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Posted by Rob Knox | May 11, 2013 @ 09:03 PM | 7,139 Views
The annual Charity rodeo has once again taken over the park.
Once again, I'll have to be careful of the damage to the surface of the park for take off and landing due to the heavy vehicles driving on the grass.
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 21, 2013 @ 05:02 PM | 4,729 Views
This is a short Vid of my FMS T 28 from last Sunday.
My brother was about to head home, and I wanted him to film the T 28 for me before he left.
In my haste to get into the air, I grabbed the battery which I had used on an earlier flight, so I lost useable power pretty quickly.
The landing was a pearler though.
RC FMS T 28 A Very Short Flight (2 min 24 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 20, 2013 @ 05:24 AM | 4,897 Views
There was a Committee meeting today at Gratton Field about the last of our planning issues for the event. All Is going very well.
Afterwards we did some Flying.
The first Vid is Peter Love and his Gas Turbine Jet PST Reaction X;
The Second is John Knox Flying His PT 17 Steerman.
RC Jet PST Reaction X (6 min 54 sec)

RC PT 17 Steerman (5 min 14 sec)
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Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 14, 2013 @ 09:55 PM | 4,751 Views
Just go to the website, click on the SGAI Event link and then click on the info you require.
See You There!
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 14, 2013 @ 01:10 AM | 4,511 Views
Ladies and Gents,
The Spektrum Gratton Air Invitational will be Held at Gratton Field, Calvert Queensland, February 14-17 2013.

Pilots will be competing from around the world Including Ali Machinchy (UK) and Mike McConvile (USA).

Contact me for directions.
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 14, 2013 @ 12:29 AM | 4,067 Views
I had 3 flights Sunday. The top temp here got to 40 C by 1730.

The first flight is the Freewing B17 customised as The Pink Lady. This flight was at 0810 at 27 C.
B17 "The Pink Lady" Freewing RC Electric Model (3 min 58 sec)

Next was the old Hobby King P51D, with a 1555mm wing span. this has been customised in the fantasy Aussie scheme of " Surf 's Up" .
RC P51D " Surf 's Up" Flies Over Meringandan (4 min 9 sec)
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Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 07, 2013 @ 11:52 PM | 3,775 Views
This is my Brother's ultimate fun flyer.
Watch the vid and you'll see why.
RC Electric ' V ' Fly (2 min 26 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 06, 2013 @ 11:55 PM | 3,869 Views
I got up at 0400 Sunday to go and do some electric park flying with my brother John.
This first vid is both of us having a turn with his FMS Me 109 Version 1.
RC Me 109 FMS Version 1 (6 min 25 sec)

John and Mark fly their Piper Cubs
RC Piper Cubs (8 min 2 sec)
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Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 31, 2012 @ 11:54 PM | 3,557 Views
I posted the flap fitting detail on the thread at this location
Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 31, 2012 @ 10:55 PM | 3,944 Views
I first saw this model advertised on one of those banners at the top of the screen. I went to the site and was impressed by the flight video. I've also since devoured the thread info for this model.

The model arrived in very good condition, with the model box being inside an outer container. All parts were perfect, without damge or warping, unlike some other kits I have purchased. (GOOD)

The model comes with an instruction sheet with colour plates to help illustrate the various assembly steps. The instructions are general in nature and rely on the builder to have had some experience in assembling such models before. (ADEQUATE)


The Wing
Assembly of the wing is quite simple. You need to install the aileron servos and run the servo leads through the channel. Fitting of the servo horns and rods is straight forward with no noticeable 'gotcha's ' to worry about.
The wing spar fits beneath the servo leads near the center so be aware of that. One of the very nice aspects of the wing is that the servo leads all plug into a single connector which makes fitting and removal of the wing quick and easy.

The Horizontal and vertical stabilisers fit very nicely. I dry fitted both parts and was quite pleased with the neatness of the snug fit. Due to some unintended rough handling, the elevator snapped off, so I fitted 4 flat dubro hinges and hinged it.
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Posted by Rob Knox | Oct 16, 2012 @ 04:10 AM | 4,489 Views
Some months ago, my brother, John, handed me his Piper Pawnee. It's an ARF balsa electric model.
Wing span is 62" and flies VERY well.
Anyway, the plan was to repaint it and get Callie
to do the decals for me.
I have customised the model after the Pawnee 235 which my Dad flies as a Tug Pilot for the Darling Downs Soaring Club. Dad is an amazing bloke. 74years old, still swims a mile a day and is still flying full size.
Anyway, in his honor I have completed this project.

The simplest part, I thought, was going to be the re-spray; boy was I wrong!
Spraying directly onto model film covering is impossible.
The paint pools and runs. Very untidy. I had to buy some plastic undercoat spray to prep the surface to take the paint.
Anyway, I still had to apply MANY very light coats in order to avoid paint runs, and I still wasn't very successful there.

Finally, the painting was finished and it was time to apply Callie's fabulous decals.
The hardest decals were the stripes running the the length of the fuselage, and where they met the control rods for the rudder and elevator.
Have any of you been applying decals the length of the fuselage and had them touch down before you were ready? It is a deadset bugger.
I ended up having to cut the stripe on one side and re-angle it. Don't look too closely.

Below are the pics from the concept, up to post maiden flight..
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Posted by Rob Knox | Aug 06, 2012 @ 08:09 AM | 3,519 Views
A local lad, also a former school mate of my second eldest daughters', has produced some great posters of a few of my planes, and one of Ray's P40, from photos he has taken at the field.

Ryans other work can be seen on his Face Book page
Posted by Rob Knox | Aug 05, 2012 @ 09:20 AM | 3,658 Views
I produced this slide show from Saturday's flying with Ray.
Young Ryan De Roo took the pics for me, and I made it into a slide show vignette.
RC P40s Stormy Weather and Watch My Form Ground Attack Mission (8 min 4 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | May 24, 2012 @ 09:33 AM | 4,148 Views
I was at Ray's place tonight to find a solution for my undercarriage issues on Stormy Weather, and we got this shot of Stormy Weather and Watch My Form together.
Ray is the master.
Posted by Rob Knox | May 20, 2012 @ 07:35 PM | 3,488 Views
I finally managed to get my wife to come down to the park and get some in-flight pics of my customised RAF 601 SQN Hurricane.
It is customised as the main mount flown by Australian Clive Mayers during the Battle of Brittain. The Actual ACFT was destroyed during an emergency landing from which Clive was able to crawl away. It is understood that the ACFT was damaged during a dogfight with an Me 110.
Clive Mayers' Mk 1 Hurricane.wmv (4 min 43 sec)
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Posted by Rob Knox | Mar 30, 2012 @ 03:30 AM | 3,656 Views
I've cut away the broken sections of the wing on the belly and replaced with some more balsa.
I will be taking the model to an aeronautics engineer and Giant RC model builder for assessment on Sunday. He has agreed to install the crank shaft in the motor when it arrives.
This model WILL FLY again....sooner rather than later.
Posted by Rob Knox | Mar 28, 2012 @ 06:20 AM | 3,930 Views
G'day all,
I have been pretty busy lately with work, and my various RC aeroplane projects.
About 6 weeks ago, I got my World Models 60"Zero back into the air. It is powered by a GWS 75 Nitro engine, which can be fickle, but no in flight engine failures yet.
I have been flying it as often as possible, and now have 14 flights on it.
5 of which were this past Sunday.

Not too long ago, I swapped a 90" Tiger Moth for a Ziroli 96"Zero.
The model was originally scratch built by Luke Cullen, a well known builder and pilot of large RC aeroplanes here on the Darling Downs. He sold it to my mate Ray Baines, who flew it for an unknown period, before he had to put his RC models away for 8 years while he concentrated on his farm.

Anyway, I have the Zero on my bench now and am working on the wing. On its last flight, Ray belly landed it and ripped the belly tank off it, which damaged the underside of the wing a bit. I have cut away the broken sections and am in the process of replacing those sections with some new balsa.

I purchased a new 5 cell, 6volt power pack to run the servos today, and the original futaba servos came to life instantly with nary a twitch. I had to adjust the flaps to make them even on deployment, and the ailerons are fine. I've cleaned up the wing surface, and lightly oiled the Robart air retracts with some singer sewing machine oil. Everything is going well so far.

I will be posting here as I make progress on this, my largest project to date. From what Ray tells me, the model flies beautifully, so I'm very keen to get her into the air.

To power her, I have been given a Zenoah G62 which needs a replacement crank shaft. I've ordered that from my LHS and will be getting a suitably qualified individual to complete the installation of that part for me.

For now, I have a picture of my daughter sitting next to the model at Ray's place prior to it becoming mine.

Should any of you have advice for me, please feel free to offer it here.
Posted by Rob Knox | Mar 20, 2012 @ 07:39 PM | 3,950 Views
Finally had my second pilot arrive for this model.
I touched up the paint on him a little, and glued him in.
Also, When I glued the canopy on originally, I used a medium CA to secure the rear section of the canopy to the middle section. This caused a cloudy residue to form over the plastic panels.
When I had the canopy off for the installation of the second pilot, I used an aviation spray on plastic cleaner and polish which throroughly removed this residue. The results speak for themselves.