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Posted by stuart warne | Sep 19, 2014 @ 12:28 AM | 2,714 Views
I had some time whilst recently in the UK to add some finishing (though only temporary) touches to my Spitfire and with that some photo's too.

I've gone for a Greek scheme from early 1945 as it was a 'quick and easy' all silver/natural metal scheme to do as the Savex Spitfire comes out of the mold painted silver so I just really needed to stick some decals on (thanks to Jonte for the decals sizes ). This is only a temporary scheme, the theory being that one day when I return from Hong Kong I'll find time to properly fill, sand and finish the surface of the model before then painting and weathering her up in a new scale RAF camo scheme. But for now, she is done and I'm happy to leave her as she is until that magical day when I have a work shop again

Also flew at an event with the model after I had the new markings on but before I worked on the canopy. A guy at the club shot a nice video, its posted below. The pictures are from last Monday with the canopy improved and aerial added.

Look forward to coming back to this thread in a few years for the next update

S.

Savex Supermarine Spitfire MK Vb (Pilot: Stuart, Durafly Brand Manager for HobbyKing) (2 min 38 sec)

Posted by stuart warne | Feb 09, 2012 @ 05:07 PM | 8,455 Views
Having sold my original JR P-38 kit half finish many years ago and regretting it ever since, I've finally been able to get hold of a kit again. This one is newer than my 1st kit as it comes with the surfaces covering in film, but I'll remove this anyway to glass.

This one is going into storage for a few years yet until I return from Hong Kong, but its something to look forward to

S.
Posted by stuart warne | Nov 23, 2011 @ 01:44 PM | 8,319 Views
My wife decided she wouldn't mind if I gave a little update to my blog, with a few pictures from my Wedding in her home country of Finland this summer, so here they are. Hope to move to Finland together some time in the future, its worth it just for the lake you can fly from.

I took the multiplex FUNCUB, even got to fly on my wedding day, set within the grounds of the family summer house. Made up a confetti bomb box with a AUX servo operated hatch a flew over the gardens after the service, releasing the confetti. Actually most of it ended up in the surrounding forest as I timed by release wrong, but the guests like it all the same.

The day after the wedding we headed to a nearby lake, and by chance I happened to have a set of floats that I brought over from England Perfect still night weather (flew at mid-night, it never really gets dark there in the summer). A very memorable experience and the water was like glass. Family and close friends joined me at the lake side for a BBQ too. Two great days that I'll never forget.

S.
Posted by stuart warne | Aug 24, 2011 @ 07:57 AM | 8,875 Views
Managed to find some time to cut together video's shot last summer and new years day this year. both where shot by my sister. I thinks she's getting the hang of it 1/4 scale Flybaby from Jim Pepino plan my old HVP Catalina and my step fathers HB supercub LP, which I converted with ailerons for him. Although its his, I do love having lazy flights with it, as can be seen below

More to come.

S.

1/4 scale Electric Flybaby from Jim Pepino plan (4 min 50 sec)


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Posted by stuart warne | Feb 04, 2011 @ 03:04 PM | 10,235 Views
Shot this last summer, but only now got around to putting a little video together. This model is now for sale for those in the UK who might be interested. Its a shame to see her go, but i need to make way for future projects.


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Alfa Models Beaufighter (1 min 27 sec)

Posted by stuart warne | Jan 07, 2011 @ 11:32 AM | 10,550 Views
A little video of my recently finished Alfa mig 15, flown last week over the holiday period:

Alfa Model Mig 15 with Alfa 5 blade fan unit (1 min 56 sec)


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Posted by stuart warne | Jan 20, 2008 @ 08:00 AM | 16,748 Views
Hello all. Well I intend this blog entry to be just a quick one but my fingers may run away with me

Ok some over Christmas I managed a few purchases and got a few new models up or close to up. As follows:


Thunder Tiger E-Hawk 1400 powered glider:

I first had an e-hawk about 5 years ago, stock and running off brushed and nicads. Even then it went exceptionally well. Well that one was sold to fund new ventures, but this winter I found one going cheap BNIB so why not I thought. Also I'd been looking at the new Flycamone-2's that had just come out, up to 20 mins video recording and OK quality stills when used on a bright day and with a fast flash card. This time round I fitted an Axi 22/12/20, a TB 18 esc and replaced the stock folding prop for a Graupner 9X6 cam folding prop with spinner, all this running off a 3 cell 1200 lipo.

With this new 21st century set-up performance was not spectacular, but certainly was a marked improvement, and with the weight I saved with the news electronics, the AUW with the flycamone attached was under Thunder Tiger recommended flying weight, so I was happy with that.

The Camera I held in place with Velcro and two small rubber bands. It holds firm and is basically spot on the CG so there is no detrimental effort on the model when flying. I'll start by switching the camera on then a quick gentle launch gets her climbing straight and true. After 2 mins of climbing circuits I cut power and glide. The camera has many modes but I use...Continue Reading
Posted by stuart warne | Sep 10, 2007 @ 11:01 AM | 17,618 Views
Well what a fantastic day. Light winds, sunny with a little cloud and warm too. The site was great, set in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. The flight line was well thought out and the grass nice and short. One quirk about the field (for me anyway) was the fact that it was on a hill, so one end of the landing ground was 10ft or so higher than the other! Certainly make it interesting. I even managed to ROG my Mig 15 on its belly when taking off down hill thanks to the extra momentum, and as the winds were very light, I could land in the opposite direction and have it slowed down quicker too.

Also at the high end of the LZ there was a natural sudden bump that ran the width of the field. It was great fun watching models getting bumped up into the air when they hit it, like a ramp on Royal Navy carriers Flying started at 10am and I personally had my last at 18:30, but I don't think there was a minute passed without at least 4 models in the air. A nice selection too, but I'll let the photo's do the talking, (oh yes please note that I took the wrong lens for a camera that I borrowed, so the model are not as big and as clear as I'd normally post and because of that most show the models on the ground apart from the bigger ones that flew and I could capture better).

I could only take my Mig 15 and Blue arrow Acrojet to this show unfortunately. The Mig got up about 5 or 6 time and was flying well by the end of the day (once my nerves had settled ) and apparently (...Continue Reading
Posted by stuart warne | Aug 29, 2007 @ 03:14 PM | 17,762 Views
So here are some pictures of Old Warden Scale show in England in late July this year. Old Warden is a fantastically atmospheric aerodrome from before WW2. During WW2 it was an active fighter command base and now is home to the Shuttle Worth collection of Vintage civil and warbird type from the early to mid 2oth century.

Anyway the show. It was really a rather good event, not as many flyers/spectators as I (or the traders for that matter) would have liked but pleasant all the same. Scale models, yes all were. Electric?, well lets just say there wasn't enough electric models for an electric flying slot so most of the time the few e-flyers that were there had to mix it up with the IC boys and weather was fare and it didn't rain (it was drying to though) and the air was mostly good apart from the turbulence come off the top of the near by tree's and rolling down to just after the take off area, that was fun at times

I took along my Alfa P47, FW190 and Mig 15 to fly. The P47 AND 190 flew very well and as a nice little touch for the end of the day I had the honor of the last flight of the day when everyone had all but packed up. Much to my surprise after a fantastically enjoyable final flight with my FW190 I landed nicely to be greeted by a small audience on the crowd line (that had sneakily gathered whilst I was up in the clouds) clamping in appreciation, that was very touching and appreciated, though some what embarrassingly

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Posted by stuart warne | Aug 12, 2007 @ 08:59 AM | 18,119 Views
Just doing what I can before I move flat this evening because after that it may well be a week or so before I can sit down and get on with the cat.

Not much more obvious progress but I have now installed the motors and tested them with the two CC 25's wired together (both pos and neg of each battery cable on the esc's are soldered into one connector as shown, then its just a Y-lead to connect the rx cable). Well I'm please to say that it all works fine, but I won't be able to get a Watt meter on it for a few weeks yet (a friend has it ) so I'll have to wait to see what i'm drawing..

Next I'll be installing the wing servo's before spraying and all other surfaces. Oh but before that I need to make up some kind of battery tray in the fuzz and figure out how to best to attach the battery hatch. Once all thats done I'll just need to spend some time adding extra details (exhausts, glazing, scale air filters and general finishing touches like panel line weathering etc.

Well until next time.
Posted by stuart warne | Aug 06, 2007 @ 12:03 PM | 17,723 Views
Ok So I've managed to get over the most time consuming part of the build, the glassing. This was the first time I've ever glassed any model of mine and although I got off to a shady start (to much resin mixed and the wrong ratio) I have now eventually ended up with a surface finish ready for spraying that I'm actually pleased with, well it certainly feels nice and smooth and solid after a weekend of primming and sanding anyway.

You'll be able to see from the pics that I've also added some reinforcing carbon fibre toe to the fuzz/wing pod area. I did this as I'll have functioning scale wing struts and I could see that the contact point on the fuzz would need reinforcing to stiffen the fuzz side to take the loading force from the struts. It wouldn't be a great deal of force, but I feel better now for making it a stronger point of contact, and it should give overall load bearing strenght to the fuzz/wing area in general.

So from this point on it should pick up pace. Need to install all electric's and concentrate of spraying the finish etc, also a few more scale details to add. But overall the hardest part is over now thank god.


Well that's all, other than I've brought an Ultrafly P40 impulsively the other week, but that one is on the back burner for now.
Posted by stuart warne | Jun 12, 2007 @ 06:55 PM | 18,020 Views
Ok so for the last day of holidaying/visiting relatives in Athens I managed to go up in a Cessna 150. My brother in laws brother owns it and so we went flying out of a North Athens airfield from were he store's it. Well it was a fantastic evenings flying got about 40 mins at the controls to add to my previous time (including 40 min in a AT6 Texen whilst in Florida a few years ago) so I have about two and a half hours fixed wing now! Great stuff. The city of Athens is really great from the air but also the airfield had a large collection of ex military types. Best of all were the 4 F86 Sabre's and the Mig 15 parks on the ramp, especially as I just brought an Alfa Mig They also had a T33, Yak 18, Grumman Albatross, DC3 and many more. Also flying back to the airfield we had two Hellenic A/F fire bombers pass just 200ft to our left at 3000ft. Very exciting to see these two coming towards you out of the haze. They funniest part though was the wasp we discovered we had flying in the cockpit with us as we come off of the circuit at 2500ft, quite a drama trying to get that thing out of the plane

Anyway here are some pictures of the evening flying; I'll be doing the same again in September. As for my model, well I've got the Mig to start and finish when I get back home this week ready for my next fly-in at Old Warden at the end of July.

Until then.....
Posted by stuart warne | Jun 04, 2007 @ 02:30 AM | 18,254 Views
So after ten years of flying I finally took my BMFA 'A' Certificate last weekend and passed (this is an award to show that I can competently fly a model on my own and safely, which I have been doing for 10 years now , but what with collage, University and then moving down to London and getting a job, it took a little longer than I had hoped ). Anyway with this pass I am now able to fly at most electric fly-in's, and my first one was this weekend at Hayes District Model Flying Club.

Not as many people turned up as hoped, but it was a fantastic day none the less, they even had a scale competition, which I came second in with my Alfa P47 'Henna's Revenge'! (on both flying and static though was it judged). That was a nice surprise and really capped off my first ever public fly-in. Thus so far my tenth anniversary year of flying is going well (just need to get the Alfa Mig 15, Wildcat and HVP Catalina flying now )

Here's a few snap's.

Lastly just to say thanks to the members and organizers at the Hayes club, letís just hope for more people and shorter grass next time

Stuart (Off to Greece now for two weeks )
Posted by stuart warne | May 04, 2007 @ 07:39 AM | 19,409 Views
"PLEASE NOTE ALL ALL MODELS MENTIONED IN THIS BLOG ARE SHOWN BELOW. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO READ MY VERY LONG FIRST BLOG. BUT SAYING THAT THE BLOG WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE PICTURES AND MAYBE EVEN MY BAD TYPING "


I'm stuck at home with flu so I'd though I'd just make an entry to show what
I fly, what I'm building and what I'd like to have etc. Don't really have a great deal of time to commit to an in depth blog, so I'll mainly let the pictures do the talking. If at any point anyone has a question about any thing here, just post it up. OK first briefly about me: I'm 24 and an assistant editor based in London (Commercials, promo's, TV etc...) can be a good job but takes allot of your time up, but hey its what I want (need) to do to make it as a fully fledged editor, feature films is what I'm aiming for. I started flying when I was 14 (wow ten years now ) with a Hobbico Super Star 40. Brought it crashed from a guy at the local club that just through money around and if anything crashed he'd just give it away and buy a new one. Great thing was he wasn't a great flyer, so allot off us did pretty well off him . Anyway, that had an OS40 LA, and with this I had one of the best trainers I'd ever flown (Tought others to fly later on in life, but the Super Star 40 was second only to the Kyosho trainer, that thing rocked with a 40 LA)

About five years into IC flying I was getting tired of putting all that time and love into a model (my flair...Continue Reading
Posted by stuart warne | May 04, 2007 @ 07:26 AM | 18,364 Views
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