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Posted by Rob Knox | Feb 06, 2012 @ 07:09 PM | 3,391 Views
Filmed and photographed Ray's Hell Cat Maiden on Saturday the 4th of Feb.
Here's The Vid.
Grumman F6F Hell Cat RC Model by FMS.wmv (4 min 44 sec)

....and this is my RAF Stuka in the Hands of Ray again.
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Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:41 AM | 3,249 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 | 3,686 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 | 3,555 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.

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

Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 12, 2012 @ 02:28 PM | 3,838 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 | 3,522 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.

Repairs So Far
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 08, 2012 @ 05:49 PM | 3,234 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 | 3,177 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 | 2,823 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 | 3,044 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.
Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 31, 2011 @ 04:46 PM | 2,615 Views
I've finished the assembly of this model, and there are a few tips I'd like to pass on here.

As I stated in the previous post, there is nowhere marked on the flight surfaces for the control horns to be placed.

In the case of the elevator, I fitted the clevises and adjusted them at the same distance, then I dry fitted the tail a number of times before I had it at what appeared to begood position. I pressed the horns in to mark the elevator, then removed the tail before fitting, dry fitting the tail and testing again, then finally removed the tail and glued the fhorns in place.
As a quick note here, I adjusted the elevator clevises at the clevises themselves, and also at the servo by loosening the grub screw and sliding the control rod itself, before tightening finally.
The elevators themselves were binding a little on the horizontal stab, so I had to do a little slicing in order to gain the clearance I needed.
The elevators were only dry fitted in the factory, so I removed them and placed just a dot of epoxy on each side of the hinge at the tips, then finally glued in place.

While that was drying, I fitted the two halves of the wing together, and glued with epoxy on the flat surface of the bench. I used a liberal amount of epoxy on the carbon rods and on the foam at the join to make sure that I had a good bond.

The rudder;
As with the elevator, I had conducted a number of tests with the rudder attachment inside the fuse so I was sure that...Continue Reading
Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 26, 2011 @ 06:00 AM | 3,406 Views
I must have been an extra specially good boy this year, because, my daughter gave me this model for Christmas.
Started the assembly this morning, only after I found a thread which had some good comments and advice for the build.
The Instruction manual is very vague, and instructions are only of a general nature.
From the outset, I have found that this will not be as easy as an FMS bird to put together.
as a starter, there is no where marked on Ailerons, rudder, elevator or flaps for the horns to be positioned. There isn't even a pic in the assembly instructions. So it looks as though it will be a case of place the rod on the servo and try the..."about....there.." method.
The cockpit was difficult to remove from the fuse as it uses a sprung friction lock to secure it.
The pilot did not fit, so I had to dig out the cockit inorder to get him to fit without his head going through the canopy.
When it came to hooking up the rudder and elevator rods to the servos, it appeared that there wasn't a rudder servo. I worked out that the rudder servo and the nose wheel steering servo are one and the same.

The tail:
Again, instructions are vague with a poor quality photo copied image for directions.
It took me a while, but I found the rudder control rod, and worked out how it fitted into the rudder vertically, which all had to be glued to the vert stab. Very time consuming.
The attachment of this rod to the main control rod from the servo is also a bit of a challange...I'm yet...Continue Reading
Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 26, 2011 @ 05:25 AM | 3,132 Views
Deb gave me this for Christmas, what a wonderful lady
Anyway, I've been reading the thread on this model since it began, and followed all the advice contained therein.
I drilled the prop backing plate to provide just that little bit more room to put the screws in....it was still tight for the last few threads, but no broken screw heads.
The inner gear doors are the new mod as found on the grey Zero, so no need to worry about the two additional servos.
Anyway, maidened her this morning, after 0800 in order to avoid the possibility of annoying anyone.
Conditions were ideal. 24 degrees C, no wind, and 8/8ths of blue.

Nice take off, then climb to height for trimming.
Each wing has a deformed flap, and deformation of the wing immediately above the flaps. I decided to leave this as it was reasonably uniform, so didn't consider it to be a major issue.
My trimming had the aileron trim almost fully to the left, with about 8 clicks of left rudder; finally about 4 clicks of up, and she was calmly soaring around the sky.
I performed some loops and rolls, stall turns and the required hi and low speed passes. There was a tendency to pitch up a little on full flap, but it was easily manageable. The flaps worked well for landings.

After 8 mins I lined her up and made a text book landing off the first approach. It was so good, that I took off just so I could land her again, with the same result.

After the 8mins of flight, the stock 4S 2600 had only used 1152 mAh of available juice. A nice outing.

There was no one there to take any pics at the field, but I do have some pics of the assembly and the first ground runs.
Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 25, 2011 @ 11:55 PM | 2,451 Views
The holidays have provided with some time to hammer away at some old and new projects.

I've been hammering away at some weathering lately.
I use the chinograph pencil to do panel lines and exhaust and other stains on the fuse.
Looks Pretty good too.
This is my Free Wing B17 The Pink Lady looking as though she's flown through hell and back.
Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 19, 2011 @ 02:42 PM | 2,715 Views
I have been flying for about 15months now, and most of it has been down at my local Park, which is in a rural area.
A man and his wife have a house which boarders the park, but I avoid flying too close so I don't annoy them.

I was just flying this morning with some electric warbirds, and he came out and told me to leave.
the model was not making a lot of noise, I thought, but I immediately stopped flying. He said that he had enough of people flying over his house, and flying petrol helis so as far as he was concerned all could go. I tried to apologise and reason with him, but he was not in a mood to discuss things further, i guess because it was 0610.

So, my early morning flying at the park is over, and I will continue to fly after 0800, but staying well away from his house.
Because this is someone having fun, I expect the fun police to jump on this and have signs up very quickly. In the mean time, I'll continue until the park is officially closed to RC.
If I see the Wankers with the petrol helis in the park, I will certainly make them aware that they are being inconsiderate and should take their helis elsewhere.

There is no doubt, however, that I will lose the use of the park very soon.
Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 19, 2011 @ 02:52 AM | 2,642 Views
I just wasn't flying her, and she needed to fly.
I took her down to my Brother's place on the weekend and gave him an early Christmas present.

He flew her at 0530 Sunday morning, and the flight was beautiful,m as expected, but his landings were amazing.

John's mate Mark was there with his super dooper lens on his camera and took the following shot against a very interesting sky.
Posted by Rob Knox | Nov 11, 2011 @ 10:06 PM | 3,194 Views
Remember, I said mixed results?
Well, these are her pics of my B17 The Pink Lady.
I'll only post those which are good and ...OK.
Posted by Rob Knox | Nov 11, 2011 @ 09:55 PM | 3,151 Views
I have been getting my 5 year old daughter to take some pics of my flying for me...no one else is available, and my Digi vid sunnies packed it in.
The results have been mixed. Some amazing shots along with some pretty ordinary stuff.
The results of a 5 year old and a Nikon D70....Continue Reading
Posted by Rob Knox | Oct 18, 2011 @ 07:17 PM | 2,537 Views
I've flown this model as the Pink Lady now, and she sure looked good in the air,
just didn't have anyone there to take pics for me.
Anyway, these are the pics I took of her on the ground after the flight.