | 4,216 Views
1) ASBO
2) Close racing
3) Concentrating
4) First leg
5) Follow the leader
6) Goth
7) MX 16
8) Slimtel
9) Pre start
10)...Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Oct 26, 2015 @ 06:11 PM | 4,279 Views
Over the weekend I managed to fit the GRP foredeck and Liteply rear deck on Voltage's hull.
The Titan winch a long with the rudder servo have been fitted and just prior to the photo's I started to fit the pop, off hatch. The batteries and rx will be located in a balsa box fixed to the hull floor. This will keep the weight lower and also allow the battery to be moved fore and aft for fine balance tuning.
Posted by FWAL | Oct 12, 2015 @ 04:32 PM | 5,512 Views
Yesterday Harry and I tried out my latest IOM 'A' suit sails. They appeared to fall into shape very easy with minimum fuss so that was a good start. Whilst racing the wind was quite light and coming from all over the shop. Harry had the first trial and at times went very well but being fairly new to the sport he found it tricky keeping a distance between himself and the other seven competitors. After the halftime break we swopped boats and I went on to win the following four races which was quite satisfying. The next major test will be when Harry races the 7Bor and 'mk' sails at the Woodspring's, IOM, SW District Event on November 1st.
I have also fitted the fin/mast case into the Voltage hull. I hope to really press on with this project over the next couple of weeks so I can knock out a couple of new, identical IOM's over the Winter months in readiness for next season.
Posted by FWAL | Sep 30, 2015 @ 05:54 AM | 4,208 Views
The weather was warm, sunny and a gentle breeze greeted the competitors as they arrived on both Saturday and Sunday morning s for the last Ranking Event of the year. Predictably the tide or should I say reservoir was level with the first tier or beach! Which for our small yachts did produce some interesting wind conditions close to the shore due to the ramped and banked reservoir construction. However, the added height of the control area did give the skipper a far better perspective of the course, other yachts and wind lanes over the course.
Without going into too much detail my actual performance was the usual mixed bag of highs and lows. The good was often over shadowed by the bad and a promotion to 'B' fleet was instantly followed by a demotion to 'C'. Skipper error mixed with a bit of bad luck and at times poor rig tuning proved my undoing. I'm also coming round to thinking that my Edge design is slightly off the pace, my BRC winch isn't accurate enough and the rudder servo probably needs replacing for this level of competition so it's back to the drawing board and bank account.
Here are some photo's of the Edge 35 taken by Sue Brown of Catsails.
Posted by FWAL | Sep 07, 2015 @ 02:41 PM | 4,039 Views
The Sun shone and a light variable breeze swung around the lake. Five IOM races had been run and it was time for the competitors to have a nice mug of coffee and a chat prior to commencing the remaining 5 races. It was at this junction that I took the opportunity to maiden Rebel.
My primary concern was how she would sit on the water. This is the first time I have strayed away from designing and building IOMs. It is also a very narrow design for a RG65. I was therefore pretty relieved when I lowered her into the lake and she almost floated in the correct position but her stern is probably a fraction too low. Other than that everything else appeared to work OK. Although, I will be making a new sail for this rig but only because the film I bought has a natural curve in it due to it being on a roll and not in sheets....Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Sep 03, 2015 @ 11:23 AM | 4,040 Views
The carbon fibre decks have been fitted and the hull has received 2 coats of Epifanes 2K paint. Rebel has been on the scales and here's a breakdown:

Hull deck and fittings 220g
Fin & Bulb 555g
Bat & RX 63g
A rig 82g
Rudder 14g

AUW 934g
Posted by FWAL | Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:06 AM | 4,214 Views
Mixed up the Epifanes 2K paint today and white washed the Mefisto nose cone and fuselage. Rebel's hull, rudder and bulb.
Posted by FWAL | Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:58 PM | 3,909 Views
Whilst discussing build tips on another thread I thought it might also be useful to post the process here on how I go about making deck eyes. It involves modifying a 3" butt hinge to allow the removal of the pin (Some hinges can be purchased with drop out pins0. In this instance I just cut the head off one end. Then I cut approx 2mm 1/16" off one knuckle and 8mm 1/4" off another knuckle.
The hinge is opened fully and the S/S rod is passed through the narrow gap and the hinge closed to form a 180 degree bend. The pin is removed and the bent rod released, the pin is replaced and the rod placed in the wider gap perpendicular to the first bend. The hinge is closed to form a 90 degree bend. After that trim the ends and you have a perfectly formed deck eye without using a pliers
Posted by FWAL | Aug 24, 2015 @ 05:35 PM | 3,426 Views
After too long sitting at the back of the work bench I dusted off Rebel (My D&B RG65) and made a concerted start to finish her. It hasn't taken that long as I have had plenty of time to come up with the design which is a little unique in that the battery pack is located under the masts. Also, I'm using a standard double servo arm which is only 55mm in length but should produce >100mm of sheet travel. At the moment I'm pretty optimistic about the set up and fingers crossed the deep narrow hull design will also prove to float and tack!
Posted by FWAL | Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:26 AM | 3,525 Views
All waxed up, spread with thickened resin and inserted in the slot
Posted by FWAL | Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:19 AM | 3,216 Views
Not the best photo's but I was trying to multi task by not crashing and shooting some snaps at the same time! Not even my wife can multi task..........she can't sit down and be quiet at the same time
Posted by FWAL | Aug 22, 2015 @ 05:32 PM | 3,181 Views
Today I made a start on fitting a Dave Creed fin to a DC bulb. The best most accurate tool to form the rebate in the lead bulb would be a very expensive milling machine. Alas I made do with a pillar drill, fein multi tool and a glass of wine!
I positioned the fin to bulb threaded fitting bar (bolt) directly on the bulbs CoG. This moves the bulb approximately 25mm further aft than my current bulb / fin configuration.
Posted by FWAL | Aug 18, 2015 @ 02:53 PM | 2,844 Views
The wind kicked in this afternoon. 24mph directly on shore. Wow, did I have a nice hour on the slope with my Faze 6. The Traceur struggled due to its 600g AUW
P6 & T2 (1 min 49 sec)

Posted by FWAL | Aug 15, 2015 @ 04:03 AM | 2,713 Views
The original Mefisto wings finally gave up the ghost after hours and hours of slope abuse back in 2013. Today their replacements arrived and I'm very excited about the prospect of more Mefisto magic. The new wings are slightly different in that I have opted for the additional flaps which should allow for a more versatile flight envelope. I can't wait.

Here's a vid of the original outer aileron wing:
Mefisto Magic (2 min 26 sec)

Posted by FWAL | Jul 12, 2015 @ 03:14 AM | 3,490 Views
I do enjoy watching the French performing slow and low slope aerobatics with large gliders. With this in mind I've been looking for a glider to help me learn and perhaps one day fly like the French. My 3D Traceur is a little too small, light and twitchy. The Phoenix 2000 is close but not quite aerobatic enough and my modified Phase 6 isn't a million miles away either. I'm not a good enough pilot to try these manoeuvres with the Hammer just yet. I have tried and have paid the consequences! And the Mefisto is still sadly out of action waiting for a new wing.
When I came across the new Hacker XL Vagabond it looked just like the glider I had been looking for. Large 2m wing, Epp bouncyness and relatively light.
So here's what you get and what unfortunately you don't get!
The manufacturing of the parts is really impressive along with the art work and laminated covered aerofoils. The fuse is left naked which for the cost is a little surprising as these kits aren't cheap.
Once you have read the instructions you'll soon be aware of two glitches. The kit doesn't include servo extension cables or the parts for the +/- 90 degree pulley controlled tailplane. This came as a bit of a shock as Hacker make no mention that additional cables are required and actively promote and photograph the pulley powered tailplane in their marketing literature.
The first job is to make long shallow cuts into and along the fuse, then to push in and glue 5 lengths of reinforcing carbon fibre...Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Jul 04, 2015 @ 10:52 AM | 2,202 Views
Yep it's always nice to come home and find a big box in the hall. Yesterday was no exception.
However, when you pay a lot of money for an ARF kit it's pretty mean of Hacker not to include servo extension cables (I've had them in much cheaper kits) and not including all the parts advertised in their marketing blurb and photo's. I say this as it is "stated" that the XL has a pulley system elevator which produce +/- 90 degree movement. Yet in the kit and instructions this is non existent. I will be contacting the dealer soon to find out why this is the case. But it's not the start I was hoping for.
Posted by FWAL | Jun 23, 2015 @ 03:01 PM | 2,266 Views
A Sunny day with a 15mph SW breeze. The conditions were just right for my annual 2ch soaring reminder. So with the Svenson Sunny's batteries charged I popped over to Hunts. The lift was extremely good and I had a great time with the Sunny and Hammer. However, it ended on a sad note when I stalled the Hammer too close to the ground and damaged the starboard wing. I have just emailed Rob at 'Flying-dog online RC' to see how much a replacement is going to set me back! I was going to email him anyway as last week I pre-ordered a XL Vagabond which should be a little more bouncy!
Posted by FWAL | Jun 21, 2015 @ 10:39 AM | 2,141 Views
After a week of pretty nice weather and some good SW winds it was great to be able to pop over the Golf Course for a little Sunset Soaring. I only took the Traceur and she wasn't set up very well for the lightish 10mph winds. I had to tone down the throws quite considerably but the outcome was well worth it.
Posted by FWAL | Jun 04, 2015 @ 04:38 PM | 3,303 Views
My boys are getting a little excited about a dogfight. The 66" model of a 79 Fighter Squadron MK1 Hurricane is nearly finished.
Posted by FWAL | May 26, 2015 @ 04:59 PM | 2,633 Views
The morning was spent on the shore the afternoon on the slope, not any old slope. Probably one of the very best slopes in Britain, perhaps the World