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Posted by David A | Jul 23, 2006 @ 02:00 AM | 3,417 Views
Last night I took the old Twinstar 2 up to the park near our house. It's a year old now and has had so many flights I've lost count. The TS 2 is a marked improvement over the first model and flies better, smoother.

I've plenty of more complex models, big IC warbirds etc but often it's easy to forget the pleasures gained from low tech relaxed flying. There was no wind last night and the park was empty. I flew the model gently and occassionally opened her up for a roll or loop but generally kept it sedate, easy and relaxed. I came home happy and calm

We always seem to strive for something bigger and better but we forget the simple pleasure of simply steering a nice model around on a summer evening. Try it folks.
Posted by David A | Jun 25, 2006 @ 06:11 AM | 3,357 Views
The Paul Heckles School of Flying here in the UK (near Swindon) runs a Jet Experience Day for anyone wanting to try their hand at jet flying. I booked a long time ago but yesterday the day arrived and we flew jets !

The day is a full one comprising a class lecture on operation of the types and then 3 flights under buddy lead tuition. Food and drink are provided too.

I was one of 11 in the class and we all without exception had a brilliant day.

Skill levels amongst us varied but we all progressed as the day went on - I found the jet trainers reasonably easy to fly whilst accepting some simple rules and flight characteristics such as the weight of the model and the throttle lag.

My first flight was spent doing circuits getting to know the model. Then as my confidence grew I started doing some aeros. By the end I was looping and rolling, reversals etc.. and I knew I could fly a jet trainer if I decided to take the plunge. The class session had given me a good understanding of the mechanics of the model too.

My thanks to Paul, Mandy and the team. A great group, superb tuition and a brilliant experience - Highly recommended.

www.paulhecklesrc.co.uk
Posted by David A | May 01, 2006 @ 06:33 AM | 3,722 Views
Just finished the little GWS e-starter that I've built for my daughter to use in the local sports grounds near where we live. Now it's done she seems to have lost interest ! Oh well, it's a sweet enough little model so it's no hardship if I end up flying it.
Posted by David A | Apr 22, 2006 @ 02:13 AM | 3,755 Views
Took the Sea Fury down to the field for the first engine run. Wow, the Laser 150 made the ground tremble, such incredible power - this model won't stay on the ground for long. Such was the vibration that all the little cowl screws slowly came loose and dropped out. First flight soon now.
Posted by David A | Apr 07, 2006 @ 01:23 AM | 3,512 Views
Just about got the new Sea Fury ready now, still need to run up the motor but she's looking lovely. Weighs 13lbs, span 70"
Posted by David A | Mar 11, 2006 @ 01:26 AM | 3,667 Views
Great model but strange name....Fellowship....what was going through the mind of the designer ? alcohol ?
The model flew well and should be a great aerobatic hack for the summer. My first IC model for a few years now, I seem to be moving back to IC at the moment whilst everyone else I know is moving the other way towards electric flight.
Posted by David A | Feb 19, 2006 @ 10:36 AM | 4,143 Views
Another bad weekend weather wise so I've been hard at it at the workbench getting my Laser 150 into the Sea Fury and testing the air retracts. It's so nice to have a model big enough to work on that allows me to get my hands all the way up the inside of the fuselage - makes fitting those push rods easy.
Posted by David A | Feb 12, 2006 @ 03:07 AM | 4,369 Views
Had a short'ish fly yesterday as the cold weather started to bite. I just gave the trainer a flight following it's repairs this week. My buddy - Nasa Steve flew his Twister electric aerobat conversion, very nice model with plenty of power and 10 mins duration from the lipo's.
Just as we were going a full size Jet Provost (retired RAF trainer) did a few passes over the field, havn't seen one for years so that was very nice.
Posted by David A | Feb 08, 2006 @ 01:18 AM | 4,867 Views
Great, got that trainer wing out of the way last night. First bit of solarfilming I've done in ages. I'm pleased with it and despite the poor photo it's free from wrinkles and nice and smooth. Now I can get back to my lovely big Sea Fury which I'll post soon with regular updates.
Posted by David A | Feb 06, 2006 @ 05:28 PM | 5,031 Views
Had the day off work today so used some time to tidy up the workbench and start recovering the top of the club trainer wing. The model is a VMAR Discovery trainer which we (Maidstone MFC, Kent. England) use to teach newcomers and those who are temporarily without a model. It's 4 years old now and needs a little TLC. The old covering was that horrible sticky backed plastic stuff that VMAR just love but at least it came off easily.

There was quite a bit of split sheeting and one shattered rib underneath but nothing that a little cyano won't cure. Tomorrow I'll get some solarfilm on the top and she should be flying by the weekend. In the air the Discovery flys well, albeit in an almost slow vintage fashion - nothing wrong with that trait in a trainer.
Posted by David A | Feb 06, 2006 @ 01:51 AM | 5,330 Views
Well my little Wattage Harvard is no more - it dived in yesterday having stalled a wing, something it was very good at doing despite my best efforts to throw as much weight in the nose to cure the balance point prob. Not sure if I can be bothered to repair it, we'll see.
Posted by David A | Feb 04, 2006 @ 01:47 PM | 5,012 Views
Flew today - twinstar 2 which I'm teaching my daughter on. She's 12 and doing well, she can steer it around the sky well, just needs to get turns sorted out and we'll move on to take off's soon.

The cold bit though and after 2 flights we came home. I did test run the IC motor on my new Fellowship aerobat. The motor was in a Mustang until recently and gave a few problems but it turned out to be a poor plug so the fix was quick. Should have it ready for flying soon
Posted by David A | Feb 04, 2006 @ 02:15 AM | 5,214 Views
Ok, my first blog ever

This time of the year in England is cold and overcast, I havn't had a decent flying session in weeks save for a few quick trips to the field for a few flights before I freeze up and have to go home.
I think there's a difference between a quick trip to the field and a really good satisfying flying session where you chill, relax, have some good flights that put a smile on your face and can unwind in the warmth of a lovely day, chat a bit to mates ....that sort of thing.

Those summer days and in particular those lovely mornings when nothing stirs and I can fly in the park by my house before I go to work seem a long way away. At the moment it's dark when I go to work and dark when I get home. Anyone own a time machine ?