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Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:41 AM | 3,122 Views
I met Ray at the field this morning for some calm air flying.
These vids are part of the mornings flights.
Stuka, RAF Custom Modification 601 SQN.wmv (4 min 37 sec)

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Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 20, 2012 @ 09:59 PM | 3,542 Views
I finally finished the repairs and the custom job on the FMS Stuka I purchased as a crashed model.
Lots of work ($100 worth of paint) but I think it was worth it.
Graphics are, of course, supplied by Callie Graphics.
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 15, 2012 @ 04:36 AM | 3,421 Views
I finally made the time to get out to Ray's place and visit him in his hangar.
Ray is a farmer from the Darling Downs in Southern Queensland who has a very healthy interest in Aviation.
His 'Collection' has been created over many years, but it is all fresh and exceptionally well maintained.
When I arrived, Ray asked me to just take the Hangar as it was and not to worry about the condition of it.
He then slid the hangar door open, and I was stunned as I stood at the threash hold of his own private museum.

Everything has been built and assembled by Ray, including his home built Karatoo. 'Scratch built' from plans.
Anyway, I took several photos today and have produced this little slideshow.
Enjoy
Rob

Ray's Field.wmv (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 12, 2012 @ 02:28 PM | 3,713 Views
I went to the Park early this morning, about 0530, and conducted the re-maiden of this warbird.
In the end, I gave her, her 2nd and 3rd flights.
The wind is up this morning, so I had to make it quick.

First take off, advance throttle slowly, elevator to manage model on the ground....good ground speed building, more throttle...elevator, wow, nice gentle scale take off.

Three circuits, and NO TRIMMING REQUIRED.
The wind was hammering her in every turn, so I set up for landing;
on final, full flap, ...dancing a little on wing tips due wind...throttle for landing....sank quickly and landed a little heavily.
Ground taxied her back to check her out. All good.
The wind dropped so I sent her up again....I REALLY like those scale departures. A couple of circuits, and landing...a greaser this time.

Whoo hoo!!

Ive also started the re-paint.

I may have to revisit the upper surface colours, but it will do for now.

Please note....The PAINT JOB is NOT COMPLETE
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 11, 2012 @ 06:31 PM | 3,386 Views
Sunday week ago, my brother's mate Mark had the misfortune of having his FMS JU 87 crash on the maiden flight. The cause of the crash was the Rx going off line.
The damage was visually severe.
The nose broke off.
One wing tip broke and bent up;
The ESC board cracked and is U/S;
One landing gear leg had some of the screws pull out; and
Propeller blades pulled out and the backing plate was ruined.
The spinner took minor damage around where the props come through.

I bought the remains of the model from Mark with the intent of re-birthing the model as an RAF Stuka captured by 601 SQN in the Middle East.
http://www.mts.net/~royb/112_photos_page_3.html

Repairs So Far
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 08, 2012 @ 05:49 PM | 3,112 Views
This was Yesterday at The Tingalpa TMAC.
Incidently, their grass Strip is excellent.
F86 Sabre RC EDF.wmv (2 min 57 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 08, 2012 @ 01:21 AM | 3,061 Views
G'day all,
well, I took the Swiss Hunter down to Brisbane and my Brother, John, maidened her for me.
For power we used two Zippy 30 C 2650 batteries in series to provide 6s.
She was checked over by Brian, a retired RAAF fast jet pilot and RC officianado.
He gave the thumbs up and we placed her on the strip.
The first attempt to launch was a failure because she did not get airborne even after a long run down the grass runway.
The second run was with flap, John let her build up speed then yanked back on the stick which got her into the air.
She was a bit of a handful, so he got me to select the gear up and give her a few clicks of up trim.
Once this was done he flew her around on about 75% throttle.
He said that she was a bit twitchy, but she was all trimmed out.
For the landing, he used only 1st stage of flap, later said that it should have been full, and put her down for waht turned out to be a power off, high speed landing.
So, essentially, a very scale-like flyer.

How the guys hand launch this model in the UK is beyond me at this time, but I am sure there is an explanation.
Enjoy the pics.
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 01, 2012 @ 03:16 PM | 2,705 Views
When the wind died down a bit yesterday I took the Stuka for a spin.
The wind came up again and made flying interesting, butbrought her back OK.
When I got home, I found my 6 yeaar old daughter in the Hobby Room.
With a big smile on her face she said, "Look Dad, Happy New Year for the planes..."
Here's what I found;
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 01, 2012 @ 03:09 AM | 2,926 Views
It was too windy to fly for most of today, so I got my trusty chinograph out and did the panel lines and some weathering on the Hunter and the Stuka.
Looks OK.